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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

borgheron Re: Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

It was the right decision. systemd flies in the face of the Unix philosophy. I personally won't be upgrading to any distro which uses it.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

borgheron WTF is up with the title of this article... (190 comments)

The English in the title is all wrong. It should read "Munich Council [says] talk of [Linux] demise is greatly exaggerated"... Editors? Are you there? Is Malda asleep at the wheel as usual?

Greg

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

borgheron The real question is... (626 comments)

Should governments be profiting and depending on revenue which requires citizens to break the law in order to maintain it. If so, is not the local government contributing to illegal activity and accidental property damage, injury, and deaths by not allowing driverless cars on the road since they would be inherently safer?

Food for thought.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

borgheron Re:Carmack on Snow Crash (535 comments)

Second Life was based on ideas in Snow Crash. :) The best tech to pair something like this VR helmet with would be a Virtual World like second life.

Greg

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

borgheron Oculus Rift will become FB's redheaded stepchild.. (535 comments)

I have a feeling this acquisition will cause Oculus to become facebooks redheaded stepchild. What possible use for VR could facebook have?

Greg

about 8 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

borgheron Re:2.4% duh (426 comments)

You know, I think it's those in the field who don't have CS degrees who always spout that they are not necessary out of some feel of inadequacy. It's like saying a you don't need to have an MD in order to operate on someone. You can, of course, but you're very likely to screw things up in ways that you're not immediately aware of. I can't tell you how many times I've had to clean up the messes of people who are NOT computer science graduates because they decided to solve a common problem poorly due to ignorance of the field.

Greg C.

about 10 months ago
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F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

borgheron Meritocracy.... (263 comments)

The web is not a US colony it is a meritocracy. In this case the US has most of the services which are essential for NOW. But this may not always be the case. So, Sweden and other countries that are upset should start working on the technological things that might give them the edge in the future.

In this world it is now all about the information and the technology. There is no fair and balanced here. Whoever knows the most... wins.

GC

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron Re:Hmmm (131 comments)

There's ARC in Objective-C for example, which is a huge difference. Not sure if that's implemented in GNUstep.

Yes, it's implemented. If you're using CLANG. GNUstep's libobjc2 runtime supports it fully. GCC, unfortunately, has a long way to go to catch up on some features since, for some reason, they don't consider ObjC to be release critical.

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron Re:Hmmm (131 comments)

GNUstep is a lovely (and lovable) project, but "bring the implementation to API compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6's Cocoa"? Really? 10.6, when 10.9 is just around the corner? With such a huge delay, GNUstep will never be able to take off.

You expect me to be able to bring the API all the way from 10.4/5 to 10.8/9 in six months? Some are saying that 10.6 is a lofty goal, but I think it's more realistic than 10.8 or 10.9. Also, if I see opportunities to bring things up to 10.8/9 while I'm doing it, I will. It's a matter of setting a believable goal to achieve.

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron Re:Why bother? (131 comments)

I'll take a quick stab at answering your question.

They're not trying to duplicate Mac OS X. The project started before that, to clone nextstep, or the api's at least, which were at one point being billed as a cross platform framework called openstep.

I assume these guys liked Objective-C(which came from nextstep) and liked openstep and you know then the whole thing took on a life of its own.

Now they could stick with the state of openstep when NeXT shutdown, or they could go off on thier own, or they could bring in the new stuff from Mac OS X(which is descended from nextstep).

They seem to want to the last one.

We've done the last one for many years now. The issue is that there are very few of us and none of us have the time to work on it full time. What I propose to do is take some time to purely work on GNUstep so that I can bring it up to a standard that everyone can live with and build on.

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron Re:GNUStep is a great project (131 comments)

If by 'continually in the Top 5' you mean 'already second year in a row in Top 5', then I can agree. But I think that compared to other top-10 languages, 'just very recently became of any importance at all' would be more honest statement.

Well, first it's a couple years, then it's a third and a fourth, then it's 20. ;)

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron Re:GNU & GNUSTEP? (131 comments)

Isn't GNUSTEP, like OpenStep, a platform independent standard? If yes, then it would work on both GNU as well as non-GNU platforms, such as the BSDs. Also, how important is the GNU userland here - is it either an important part of GNUSTEP, or necessary for GNUSTEP to even work/run? If not, then leaving out GNU out of Linux doesn't mean much, since GNUSTEP could run on it, w/o things like glibc, x11 and so on.

GNUstep is completely platform independent. The only thing it requires is a POSIX layer for some of the low level functions (which is available on Windows in the form of MinGW). It abstracts the display and the events layers. GNUstep has implementations for X11 and for Windows and can have implementations for any windowing system you prefer.

