A Proposal To Fix The Full-Screen Linux Window Mess
Phoronix: A Proposal To Fix The Full-Screen Linux Window Mess
Ryan Gordon, the well-known Linux game porter and developer of SDL and other open-source projects, along with Sam Lantinga, another key SDL developer and recent hire for Valve's Linux team, have proposed a window manager change to work out the full-screen X11 window mess...
Martin Gräßlin's reply is infuriating.
Sorry, this will be a rant:
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This whole “but changing resolution breaks our desktop icons” think is ridiculous, this is a bug on the KDE desktop and should be fixed there. His reasoning is similar to saying “some cars have bad brakes so lets forbid everyone from driving downhill”.
Now if a game changes the resolution [widgets arrangement] gets completely destroyed. The
manual layout is completely broken and cannot be restored (!) once the screen
resolution changes back.[...]
In other words, he don't play games therefore something essential to games is not important. Come on, “run in windowed mode”? Since he doesn't play, I would encourage him to only watch videos on the video's native resolution (no maximize, no full-screen, even on a TV, if the source is not fullhd then it should be a tiny box in the middle of the screen) after all he hates those stretched pixels, lets see how mush he likes his windowed mode after that.
Last but not least I have never understood the need to change the resolution.
If the screen is larger than the resolution supported by the game, why not run
in windowed mode? At least I (though I'm not a gamer) hate the pixel graphics
I get when running a game which supports only 1024x768 on my full HD computer
I hate when some developer dismiss the requirements of a huge group of users (some times majority) just because he/she don't need it. I know the FOSS motto is “if you don't like it change it yourself” but in this case (and may others) there is someone working on changing/fixing and he is pressing against.
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Sorry, I needed to take this out of my chest.