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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

DMJC Re:Go with FreeBSD (166 comments)

FreeBSD is great, except for all the drivers it lacks which Linux has. There is no substituting the kernel as long as FreeBSD doesn't support things that the Linux kernel does. It's unhelpful to suggest that people just change kernels. Especially when there has been no declaration that Linux itself requries systemd, or ever will require systemd. Right now this is a packaging and distribution issue.

3 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

DMJC Can someone please fork Debian already? (166 comments)

Seriously. This is getting silly. If people want to flee the main Distro's because they think that Debian is getting stupid. Can they please just fork Debian and improve on it? Apt-get works really well. I just feel that a ton of people are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The Linux kernel does not mandate systemd. There is no reason to ditch Linux. If the problem is distributions mandating systemd then it is time to start a distro that removes systemd and Gnome. Let's not kid ourselves here. Right now it's Gnome and systemd that are pushing this move on everyone. If people don't like it, they should be looking to fork a distribution and fixing the issue. Maybe brand themselves as a POSIX/SYS-V init Compliant distribution.

4 hours ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

DMJC Re:Opposition is from a small elite (541 comments)

Actually using SYSVINIT already handled this quite well. Mainly because it was NETWORK MANAGER's job. Not Init's job, to handle network connectivity. I close my laptop, it sleeps, I open it, network manager fires up my wifi and connects. This argument is already invalid because it's already been solved by network-manager.

3 days ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

DMJC Re:Not resigning from Debian (541 comments)

I had this problem recently when I upgraded my Mac OSX installation to 10.10. It completely broke the /media/OSX mountpoint when the hfsplus filesystem was upgraded to CoreStorage and the hfsplus Linux support broke. The last thing I needed was my Debian installation to crap itself when I was just trying to boot into Linux for the first time since replacing/fixing the bootloader which OSX broke. A lot of people dual/triple booting are going to be affected by these changes. I honestly don't know if systemd is a good thing or a bad thing, but I'd have liked there be a lot more information about this change before it appeared in Debian. As was mentioned just before, I am also concerned that this change is potentially going to break cross platform compatibility with BSD/Solaris/Other Unixes. I develop software which was gtk based and it sounds as if gnome is going to require a lot of dependancies which are not available on other platforms.

3 days ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

DMJC Sorry GTK (89 comments)

Sorry GTK/GNOME, but I am done. I'm fed up with trying to use your API. I'm fed up with trying to shoehorn my systems to fit your paradigms. All I want to do is make a Linux version of a tool I had on Windows, but you won't let me focus on that. Rather you want me to make some weird touch centric/single display centric application which I have no wish or desire for. I am going to move to GNUstep. Yes the API doesn't shift quickly. But I consider this a good thing. An API that for 20 years has allowed users to choose Apple menus, windows menus, or NextStep style menus. There's a lot of freedom and choice in a platform that let's the user decide the UI paradigm they want to use, and which doesn't ram their paradigm of choice down your throat. I am also moving to an api that is inherently cross-platform from day one.

4 days ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

DMJC Welcome to terrorism (182 comments)

Just remember guys, if you read Linuxjournal.de the NSA considers you to be an "extremist". Because Linuxjournal is an extremist forum. So they are going to be watching the Linux community quite closely. Which makes sense considering that technology hackers are the largest threat to the established powers. Especially now with sub $1500 metal 3d printers starting to come online. As home manufacturing grows the Open Source community will only become a larger threat to bad/wasteful governments. Seriously though, we should all be angry. Angry that our money, is being used for this shit, instead of fixing real problems, building real hospitals/roads/fibre internet/healthy environment/industries/helping people. We should all be angry that this is being done and noone voted for it.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

DMJC Re: Well of course (182 comments)

Actually this is the start of the end. Next will be the anti Muslim pogroms and finally the oppression of political dissidents. Actually considering moving to the USA for gun access. Once the housing market pops, things are going to get nasty.

about two weeks ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

DMJC Re:Time to "stock up" from NewEgg ... (242 comments)

Star Citizen announced full native Linux support, as for Diablo 3: apt-get install wine, then click on your dvd drive, and double click on the diablo 3 setup.exe

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

DMJC Sweet, online enforcement is going out of business (580 comments)

I guess with criteria like that, the FBI isn't going to have a cybercrimes division. Awesome. Seriously though, where the hell are they going to find people with IT skills who match these ridiculous criteria. The definitely won't be pulling the best and brightest of computer hackers.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

DMJC Buy Pre-terminated cables (279 comments)

