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Legacy hardware support a cost?

I recently upgraded my desktop, so this isn't as much of a problem as it was on my 6 year-old desktop, but this article rubs a still raw wound.

Is there a logical reason why compositing desktop software is required to support basic LibreOffice/Chromium/VLC/Terminal operation? I was never into the spinning desktops, and the other 'advantages' of compositing left me cold, but because my desktop did not support compositing, my desktop required kernel mode run-time switches to keep from crashing on distro updates after 2.6.28! I could still run Debian and Red Hat (and Red Hat derivatives), but Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora crashed before ever getting to the login screen.

If you need compositing to login, take me back to CLI only.

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