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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:Please Debian (512 comments)

If systemd really was a bad thing then distributions would not choose it. It's amazing that people think that distributions are dictated which init system to use.

2 days ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

kthreadd Re:Just make it fast (73 comments)

I see. It appears that Android is not as easy to customize as I thought, that you could just replace individual components like the UI if you wanted.

2 days ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

kthreadd Re:Just make it fast (73 comments)

Android didn't need a new design overhaul. I just hope the new OS is fast and functional.

I heard Android is open source. Why don't you change it back if you like it better that way?

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:Please Debian (512 comments)

The part that I don't like (besides it going against the unix philosophy) is how fast it's taking over before the majority of the Linux community even had a chance to have their say. And what really gets me is, if systemd was just an init system, fine. But at the rate they are going there is going to be a systemd everything.

Distributions are free to choose whichever init system they want to support. A lot of them choose systemd because it is better than everything that came before it. As simple as that. There is no big conspiracy going on. It's better, that's why it's used. Get over it.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:OpenRC (512 comments)

Lennart does not decide what init system distributions choose to use. Distributions choose systemd because it is better than all that came before it.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:There's a solution: (512 comments)

It already works that way. If you build systemd with all features enabled you end up with something like 70 binaries or so.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:Systemd seems fine to me at this stage (512 comments)

That's why distributions support their releases for some time, 5-10 years usually depending on the distribution. If you give it some time these bugs that you think of will go away. I have not run into them, I guess I'm lucky.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:All's I know... (512 comments)

Remember this before ranting too much on Lennart. He is not in any position to force any distribution to do anything. Distributions choose to use his software because it actually is better than the stuff that came before it.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:Please let this be a good sign (512 comments)

Really? For most users all systemd means is that there are some new commands that you can use if you want. Not a big deal at all.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:OpenRC (512 comments)

Because a lot of software depend on Systemd, and it's quite handy to use the stuff that software depends on when you want to put it in your distribution.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re: Question (512 comments)

This happens every time something happens. Some people always hate everything.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

kthreadd Re:Sorry it's freebsd FTW (512 comments)

Do they still only rebuild packages once per week? They used to do that when pkgng was new and waiting up to a week for an update was a bit too long.

2 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kthreadd Re:Yawn (344 comments)

Yes.

3 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

kthreadd Re:Confucius say: (344 comments)

Defragging the hard drive and updating the AV scanner? I thought that wasn't even necessary on Windows anymore.

3 days ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

kthreadd Re:OpenSSL support dropped... (174 comments)

GnuTLS is just one of the supported TLS toolkits. It uses the Security framework on OS X, and SChannel on Windows.

4 days ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

kthreadd Re:New langauge (240 comments)

Is it actually correct or is it "but gcc allows it anyway!"?

Yes.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

kthreadd Re:Time to fork Wayland... (80 comments)

Just like the Linux kernel being GPLv2 has forced them to reveal anything as it is?

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

kthreadd Re:Classic, huh? (267 comments)

A Gnome 2-inspired look and feel.

about two weeks ago

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Apple releases CUPS 2.0

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  5 days ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "15 years after CUPS 1.0 was released Apple released version 2.0 of the printing system for GNU/Linux and other Unix-style operating systems. One of the major new features in 2.0 is that the test program for ippserver now passes the IPP Everywhere self-certification tests. Also, an interesting blog post looking back on the past and onto the future of printing. Since the first major release in 1999 printing has beome much more personal, printer drivers are going away and mobile usage is now the norm."
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Scientists extract RSA key from GnuPG using sound of CPU

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 10 months ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In their research paper titled RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir and Eran Tromer et. all. present a method for extracting decryption keys from the GnuPG security suite using an interesting side-channel attack. By analysing the acoustic sound made by the CPU they were able to extract a 4096 bit RSA key in about an hour. A modern mobile phone placed next to the computer is sufficient to carry out the attack, but up to four meters have been successfully tested using specially designed microphones."
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GNOME 3.10 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  1 year,23 days

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.10 of the GNOME software collection has been released. New in this release is improved support for Wayland, the upcoming X replacement. The system status menus have been consolidated into one single menu. Many of the applications in GNOME now features header bars instead of title bars, which merges the titlebar and toolbar into a single element and allows applications to offer more dynamic user interfaces. GNOME now also includes an application for searching, browsing and installing applications called Software. Several other new applications have also been added to GNOME including Music, Photos, Notes and Maps."
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FreeBSD 8.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The FreeBSD project has released version 8.4 of the free operating system with the same name. Highlights of this version is GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.10.1. In this release focus has been put on improving stability and storage capability. The ZFS filesystem has been updated to support feature flags for ZFS pools, asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets, LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimization. Also, support has been added for all shipping LSI storage controllers."
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MongoDB exposes user-triggable NULL pointer dereference

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "A slightly upset bug report has been submitted to the MondoDB project about certain problematic sections in the source code.