If you're lazy like me, just buy pre-terminated 30m cables and run them from a switch in the roof or basement, (or a cupboard if you're really fancy) to wall plates scattered throughout the house. You can go up to 100M in length and it saves on crimping. Anything less than Ethernet is a joke and will be flaky as hell. You could also drop a ton of money on some Xirrus wireless but really for same cost, Cat-5/6 Ethernet is much better.

about a month and a half ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

DMJC Or... (425 comments)

More likely 5 years of bad policy followed by bankruptcy. He wasn't right on everything but damn Ron Paul nailed foreign policy. Pull out of the Middle East, engage in trade, and stop trying to throw military force at problems. This can only end in economic collapse and death.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

DMJC And thus the balance shifts. (354 comments)

I've been saying this for years now, attempting to crack down on piracy will unleash a massive darknet the likes the government cannot even imagine. Everything they are used to seeing is going to go dark. And the fools only have themselves to blame.

about 2 months ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

DMJC Nouveau Status (93 comments)

It's all irrelevant anyway, AMDs Open Source support sucks, and hasn't been stable. Nouveau's Open Source support is actually better. Go look at the Mesa Matrix http://www.mesamatrix.net/ Nouveau supports more OpenGL features on their open source cards than AMD does. The only thing that's been holding the Nouveau cards back has been power management and even that's not a huge issue, http://nouveau.freedesktop.org... notice that power management is almost complete on all current gen cards going right back to the Geforce 3/4 series! (admittedly Geforce 3/4 has stalled in part, but the other cards are all close to completion) So the legacy support level is fantastic as is the current card support. Nouveau has been also very rapid at making all features available to the newest generation of cards very quickly. I expect that by this time next year, they will have working OpenGL 4.2-4.3 support, and power management will be completed. Whether Nvidia has posted meaningful contributions to the project or not is almost irrelevant. The reality is that open source Nvidia is coming and it's going to be great.

about 2 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

DMJC Tech future for oldies (478 comments)

Interesting that Noone brought this up, in addition to medical tech advances things like occulus rift will allow old people to travel the world from their beds. I could see a drone mounted with cameras being a popular occulus rift application experiencing flight by just throwing the headset on and going for a ride. There's always more options than bring stuck in a bed unable to move.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

DMJC Sweet (981 comments)

Awesome, no maths, no advanced weapons targeting control, no ballistics targeting... Should be interesting to see if they can hit the broadside of a barn without maths. Meanwhile we'll continue to precision bomb these idiots.

about 2 months ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

DMJC Bad government (172 comments)

This is all because in the 1990s the government allowed FOXTEL to goto the USA, and buy up exclusive licenses to all new and back catalogues from every major media company in America. They spent billions on it and at the time everyone thought they were overpaying.Turns out they very smartly bought themselves a monopoly position in media, one that has effectively locked out all Australian competitors (All the local media services are shit, from the PSN movies, to Xbox Live, to Quickflix.) and the government hasn't had the balls to call them out and break them up for it.

about 2 months ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

DMJC Re:Overkill much... (210 comments)

8k UHD video does exist... NHK in Japan was broadcasting the Olympics in 2012 at 8k resolution in Akihabara. There's always a need for more capacity.

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

DMJC Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

May I introduce you to Gentoo, where you can block X as a dependancy across all packages and run your distro completely headless.

about 2 months ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

DMJC New Gnome? no thanks. (314 comments)

Frankly I don't see much in the new Gnome that makes it worth bringing to any platform. I just wish the same effort being put into making broken UI concepts work on various gnu projects was put into GNUstep and GNU projects.

about 2 months ago

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GNUstep Kickstarter

DMJC DMJC writes  |  about a year ago

DMJC (682799) writes "A kickstarter has been created to fund development of the GNUstep desktop system. Major goals include complete compatibility with Cocoa from Mac OSX 10.6 which will allow programs written for Mac OSX 10.6 to compile and run on Linux and BSD platforms. Stretch goals include a complete port of Webkit/webcore to Linux and BSD."
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Creator of Wing Commander/Freelancer launches Kickstarter project

DMJC DMJC writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DMJC (682799) writes "Chris Roberts, the creator of Wing Commander and Freelancer is attempting to re-launch the space flight simulator genre with a new project called Squadron 42. Launching at the Austin Game Developers Conference on Wednesday night. Mr Roberts has already demonstrated a playable game engine based on Cry Engine 3. The funding for the game is planned to be partially crowd funded, with venture capital being made available if the game hits it's target of $2 million. The site crashed on Wednesday night due to heavy traffic and has now been restored to working operation.The tech demo of the game suggests it will be a combination of Wing Commander and Freelancer play styles set in a universe with heavy influences from both series. The project has already generated over $640,000 in it's first few days."
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