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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

John Bokma Neither do some geeks (307 comments)

Neither do some geeks. I prefer my OS working reasonable well out of the box without the need (!) to have to reconfigure things. I don't want a Lego set for each and everything in my life; thank you!

1 hour ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

See my other comment. Because I try to document as much as possible of what I install / configure, I have been running Firefox for a while fresh out of the box. I didn't have this problem on 10.04 with an older version of Firefox (except for multimedia crashes). I am currently running 31.0. Links to recent crash reports follow. A quick peek gives me the impression that it's memory allocating/freeing related.

  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/9da4e3c8-10b7-472f-99e7-1e1982140814
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/cbf10326-272e-48ee-a442-d8f5c2140811
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/6ef8f9ed-3ad3-43ba-aa49-6af082140810
  • https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/59d35f6f-a3f8-46c0-8466-8ebce2140807

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

I am one of those silly people who turns off his computer when not in use. Moreover, the thing is that it can happen early on, and after a restart of Firefox it doesn't happen again. Didn't have this problem with an older version of Firefox on 10.04. To add to the weirdness, it quite often happens when I am working in Emacs. I suddenly get the crash dialog. It's like it reacts to some keypress combination. Another reason for crashing, which I did have also on 10.04 with an older version, is multimedia. I haven't installed Flash yet, but it also happens when Firefox wants to use VLC.

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

I've ran memtest86 for hours already, all is well. Which is not a surprise because the 8G installed is less than 2 years old, rest is less than 7 years old. I've already done a reinstall of 14.04 which is LTS. I've also checked for file corruption by using rsync with the -c (checksum) flag.

The app that chrashes the most is Firefox, followed by Thunderbird. I've checked several of the crash reports of Firefox. Some of those are in Mozilla's top list and have been there for a while. So I doubt it's flakey hardware (been running 10.04 . Like someone else suggested, I do have a lot of tabs open. But I've been doing this for years. If this is the problem, it's a recent one. Didn't have this many issues with 10.04, which I have been running until mid-2014.

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

Sure, I do keep 100+ tabs open. The thing is, that worked perfectly on an older version of Firefox. And since tabs are loaded on demand I don't even see why that should be a problem. I do report Firefox crashes and a few of the crashes are in the "top list" according to Mozilla, and have been around for a while. So, yeah, typical OSS apologist behavior, let's blame the user.... The easiest solution would be to keep track of max open tabs and the next time just warn "Due to our incompetence you can't have more than 120 tabs open, please close at least 20".

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

I've done a new install of 14.04 shortly after, just to rule out exactly that problem. As for a flakey bit of disk, we can exclude that as well because I used a different partitioning scheme, unless the whole disk is flakey, which I highly doubt. No, I don't think it's the hardware. As for software, I already mentioned more up that it's Firefox and Thunderbird that crashes the most. If I exclude those I still get more issues compared to the install of 10.04, which I've been running for years on the same hardware, except for the HDD.

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

Heh, I am a professional. As for the hardware, it has been perfectly able to run 8.04..10.04. And since it seems the best with Ubuntu to do a fresh install - I don't want to think the pile of crap I would've ended up if I had updated from 8.04 all the way to 14.04 over the years - it wouldn't have been smart of me to update to 12.04 a few months ago instead of 14.04. So, yeah, I know it's typical in the Linux community to wave away issues (but (!) it runs perfect on my computer) and blame it on the user (had you but bought the right hardware and weren't a noob) the thing is plain and simply: 14.04 is not that great. It's not me who isn't a professional...

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

Look, I have had issues with any OS I've used over the past 30+ years. But I've never had this many crashes with a browser as Firefox manages on 14.04, not even with Netscape on IRIX. Ubuntu 14.04 just feels unfinished to me, especially compared to 10.04. I have had in a single month more issues with 14.04 than with 10.04 in 6+ months. And I don't think my hardware just got flakey right after a fresh install on a new hard disk drive.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

Thanks, it did indeed the trick (just rebooted). It looks like the crash report got stuck because of the Unicode decoding error.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

OK, I deleted one crash report, let's hope that's the reason I saw 4+ "System problem detected" windows. I actually did find that page a few months a go but was not all that happy with the "Disable apport" part. Anyway, let's see if it makes a difference. Thanks!

