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Crazies: Linux w/o Ethernet, Multi-Monitor, Multi-User

Linux Kernel

Published on 07 September 2012 06:03 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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It seems the crazies are back to invading the Linux kernel mailing list and/or have expanded their trolling cult. After it was proposed in August that Linux doesn't need x86-32 support and Linux doesn't need keyboard support, the latest proposal is to drop support for Ethernet, multi-monitor, multiple user accounts, and no more optical drive support.

For those needing some Friday afternoon humour at the expense of a LKML/Linux troll, see Suggestions for the Future of Linux. Written by Angela Bernard, this non-kernel-contributor is suggesting we're entering a new era of technology and so "let's get Linux going the way people want it to." In doing so, Angela proposes that Ethernet support be removed, multi-monitor support be removed, support for multiple users be removed, and no more optical drive support.

According to this person, Ethernet is "just bloat - devices only have it for the stubborn old geezers. Other than that, no one really uses it. Who expects that thick cabling running through our offices? I don't!"

Multi-monitor support is deemed obselete by this user since "the new way for technology is mobile. The desktop is dead, and Linux on the desktop has been deader than dead since it was conceived."

Multi-user support should be dropped because "no one really expects a single device to be used by two people!"

The ending of optical support on Linux is on the basis of "The CD, DVD and Blu-Ray are today what the Floppy was 15 years ago - obsolete and yet still in use - where you need multiple disks for one thing - And even most people's internet are faster than a CD drive."

Of what this Linux kernel troll mentions, only has the optical drive support been fading away in the real world, but it's still unlikely to be dropped from Linux for many years to come.

Now back to the real world...

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