Re: SUSE 9.1 new install, distorted/ugly fonts
From: Ed Hurst (me_at_privacy.net)
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 07:24:43 -0500
> Overall, the "initial user experience" is less than promising. I *can*
> do all the file editing, compiling, rebuilding, etc - I've been a
> programmer for 18 years on a variety of OSes, including various *nixes
> - I just don't *want* to if I don't have to, and don't think such
> actions should be expected of users in order to simply produce
> readable fonts. If the goal of SUSE Personal is to produce an install
> suitable for a casual user to try Linux as a work environment, not as
> an end in itself, it's falling short.
I agree, in general. SUSE is trying to enter the commodity computing
market, and with 8.2, I thought they had finally arrived. 9.0 and 9.1
have introduced a new round of glitches, but they appear to be trying
hard. Still, you are up against SUSE's apparent fear of the copyright
issue involved in enabling the byte-code hinting.
There is also the very real difficulty in getting the X server to work
with every particular combination of hardware. There is always that one
configuration that just doesn't easily run X.
For me, the major draw is that is something is wrong -- such as the
freetype libs issue -- I can fix it for myself. I continue to hang out
here at a.o.l.s. because of the high level of civility, not because I
run SUSE myself. I run FreeBSD.
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