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

John Bokma Re:Surprise? (560 comments)

Ubuntu 14.04 user here. Every time I login I am greeted with a stack of "System problem detected" warnings. Both Firefox and Thunderbird are extremely unstable. Firefox crashes a few times a week. Thunderbird does so twice a week (about). Now and then the whole system hangs when doing a rsync to an external disk (hangs, not busy).

Oh, I am sure Linux apologists blame me, my hardware, etc. But I've been running 10.04 for years on the same hardware, except that I replaced the 320G HDD for a 1TB one and switched to AHCI. Maybe that's the problem?

One issue I see often is this one: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubu... It gives a very unfinished/unstable feel to 14.04

2 days ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

John Bokma Re:One of the most frustrating first-world problem (191 comments)

What do you mean, not strong enough? We've managed to walk an Apple wall wart out of an outlet several times. The lightning connecter stayed connected to the iPad.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

John Bokma Re:Rapidly obsolete documentation (430 comments)

B) documentation is boring, unrewarding and time consuming to do well so nobody wants to bother.

I actually like to write documentation. And at 100 USD/hr you can certainly drop me a line if this crowd sourcing ever happens.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

John Bokma Re:partly as a result, work culture is also haphaz (135 comments)

Exactly. Moreover, clients who insist on 24/7 availability etc. are also the ones that drop you as soon as they've found someone who claims to be available 24/8 and/or asks a few cents less. Rent-a-coder et al are good places to find such clients (can you write a facebook clone, the budget is 200 USD...).

about three weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

John Bokma Heh, slave to the rythm.... (135 comments)

I work with clients in /several/ countries besides the USA (e.g. Japan, The Netherlands, UK). Call? They can email me. And if it's urgent, they should've emailed me earlier. Of course there are exceptions, but those are extremely rare, because I make clear that the preferred way to reach me is email, and that I don't want to use Skype (or similar). And it really works. I can't be standby 24/7 because that would affect my work, and so far there hasn't been any need for this.

With one project they hired a new guy. He asked me (on Skype) "how do I edit a file on Linux" (really!). So I replied "vi, otherwise just transfer the file and edit it locally". He picked vi but .... he insisted that I was going to teach him how to use vi via Skype. No thanks, even if I could declare my hours. In general, my experience with Skype has been that the other side sets a time, and when I am on Skype, on time, they always have to finish some business first. If I can hold on for a while (20+ minutes). One of the reasons I don't do Skype anymore. The other one is that some customers tried to use it to get a real time quote. I need time to think about such things (most things, in general), so no. Besides brain storming via email also gives a nice transcript (which I am more than happy to turn into a formal document).

about three weeks ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

John Bokma Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

"[Emacs] Cua-mode allows one to use ‘C-v’, ‘C-c’, and ‘C-x’ to paste, copy, and cut the region. Since this conflicts with very important keybindings in Emacs, these CUA bindings are only active when the mark is active. The package does a whole lot more, too: ‘C-z’ to undo, Shift-movement to select, and it includes support for rectangular regions" http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs...

about three weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

John Bokma Re:Limited scope of vulnerability (205 comments)

just keep an eye on what device types are showing up in /sys/bus/usb or device manager.

I'll pass this on to my mother, thanks!

about three weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

John Bokma Re:Here's a novel idea (47 comments)

typos: Single borad computer & Reapberry Pi & Respberry & Pi Raspbery Pi & SATA is 2T not 2G. I almost have the feeling you did some (bad) SEO... Anyway, thanks, I like to stay somewhat up to date with SBC. My current favorite is the CubieTruck, though.

about three weeks ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

John Bokma Re:So... (101 comments)

That's a choice that has been made. AFAIK the iOS device asks if the computer can be trusted....

about three weeks ago

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