cyphur wrote:I have Vista Home Premium on a new Dell laptop and it is truly a pleasure to look at. I wish Linux could achieve that!
I dunknow about you, but after running CFusion for a heck of a long time, then using the Vista machine at work, I'm not impressed at all. Slowly rendered windows bog the entire system, the effects are VERY limited, etc. What does Vista have in it's added "bling" that CFusion doesn't? I'm not saying it's bad, just that everything isn't all that inferior to Vista in that aspect alone, and it's not all that inovative.
Agreed - Linux has been doing desktop effects for a good while, I was referring to the polish of the system. Font rendering especially. I'm what I consider a linux newb(I've run several distros in the past, but haven't run it as my main OS since the late 90s when I had Mandrake), so when I load up the distro and I have to tweak a bunch of stuff to get it to look nice, I find that as "lacking" from a consumer perspective. Yes I can fix it, and have on my system - but for desktop replacement, that needs to work out of the box. Just my observations so far...
Acid7711 wrote:And I would love to see a system log of your weekly activities that fully utilize 4gigs of ram + swap on a desktop computer. I could see this on a all-out multimedia crunching computer setup for buisness/movie making/etc, but for daily desktop use? Please. People are too caught up and ram-happy now a days to realize that the core cpu clocks/fsb limit the raw processing power of the system. It's been that way since the battles of the ghz between AMD and Intel years ago. Consumers are stupid. When a company boasts higher speeds, regardless of being true or not, people go crazy and automatically think it's "faster" and "better" based solely upon what they're blindly believing from an unreliable, biased, source.
In the end, it won't matter because you believe what you're told from whomever, and that's the end of it.
I run a Cisco hardware emulator, dynamips/dynagen, as a tool for professional development and configuration testing. Depending on my lab configuration and the number of devices I am simulating and the protocols they are running, it is fairly easy for me to consume 2GB of physical RAM or more when configured for optimal performance.
Is that a typical desktop use? For me it is, so the RAM is justified in my eyes, to allow me to run that software suite as well as my normal programs.
Thanks for assuming I am a stupid consumer, though. If Mint wants to become a true desktop replacement OS - it's those "stupid consumers" it's targeting.