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Re: kde 3.4 in sid

On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 03:09 +1000, Derek Broughton wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 April 2005 13:20, Hendrik Sattler wrote:
> > Am Mittwoch, 6. April 2005 18:04 schrieb Petr Baláš:
> > > Biggest graphics "card" vendor is Intel with integrated chip sets.
> >
> > Vendor maybe but I really doubt that is has the biggest user base among
> > Linux users.
> Why?  

Actually, Intel is not the largest OEM video chip set manufacturer - ATI
is.  Has been for some time, and in fact from stats I saw it's share is
growing.  That said, ATIs Linux drivers are a laughable joke.  

> > Integrated graphics is like integrated sound: it works if you don't expect
> > much. But in case of e.g. distorted sound, you are better off getting
> > something real.
> The "average" user doesn't need a great sound system and super 3d accelerated 
> video on their computer.  In fact, I'd be surprised if there weren't more 
> people using on-board video for Linux than for other OS's as we're not 
> primarily a gaming community.  I'm using i815 right now, i915 when the new 
> laptop arrives in a week or so.

Yup.  I agree.  The average user just is a monkey doing button clicking.
They don't understand what they're doing, they just have a routine of
click here, do this, click here, do that.  Finish.  Since I work in a IT
related support/helpdesk role, try asking Windows customers 'can you go
into device manager please'.  See how many:

1. know what you're talking about
2. Can find it
3. Can find it in a reasonable time frame

You'll be surprised (or maybe not) that the vast majority (>= 90%)
can't.  And they're not interested.  These sorts of users generally
aren't interested in fancy accelerated graphics for games, or fancy
positional sound either.  They just want a machine to do the basics.
Email. Websurf.  IRC.  Chat to friends.  Listen to some music here and
there etc.


"It takes a special kind of genius to be able to tell someone to go to
hell in such a way as they end up thinking you wished them a pleasant

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