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What To Expect With Windows 9

FithisUX What to expect? (541 comments)

Windows 9 changelog New and exciting in this release -IE replaced with Firefox -Notepad replaced with notepad2 (please use Notepad++ for power users) -Office is deprecated, consider switching to Libreoffice -cmd is deprecated, to be removed in a future release. Please consider using Conemu -7-zip is the default for archive handling -A new POSIX subsystem to gradually replace win32 crap 100% compatible with cygwin. Cygwin is expected to fly performanwise. -Process hacker has replaced windows system monitor. - Visual studio for other languages other than D is deprecated. A new release throws away all the crap, make the Shell thin and usable with D. -C# is deprecated, use D (not Java, they are competitors). We will re-introduce C# through mono. We failed. -Gnu guix is supported -If you want to use C/C++ consider moving to mingw. We have already moved. -Get your updates faster through portable apps. -Paint is here to stay -Windows media player leaves. VLC is the default player. -SEH patents have expired. Who cares, new in this release DWARF-3. -The GatesBot will build latest versions of over 1000 FOSS apps/libraries nightly for your pleasure. Get them through msys2. -We love FOSS, we have more recent versions than Linux distros. Have a nice day.

about a week ago

Why The Korean Government Could Go Open Source By 2020

FithisUX Open Drivers (64 comments)

Open Source will thrive when documents mandate that every device must be accompanied by a document describing how this will be programmed. In other way you buy an NVIDIA card or an smart phone and you get a PDF that gives detailed specification of how software can use the device (not how it is manufactured) to get the advertised functionality. this should extended to all sub-components that interact with the software. Using undocumented functionality should be illegal since it is a means to provide illegal competitive advantage. No blobs.

about 3 months ago

Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

FithisUX Re:Easier (106 comments)

So, you prove you are lucky. Nothing else. I smoke 20 cigarettes a day I am 37 and have no cancer. So smoke 20 cigarettes a day until 37. You are safe.

about 3 months ago

The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

FithisUX Frightening (230 comments)

I wonder about all these papers claiming fantastic performance with neural nets. This paper makes me wonder about the perturbation invariance of neural networks. The question is how much perturbation is tolerated? Yes, one can perturb a cat image but how much perturbation leaves the concept of cat invariant is another question. This is a fundamental symmetry. In any case this paper is very big news. Maybe the inherent problem is that neural networks do not approximate smooth, rather than measurable/continuous functions.

about 4 months ago

The Truth About OpenGL Driver Quality

FithisUX DSP from TI (158 comments)

Replace the proprietary junk with an Octacore DSP as a co-processor and do software rendering assisted with extra instructions. If it works with arm, it should work with Intel.

about 4 months ago

Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

FithisUX Re:Binary drivers (47 comments)

They could pair the cores with 8-core TI DSP in order to mimize blobs (the a simple framebuffer and an A/D would be enough to have video/audio).

about 5 months ago

XWayland Aiming For Glamor Support, Merge Next X.Org Release

FithisUX X from user space (83 comments)

With Wayland/Mir people should consider pushing X totally on user space, like Xming,VcXsrv,XDarwin (and XPhoton R.I.P.) with an SDL fallback.

about 6 months ago

DirectX 12 Promises Lower-level Hardware Access On Multiple Platforms

FithisUX Opengl Extensions anyone? (107 comments)

We need a stack and a common low level interface like USB Mass Storage for GFX. Only one driver common to all gfx. Implement OpenGL in hardware and interface with it, nothing else. Open source the GFX interface or create a spec, we need one gfx driver and nothing else.

about 6 months ago

Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

FithisUX Re:I find it interesting (223 comments)

highly interactive hardware -> you mean NVIDIA ATI hardware? They do not comply to any specification like USB mass storage which can be provided as a file. A graphics card !IS! a file , the crap by vendors is not a GFX card. The systems you talk about, are co-processors. So they are not per-se files. But with some engineering from the part of vendors you can view them generally as files, one for each co-processor. Then you upload VM-images through this file and create dynamic files (endpoints) for RPC between host and each VM. The problem is that you cannot buy a graphics card (like a PCI / USB adapter) . You buy a GFX fused with a co-processor integrated in a very strange proprietary manner. I do not defend the paradigm, like pthreads it has standed the test of time. Vendors are morons.

about 7 months ago

LLVM and Clang 3.4 Are Out

FithisUX Mingw builds (118 comments)

They seem to have stopped mingw builds and focus on clang-cl on windows. The problem is that you need the Windows SDK. With most other open source / free compilers this is not necessary. Personally I use mingw in both of its incarnations and the problem is that I cannot download a ready made binary. clang-cl is unusable without windows sdk. It is not compatible with lcc,pelles,openwatcom,digital mars c SDKs.

about 8 months ago

YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

FithisUX I choose VP9 (255 comments)