Step 8. REALIZE I CAN CRASH 99% OF ALL WEB 3.9 SHIT-TASTIC WEBSCALE MONGO-DEPLOYING SERVICES WITH 16 BYTE POST

The bug has been confirmed and is actively investigated."
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Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Debian project has released version 7.0 (codename "Wheezy") of their popular free software distribution. A major new feature in this release is multi-arch support, simplifying installation of packages for different architectures on the same system. The installation system has also seen a lot of improvements; it now allows Debian to be installed using software speech. It also supports installation on UEFI for the AMD64 architecture, although not yet with "Secure Boot." The Linux kernel has been upgraded to version 3.2 and the FreeBSD kernel is available in both version 8.3 and 9.0. Most packages has also been updated to newer versions."
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GTK+ 3.8 Released with support for Wayland

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.8 of the GTK+ GUI framework has been released in version 3.8. A new feature in GTK+ 3.8 is support for Wayland 1.0, the display server that will replace X on free desktops. Among the other new featurs are improved support for themeing, fixes to the geometry management and improved accessibility. There is also better support for touch, as part of a long going effort in making GTK+ touch-aware."
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Minix 3.2.1 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD."
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Red Hat has just released version 6.4 of its enterprise Linux distribution. According to the release notes the new version contains full support for parallel NFS and guest support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization among other things. KVM users will also benefit from the inclusion of virtio-SCSI, which makes it possible to connect directly to SCSI LUNs and offers better scalability compared to virtio-blk."
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Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Luis Villa has an interesting discussion on the topic of not licensing at all, what he calls POSS or Post Open Source Software. With a flood of new hackers flocking to places like GitHub which doesn't impose any particular requirements for hosted projects, the future of Open Source may very well be diminishing. Skip licensing, just commit to GitHub. What legal ramifications will this have on the free and open source community going forward?"
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CentOS 5.9 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 derivitive CentOS version 5.9 has been released just 10 days after its upstream provider. According to the release notes a number of changes have been made. New packages available in CentOS 5.9 includes for example OpenJDK 7 and Rsyslog 5. Several drivers have also been updated in the kernel which has been updated to version 2.6.18-348, including support for Microsoft's virtualization environment Hyper-V."
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Yet another Java zero-day exploit

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Looks like there's yet another exploit for Java available on Pastebin. It affects the latest version of Java 7, whch is Java 7 update 10. An example exists that launches calc.exe on the victim's computer. Disable applets in your browser if you have Java installed."
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GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In a relative long blog post IgnorantGuru describes how projects like GNOME, GTK+, Unity and KDE have stopped focusing on the user and what repercussion that has on the Linux desktop.

I have never gotten into the KDE vs GNOME debates, so this is not GNOME bashing, nor, as you’ll soon see, are these systemic development problems limited to GNOME. Yet what I’m hearing is that with GNOME v3 the goal is to promote their “brand” and make it dominant, in part by greatly limiting what users can change on their own systems, and partly by breaking or simply removing whatever support they’re no longer promoting as ‘The Way’. The reach of this selfish and narrow-sighted development goes beyond GNOME and affects GTK apps in general.

The Linux desktop has for long been composed of several interchangeable and combinable components. This means that every Linux desktop does not necessarily look and feel exactly the same, giving the user the choice to optimize the desktop to his or her preference.

Getting in deeper, not only are GNOME devs content to break their own desktop, but they want features removed from apps simply because GNOME no longer supports them!

It can be argued that Linux is not about choice and that backwards compatibility can not always be preserved. Hackers are free to use their time to do what they want to do, but when some of the most important projects prioritize their brand higher than the user it is time to think about what we are loosing as a community."
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Apple Fires VP of iOS Software After Mapgate

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Scott Forstall, the senior vice president of iOS software is leaving Apple due to the the massive problems with the Maps app in iOS 6. Forstall has been a key figure at Apple since the iPhone first appeared in 2007, known for his eager personality and resemblance to Steve Jobs. However the recent debacle around the iOS 6 Maps app was one misstep too much. This is a good opportunity for Microsoft and Google, both likely to hire the man with the insight into the future of iOS."
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GNOME 3.6 released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Mostly bug fixes and improved translations. New applications include Clocks and Boxes. Clocks is a world time clock, which allows you to keep an eye on what the local time is around the world. Boxes allows you to connect to other machines, either virtual or remote. For developers there's the new GtkLevelBar widget in GTK+, and GtkEntry can now use Pango attributes."
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Man moves to US and is told to repurchase all apps

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Andreas Fredriksson describes the downside of app stores when moving between countries:

I recently moved from Sweden to the US. Now that my bank is here in the US, I switched my Apple account over to the US region.

Doing so made everything under “Purchases” and “Updates” disappear in the Mac App Store. After a long frustrating email exchange I was told by the App Store support that apps are tied to a region, so if you have downloaded an app in one region it’s forever tied to that region. Their message was: You have to keep your account in the Swedish region to receive updates. Note that this applies even to free stuff like Twitter!"

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Google acquires Sparrow

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd writes "The makers of the popular Mac and iOS email client Sparrow just announced that they have been acquired by Google. This will likely mean that better email handling will go into Android."
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GRUB 1.99 released with support for ZFS and BtrFS

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "GNU GRUB has been updated to version 1.99. Among the many improvements are support for two new filesystems, BtrFS and ZFS. For Linux users this means that it's now possible to move to BtrFS entirely and not use it only for non-bootable volumes."
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