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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

kthreadd Re:I Don't Get It (149 comments)

The GPL has never had a problem with bundling programs with different licensing or linking LGPL into non-GPL, or GPL into non-GPL for that matter; it's only if you distribute that mix that GPL has a problem with it. What you do on your own computer is up to you.

about a week ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

kthreadd Re:I Don't Get It (149 comments)

The GPL is not bypassed becaused that's not what it was designed for. The GPL was not designed to prevent you from doing useful things on your own computer. You just can't give the software to someone else and not at the same time give them the same freedom that you got. Downloading GPL software and linking it locally is tottally OK, because it does not restrict someone else's freedom.

about a week ago
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Released

kthreadd Re:Cinnamon and MATE (89 comments)

...but experience slowness when using GNOME 3/Cinnamon.

At least for Gnome 3 if you used one of the earlier versions and felt that it was slow then you should really try the latest version, preferrably 3.14. It's night and day difference between them. It's still not going to be great if your hardware is too old or too slow, but it's going to be better than before.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

kthreadd Re:All right, allow me to expose my ignorance (647 comments)

Depends on the type of server. If it's for remote desktop then sure, then it's absolutely necessary. On a web server, probably not.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

kthreadd Re:All right, allow me to expose my ignorance (647 comments)

Some people dislike systemd because they can see where it is headed. Here is your sign.

Skimming that pdf is insightful. It promises magic unicorns from systemd, and raves on about using it to "build products" (what f*ing products and for whom?) and "the next generation OS". Such rhetoric is typical of GNOME-world megalomaniacs, those that force-fed us that new UI of early Gnome3. I distrust it immensely.

Tablets, phones, and quite a lot of embedded systems runs Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

kthreadd Re:hum (647 comments)

Well, I'm a current Debian user, and I switched from testing to stable because of problems with systemd. OTOH, there's a good reason that it's called testing.

I have not tried Jessie recently, but I have used systemd for a long time now on production versions of both Fedora and CentOS. It's fine, I'm totally OK with it.

Still, any init system that marks problems with its logging system as "won't fix" is dubious. That the main logging system is binary just makes things much worse.

You didn't say what the problem was, but if it was that it uses a custom logging format then of course that's not going to be fixed. It's a feature, old-style text files is not suitable if you want to store the metadata that the journal supports.

So does expansions like having the "init system" include things like terminal manager, etc. It even makes me tempted to go back to Etch (yah, that's a rediculuous thing to suggest, as the current stable works fine without systemd).

Systemd is not an init system. To quote the systemd home page, "systemd is a suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system." That includes an init system.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

kthreadd Re:Wrong Distro (647 comments)

They also tend to be more unmaintained, like with owncloud.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

kthreadd Re:Damn! (161 comments)

You know how much bandwidth each Firefox update require?

about three weeks ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

kthreadd Sounds reasonable (243 comments)

But still not great.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

kthreadd Re:systemd (267 comments)

"for variety of reasons". Who are we kidding? It's the fucking systemd by Redhat's Poettering.

Ah yes, systemd. Everything was all fine and well until it came around and screwed everything up. Oh, and it's just a conspiracy anyway to let Red Hat take control over Linux.

I give you 2.11BSD.

1980s Unix, fully up to date. Patches are still actively maintained, one once every year or so.
Completely systemd free, guaranteed!

All you need is a PDP-11, or a PDP-11 emulator.
Go ahead, install it. I dare you to install it!

All you need. No bloaty modern unnessessary cruft that replaces stuff _THAT WORKED_ just fine!

2.11BSD!

Halle freakin lujah!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

kthreadd Re:OpenBSD (267 comments)

There is no support for Flash...

There is no need for Flash anymore.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kthreadd Re: Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Why do you want to remove it? Seriously, what will you loose by using systemd? Is it performance? Is it stability? In what way will your systems run worse with systemd than without it?

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kthreadd Re: Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

I've used their "self-support" subscriptions at times when all I wanted was the bits.

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

kthreadd Re:GNOME toolki? nope GIMP Toolkit (89 comments)

According to the story you just commented on they apparently care quite a lot about cross-platform support since they want people to help them with it.

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

kthreadd Re:GNOME toolki? nope GIMP Toolkit (89 comments)

Well, except that in this case the entire story is that they want help making it work great on non-Gnome platforms.

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

kthreadd Re:help them (89 comments)

An API is not removed just because it's deprecated. It just means that you are discouraged to use that function in new code, and that it *might* be removed in a later version. This is not uncommon in minor versions and you typically wait for a major version until you actually remove them, to preserve ABI compaitibility.

about a month ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

kthreadd Re: When will FreeBSystemD be released? (123 comments)

Torvalds has said he might rewrite the kernel in VB one day. With .NET going open source (one bit at the time) this might not be too far away.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

kthreadd Re:Who cares (77 comments)

Didn't they fixed most of the nuisances with 8.1 and 8.1 Update?

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

kthreadd Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

Sounds reasonable. I don't think they are legally bound to keep that promise, but that they spell it out like that is a good thing. An interesting question that comes to mind is if the promise also covers modified code, it looks like the definition of covered code only covers code published by Microsoft. But still, better than nothing.

about a month ago

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Apple releases CUPS 2.0

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 months 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 a year 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  |  about a year ago

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 and a half 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 and a half 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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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