[QUOTE=uid313;268130]At least now a days we use some SVG icons I think.
Linus Torvalds run Linux on his MacBook Air.
Yeah but they also have laptops that don't have lots of stickers. (mine has two)But other companies maybe doesn't have a unibody design, hi-ppi / high-resolution screen, Thunderbolt, etc.
Other companies have laptops with a dozen stickers.
Other companies have plastic low-quality laptops.
and they also run models that are high quality plastic laptops and high quality metal cased laptops.
They also make laptops that have a much more sensible port layout, wider choice of components, much easier servicability and in some cases even test and certify the hardware under some linux configurations.
While it's true that you can't currently get thunderbolt on other laptops unless you are doing video work with very specific equipment thunderbolt is currently about as useful as tits on a bull. I will have to see these retina displays in action - but even with a 15" hd screen the limiting factor is the font size rather than the number of pixels, I can't imagine much in the way of improvement desktop real estate wise other than nicer looking fonts. You are going to have a hard time convincing me that a retina screen is going to give me better quality than a hp dream colour screen; I work with images more than with text.
I think the MacBooks are very nice laptops but it's not like they are the only descent laptop out there and in the case of Linux there are models there are models that have high quality metal bodies, really good screen, touchpad, keyboard that pretty much Just Work (tm) under Linux.
KDE doesn't use SVG directly as far as I know but a lot of icon themes are created in SVG then rendered out to pngs of various sizes.I think we use some SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) icons these days.
Sadly we don't use SVG for the mouse pointer.
Maybe with Wayland? I don't know. At least not with X.org though.
Plasma interfaces do use SVG quite extensively though. Not sure about the other desktop environments.
I have always thought it would be nice to create paletted svg files for icons so that colour scheme of the icons could be changed on the fly.
OSX uses quartz which is based on PDF rather than postscript. X11 however does use a postscript inspired system.Doesn't OS X use a PostScript-based rendering system inherited from NeXTSTEP that is fully scalable?