Hey, I seem to have stirred something here! I'll try to respond point by point.
My last post should have been a separate thread-- not sure why it's all here.
Thanks, 7im, for the ticket. But there isn't a drop-down to change view!! I looked very hard for it. Even tried different glasses, it still wasn't there.
davidcoton wrote:VERDICT: It works, and there is a graphical interface, but the hoped-for integration of SMP and GPU on Windows and Linux is still a dream.
True, but it's my distinct impression that we're getting closer to that dream -- particularly when (A) V7 is closer than V6 ever could be and (B) there are already open tickets covering the issues you mention and (C) Development is closing important tickets a lot faster than new ones are being created.
Agreed absolutely. There is now a good foundation -- it's just the reality of re-coding an existing system that the desired new features (that v6 could not support) will only appear after the new version re-invents the old one. I know, I've been there, done that, got the tee shirt and the battle scars. It doesn't stop me as a user wanting the moon with brass knobs on. It's my contribution to the debate about what we (the users) want, no doubt it will be weighed against other requests and realities.
7im wrote:I'm not sure we can lose an advantage that was not yet stated somewhere. Where did you read that V7 would support GPU clients in Linux upon release?
Clearly V7 is an opportunity to unify SMP and GPU , as has been done in Windows but (for good reasons) not in Linux. That is a lost advantage, even if it was lost in the early planning stage rather than implementation. Even if it was never claimed as a goal of early v7 release. It's something that would make my user experience a lot better, but I'm not in a position to judge the cost and benefit of this feature against the many others that are requested or suggested.
codysluder wrote:I think davidcoton just woke up in a grumpy mood this morning (if it's morning in his timezone).
It wasn't. Don't mistake my brevity for grumpiness. I'm trying to provide honest feedback to help those making decisions about what needs to be done and when to release. I've been both a programmer and a project manager, so I do understand the process. Unfortunately the worthwhile feedback is usually that which asks for more, rather than that which acknowledges the progress made. To redress the balance, in my opinion the current v7 beta is already far preferable to v6, both for Windows and for Linux SMP.
7im wrote:If you follow the v6 Wine Wrapper GPU Linux thread, those many challenges are somewhat spelled out.
I know. I'm running Linux Wine GPU, and it was/is painful. Almost made me buy another Windows licence. That's why native Linux GPU support is so desirable.