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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

exomondo Re:Easiest way... (261 comments)

OSX is XNU which is not UNIX.

Does he really need to spell it out for you? He isn't saying that OS X is literally the UNIX developed by AT&T Bell labs but that OS X conforms to the Single UNIX Specification and meets the certification requirements of the Open Group which is the industry standards consortium that manages and publishes the UNIX specification.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

exomondo Re:systemd (261 comments)

I always loved the variety of choices for just about everything and the general "if you don't like it, change it or make your own" mindset.

That still exists.

The new thinking seems to be centered around agreeing on standards and rallying around a subset of options in order to make a more presentable solution to present to the masses.

That's not to do with Linux though, and going to something like BSD isn't going to help. Many programs are ported between Linux and BSD so would it not be easier to port those programs to a non-systemd Linux system rather than to BSD? What happens when the major BSDs implement a systemd-like interface to be compatible with Linux systems?

Leveraging the free/open nature of the system to maintain choice is what is needed here, not running away from the problem to somewhere that will ultimately end up meeting the same fate anyway.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

exomondo Re:Easiest way... (261 comments)

Now you're just changing his/her requirements to suit your point of view and serve your agenda.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

exomondo Re:Easiest way... (261 comments)

The only problem with that is that Macs probably represent all of the anti-Unix nonsense he's trying to get away from by fleeing to one of the pure BSDs.

But fleeing from Linux to BSD doesn't solve the problem, that's just running away from it. If the major BSD distros decided to incorporate a systemd-like system then what?

2 days ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

exomondo Re:more power (97 comments)

great to make tiny pc's but that doesn't help those of us who want more computing power.

Just like powerful desktop CPUs doesn't help those who want tiny PCs, but I didn't see anything in the article to suggest they are abandoning high power chips in favor of small low powered ones.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

exomondo Re:Go back in time 5 years (529 comments)

But beyond that, it refuses to tell me why it isn't just doing the right thing and none of the big systemd advocates here can seem to tell me how one might fix it or work around it.

Don't these distros offer support for these sorts of things? That's one of the models for monetizing open source after all.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

exomondo Re:This is the same community (529 comments)

Systemd won all the hipsters who think Gnome devs make good decisions. The working sys admins are still on the other side of the room, admiring BSD.

It's the developers who made this choice, if they were a minority then the majority could easily continue maintaining distributions with SystemV init systems and the systemd distros would die out. I understand not everybody can be a developer but the core concept of open source is that if you don't like what the author has produced you either develop it yourself or pay somebody to develop what you want for you, it seems people are reluctant to do that and are instead choosing to move to BSD. But that's not really a solution, that's just running away from the problem. What if BSD goes the way of systemd? Then what?

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

exomondo Re:This is the same community (529 comments)

The problem with the Linux community isn't that they fight.

No they aren't fighting at all, fighting it would be taking the existing Debian codebase and maintaining the existing init system rather than using a systemd codebase and competing with systemd. There's a lot of noise being made about this issue but not many people actually doing anything about it (except maybe switching from Linux to BSD).

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

What else is distinctive about an iPad apart from those two things?

On current iterations, the polished, chamfer edge on the bezel...but this Nokia tablet doesn't have that, actually the bevel on the edge is completely different.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

exomondo Re:Go back in time 5 years (529 comments)

You'd be surprised. People bought expensive workstations with IRIX and changed them to run Linux. Primarily for compatibility reasons, but there were also people who did it because they liked Linux and the concept of a larger toolbox instead of larger tools.

Which SGI systems were they switching to Linux? Back then Linux support for the graphics hardware was pretty crap even where it existed at all.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

exomondo Re:Go back in time 5 years (529 comments)

Red Hat. Via GNOME.

There are plenty of capable alternatives to GNOME.

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:It's an Intel cpu (107 comments)

Not to mention this is the x86 version of Android so most precompiled Linux binaries for Intel systems won't even need a recompile. I can imagine there might be a scenario where you might need a regular Linux distro running on x86 for something you can't do on ARM (not sure what, but perhaps there's something) but I can't see what the issue is when the Linux distro you are running is Android x86.

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:It's an Intel cpu (107 comments)

For you maybe but for people like me this is just what I would want Linux with a touch screen. As is now I don't game much other than seduku on my tablet but constantly find my self needing to do something I could easily on desktop Linux

Like what? What is it you can't do on Android x86 that you can do on some other unspecified Linux distro?

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:It's an Intel cpu (107 comments)

Quite the opposite. Running a fully fledged linux, with either KDE plasma netbook or unity, and having access to full desktop browsers and normal linux tools, would be a great advantage.

For what though? You can compile and install pretty much any Linux tool you want on Android x86 because it's just Linux.

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

The design is so close one has to wonder if they are actually using the same machinery for some of the components between this tablet and the iPad. They really are that similar.

