Sunday, October 24, 2004

Eyes glazed over

It was quite a difference experience with tonight's Boston Linux and Unix user group meeting. I was really looking forward to hearing from Jim Gettys, one of the original designers of X Window:
The X Window System, Version 11, is the standard window system on Linux and UNIX systems. X11, designed in 1987, was state of the art at that time. From its inception, X has been a network transparent window system in which X client applications can run on any machine in a network using an X server running on any display. While there have been some significant extensions to X over its history (e.g. OpenGL support), X's design lay fallow over much of the 1990's. With the increasing interest in open source systems, it was no longer sufficient for modern applications and a significant overhaul is now well underway.
After an hour trying to follow the presentation, my eyes glazed over how technical the information was. My personal discomfort won over the wish to be polite. I left.

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