[rescue] Linux wet paint, was Re: Spark10 CPU question (must fix - SPARC damnit :-) )

Meelis Roos mroos at linux.ee
Mon Dec 19 01:45:33 CST 2016

>   For now, though, my trade-offs are surprisingly few under Linux on the
> desktop.

One thing that has started disturbing me in Linux deskops in recent 
years is sheer complexity. I chose Linux desktop in about 1995 because 
of its simplicty - I can unerstand Unix, I can understand the X11 
userland, I can debug my way through most of the problems.

Now, the complexity of desktop solutions has gone up a lot. It's not 
just systemd that adds layers on debuggability - there were components 
before that while doing some good, complicated things on the other side: 
polkit, dbus, udev, upstart as some examples of the bigger problems.

As the result, Linux is more and more like a black box - it is possible 
to understand any specific path through it but it is more and more time 
consuming and less practical than before.

Meelis Roos (mroos at linux.ee)

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