Maybe Next Year

I bought a very nice new monitor, brought it home, plugged it in and was immediately reminded that I was using Linux.

I was reminded good and hard, too. Right in my reminder-hole.

People who say, as they have every year since 1997 to my personal recollection, that this is going to be the Year of the Linux Desktop where somehow Linux is going to break out and something something are invited to perform the following experiment:

  1. Plug a second monitor in, and
  2. Make it work.

I bet that some people in this world actually get to do stuff like that without having to hand-edit config files, tiptoe carefully around a wide swath of spectacular failure modes (up to and including physically damaging your hardware) and having to log out and in again to test any minor change you might make. I bet they don’t even need to know about how to boot into single-user mode when a seemingly-minor change makes your graphics card go completely insane. I bet they can just click on stuff and have it work.

Man, that must be great.


  1. Posted September 26, 2007 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    You shouldn’t have to worry about damage, but don’t thank Linux or X for that. Modern monitors will not try and display modes that they aren’t capable of.

    Dual headed machines on Sun and SGI hardware was always easy, but you’re not running Linux on those boxes. Unless you’re a masochist.

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted September 26, 2007 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Linux is really the last holdout on the “easy” front, too. Well, I suppose that BSD or anyone who rely on the leftovers of the XFree86 debacle have the same problem.