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Red Hat Hires CentOS Developers

apexwm Great news and support from Red Hat (91 comments)

It's great to know a good company like Red Hat is behind CentOS. CentOS is already great stuff now, and will hopefully be even better with the corporate backing. It should be a winning situation for all parties, including the end user.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

apexwm It is turning back to traditional ways (503 comments)

It's no surprise that some of these environments were way too focuses on touch technologies and tablets, and left traditional desktops in the dark. Now that feedback has been received, the environments are backtracking and reviving the classic features. Which, make sense for most as the stats demonstrate. It's unfortunate this has happened, because it has added confusion for new users. But things are coming around and for example Gnome's Classic environment, which wasn't introduced until Gnome 3 was well established, will help considerably, for those that use Gnome for example

about 7 months ago

Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

apexwm This sounds like a win-win (186 comments)

By helping CentOS, Red Hat will ensure RHEL's future even more. This will also help CentOS as well, which is an excellent choice no only on the server but on the desktop as well. In the end, both parties should benefit. This is definitely good news and also keeps open source GNU/Linux succeeding in the real world.

about 8 months ago

Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

apexwm Their own distro? hm (275 comments)

I'm surprised they developed their own distro. They obviously had the resources to do this, but I would think handling future updates would be more costly to do this in house rather than use an already published distro. Regardless, it's a move in the positive direction for open source and GNU/Linux, we can only hope that other companies and organizations will learn, and follow suit. If not, they will continue to try and stick with Microsoft and will end up purchasing new hardware just to run that software, not to mention overpaying in licensing fees and extra personnel to administer those licenses.

about 9 months ago

Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

apexwm There is really no reason to still use Windows... (304 comments)

There is no reason users should stick with Windows, other than exactly what the article states... hardware support and software support. GNU/Linux is an excellent and extremely stable platform (the Linux kernel runs most datacenters -- VMware, KVM, etc... all run on the Linux kernel ... and if it's good enough there you can bet it's good enough to run a gaming PC with ease). I have used GNU/Linux on all of my desktops, and Wine has picked up some of the slack for software where vendors refuse to write native GNU/Linux versions. But, migrating software to run on GNU/Linux natively is a huge win. Let's hope this stays on course.

about a year ago

Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

apexwm Re:Closed Source is dying (160 comments)

Agreed! The desktops won't be going away anytime soon, but I think that GNU/Linux will continue to grow on desktops so that is definitely a good thing. Microsoft is getting weaker.

about a year ago

Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

apexwm Another moving away from Windows (160 comments)

This is a smart move by the auto makers. I don't know why they even considered Windows at all for these systems. Windows is proprietary, crippled, and there are just a host of reasons that don't make it a good fit for this. GNU/Linux is completely open, scalable, stable (no crashing/rebooting), and far less expensive without licensing woes of Windows.

about a year ago

Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

apexwm Forget Windoze already!!! (237 comments)

I don't know how many problems that I've come across in Windows, that in GNU/Linux is not an issue. Who cares about Windows. Let Windows rot, and let's get on with a real OS.

about a year ago

Group Attacks Bad Software Patents Before They're Approved

apexwm This is a good thing... (82 comments)

Finally some aid in correcting some of the issues we are seeing with patent bullying that has become very popular. Unfortunately the patent system is broken in regards to software, so until it is updated it is great to see organisations like this helping the industry.

about a year ago

Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

apexwm Always trust open source (576 comments)

When the code is exposed to the public, open source should always have the trust of the users. I'm not sure if Stallman predicted the fact that governments would try to insert a backdoor, but his ideals should indeed prevent it. I trust open source software, but I do NOT trust closed and proprietary software from Microsoft or Apple. Those two have already been exposed to releasing personal details to governments.

about a year ago

IBM Promises $1B Investment In Linux Development

apexwm Good to see big companies behind the Linux kernel (109 comments)

I am glad IBM is investing more in to and contributing to the Linux kernel. This is what open source is all about, and a sign that Linux is still growing at a rapid pace to replace the old, archaic, and expensive software in the field today.

about a year ago

New Operating System Seeks To Replace Linux In the Cloud

apexwm I don't get why we need OSv... (335 comments)

