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Why end-users shouldn’t critizise on a technical level

August 16th, 2009 by TheBonsai

A rant! A rant!

Today, somebody (thanks exaltis on Freenode) provided me a link to an OSNews article during a discussion about X. He told me it’s fun to read – I clicked.

In this article (also read the comments), Thom Holwerda talks about why the X Window System is bad and Linux needs a different graphics architecture. This article is nice to read and discusses existing problems in some applications and X server software.

All problems he talks about are real, yes. I can understand that he’s pissed off. And he, as end-user, wants a solution and a stable system.

But his conclusions that these problems come from the design of the X Window System itself are just wrong and show that he doesn’t know what the design of X is. X has enough problems in its design, but none of them are related to the problems in his article. He talks about bad design, but he actually means bad implementation. Even his example with driver crashes or driver updates are completely irrelevant for the X design, the X Window architecture allows ways to implement this. That nobody does this doesn’t mean it’s a design problem.

From what I can see in the text he just would say to me that he’s a user and not a tech and he doesn’t care and he just wants a working system.

Yes, right, he’s a user. That’s why he shouldn’t conclude it’s a design problem, he should just talk about what he knows and not about what he thinks he knows.

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1 response about “Why end-users shouldn’t critizise on a technical level”

  1. exaltis said:

    Well, Thom Holwerda writes about why X is bad and why Y could be better but the perspective is kind of superficial. So yeah he got it wrong exactly because he “judged” this from the “user” perspective.

    For a Sunday reading though, it is pretty interesting to confirm the fact that people do like to talk about what they don’t *want to* know :)

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