> > On Mon, March 31, 2014 10:46 pm, Eitan Adler wrote: >> Hi all, >> >> >> Some of you may have seen my posts entitled "Story of a Laptop User" >> and "Story of a Desktop User". For those of you who did not, it can be a >> worthwhile read to see what life is like when using FreeBSD as a desktop. >> In short, it is an educational experience. While FreeBSD >> can be coerced to do the right thing, it is rarely there by default and >> often doesn't work as well as we would expect. >> >> The following are issues I haven't brought up in the past: >> >> >> Battery life sucks: itâ�s almost as if powerd wasn't running. Windows >> can run for five hours on my laptop while FreeBSD can barely make it two >> hours. I wonder what the key differences are? Likely itâ�s that we >> focus so much on performance that no one considers power. ChromeOS can >> run for 12 hours on some hardware; why can't we make FreeBSD run for 16? >> >> Sound configuration lacks key documentation: how can I automatically >> change between headphones and external speakers? You can't even do that >> in middle of a song at all! Trust me that you never want to be staring at >> an HDA pin configuration. I'll bet you couldn't even get sound streaming >> to other machines working if you tried. >> >> FreeBSD lacks vendor credibility: CUDA is unsupported. Dropbox hasn't >> released a client for FreeBSD. Nvidia Optimus doesn't function on FreeBSD. >> Can you imagine telling someone to purchase a laptop with >> the caveat: "but you won't be able to use your graphics card"? >> >> In any case, half of our desktop support is emulation: flash and opera >> only works because of the linuxulator. There really isn't any reason for >> vendors to bother supporting FreeBSD if we are just going to ape Linux >> anyways. >> >> That is why on this date I propose that we cease competing on the >> desktop market. FreeBSD should declare 2014 to be "year of the Linux >> desktop" and start to rip out the pieces of the OS not needed for server >> or embedded use. >> >> Some of you may point to PCBSD and say that we have a chance, but I >> must ask you: how does one flavor stand up to the thousands in the Linux >> world? >> >> Eitan Adler >> _______________________________________________ >> email@example.com mailing list >> http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current >> To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscr...@freebsd.org" > > Hi, > > I don't understand the gripe about sound. OSS works well. If you install > the verson in ports, audio/oss, you get a more elaborate set of tools. ---8<--- > > The thing about sound, the card is a digital-to-analog converter, and > vice-versa. It uses PCM data. (PCM was actually first 'invented' in the > 1800's - no fools joke). Digital audio/Sound has never really gotten > better, it has only gotten cheaper.
WOW. That an interesting bit of historical information. Thanks for sharing it! --Chris > > > -- > Waitman Gobble > San Jose California USA > +1.510-830-7975 > > _______________________________________________ > freebsd-hack...@freebsd.org mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-hackers > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-hackers-unsubscr...@freebsd.org" > > _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"