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WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

cyberkahn They will definitely have a niche.... (192 comments)

With a lot of people unhappy with the direction Gnome 3 and Unity are going. WindowMaker is a nice light window manager. It's what I use to use until active development stopped. I will look at it again for sure.

more than 2 years ago
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Twitter Buys Moxie Marlinspike's Crypto Startup

cyberkahn Twitter has confirmed.... (50 comments)

Twitter has confirmed it, but has Netcraft? Until Netcraft confirms it I won't believe it!

about 3 years ago
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Linux Mint Will Adopt Gnome 3

cyberkahn Re:The Answer to Ubuntu/Unity and Mint/Gnome 3 (315 comments)

Because the default desktop environment is what the distribution will tend to fine tune/focus on. I have installed other desktop environments on Ubuntu only to find annoying issues that were probably overlooked because the focus was not on that environment.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

cyberkahn Re:What distribution left for developers? (455 comments)

I am seriously considering Arch. Yes, it's not used to my knowledge in the Enterprise, but at least I can use it for my desktop. Sticking with Red Hat/CentOS on the back end for real world applicability.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Kernel Developer Declares VirtualBox Driver "Crap"

cyberkahn I don't know..... (357 comments)

It compiles and runs fine on my machine. :-P

more than 3 years ago
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Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

cyberkahn That's funny....... (460 comments)

I will be sure to let the good folks at Juniper know.

more than 3 years ago
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Thunderbird Unseats Evolution In Ubuntu 11.10

cyberkahn I am not surprised.... (283 comments)

I just haven't seen any significant innovation Evolution for some time now. I switched to Thunderbird a long time ago and haven't missed Evolution one bit. For one, the extensions support for Thunderbird makes it more appealing not to mention the ability to choose what is and isn't in my mail client. For example, if don't want to do calendaring from Thunderbird I don't add the extension.

more than 3 years ago
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Fedora 16 To Use Btrfs Filesystem By Default

cyberkahn Why I left Red Hat..... (198 comments)

I don't really need to say much more. Fedora is just too bleeding edge even for non-production IMHO. I don't want to boot up my box and have my file system screwed. Sorry Red Hat. You should go back to the old model of eating your own dog food. Perhaps a model like Ubuntu with a Red Hat LTS and a Red Hat Latest Version, but the latter being a little more stable than Fedora. I digress, this is why I am on Ubuntu now. It's not perfect, but it has been a much more positive experience for me than running Fedora. Even on non-LTS releases I haven't had a update blow up a system.

more than 3 years ago
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New Windows Kernel Vulnerability Bypasses UAC

cyberkahn Re:Back to the drawing board (303 comments)

"I fear that if MS tried to write an OS from scratch, it would likely be a big step backwards, do less than what we're accustomed to now, and take years of incremental improvements to get back to where we are now. I don't see what you propose as being either viable or possible."

Why is that? Moving from OS9 to OSX was a major leap. I know it was far easier, since they control the hardware platform, but it has been done before.

about 4 years ago
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New Windows Kernel Vulnerability Bypasses UAC

cyberkahn Re:Back to the drawing board (303 comments)

Yes, I know about research.microsoft.com, but I am looking at what is, not what could be. Unless thy were to make a major announcement about a new path forward I don't take what comes out of research.microsoft.com very seriously.

about 4 years ago
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New Windows Kernel Vulnerability Bypasses UAC

cyberkahn Back to the drawing board (303 comments)

Microsoft has the capital to develop a new operating system from the ground up. This bolting on of security solutions like UAC isn't going to to cut it anymore. Heck keep the same user interface design for all I care, but change the underlying OS. I am a technology atheist, so I don't get religious about platforms, but what Apple did by porting OSX for Intel in parallel says volumes about their company.

I know it might be hard, but Microsoft needs a little vision and little less greed to do the same thing, but for security reasons.

Unfortunately I am doubtful.

about 4 years ago
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Attachmate To Acquire Novell For $2.2B Cash

cyberkahn Re:It's a shame..... (221 comments)

ROFL, so true. I bet Eric wakes up every day thinking to himself, "man moving go Google was the best decision I ever made."

about 4 years ago
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Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems

cyberkahn Well of course.... (890 comments)

Tyranny has to be implemented incrementally. Nazi Germany changed in the same way. One little individual liberty by one. It's the old Frog in the pot analogy. Because of that I say the U.S. is self righteous regarding its history. Not that we have a clean past. What I mean is that if the same thing were to happen here the people wouldn't be outraged or speak up out of fear. Yes, there are some that are rebelling by opting out of the scanners, but still flying. A real rebelling would be a boycott of flying effecting the bottom line, protests etc., however, I don't see that. The reality is while most people are upset they are really more concerned about celebrity news.

