>>The desktop stuff is slooow at this stage.
>>A 486/33 w/16megs -- "maybe I didn't d-click fast enough"
>>= 5 copies of a xterm.
This often happens after a reboot before any disk pages are cached. On most
of the machines I've used, the performance of the desktop has been quite
Quote:>I don't think this is going to fly. I can't imagine trying to start
>up statically linked motif Wordperfect, after already starting Linux,
>X, fvwm, the desktop manager, all kinds of daemons, etc. It's just
>so incredibly bloated even compared to OS/2, and certainly to Windows.
Partially true. The version of WordPerfect for Linux will be dynamically
linked and the Motif libraries included as part of the forthcoming "bundle".
Dynamically linked versions of other components that we ship that use Motif
will also be provided.
Quote:>The other major problem for Linux, or any company trying to
>commercialize Linux for a PC environment, is that there are no decent
>GUI SDK's out there along with a development environment. As it is
>now, there is GUI chaos: archaic Athena junk, tcl/tk, statically
>linked Motif, hacked/tweaked GUIS (like emacs), fvwm's GUI hacks, the
>Visix proprietary stuff used to make the desktop manager, etc.
Yes, there are lots of people writing code and they have lots of choices
of GUI SDKs. It would be nice if someday Motif was universally available
(perhaps via LessTif).
Quote:>I onced asked what tools they have available, or what tools they could
>recommend to develop new software for Caldera. They didn't really have
>any idea at that point. Statically linked motif seems to be the only
>viable option right now for professional looking programs, and you
>know how easy it is to write C motif programs (and how bloated they are
>to run on a PC).
Again, we will be shipping a product with the run-time Motif libraries bundled
in. The incremental cost of the run-time only Motif libraries isn't as much
as the full developer's versions of Motif that are on the market.
Quote:>An OS needs one good GUI which pretty much everything should use to cut
>down on memory consumption, clutter, and generally inconsistent
>behavior. They also need an object oriented development tool available
>like OWL or MFC, along with a development environment (commercially
>supported) to aid in writing programs for Caldera. As it is now,
>Caldera just doesn't cut it, but I hope they come up with something
>relatively revolutionary to win people over.