[GRLUG] Xgl & Compiz

Bob Kline bob.kline at gmail.com
Wed May 17 00:50:21 EDT 2006

True.  No one would be expected to try all combinations
of hardware.  But "they" could still specify the items they
know work.  M$ ( Microsoft ) clearly provides untold drivers
so that its OSes work ( I use the words OSes and work
loosely here.... ) on as much hardware as possible.  Sure,
M$ has the resources ( a.k.a. a monopoly ) to do this,
but it's important to have a few reference systems that are
know to work well.  If a developer just happens to have a
PC made up of oddball parts, that could,  and maybe does
now and then,  cause a lot of trouble for others,  and
perhaps give the product a bad reputation.


On 5/16/06, Tim Schmidt <timschmidt at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/16/06, Bob Kline <bob.kline at gmail.com> wrote:
> > As a general comment,  it appears that vendors
> >  of all stripes might want to be more explicit about
> >  what hardware their offerings have been tried on.
> >  Sun Microsystems used to provide an extensive
> >  list of hardware that was known to work with its
> >  products - probably still does.  This could save a
> >  potential user the ordeal of having to sort out
> >  hardware issues first thing if that is not their interest.
> Just not possible most of the time.  Are you aware of the number of
> individual PC components in the wild?  Simply aquiring the hardware
> isn't feasable.  Alternatively, every attempt at a distributed
> hardware database has been thwarted by a vast number of
> less-than-knowledgable contributors and the incredibly low signal to
> noise ratio that follows.
> --tim
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