Linux

Linux gets Physical


Recently a new plug-in came out for Gnome, it's called Gnome Dock.  It looks remarkably like the Mac OSX dock and it has cool physics to go with it too boot!  Check it out at youtube!

If you read the comments, you'll notice a general theme.  "It's useless!"  I totally disagree.  While on first inspection it seems pointless to shove your icons around, it's actually a very cool demo.  Not only does it demonstrate the a simple physics engine, but also the possibility that with XGL and various other eye candy, Linux actually DOES do graphics. 

See, that is the problem.  A lot of people seem to think Linux is command line only with simple GUIs.  This couldn't be further from the truth!  Looking at the demo, a layman probably couldn't tell the difference between Gnome and OSX.  Even better, the layman would probably choose this over the new Vista interface.  However, what this demo really shows is that Linux is ready for prime time and it is ready for the desktop, no matter what the Microsoft FUD machine says.

Have you checked out the movie?  What do you think?


3 comments
stress junkie
stress junkie

The demo is amusing in the same way that a kaleidescope is amusing, but less so. I suppose that it does demonstrate graphics capabilities to a small degree. The real interest in graphics is not in moving ten tiny objects around a small area of the display. The real interest in graphics is in updating an entire 1280 x 1024 display. A good demo would include displaying some content in one of the MPEG formats and some content in DivX format and in whatever is used in FPS games. That's where the interest lies. I guess I don't understand the term "dock" when used in the context of a desktop object. I only think of a physical device for a notebook computer that serves as an interface to other devices. I have spoken to "laymen" over the years. It has occurred to me that there is no interest outside of the computer professional community in using Linux. That's a shame. People generally don't care any more about Linux than they care about where their grocery store apples were grown. Most people just don't care.

luc_andre
luc_andre

I think the reason people won't switch to Linux, even though it's a free alternative to Windows and MacOS, is because they don't want to learn how to use it and the mass of software on the market it Windows based. I think that if Bigbox Chain Stores would sell desktops that were preloaded with Linux on the system it would get more exposure. Imagine Joe Smith going to a store and wanting to buy a computer. If he had a choice between the same PC (say 3.2Ghz box) with Windows at $499 or Linux at $329 (I have no idea what the mark-up of Windows is on a pre-built so this is all speculated) He won't just jump at buying a PC with Windows installed. He'll think about it and might buy the box with Linux. That's my 2 cents :)

hexidigital
hexidigital

I do agree that most people don't care. Most people want to play their video games, and occasionally get some work done. However, I do think this video illustrates the capabilities of what Linux CAN do. Although, I myself would like to see that video with a DVD playing and graphic editing software running. I think that would be a TRUE test of the graphic capablilities. But like I tell my friends when I show them stuff like that -- "It's tasty eye candy, but essentially useless for anything productive."