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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

notamisfit Re:How about Fedora? (685 comments)

They didn't invent Yum either, so I don't see how NIH applies.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

notamisfit Re:You have to ask? (1040 comments)

The majority are still using Windows XP.

more than 2 years ago
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10 Years of Windows XP

notamisfit Re:"XP" (471 comments)

Win 2K was "Cairo" in the same sense that Vista was "Longhorn" and Mac OS 8 was "Copeland". In other words, no, not really.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Halts Ubuntu CD Free-for-all

notamisfit Re:It was also handy (324 comments)

Just tell them they have to put it in the drive and reboot to get the free porn.

more than 4 years ago
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Sun Microsystems To Cut 3,000 Jobs As Oracle Deal Drags On

notamisfit Re:I must be missing something (251 comments)

It's GPL/commercial licensed; the concern is over the former MYSQL AB.

more than 4 years ago
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Sun Microsystems To Cut 3,000 Jobs As Oracle Deal Drags On

notamisfit Re:mysql? (251 comments)

MySQL is dual-licensed, and IIRC the commercial side and it's support business are the holdup. Think of it this way: Linux may be free, but if Microsoft put in a bid to buy out Red Hat tomorrow, do you think the regulators wouldn't care?

more than 4 years ago
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Doubts Raised About Legal Soundness of GPL2

notamisfit Re:To express GPLv2 ideology in GPLv3 framework (521 comments)

The majority of the kernel files contain no license information except a copyright notice, meaning no permission to distribute them exists beyond the COPYING file (GPLv2 with "clarifications"). It seems to be more of a "developer's choice" thing than anything else.

more than 4 years ago
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Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

notamisfit Re:I still dont see the point (376 comments)

It proves/disproves/doesn'treallydoeither some pedantic point about what is or isn't an "operating system."

more than 4 years ago
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Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

notamisfit Re:I bet the HURD team is turning in their graves. (376 comments)

Not to mention Plan 9 features like /proc or UTF-8 encoding that made it out to other operating systems. As for the HURD, I don't think anyone's found any good ideas to rip off.

more than 4 years ago
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Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

notamisfit Re:Linux vs. FreeBSD (376 comments)

Agree on your seven points above. Sadly, I've got one that pretty much vetoes all of them and puts me in the Linux camp: the turnaround time for hardware SUCKS. When I last used FreeBSD around 6.1 or 6.2ish, I was having to import out-of-tree drivers for a stock Intel onboard chip (on a two-year old motherboard). The last time I tried to install it on a laptop, it pretty much gave up at the boot screen, and I shudder to think of whether or not it would even get that far on my Qosmio. It's kind of a shame, cause I really miss the system.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Uses DMCA To Take Down Second-Hand Software

notamisfit Re:Hope they win (488 comments)

IIRC, there's actually case law regarding used sales/rentals of console games as opposed to PC software. (I don't remember the details off the top of my head though).

more than 4 years ago
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$338M Patent Ruling Against Microsoft Overturned

notamisfit Re:"cheaper" judge (238 comments)

The right to a jury trial in a civil suit is MUCH more limited than it is in a criminal case. In particular, civil juries decide only matters of fact, not matters of law (they're supposed to in criminal cases as well, but a criminal jury has an absolute right to acquit for any reason).

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Released; Rivals Mock It

notamisfit Re:Ah...my favorite conspiracy theory. (465 comments)

They didn't make an antivirus. They bought a company that made an antivirus, rebranded and released it.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Released; Rivals Mock It

notamisfit Re:Microsoft about to kill another industry? (465 comments)

"Do one thing and do it well" really wouldn't have flown in the days of hand-written CONFIG.SYS files.

more than 4 years ago
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According to Linus, Linux Is "Bloated"

notamisfit Re:Bloat is often moot (639 comments)

Things like device drivers can be easily diked out. When it comes to stuff like memory managers, VFS, CPU schedulers, basic networking, so on and so forth, I imagine that the bloat hurts the embedded guys more.

more than 4 years ago
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According to Linus, Linux Is "Bloated"

notamisfit Re:Problem (639 comments)

The downsides were too glaringly obvious, though. Most distros near the end of 2.4.x's useful life were either a.) supporting 2 or 3-year old hardware at best, or b.) backporting balky changes from the dev tree. Come to think of it, kind of like RHEL.

more than 4 years ago
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According to Linus, Linux Is "Bloated"

notamisfit Re:Simple solution (639 comments)

Actually, FreeBSD 6 is set to EOL (ie, security fixes stop) next year, and FreeBSD 7 will EOL 2 years after the last release. I hear ya on the rest of it though; if hardware turnaround times were better, I might be running FreeBSD 7 right now instead of Ubuntu.

more than 4 years ago

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