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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Ynot_82 Re:subtle sarcasm? (647 comments)

The sarcasm on this site is usually a bit more obvious

I apologise.
I'm British.

about 2 months ago

Debian Forked Over Systemd

Ynot_82 Wow... (647 comments)

...a fork of Debian,
Such a thing is unheard of in Debian's 20-odd year history.
I wonder what the impact of this fork will be on Debian-proper.

about 2 months ago

Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Ynot_82 Maybe I imagined it... (387 comments)

...but isn't the reason Linus tends to be blunt due to an experience early in Linux's existence?

Someone came in with a big, grand idea and asked if this is something Linux needed.
Linus replied with something meant to be taken as a polite NAK.

Guy didn't get the subtle hint, and proceeded to go off and spend x months developing feature.
Came back with patches and had the whole thing rejected.
Guy left saying he was so depressed he may commit suicide.

Since then, Linus has been up-front and directly.

Can't remember who, what, where or when

about 4 months ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Ynot_82 Bribery and corruption (579 comments)

From arstechnica

Microsoft announced last year that it was moving its German headquarters to Munich. This move is planned to take place in 2016. While Reiter was involved in the deal that precipitated the move and describes himself as a "Microsoft fan," he says the criticism of LiMux is unrelated.

Limux is a project which, up until 3 days ago, has been widely reported as successful. It's been going on for 10 years for god's sake.
Now, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it's a failure - according to one politician.

This is a single politician in the german government trying to derail the project for personal gain.

about 5 months ago

Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Ynot_82 Great Magazine, But... (56 comments)

Could you not do overly dramatic headlines on the front cover, please.

Last issue had "Learn to Hack" in massive yellow text.

Right in the middle of the News Corp phone hacking trial, the Snowden leaks, some police evidence tampering stories, as well as a few other computer security related things in the press at the time.

My postman avoids me now....

Just a friendly suggestion,

about 6 months ago

Linus Torvalds Reads Your Mean Tweets

Ynot_82 Re:Terrifyingly Lame (62 comments)

Linux has provided some epic rants

Yes, but I don't think a rant about a device driver setup routine returing -EBUSY as opposed to -EINVAL would appeal to the general public.

about 8 months ago

Security Researchers Threatened With US Cybercrime Laws

Ynot_82 This is what happens... (156 comments)

...when ill thought out laws are passed.

In the UK, it is a crime (under the computer misuse act) to test a 3rd party system for vulnerabilities.

The Heartbleed incident caused a lot of people to break the law testing whether websites were affected.

about 8 months ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Ynot_82 Re:Power button. (194 comments)

If I don't know for sure, I won't do it. I'm going to gamble with my filesystem, am I?

Does windows still not have a journaling filesystem?

about a year ago

Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

Ynot_82 Re:Curse of the Linux-only gamer (99 comments)

I don't know, really.
I've played stuff before (point & click adventure games) where you're dropped into a world with no knowledge of anything and expected to get a certain way through before any kind of plot exposition.

and it's not like the game was silent - I had everything except the vocals.


about a year ago

Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

Ynot_82 Curse of the Linux-only gamer (99 comments)

I have to say, I loved Portal 1
So when Portal 2 was released in beta for Linux, I downloaded and played it immediately.

Having not played it before (last time I used windows was 1998)
I had no idea what the game should have been like.

Portal 1 was fairly sparse on the dialog front
"We regret to inform you that.....eeee...." lights flicker
So I didn't think much of it when Portal 2 was light on dialog

Played through to chapter 4 before I realised that there haven't been any dialog
Bug report here (no apparently fixed)

The curse of the Linux-only gamer....

Ps. I've enjoyed the game so far, even sans vocals

about a year ago

Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

Ynot_82 Re:License needed only for specific things (118 comments)

It sounds like Canonical are just a bunch of a**holes.

How is this any different to what Mozilla or Redhat do?

It's brand protection.
They don't want some shody fork that's poorly designed to use their trademarked name and possibly impacting their reputation.

Billuntu - Packed with malware
Jilluntu - It wipes your disk without confirmation

about a year ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Ynot_82 Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

1) Relabel Windows 7 boxes "Windows 9"

Fixed that for you

1 year,11 days

Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

Ynot_82 Re:Government waste (257 comments)

Yes, and journeys in early motorised carriages could have been done quicker and cheaper using horses.
Not very good at the old forward-thinking thing, are you ;)

about a year ago

Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

Ynot_82 Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

I think the main reason comes down to binary drivers

Ok, this is at least a valid reason.

I do find it very odd, to say the least, that Canonical is being criticised though.
The criticism should be levelled at the hardware vendors who won't provide open drivers.

I just find it an odd state of affairs when a non-copyleft project (Wayland) is favoured over a copyleft project (Mir) because of proprietary drivers.

Why are we limiting ourselves because of proprietary drivers?
It's all backward.


about a year ago

Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

Ynot_82 Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

Because the userbase for Ubuntu is quite huge comparatively, and Ubuntu seems to like doing shit like this "just because" without any reasoning grounded in fact or reality.

Sorry, I don't understand the comment.
Isn't Doing shit, "just because" a fundamental part of OSS software development?
Do you want to remove the "scratch your own itch" element?

Quick google says that Mir is GPL V3
What exactly is the issue here?
I'm missing something...

about a year ago

Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

Ynot_82 Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

Gentoo user here, just to side-step any Ubuntu fanboy responses.

Why are two competing display server stacks considered a problem in this case?

Over the years we've had countless situations like this
The various desktop environments, package management systems, initialisation systems, boot loaders, audio stacks, etc. etc.

Often seen as the benefit of open-source software.
The ability for multiple software components to exist that fulfil the same function. May the best man win.

Innovation and progress comes from each project trying to out-do it's rivals.

Often these competing solutions have a single distro or company behind them, driving development forward.

Why is Ubuntu's new display server, competing against X.org and Wayland any different?

about a year ago



French Police Save Millions Switching to Ubuntu

Ynot_82 Ynot_82 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ynot_82 (1023749) writes "The French national police force, the Gendarmerie Nationale, has spoken about their migration away from the Windows platform to Linux.

Estimated to have already saved the force 50 Million Euros, the migration is due to be completed on all 90,000 workstations by 2015.

Of the move, Lt. Col. Guimard had this comment

Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users," said Lt. Col. Guimard. "Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority.


Link to Original Source

Ynot_82 Ynot_82 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ynot_82 (1023749) writes "Yesterday, the UK Panorama programme ran a section on Wi-Fi and recent health concerns.
With some schools reportedly removing their Wi-Fi networks amid the concerns, many are calling for a detailed investigation into the safety of Wi-Fi Networks.Is this overkill, or are there real concerns here? Scientists are divided on the issue, and in the mean time, IT in the education sector looks to be taking the cautionary route."


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