I would be willing to be that if we were to have another major terrorist attack and the government started to round up Arabs/Persians the masses would be silent. Don't believe me? Just ask the Japanese Americans from the 1940's. Yes they weren't gassed etc., but they were denied their liberties for a long period of time. I guess it sucks if you are part of said ethnic classification group.

I know I might be invoking Godwin's law, but the Nazi analogy does apply here. My Grandmother immigrated from Germany to the U.S. in the 1920's. She went back to Germany for a last visit in 1935. She was outspoken against the Nazis among family and friends, however, I am sure it fell upon dead ears as being over-reactionary etc.

about 4 years ago
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Attachmate To Acquire Novell For $2.2B Cash

cyberkahn It's a shame..... (221 comments)

I started my career in I.T. with Novell, but I left it behind when I saw the writing on the wall. I had been wishing for a miracle for the company like Google acquiring it, since IMHO a easy intuitive GUI driven directory service is lacking in the Non-Microsoft world. Especially one that plays well with other operating systems. Yes you can use other operating systems in an AD environment, but not as "out of the box" as Novell IMHO. Oh well... I guess we will see.

about 4 years ago
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Ballmer Promises Microsoft Tablet By Christmas

cyberkahn Once again.... (356 comments)

Microsoft a few months late and over a billion dollars short.

more than 4 years ago

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Red Hat's "obfuscated" kernel source

cyberkahn cyberkahn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cyberkahn (398201) writes "Several readers have pointed out this interview with Maximilian Attems, posted by Raphaël Hertzog. Therein, Maximilian states that, while the cross-distribution cooperation on the 2.6.32 kernel has been a great thing, Red Hat is making things harder by shipping its RHEL 6 kernel source as one big tarball, without breaking out the patches. Your editor has downloaded the 2.6.32-71.14.1.el6 source package and verified that this is the case.

One of the key points behind the RPM and Debian package formats is that source is shipped in its upstream form, with patches shipped separately and applied at build time. Red Hat has always followed this convention; the failure to do so with the RHEL 6 kernel is a new and discouraging change of behavior. Distribution in this form should satisfy the GPL, but it makes life hard for anybody else wanting to see what has been done with this kernel. Hopefully it is simply a mistake which will be corrected soon."

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EANM/Sierra Club Wants Tax On Video Games/TV

cyberkahn cyberkahn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberkahn (398201) writes "A coalition of twelve environmental organizations in New Mexico has initiated a new strategy to help get American kids back outdoors. The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico is renewing its call for a one-percent sales tax on televisions and video games to fund outdoor education programs. The tax idea, initiated by the Sierra Club, would raise an estimated $4 million a year, to fund programs aimed at giving school kids an outdoors education. "We believe it is such a nominal tax that consumers won't feel it too much, especially if they are educated about where that money goes," said Michael Casaus, the New Mexico youth representative of the Sierra Club."
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Whitedust is gone?

cyberkahn cyberkahn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cyberkahn (398201) writes "It appears that Whitedust.net is gone. Unless their site has been defaced this appears to be the case. Their main page has been replaced with following announcement:

14 August 2007 — 23:58 GMT
With the industry and those in it so seemingly hostile to Whitedust, and
pure apathy from anyone who thinks otherwise. Why bother. This site is
now closed permanently. It's staff have abandoned the scene and the industry
for real world projects — for good, you won't be seeing us again. You "Won".
Good luck out there. You'll need it.

-The Staff"
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cyberkahn cyberkahn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cyberkahn (398201) writes "An article in Computerworld states, "There is no comparison between Apple's "consumer" machines and the consumer lines of its competitors. All of Apple's machines are ready to move into the enterprise, depending on the job at hand. The company's simple and elegant product line, which is also highly customizable, will be Apple's entree to the business market — if IT decision-makers can get over their prejudice against equipment that's traditionally been aimed at consumers."

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