But we should be able to come together on a compromise. Like the unleashed itself. Does it compete with even the weakest new desktop? No. Not on your life. In seat-of-the-pants feel, I put it in league with the how the core-2-duo felt. That’s about 2004 to 2006 time frame.
But-to-be-clear, I accept this wholeheartedly for finally being in control of a system that I can use for serious (if light) work. And I’m still sore that there are a few binary blobs, but that’s another post.
Similarly, a compromise on a video card is a good start. I think it should have the following feature list:
- HDMI out with at least 2 ports (or at least capable to be built that way)
- HDMI audio. I think that’s all digital — so the component count is easy for it.
- 24/32 bit colour. Simple enough.
- shoot for at least (2x) 1080p.
- Sensible 2D acceleration along the lines that X11 likes. I said something like Matrox Millennium — and I mean it.
- A dead simple console mode — dead simple to implement — might get a lot of hobiest buy-in. Maybe something like a built-in vt-100 or vt-220 (colour) emulation.
This isn’t about chasing what people expect, it’s about creating what hobbiests need. It doesn’t need to change as often. If it becomes easy for someone to implement some basic 3D stuff — make the spec easy to implement while being compatible. Point 5 can be a simple serial protocol that emulates a 16550 class register set (or some such) to make easy consoles. Point 4 is probably starting with a bitmap display … and maybe adding basic compositing… or just blitting … I recall the Millennium being able to move full windows around in real time circa 2000-ish.
Anyways … if nobody has appetite for this idea, fine. I don’t need another person to detail how to fail — failing is the easy part.