The chassis is completely different, just look at them here. What components would they have used the same tooling for? I can't see any, obviously there are a lot of similarities but if you actually look at them there isn't anything that is the same.

exactly the same buttons in exactly the same locations

Buttons look pretty different actually. But before the iPad Mini came along the Nexus 7 had its volume keys and data cable port in the same spot, Apple put them in the same place on the iPad Mini because it's the logical place for them, not because they were copying them. The Nexus 7 also had the headphone jack on the bottom and then when Apple introduced their next phone they put the headphone jack on the bottom too, not because they were copying, simply because it's a logical place for it.

Any 7 inch tablet of the same aspect ratio is going to look very similar because the devices are generally pretty featureless. The idea that companies should have a monopoly on things like size, aspect ratio or placement of buttons and ports is ridiculous.

2 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:It's an Intel cpu (107 comments)

Still, the only advantage is if someone manages to run Linux on it.

Why? If anything running a Linux distro other than Android will make it less useful.

3 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

exomondo Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

Now with this piece of news, it does seem like Foxconn have ripped off the iPad mini design (given their detailed knowledge of the manufacturing process)

No, if you read the article you'll see that Nokia is responsible for the design and the Z Launcher.

and are using the "Nokia" (Microsoft) brand to sell it, given that Microsoft have a cross-licensing deal with Apple that lets Microsoft and Apple rip each other off as much as they like.

No, Microsoft has nothing to do with this.

3 days ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

exomondo Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

Nah he has his mouse connected to his PC with a Monster cable, no other mouse can compete with that!

3 days ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

exomondo Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

Shooters and every other type of game ever made needs a mouse.

That must be why nobody plays shooters with controllers...oh wait.

3 days ago

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New iOS keylogging vulnerability discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 9 months ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Following hot on the heels of the iOS (and OS X) SSL security bug comes the latest vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system. It is a security bug that can be used as a vector for malware to capture touch screen, volume rocker, home button and (on supported devices) TouchID sensor presses, information that could be sent to a remote server to re-create the user's actions. The vulnerability exists in even the most recent versions of iOS and the authors claimed that they delivered a proof-of-concept monitoring app through the App Store."
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Google Play Services supplants Android as Google's "platform"

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has a plan to circumvent the problem of fragmentation of its Android operating system across the installbase by using its proprietary, closed-source Google Play Services. Play Services is a privileged service that runs on Android and provides the sort of functionality to applications that would generally be seen in operating system updates like cloud backup, remote wipe, push messaging, etc... This service can be updated silently and independently of the operating system and runs on almost every version of Android out there allowing Google to add functionality to Android devices without having to go through the OEMs so having an up-to-date version of Android is looking like less of a necessity."
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Google demands Microsoft pull YouTube app for WP8

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has given Microsoft until May 22nd to pull their Windows Phone 8 YouTube app from the marketplace and disable it on customer devices. It not only includes a built-in ad blocker but also allows users to download videos and doesn't impose device-specific streaming restrictions outlined in the YouTube Terms Of Service."
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Apple's Lightning connector hides Authentication chip inside

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Apple's new Lightning connector — introduced at the iPhone 5 launch — may be 80% smaller than its 30-pin predecessor, it may also boast reversibility but it includes within it an Authentication chip effectively preventing any unlicensed accessories. This allows Apple to completely control the market for all cable and dock accessories that make use of the new Lightning interface."
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Apache webserver updated to ignore Do Not Track settings in IE10

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "An Apache webserver update has been released that ignores the 'Do Not Track' privacy setting sent from IE. Patch author and Adobe employee Roy Fielding states "The only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option" but critics of the patch point out that the initial Windows 8 setup explicitly points out that if you choose 'Express' setup as opposed to 'Custom' then 'Do Not Track' will be turned on."
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Sinofsky Confirms Desktop for Windows 8 ARM Devices

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Windows 8 on ARM will have the Desktop

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Website tracking and posting details of File Share

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Website youhavedownloaded.com is publicly listing details of file sharers of select files from various file sharing websites as well as torrents. Currently it doesn't store timestamps so users with Dynamic IPs have deniability and naturally those behind a NAT gateway aren't individually identifiable from the outside. But will the *AAs consider implementing such a thing in the future?"
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Windows 8 Tablet UI Revealed

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "The Windows 8 Tablet UI has been revealed at D9, an obvious take on the 'Metro' UI from their Windows Phone 7 operating system, it looks as though a touch-based desktop 'window manager' sits atop standard Windows allowing it to run native applications as well as supporting HTML5 applications and 'Live Tiles'. It doesn't look overly mouse-friendly but it appears that Metro can be turned off for a classic Windows experience or turned on for a touch-friendly tablet experience. But will this end up a cobbled-together mess that sits 1/2 way between both?"
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Low-level iOS4.1 exploit discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "It seems the exploit that could pave the way for an iOS4.1 Jailbreak has been discovered, and it's a low-level bug that — unlike the one used by the jailbreakme website — may be a little more difficult for Apple to patch.

The exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices was first announced by iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g. It was soon confirmed by other hackers, who said that because the exploit targets such a low-level part of the operating system, Apple won't be able to stop jailbreakers without making significant hardware changes.

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