ganzgustav22 wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:50 pm
This thread is a perfect example of what is wrong with open source. It also explains the sad state of "Linux ready for the desktop". I'm still waiting for that to happen. Have been waiting now for 20 years.
Simple things like opening a textfile with the standard text editor doesn't work without jumping through whatever hoops.
And _of course_ the usual arguments. It's Microsofts fault, you're doing it wrong, 50 years ago people used vi and where happy with 7bit ascii, 75 years ago they were happy punching holes in cards, set some environment variable here and there, re-configure your locale settings, use this and that trick and workaround, emacs is better anyways, your textfile is broken, it totally has to be like this because yadda yadda (while all other editors just work ...).
I think we didn't have "it's open source, if you don't like it, why don't you fix it yourself" yet.
Your post is an example of ignorance and something not quite right.
The issue here is good old fashioned text file formats. You should know that they come in many different flavors depending on language a character set in use. The question here specifically states "iso-8859-14". Otherwise known as Latin-8 or Celtic it is a character encoding for Celtic languages, such as Irish, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. It was originally designed for the Sami language. Perhaps you start to see the problem here.
As it happens it's not possible for a program to tell what character encoding is used when it reads bytes from such a text file. Even in the wonderful world of closed source software this goes wrong and will need some work to get configured correctly. Seen it many times in Windows.
As for Linux on the Desktop, you missed it's arrival, it has been my primary desktop operating system since 1998. What has been stopping you?
Linux "officially" landed on the "desk top" some years ago with the Linux Subsystem for Windows. Which finally made Windows into an OS I could use to get actual work done. I have been using all manner of Free and Open Source software on Windows since.
Except, Windows keeps insisting on switching my keyboard from US to Finish layout without me telling to. In general it does all kind of things I don't ask it do and it's impossible to be sure what it will do next. Perfect examples of what is wrong with closed source
Memory in C++ is a leaky abstraction .