I am on a national project requiring to stream opengl framebuffers. I had to replace the old slow system with a new one that does not need a special decoder. Guess what I used. VP9 through gstreamer and it plays nicely with FF/Chrome. However if I have time i will convert it to the SDK provided by Google mainly as a personal project.

about 9 months ago

Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

FithisUX GPUs are proprietary (241 comments)

this is the reason. We need a standard GPU access API and vendor independent. If the DBs need a GPU to speed up, please use Parallela or support OpenGraphics.

about 9 months ago

Firefox Gains Support for VP9 Video Codec

FithisUX Re:YouTube (129 comments)

Native graphic card decoder is an inflexible design. OpenCL is a flexible standard. You can accelerate new codecs on it. You don't have to wait for a new card. And in principle it means one less proprietary driver. Please stop this graphics card argument argument. The GFX thing is anti-competitive. Actually it should be a math-coprocessor. The display should be handled by another device, eg a framebuffer card that interfaces to and reports capabilites of the monitors. Something like USB/Firewire/Soundblaster extension card. The co-processor is just another device sitting on the bus which could accelerate opengl,openal or openvg or you could not buy it but instead rely on the CPU to do the hard work. But you could still interface to the monitor in standards compliant manner.

about 9 months ago

$39 Arduino Compatible Boardset Runs Linux On New x86 SoC

FithisUX Vortex86MX (95 comments)

I would buy one if it came with Vortex86MX even if its pricier. It would be a competitor to the BeagleBoard but with hopefully more open VGA.

about 10 months ago

GCC 4.9 Coming With Big New Features

FithisUX no news for gccgo (181 comments)

and no gdc integration. These are the items I am most interested about.

about 10 months ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

FithisUX Best scifi (726 comments)

The best sci-fi films I have seen. I have watched all parts and I would like to see a new one or the end of the bugs.

about 10 months ago

Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

FithisUX Automatic driver synthesis (280 comments)

Normally one could write the USB spec (lets say X spec) in a high level language (that specifies behavior, say HLL) as a reference implementation that could be taken by the OS (any OS) to derive the driver. This spec should be provided by the X standards body (could b even a company) . Moreover it could interface to Y spec in the same high level language and still generate a X:Y composite driver or even create two drivers at kernel level that interface with some OS specific way. The standards body could verify X or X:Y for correct operation and publish it along with the PDF spec. The problem is that many people believe that the knowledge of C or some kernel internals are a form of qualification when we live in 2013. The real qualification is to create the HLL to kernel interface translator. Science is lacking from software in many many circumstances. Companies, selfish programmers f@^(ing money are to blame. But the problem is that OSes far better than commercial ones fail because of lack of drivers. Or equivalently by the lack of mapping the spec to their kernel interface in a hand-written time consuming error prone way due to complexity. The big thing is how to write the kernel (or the microkernel) to support apps known as drivers .... among others. We have functional, logic and functional logic languages. But we still live in caves imposed by companies and incompetent programmers that act like priests in ancient Egypt and companies that cheat on their customers. The above article shows a big symptom of a deep problem in CS. It is lack of professionalism, lack of scientific method and lack of freedom. The HW companies should only sell hardware accompanied with documentation. They should not be allowed to give drivers for an OS which poses a competitive advantage to a company. It should be illegal. This is not about OSS, its about common sense. However the UEFI secure boot and recent NSA story say something different. It says that there are no government entities willing to pose limits on the power of companies. Instead they fuel them. The paradox arising is that in 2013 many develop like in 70s. It is a form of autism, it is a kind of slavery, it is a sign of decay.

about a year ago

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

FithisUX Rewrite OO in D (238 comments)

and reduce bugs.

about a year ago

Wine 1.6 Released With 10,000 Changes

FithisUX Miss the mingw builds (116 comments)

I really miss the Wine-On-Windows mingw builds. The SF builds are outdated.

about a year ago

LibreOffice Calc Set To Get GPU Powered Boost From AMD

FithisUX This is great news (211 comments)

It makes sense. FPU is dead long live the multi-core FPUs exported by OpenCL

about a year ago



Ask Slashdot : MacOSX cross-compiler

FithisUX FithisUX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FithisUX (855293) writes "After some failed attempt I would like to ask the Slashdoter community if there are any directions (or projects) on how to create a MacOSX 10.6 cross-compiling environment from Ubuntu (e.g. 11.04) targeting x86 and/or x86-64."

uKernel Device Driver Development

FithisUX FithisUX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FithisUX writes "Hi, after watching the attempts of various OSes like Syllable and Haiku I wonder if driver driver development is easier on a uKernel Operating System. Recently I stumbled upon an article about QNX which says that they can do Device Driver Development with POSIX interfaces, signals, threads,... etc. Moreover the breadth of modern hardware makes the kernels bigger. However attaching gdb to a device driver as a user space seems attracting. I think this would give a better chance for smaller OSes."


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