Bloatware Update

Here’s another sign that there’s really no difference between the mindsets of Microsoft and those churning out Linux distros . The latest abortion is Ubuntu’s decision to enable Compiz by default. Why do I have a problem with this? Because it means users will have to weigh their options between OS upgrades and hardware upgrades.

The hypocrites at FSF joined forces with a few leftwing organizations recently to attack Microsoft for doing this very thing. With so many Linux distros now using Beryl and Compiz by default, maybe it’s time they focus their attention to what’s happening under their own noses.

Ubuntu Technical Board votes on Compiz for Ubuntu 7.10:

The Ubuntu Technical Board voted yesterday to ship Ubuntu 7.10 (“Gutsy”) with Compiz enabled by default. Although Compiz has been featured in Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe prerelesases, the board has had difficulty determining whether or not it is reliable and functionally complete enough to warrant inclusion in the final release.

Here are some plugs for users of older hardware who want continual operating system updates without having to accommodate it with new hardware or hardware upgrades:

  • Damn Small Linux is targeted at users of older hardware and minimal systems, as well as users who want a variety of options in how they run their systems. DSL will run on a 486 with 16 MB of RAM. It can also be run from USB, directly from the CD, or installed in a couple different ways on hard drive.
  • Slackware and Debian both allow minimal installs. This remains a good option for users with vintage hardware who want up-to-date options. Note that Slackware has moved to Linux 2.6 by default; this may or may not be in the best interest of those running older, leaner systems (2.6 also deprecated support for certain hardware which is still supported in 2.4). It also requires a bit of knowledge about the kind of system you want to build. One of the problems encountered with such systems (and this also applies to DSL) is when users have unrealistic goals of adding the latest versions of resource-demanding software like Gnome and KDE. Match your apps to your hardware and you’ll do fine.
  • FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD all have very low hardware requirements. Each has its own method for installing binaries (packages) or source (ports), but NetBSD’s pkgsrc is portable across all three. I use FreeBSD and can report, anecdotally, that it seems to schedule processes much more effectively than Linux (2.4). Like the two previous suggestions, the idea of using one of this Unix-like operating systems (much more Unix-like than Linux) is to add applications suitable for the hardware you have.

One more note PCBSD: It’s in the same boat as Ubuntu and bloated Linux distros. PCBSD includes Beryl by default. It’s not suitable for older hardware.

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