We don't need to reinvent the wheel here. I don't see why there are claims that Linux can't be scaled, because it CAN. Recompile the kernel to suit your needs. If it's for virtualisation, then do so.

about a year ago

With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

apexwm Brilliant idea... (426 comments)

Ubuntu us a newbie-friendly OS for those stuck on Windows for many years. The city of Munich is brilliant for doing this. Finally, a government entity that is looking out for its own citizens, and not being lobbied by big money. Excellent to see this. If only other governments would catch on.

about a year ago

Intel, Red Hat Working On Enabling Wayland Support In GNOME

apexwm I hope X11 sticks around for a while... (168 comments)

I understand Wayland's purpose, but I also hope they do not ditch X11 too soon as it has been around for many many years and ensures maximum compatibility. Personally, X11 does enough for me and has good enough performance. Let's just not make the same mistake that Gnome did, by ditching the old ways too soon before figuring out the new ways first. If X11 continues to be developed, I will definitely continue to use it.

1 year,1 day

Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

apexwm there is what open source excels at (303 comments)

It is poor on netflix to ignore users and turn away business. However this demonstrates the power of open source software and how it can adapt. This will help a lot of people that dumped Windows to at least use the proprietary netflix services. Now we just need to get around Adobe dropping the ball with developing Flash Player for Linux. Hopefully open source developers can pick up the slack there as well. I put Adobe in the same category as netflix, the LAME category.

1 year,25 days

Red Hat Confirms GNOME Classic Mode For RHEL 7

apexwm Good move on Red Hat's part (192 comments)

RHEL is a conservative release anyway, but this move is a good one. I suspected they would either pick "Classic mode" or use the MATE desktop environment instead.

about a year ago

What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

apexwm Not just 2013, been off Windows since 2007 (1215 comments)

I've been using GNU/Linux on all of my desktops since 2007, after seeing it outperform Windows in datacenters since 1997. I use Fedora which is known to have some bugs, but that is what you get with cutting edge. I have wanted to try CentOS or Mint on the desktop and haven't put in the time. Needless to say, I couldn't be happier that I finally made the switch. Many years ago I could not, but now GNU/Linux has so many applications that it can easily replace Windows. Easily. Best of all I am able to replace other proprietary Windows software and get rid of Adobe and other software that was costing way too much.

about a year ago

Microsoft Developer Explains Why Windows Kernel Development Falls Behind

apexwm No surprise here (347 comments)

I am glad this information was released. It only makes sense, with Microsoft keeping the Windows kernel closed source. Let's face it, the Linux kernel is setting the bar in business and datacenters; Microsoft is becoming more of a desktop and consumer company. VMware, appliances, and everything in the datacenter all run on the Linux kernel, and has for years. The Windows kernel is too slow and bloated, not to mention more expensive, to run these services. That's why I use GNU/Linux on all desktops as well, it's rock solid and allows me to get the most out of the hardware.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

apexwm For education? (260 comments)

I've found that GNU/Linux can save educational institutions a LOT of money. Especially when they are able to obtain computers that businesses are throwing out because they can no longer run Windows. GNU/Linux has a huge array of education software, and a lot of schools are using the online games which makes it a very good platform for all of the above. It is amazing at the waste from corporate America where the thought process is to "upgrade the PC to support the new version of Windows", where they should instead be saying "install GNU/Linux to allow us to continue using these PCs and give us freedom".

about a year and a half ago

Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

apexwm I'm glad Linus is resisting (786 comments)

Caving in to Microsoft is exactly the goal, by Microsoft. The entire UEFI Secure Boot issue is another attempt by Microsoft to control hardware, when they are a software company. While I can see benefits of trying to comply with Microsoft, I don't think it's the right thing especially for the end users because it sacrifices end users freedom to use their machine as they intend. Microsoft wants control over this, and we should not allow it. Unfortunately, PC vendors already have allowed it and passed this along to the users. I think the only real reason a user would need to have Secure Boot working is on a dual boot system. How about scrapping Windows, disable Secure Boot, and install your favourite flavor of GNU/Linux and call it good. If you need Windows, spin up a VM in VirtualBox and away you go.

about a year and a half ago



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