Thursday, May 29, 2008

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to use Linux, just merely a glibc hacker

Ulrich Drepper, of glibc fame, decided to tell us about how easy it was to set up a dual wide screen configuration on his machine. After going on about how dual head is so much easier to set up than it was before now that you don't have to sacrifice your first born, he gets to the secret of his configuration:


These lines in the Device section announce the two screens. It is unfortunately not well (at all?) documented that the first parameter strings are magic. [...] Add to the names DVI-0 and DVI-1 the magic prefix "monitor-" and add as the second parameter string an arbitrary identifier. Do not drop or change the "monitor-" prefix, that's the main magic which seems to make all this work.


Dude, he's calling it magic. Ulrich Drepper is calling it nonsensical arbitrary bullshit. Setting up dual-head on Linux is non-obvious to a guy hacks on the core system library. But surely, Linux is ready for your grandma.

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Does grandma need dual-display? I don't think so. Does grandma need support for an obscure tablet? don't think so there either. Other than those 2, X has been having no problems for me or anyone i know not doing "tricky stuff" in the past year or so. Please be more informed or stop fucking posting.

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Your response is typical. It's really lame to excuse the difficulty of configuring a feature by telling your users that they don't need the feature.

I thought Linux was about bringing technology to the people, not bringing some subset of technology that someone arbitrarily decided that the users need.

Besides, all the other major OS'es can do it. I bet my grandma could set up dual head on a mac just fine.

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Then expect non-common tasks to be easy to perform. Grandma does not need dual-display, hacker guy does... hacker guy can set up dual display no problem.

GNU is not about bringing technology to the people, it's about developing free software.

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This would be more meaningful to me if Ulrich's area of expertise were X.org. I'd be more concerned had someone like Adam Jackson given such a vague explanation.

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