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Ask Slashdot: Best Free and Open Source Apps For Android?

petenz OSMAnd (134 comments)

A great replacement for google maps that allows you to download the Openstreetmap vector data to your phone. Perfect if you'll be out of 3G/data coverage but still need to get around. Very actively developed too.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

petenz Re:teamviewer (247 comments)

But VNC can be tricky to set up... If he really wants to use it, maybe compromising slightly and using Teamviewer so he can set up VNC on the computers that need supporting would be acceptable and effective.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

petenz Re:My 2 TB errrr cents (414 comments)

Delete your porn

The rest of your personal data will fit on a floppy.

He'll be floppy if he deletes his porn

about 2 years ago

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs

petenz Re:Why Not America. (386 comments)

"And, lastly, China's workforce is much hungrier"

Interesting choice of words...

more than 2 years ago

Apple Threatens Bistro Over "AppleADay" Name

petenz Unfortunately... (301 comments)

An Apple A day only keeps the doctor away

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu Aims For 200 Million Users In Four Years

petenz Re:Well, they screwed up with 11 (441 comments)

I went to Linux Mint Debian Edition. So far so very good.

more than 3 years ago

The Shortcomings of Google's Open Handset Alliance

petenz Open's good - but where's the freedom? (208 comments)

I've been looking at getting a smartphone for a while - and Android is a pretty appealing option - but one of the things that's holding me up is that as far as I can tell, to access all the handset's functionality, I have to be a Google customer. Which I am - I've had an @gmail.com email address since the days when one had to get an invite to get one - and have very few issues with my benevolent overlord. But - unless I'm wrong - the freedom with Android is the freedom to be a google customer isn't it?

more than 4 years ago

Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

petenz Somehow the market provides... (636 comments)

To whatever extent the original article is true, there are ways around any problems - just look at:


If these guys can put together a working android phone in a short timeframe, as they appear to have done, and be looking ahead to their second model, and building a community, it shows that there can be a way forward for open source software in combination with hardware... In fact it makes 'computer companies' into hardware companies again through allowing the community to work on what it can easily - the software - and leaving the company to sort out the hardware - and do it at what is to my eyes a pretty compelling price.

In the 'phone' (aka mobile computing) world this is the equivalent to being able to go to ubuntu.com and order a ubuntu branded pc/laptop/netbook/MID/smartphone, and know that I'm going to get a device that works, is free (speech), and will work with other devices from the same company - is it not?

more than 4 years ago

Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend

petenz Re:Inhabited!? (133 comments)

Here in New Zealand, there wasn't much mention of the eclipse (hence my not knowing about it until seeing a /. article about it the morning after it was happening) - congratulations to those who can see it (and are possibly currently enjoying it?). The reason why is beautifully summed up by the map of who 'isn't going to see the eclipse'. How could we Kiwis see it if our wee islands aren't even on the map!

more than 7 years ago


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