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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

petit_robert Re:not entirely false (394 comments)

Sure, let's do the math :

I only maintain a handful of desktops PCs, and 4 online servers facing the internet.

On those, replacing my Debian setup with a windows equivalent would cost me between 20 and 25 000 dollars _per machine_ in licensing fees, renewable every three years.

Also, Windows can't run fast enough on these machines (they're Atom based computers), so I would also have to pay for more expensive hardware.

I enjoy the full disclosure that open source provides, so I know exactly what's going on. Zero downtime in three years. _Very_ pleasant and efficient development environment (I started on Windows, so I can tell the difference).

Keep counting...

about 9 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

petit_robert Re:not entirely false (394 comments)

"open source software stacks take time to maintain"

To keep my Debian systems up-to-date, I simply need to type

apt-get update && apt-get install

If you're a slow typist (80wpm), that's about 8 seconds per machine. You may copy/paste and get down to 2 seconds.

about 10 months ago
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French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

petit_robert Re:Short term money saving. (183 comments)

You can also have your document display changes/edits made by the third party and validate those changes, or not.

about 10 months ago
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French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

petit_robert Re:Short term money saving. (183 comments)

"When was the last time they needed out-of-house Office editing"

It might happen, and Open/LibreOffice are no obstacle for plain documents (e.g. contracts).

I've shared/edited documents with my clients who use Windows, while I have a Debian desktop with OO; no problem in years. Actually even less than them on occasions, because that makes me less version dependent.

about 10 months ago
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Has the Apache Software Foundation Lost Its Way?

petit_robert Re:Name me some quality Apache products (126 comments)

"the prefix was added by people who simply got tired of waiting for Hurd"

Wrong : the prefix was added by Richard Stallman himself, who wanted people to remember that if Linus Torvalds did the kernel, GNU built the ecosystem it resides in.

I heard him in person saying this in a speech over 10 years ago.

about a year ago
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Linux 3.11-rc7 Release Celebrates 22 Years of Linux

petit_robert Re:I'm a believer. (151 comments)

Indeed, ovh.com has statistics on the systems installed on its dedicated servers :

Windows =~ 5 000

Linux =~ 60 000

about a year ago
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Linux 3.11-rc7 Release Celebrates 22 Years of Linux

petit_robert Re:22 YEARS TO 3.11 !! WINDOWS DID IT IN SIX !! (151 comments)

Concurred : I spent the last seven years on Debian, all upgrades went without a hitch, all my software needs being covered many times over.

Also, I have been working full time for over 3 years with an eee pc, which is close to unusable under Windows, and quite pleasant with linux.

about a year ago
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Boston Replacing Microsoft Exchange With Google Apps

petit_robert Re:A better idea... (251 comments)

Considering the amount of actual work that gets done in these meetings (IMO absolutely *nothing* that could not be done over a simple exchange of mails) it's no wonder these people elected Microsoft products in the first place.

about a year ago
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Spain's Extremadura Starts Move To GNU/Linux, Open Source

petit_robert Re:I use Windows at home, Linux at work (182 comments)

>training will happen, like it or not.

Sure, but one fundamental difference with open source software is that it does not foster the multiple layers of executives found in proprietary software.

And I believe these people actually spend most of their time inventing new rules to justify their presence, artificially inflating the need for change, and create a mess in the process, because proven reliable software then gets broken.

Comparing the evolution of MS's office suite and that of Open/Libre Office over the last few years is a good example of that process, I find.

about a year ago
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Spain's Extremadura Starts Move To GNU/Linux, Open Source

petit_robert Re:I use Windows at home, Linux at work (182 comments)

>I suspect that most people will be able to do the same thing, especially if the IT guy is the one doing all the installation and then telling them "to do that, just click on this icon right here ..."

Yo, nice way to reduce maintenance cost : have an IT guy behind each clerk to show him where to click. Don't forget to train the IT guy first, because he probably won't know where to click either if you use anything past windows 7.

What a joke.

about a year ago
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Spain's Extremadura Starts Move To GNU/Linux, Open Source

petit_robert Re:The expense isn't the license, it's support (182 comments)

I work full time running Debian on an eee-pc that is now three years old.

All I've had to do is type this :
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
in a console window once in a while to keep my system up-to-date.
I did the same on my previous laptop for the preceeding three years, the machine is still in use.

In the meantime, Windows' Office suite has become absolutely useless to me, due to the staggering amount of changes introduced for reasons I can't fathom.

I have no idea what potential interruption in business you talk about, it certainly is far less common in open source software than in proprietary software.

One thing is certain : I am not looking back.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

petit_robert Re:3 links of many (586 comments)

"Sorry if my postings on this upset the anti-GMO crowd, but the facts are sometimes annoying."

Which is the reason why pro-GMO lobbyists so vehemently prevent any form of serious research on them, presenting only their own as valid.

Here is one example, among many others :
http://www.naturalnews.com/037665_gmo_scientists_organ_damage.html

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

petit_robert Re:3 links of many (586 comments)

The only information I gather from the linked article is that Seralini's word is largely approved by people who are against GMO's, and not by people who support them. Totally hollow.

"Finally, it is notable that Seralini's funding comes from Greenpeace, and organization not shy about distorting facts."

Sure, quite unlike Monsanto, ever so truthful... are you serious?

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

petit_robert Re:Alternatively... (586 comments)

They most certainly do. Brain washing plays a very important part, and it involves paying for skewed studies, favorable articles in news media, and more.

If you meant what you wrote, do wake up, please.

about a year ago
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Ars Reviewer is Happily Bored With Dell's Linux Ultrabook

petit_robert Re:Reminds me of when I moved to Ubuntu 9.04 (181 comments)

"I would have to buy a cheaper laptop and install Linux on my own. I don't at all mind doing this, but it does take time and patience."

a LOT less than trying to install windows, I assure you.

Linux is actually quite easy to install. I'm partial to Debian, but for an easy trial, just burn a Knoppix CD, boot your machine off that CD, then click install in the menu bar. It will preserve your windows installation

about a year ago
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Debian 7.0 ('Wheezy') Release Planned For 1st Weekend in May

petit_robert Re:Freeze (226 comments)

>I have been developping full type

Duh. full time

about a year ago
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Debian 7.0 ('Wheezy') Release Planned For 1st Weekend in May

petit_robert Re:Freeze (226 comments)

I have been developping full type with Debian Stable on my PC for the past five years. The environment is extremely pleasant and efficient for what I do (databases + web apps), and I dread the rare foray I occasionally have to do in windows. My limited office suite needs are largely served by OpenOffice.

The only hindrance was not being able to view some videos, for lack of the proper codecs, this seems to be fixed. I probably could have worked on it, just did not for lack of time. As you wrote, backports offer many possibilities.

about a year ago
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Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest

petit_robert Re:Thought experiment (241 comments)

Agreed on all points.

I write software for the insurance industry, where the constant flow of money breeds more managers than at places like IBM.

The amount of meaningless metrics required by these people is staggering (think quarterly statistics on liability insurance for a 30 person team which generates an average of four claims a year; multiply by hundreds of contracts; do not aggregate, use individual Excel spreadsheets)

I have come to the conclusion that the vast superiority of OSS stems from the very absence of management in its conception/realization.

Also, I believe cubic rage is a sign of _good_ mental health

about a year and a half ago

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