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Eclipse on Linux proposal [message #600228] Sat, 06 May 2006 21:29
Ed Willink is currently offline Ed WillinkFriend
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Good idea

[Your news group link is to eclispe]

You miss some of the main problems. Eclipse just doesn't work at all well
on Linux.

I have used Eclipse extensively on Windows and needed to run some code under
Linux. I was very unimpressed.

Major problem 1: Linux is 10 pt based rather than 8 pt based so nothing fits
on a Laptop screen. I don't expect to reconfigure Linux to use Eclipse so
I'm stuffed. 50% of Eclipse dialog text is unadjustable. Bugzilla 135738.

Major problem 2: mouse operations just don't work much of the time. Eclipse
or perhaps my fingers give strange behaviour less than 1% of the time on Windows.
On Linux I sometimes need three attempts to get a selection to work. Hard to
reproduce precisely, possibly I just don't understand Linux.

Major problem 3: VE (recent Milestones) is almost unuseable on Linux. Really
slow, and often temperamental. I move serious VE work back to Windows. Not
sure whether VE is ready for this level of complaint yet; there's plenty to
sort out on Windows too.

I would not use Eclipse on Linux for choice.

These are all basic bug fixes that just require a little bit of Linux
usage by the development teams.


Ed Willink
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