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From summer 2006 to summer 2007 i was reading and sometimes participating in LKML. I was quoted once on LWN[0], like that:

One remarked that "Coloring isn't useful. If it was, it would be implemented ~16 years ago."

[0] http://lwn.net/Articles/253726/

That was very silly topic(more on that later).

But i'm going to share some real stuff. Main topics will be:

* userspace sucks * parsing, compilers, editors (that are suck) * building (which is suck) a program from the source code * and more (like HTML, XML, CSS, browsers, OSes suck)

I'm doing this writing in Firefox/win32. I tried lynx once, without success, so i forced to do spell checking in gmail by copy/paste. Also i cannot use jed and more accessible text editing.

For some reason every new paragraph's first line here in pre tag is shifted right. Crap, i thought pre should have no formatting, except damaged CSS.

Anyway, let's try first real posting, and see what will happen.

Almost an year ago I've posted my first entry here. Now I decided to patch and update it (comments are welcome).

Also, after more than year, there are some news about my GIMP's usability bug. Dark desktop theme and GIMP toolbox' buttons.

Debian GNU+Linux updated X Window system, so ati driver (as noticed by it's author) is trying to damage (burn) video chip on my laptop.

Blackbox's (window manager) author, after many years after 0.65 version started to develop and released 0.70 version, that has completely new look of window and menu decorations, that I dislike(hate!). But this let me saw Xfce. And after a week of stall (I've managed to kill Xfce in testing and broke testing at all ;), I'm going to check sid's version.

Having such a great opportunity, I want to meet freetype here: "Hi ! How are you doing ? Good luck !!!".

5 Jun 2005 (updated 2 Jun 2006 at 19:57 UTC) »
My first post is my shame.
I must patch it with (hopefully) correct English and reply to myself. 

> I don't know if somebody will read this... I still wonder and waiting for advice.

> Is there something like was proposed on <http://www.levien.com/fps.html>? Yes. It seems to me yes, there is, and name for that is Gnome Bounties <http://www.gnome.org/bounties/>.

Anyway I don't know why on modern notebook PC all desktop is even slower than I felt it on win16-win95-xfree3+rh62.

Discovering LISP myself with help of Emacs, Paul Graham, and others, then seeing traces of it in modern python-based projects (f.e Twisted, with it's banana protocol), I still wonder why all is that, as it is ? And "XML optimisation" isn't a way <http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=1397>. IMHO HTML, XHTML and other brain-damaging "technologies" with it's XML are broken by design[1].

Why world doesn't have any usable computer and OS with it ? Only home-wifes with ready-to-use-get-the-facts toasters and technicians with 1-2GHz FSB, Gigabit ethernet, 21" screen oscilloscopes[2] ?

I can't buy one even on cost of new excellent car ! I'm deeply disappointed...[3]

[1] IMHO PDF, as published by Adobe, is current best solution for every type of documents -- online or offline. PDF is not craft of html,css,gif,flash or whatever ! And Xpdf software on linux-gnu is an excellent proof of good style of layout (comparing to Adobe's software and hance PDF spec.), vs. having Gecko/KHTML/gtkhtml... Dot-coms crashed, but consequences remain: web standardisation is a crap, home-grew "specialists" in web-design-programming with flash ads. with dot.com's like business models are everywhere.

[2] Originally IBM opened architecture of IBM PC. So why many of modern hardware is being closed by manufacturers, that use this IBM's concept ?

[3] IMHO. There're a lot of good ides, but very few of them have correct implementation and wide usage...

> I'm _still_ pretty sick of GTK2/Pango rendering speed. > Maybe I'm wrong and need to do something with > preferences on my Debian GNU+Linux system. > .. by design...

> Thanks.

And thank You, all !

[I've finished physics department in one of the post-soviet countries. Now I really want to have chance to study CS. But it seems like technical progress had stopped in 80's on USSR(well, something is developing, but inside of black, military closed boxes), computer science and application progress (in software) had stopped on time even prior to dot-coms.]

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