The reason for the GNU in GNUstep is largely historical. Originally, GNUstep was supposed to be *the* development environment and windowing system for HURD and for Linux, but it didn't work out that way since KDE and GNOME came to prominence. GNUstep, since it followed OpenStep at the time and now follows Cocoa, had to be implemented against an existing spec as opposed to the "blow up the world and start everything new" philosophy of the other two projects. Implementing against an existing spec is much harder because it requires more discipline. Additionally, GNUstep is written using ObjC (for obvious reasons) and, back then, it wasn't as popular as it is now and developers interest both in ObjC and in coding for GNUstep were rare.

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron Re:Will not support (131 comments)

NOTE: Some of the rewards say Linux instead of GNU/Linux. Apologies for the omission.

Sorry, I dont support projects with pedantic zelots leading them. There is "Linux" and the Linux kernel, "Linux" is a fine an appropriate generic term for the operating system as a whole. Otherwise you really should be saying stupid shit like: "Ubuntu/Debian/GNU/Linux" to be clear because GNU is just a toolchain and a collection of software but not the whole collection.

Get. Over. It.

The fact is that Debian calls the distro "Debian GNU/Linux" whether you or I agree with the philosophy behind it, that's their proper name. If you take this as a sign of zealotry from me, which it is not I was only trying to call them what they choose to be called, then you're being a zealot in the opposite direction and perhaps you need to "Get. Over. It."

about a year ago
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NASA's Bolden: No American-Led Return To the Moon 'In My Lifetime'

borgheron How short sighted is that? (233 comments)

Fine, no manned *GOVERNMENT* mission... If the government isn't going to do it could they, at least, get out of the way and give the approvals so that private industry CAN do it?

Sheesh...

GC

about a year and a half ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

borgheron Come back to GNUstep. ;) (815 comments)

Miguel,

Given that you have decided to do the right thing and join the ranks of the Mac faithful, I, as GNUstep's Chief Maintainer, I would like to extend a formal invitation to re-join the GNUstep project. ;)

Sincerely Yours,
Gregory Casamento
P.S. Kidding. ;) Enjoy your Mac.

about a year and a half ago
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Genome Researchers Wants Your Genes

borgheron Then they are looking in the wrong place. (165 comments)

From brutal experience I can attest to the fact that most people on Slashdot, save myself, are not that smart. ;)

GC

more than 3 years ago
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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

borgheron Re:Citation provided (463 comments)

A few things:

1) the yarchive.net article makes assertions about how some of the advantages "have no basis in fact" but provides no proof. So this article fails miserably as any sort of counterexample. Additionally, it's from 1998... hardware is much more powerful now.

2) The real world tech article by Linus is interesting, but I'm not sure I would consider Linus unbiased in this case.

Choose your counterexamples better, my friend. ;)

GC

more than 3 years ago
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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

borgheron Re:Attitudes about HURD: why slashdot is irrelavan (463 comments)

I think the fact that Andrew Tanenbaum riduculed Linux in 1993 for being an "outdated architecture", when Minix just got paging working last year after 20 years of development, encapsulates my point completely.

I understood your argument up to this point, but then you had to resort to a "he didn't add this to minix until 20 years after it was started, so he must suck" argument which, in spite of it being dressed up in technical language is another "argument against the man" (i.e. Ad Hominem) attack against someone who has spoke out against Linux.

It's easy to find fault in the person making the argument. What's harder is to argue the actual point. Part of the issue with microkernels is that, yes, they are, typically, quite slow... but that's not what I was referring to. More specifically I was referring to the translators which run in userspace on HURD. This is a powerful capability which Linux doesn't have. It illustrates a fundamental element of design which is something that HURD can leverage in the future.

Personally, if it's all about technical superiority, I think we should all be using Plan9 OS.... but that's just me. ;)

But you also have to remember.... the machines they were judging Mach and other microkernels on at the time were not very powerful. Today's machines are orders of magnitude faster. I believe that such an architecture would have no problems on todays hardware.

GC

more than 3 years ago

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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

borgheron borgheron writes  |  about a year ago

borgheron (172546) writes "The maintainer of GNUstep has launched a kickstarter campaign to get the time to make GNUstep more complete and get it's APIs up to at least a Mac OS 10.6 level of compatibility. This will allow applications for Mac OS X to run on Linux with a simple recompile using new tools developed by the GNUstep team to directly build from xcodeproj project files. If the kickstarter project is funded beyond it's $50,000 goal, it's possible that WebKit and Darling might also be completed allowing applications built on Mac OS X to run without the need for a recompile... think WINE-like functionality for Mac OS X applications on other platforms... including Windows, Linux, BSD, etc."
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Slashdot's incessent rejection of Gorm 1.0 submissions

borgheron borgheron writes  |  about 9 years ago

Why does it seem as though slashdot does not accept GNUstep news. I suppose it's not KDE or GNOME, so it's not worth worrying about. I find it unbelievably frustrating to not be able to get a word in edgewise about the release of Gorm 1.0 here at slashdot. I believe that this site has become so full of itself that it thinks it actually has an effect on how things go in the Free Software/Open Source community or that what does and does not get on this site counts for shit!

Jeez.

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