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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

kthreadd Re:systemd (217 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!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

kthreadd Re:OpenBSD (217 comments)

There is no support for Flash...

There is no need for Flash anymore.

yesterday
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kthreadd Re: Go back in time 5 years (524 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?

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kthreadd Re: Go back in time 5 years (524 comments)

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

2 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

kthreadd Re: When will FreeBSystemD be released? (119 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 week 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 week ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

kthreadd Re: Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 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 week ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

kthreadd Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (268 comments)

Maybe you should actually take a look at the GTK+ git history. There's a ton of work going into cross-platform support. Recently a lot of work was directed at Adwaita and make sure that it is always included and works great on all gdk backends, especially the win32 backend.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

kthreadd Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

Then why are all major distros either in the process of switching to systemd, or have already done so? They must be complete morons switching to something that is just pain and suffering!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

kthreadd Re: systemd needs to stay optional (928 comments)

CoreOS is not designed to be used on just one or two machines. It's designed for huge clusters where one machine rebooting it not a problem. It allows them to implement more reliable updates. You either get it or you don't, and can quickly and easily roll back to the exact same bits you used before.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

kthreadd Re:Reliable servers don't just crash (928 comments)

It's not like the journal format is some state secret. It's documented and there are already several journal parsers to choose from.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

kthreadd Re: As long as it works (928 comments)

If the major distros all switch to Systemd, which looks likely; then that's one less thing that prevents people from switching to another distro. If you want to belive in some kind of conspiracy around Red Hat, then wouldn't they be more likely to just invent their own proprietary init system and make sure that no one else adopted it?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

kthreadd Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

Of course stuff was broken. Stuff is always broken. Sysvinit was broken. Systemd is better but is probably also broken, one day it may as well be replaced by something else. The good part is, we are making progress. Over time the new stuff tend to be less broken than the stuff that came before it. You might tell yourself that nothing was broken before, but chances are it just happened to work well for you. Because if it wasn't broken, then that would be the first time in the history of the planet that a software project was infallible; and that would be amazing.

about three weeks ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

kthreadd Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (126 comments)

My understanding is that the Ubuntu community does not have the manpower that it takes to maintain universe, and Canonical is primarily only intrested in maintaining main and restricted. What they really should do is disable universe and multiverse by default.

about a month ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

kthreadd Re:Open Source Triumphs Again! (126 comments)

The Ubuntu security team (which is mostly paid Canonical employees) provides security updates for packages in the main and restricted component. Packages in universe (such as owncloud) and multiverse are not supported by the security team.

about a month ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

kthreadd Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (126 comments)

The Ubuntu package repositories are divided into two parts. Main and restricted contains a limited number of packages which are supported by the Ubuntu security team, but universe and multiverse are not; they are supported (or in this case unsupported) by the Ubuntu community.

The problem is that Ubuntu users don't know this.

about a month ago

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Apple releases CUPS 2.0

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a month 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 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 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  |  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  |  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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