This is a response to a comment by Chad Meyers that "Linux can't
even get a desktop GUI working right". I'm starting a new thread
to hopefully garner a new debate. Note that I'm not cross-posting.
I hope I'm not being too dense here, but just what is the definition
of "right" here? If anything, Linux's desktop is more flexible than
(stock) Windows (obviously, things such as Zones and Windowblinds (?)
are available for Windows to improve functionality in this area).
Of course, I'm a bit confused as to what precisely is a "desktop"
anyway. It may be a change in nomenclature: the standard Linux
installation has something like the following:
- Linux kernel
- utilities [mv, rm, dd, cp, cat, ifconfig, mount, etc.]
- games (in some cases)
- X server
- X utilities [xset, xsetroot, xmag, xdpyinfo, etc.]
- widget set(s) [Athena/Xaw3d/etc., QT, Gtk, etc.]
- X window managers [fvwm, fvwm95, gwm, etc.]
- X session managers [xsm]
- X login managers [xdm]
- X screensavers
- X games (in some cases)
and, unless the monitor is literally built into the desk (some
ergonomic systems may have a glass panel to allow just that, with
the monitor mounted underneath), it's not clear that the term
has much meaning, from a pedantic/literal sense. Or one can call
the raw X display the desktop, if one likes...?
Note that some window managers also incorporate file <=> icon
management capability. I'm not sure if they're doing it or
merely subinvoking a process that throws something up on the
root window; I'd have to look. But the effect is similar
to Windows' desktop, which shows a bunch of icons; the only thing
missing is the Active Desktop web page backdrop. (And I for one
can live without that.)
But I'm digressing. What does it mean to get a desktop GUI working right?
One thing I like about many Linux window managers is the ability to
select multiple workspaces; Windows has some difficulties with this
without additional software from third parties. (Maybe XP will or has
fix this, but I have my doubts.)
I've since switched back to fvwm, but it wasn't too difficult to put
icon monitors into Gnome's top or bottom toolbar. I had pie charts
(one per disk partition) at one point; it got slightly impractical
because I have a *lot* of disk partitions (about a dozen)... :-)
EAC code #191 11d:07h:59m actually running Linux.
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