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Google To Sell Truly Open Android Dev Phone

dorfsmay grobughimutchun (219 comments)

The title is the sound I am making as I am literally eating my FreeRunner :-(

more than 6 years ago

Google To Sell Truly Open Android Dev Phone

dorfsmay That maybe it will just work out of the box ! (219 comments)

I've had my share of trouble with the FreeRunner ! I love the idea of being able to write extra programs, but I expected the basic stuff to work well, and not to spend so much time installing and making sense of the different distros etc...

The platform is promising, but right now my phone experience is not even as good as my old Motorola P280.

more than 6 years ago

What Programming Language For Linux Development?

dorfsmay Languages, libraries, and GUI libraries (997 comments)

For most things, standard libraries are almost cross platform. You say you use C++, use the "standard" and you'll find everything that you are already used to.

Ah, but what about GUI ? Those are definitely not cross platform. Well, you can pick, there's GTK, there's GTK, etc... Or, go for a real cross platform toolkit such as wxWidgets. you apps will run on pretty much any platform after a recompile...

or if you use a cross platform language, say python (wxWidgets + python = wxPython), then you don't even need to recompile.

wxWidgets was originally created for C++ but it has binding to other languages, so what you learn with one language can be re-used with another language if you have a different need that dictates that.

more than 6 years ago

On the State of Linux File Systems

dorfsmay Re:JFS (319 comments)

I switched away from ext3 because of the long fsck on moderately large filesystems. I have used JFS on AIX for years, and I understand the Linux verison is not exactly the same, but decided to give a try. As everybody else said, JFS is rock solid. When the machine crashes, 99% of the time it is just a question of replaying the logs, which takes just seconds, and the few cases where it is not good enough, fsck -f takes a few minutes for say a 100 GiB filesystem.

more than 6 years ago

OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

dorfsmay Maybe they do... (336 comments)

Maybe people you know do use OpenOffice.Org, but they know that you use MS office, and convert their files before sending them to you.

People who don't know me, regularly send me PowerPoint and Word documents, and if you were to ask them, they'd probably tell you that I do use MS Office.

more than 6 years ago


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