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This is a newer-generation trademark and is especially popular among the Ubuntu crowd. It works in phases:

  • User finally gave in to the evangelism and decided to try out Linux.
  • Installing the OS is fairly straight-forward and they’re impressed by the graphic installer.
  • System boots up. Whoa! New icons and colour schemes! What a novelty!
  • User gets warm, fuzzy-feeling about going against the grain and not using Microsoft or Apple.
  • User manages to find programs and configuration apps after playing around in the menus a bit. Now they think they’re hawt stuff.
  • Oops, something is broken by default. Usually, some hardware device ain’t working.
  • User spends the next few hours/days searching online for a solution. They (sometimes) eventually find one, usually something in which they’ll have to UseEsotericWorkarounds™.
  • User is very impressed that they were able to solve said problem. They can brag to their friends how l33t they are and how awesome Linux is because they were able to fix something that wasn’t broken in Windows in the first place.
  • User relates their experiences on blogs and forums and recommends Linux to everyone, leaving out the parts about time wasted and frustration endured.

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#1 Posted by nickgoeshere on Feb 14, 2010 5:17 PM

OH-EM-GEE!

GENIOUS!

DELANO I FUKKEN LOVE YOU FROM NOW ON! :D

#2 Posted by Delano on Feb 15, 2010 12:49 AM

:o)

#3 Posted by administrator on Feb 15, 2010 12:56 AM

I love the psychology behind this sort of thing.

#4 Posted by KOMMENTER on Feb 15, 2010 11:31 AM

I just wish my crappy radeon x1600 (which apparently has a x1300 processor, thank you AMD), would work well with Kwin, after hours of messing around with xorg.conf all I managed to do was making it NOT CRASH, performance is still abysmal even in EXA mode.
Funny thing is that I have full hardware acceleration (even pixel shaders) in my hackintosh, and i can’t even get a non vesa resolution on that one.
For extra lulz of shame, it was acceptable on the worst KDE distro ever made: Kubuntu. (I’m using suse)

Anyone know of a good esoteric workaround so I may later relate my experience on blogs and forums recommending linux to everyone, leaving out the parts about time wasted and frustration endured? :P

#5 Posted by Delano on Feb 15, 2010 1:09 PM

Kommenter, works for me!

#6 Posted by KOMMENTER on Feb 15, 2010 1:21 PM

You have a “fake” ati radeon x1600, and you just happen to be running KDE 4.4 on opensuse as well? :P
It works for me too, on windows 7 that is.

#7 Posted by ameer on Feb 15, 2010 7:04 PM

Come on, you don’t need that.

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