What about using a free, real men OS?

category: general [glöplog]
Give Linux a serious multimedia api where

  • serious != it works
  • serious != breaks backward compatibility
  • serious != ... every 4 months

and something might appear. Even a stable SDL shared lib would do the job. But for god sake keep it backwards compatible at least on a distro base... so one could at least say "it works on (almost) every ubuntu breeze and later". Oh, and did someone mention drivers yet? Really? =)

I don't hate Linux. But I like exploiting an operating system, not updating it.
added on the 2006-04-04 19:31:13 by makc makc
blala, you said:

only 2 days of using linux gives me the amount of stress/headache i get in a year while using windows.

Apparently I misunderstood you. In any case, I get exactly the opposite effects: The moment I have to use a windows computer I feel handicapped. It's a matter of taste, obviously.

However, I would really like to hear what that terrible problem was that was the fault of the system and caused you so much grief. I am really curious.

makc: It's strange that you mention SDL, since that particular API has been stable since practically forever... As for drivers, the only thing that does not work out of the box is the proprietary ATI and NVIDIA drivers.
added on the 2006-04-04 20:34:45 by moT moT
and remember kids..ubuntu is linux for schoolgirls!
added on the 2006-04-04 21:11:46 by Maali Maali
Schoolgirls are cool...
maali: for CS firstyears too it seems... that's why i suppose it to be fairly consistent troughout installations btw

mot: i mentioned SDL exactly for that reason, as a possible common base. still i had problems with more than one SDL program on more than a distro.
having a public is part of the game afterall... the other part is ease of development, where I personally choose Win for so many reasons (kusma and smash detailed most of them quite well earlier iirc)
added on the 2006-04-05 03:58:53 by makc makc
Schoolgirls are cool...
According to several .jp clichés this is the one and only truth.
i thought ubuntu was for poor africans.

(sorry bad joke :>)
added on the 2006-04-05 07:39:10 by Zest Zest
does SDL segfault when switching to fullscreen on windows?
added on the 2006-04-05 09:08:43 by Gargaj Gargaj
i mean:
does SDL _STILL_ segfault when switching to fullscreen on windows?
added on the 2006-04-05 09:09:24 by Gargaj Gargaj
garg: that was probably fixed between and, but you must have OSS and not otherwise it will print the screen instead
added on the 2006-04-05 09:36:03 by makc makc
if ever someone would take my comment seriously: add a ;)
added on the 2006-04-05 09:36:39 by makc makc
added on the 2006-04-05 10:37:09 by xeron xeron
Actually, you could use VICE as a multiplatform multimedia API. It runs on Linux, Windows, BeOS, Amiga, MacOS, and even RISC OS. The added bonus being that your demo might even work on a Commodore 64 as well!
added on the 2006-04-05 10:38:37 by xeron xeron
Static linking does wonders as well. Many Linux demos seem to depend on having some ancient lib being installed as shared and are failing because of that 3 years later. The existing commercial Linux games OTOH still manage to run pretty well even when they were released during the 90s.
added on the 2006-04-05 12:30:17 by slux slux
added on the 2006-04-05 14:49:00 by Shifter Shifter
Capital-only terminals is sooooo VMS :-)
added on the 2006-04-05 20:53:05 by moT moT
added on the 2006-04-05 23:23:36 by Maali Maali
added on the 2006-04-05 23:35:59 by xeron xeron
"Static linking does wonders as well."

yeah. Small trivia, dedicated to moT (because he asked):
- older versions of which library were removed from the latest Debian (and thus from Ubuntu as well) distro (so non-opensource softs do not work anymore, unless you are an apt-get magician _and_ know the trivia)?
- you couldn't guess it Sir! Tadadada! It's the c runtime!!!
added on the 2006-04-07 16:07:00 by blala blala
Now, after have downloaded whole three Linux distro's I'm already in love with them!!!11

These distros are just beutiful:
Archie (LiveCD), phlak (LiveCD, but can be installed with the LiveCD) and Gentoo..

Though Linux is not the best OS to run/create demos on though..
added on the 2006-04-07 21:26:29 by Heulanith Heulanith
operating systems & internet = serious business
added on the 2006-04-07 22:13:53 by waffle waffle
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added on the 2006-04-08 09:42:12 by lgdt lgdt
added on the 2006-04-08 12:20:49 by Navis Navis
so useful.
added on the 2006-04-08 16:45:23 by Zest Zest
but it's a cube. A CUBE. i mean, look at it.. it's a CUBE!
added on the 2006-04-08 16:47:01 by red red