Linux double feature
NetBSD is NOT a Linux distro, so how exactly can this be a double feature?
The NetBSD Project has released NetBSD 5.0 into the wild today, marking the operating system's first major release since 2007. Among 5.0's features is a rewritten threading subsystem optimized for multi-core and multiprocessor systems. Multi-threaded apps can now efficiently make use of one or more CPU or core, the team said. …
OK, so now the question is, will the Frenchmen behind Mandriva raise the white flag and admit that they are no match for the mighty *BSD?
Disclaimer: I'm supposed to be French somehow, so I'm allowed to spout this kind of lame jokes. If y'all anglo-saxons types try and do the same, it will be xenophobia. Booooh!
Mine's the white one with a white flag attached.
At least the small things can achieve what the behemoths can't and a minor branch of the free sourcery tree can do what Microsoft has had trouble doing for all its onme potenence.
The thing is does ay of it have mass appeal? Otherwise I am going to stick with my Windows SP 0, ta vm.
I'm going to try them whatever the cost. Will they work on home PCs?
NetBSD is not a Linux distro, and where you say Mandriva comes in X.Org flavours, um... you'd find that X.org isn't a flavour as GNOME, KDE, XFCE and LXDE are.
Somehow I get the feeling that the article was written by someone who doesn't know much about Linux or *BSD.
<from 2009 Spring Tour link>
' ......but some highlights include:
New desktop framework, Plasma, where each desktop entity - icons, folders, applets, the panel, launchers - are a special form of widget called a plasmoid, giving unprecedented flexibility '
NO NO NO NO NO. STOP! I think they meant 'giving unprecedented hassle and confusion'
This sh*t caused me to leave Mandriva for Ubuntu - it's that bad!. Hours spent trying to fix toolbars that are so bleeding edge they have a mind of their own.
Does anyone actually know what a 'plasmoid' is? ('Is that my desktop...erm well no')
I'm sure kde 4.2 is much more stable but as they say once bitten.
KDE4.0 should never have been released, bit like Vista. Such a shame when so many featues like Dolphin are far superior to their gnome counterparts. Ulimately I'm more into computing than desktop masochism (though it's a close call :) )
Wait a sec whilst I get the marshmallows...
downloaded it (Mandriva Spring 2009.1 KDE One CD image) from a French mirror the very day it came out, before it went to torrent and/or the mirrors got hammered :-)
To start with, their hybrid ISO is a stroke of genius -- no messing with unetbootin or liveUSBcreator or things like that; just dd the ISO to a USB stick instead of burning to a CD. Done. It may be reflective of my inadequate imagination/brains, but I had never realised it could be this easy.
Installed it in 5 machines within the next 2 days. Very little fiddling -- especially suspend/resume; works out of the box.
KDE 4.2.2's transparency etc features are much more reliable than in 4.0, and I actually *use* them; it's not just a gimmick. Ever transcribed/summarised someone's overly long document into a quick email for the boss? I only need to sort-of see what I'm typing, so having the ODT show through the very high-transparency email compose is pretty cool :-)
Except for a minor problem with installing from behind a corporate proxy (you have to change the download engine to curl or wget; the default aria2 has some issues) which I duly reported, I haven't come across anything significant.
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