look, other people besides me still hate X too

This is a good rant about X.

Though of course it only scratches the surface.

Tags: , ,

11 Responses:

  1. malokai says:

    ugh. am I the only one that wasn't thinking about X11 at first glance at the topic?

  2. vincel says:

    I don't see us being rid of it any time soon, though.

  3. icis_machine says:

    X windows. A mistake carried out to perfection.
    X windows. Dissatisfaction guaranteed.
    X windows. Don't get frustrated without it.
    X windows. Even your dog won't like it.
    X windows. Flaky and built to stay that way.
    X windows. Complex nonsolutions to simple nonproblems.
    X windows. Flawed beyond belief.
    X windows. Form follows malfunction.
    X windows. Garbage at your fingertips.
    X windows. ignorance is our most important resource.
    X windows. It could be worse, but it'll take time.
    X windows. Please wait as least 90 days before pressing charges.
    X windows. Let it get in *your* way.
    X windows. Live the nightmare.
    X windows. More than enough rope.
    X windows. Never had it, never will.
    X windows. No hardware is safe.
    X windows. Power tools for power fools.
    X windows. Power tools for power losers.
    X windows. Putting new limits on productivity.
    X windows. Simplicity made complex.
    X windows. The cutting edge of obsolescence.
    X windows. The art of incompetence.
    X windows. The defacto substandard.
    X windows. The first fully modular software disaster.
    X windows. The joke that kills.
    X windows. The problem for your problem.
    X windows. There's got to be a better way.
    X windows. You don't want to know about it.
    X windows. Warn your friends about it.
    X windows. You'd better sit down.
    X windows. Don't press your luck.
    X windows. You'll envy the dead.

  4. decklin says:

    So true. Thanks for that.

  5. compwiz says:

    I still haven't found a (platform-independent, not using Linux kernel calls as root) way to only change the state of the keyboards LEDs in XFree86 - sure, I can change the state of the caps/scroll/num lock, but nowhere can I find anything about just the lights.

  6. kragen says:

    It's a little embarrassing to read now, because some of it is wrong and some of the rest is derivative. Of course, I was thinking of your rant in the UNIX-HATERS Handbook when I wrote it, and I doubt I would have put in the dig about nonsquare pixels if it hadn't been for reading said rant, since I probably last dealt with nonsquare pixels in 1994 or so, back when trying nonstandard video card modes in Fractint was a cool thing to do.

    My original assumption, that X would not last forever, is looking increasingly dubious.

    I still have a very limited knowledge of Xlib.

    Maybe at least this post can remind me how to design APIs other people won't hate...