* Posts by demon driver

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With Asmi 24.04, Ubuntu's never looked so snappy (without the Snaps)

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Mint and Flatpak

Just for the record, while Mint does come with Flatpak support preinstalled, other than Snap on Ubuntu, Flatpak on Mint is strictly optional and easily removed completely from system and software manager, without any danger to surreptitiously get it reinstalled behind one's back through some apt package.

Java 17 now developers' favorite brew, with Eclipse Adoptium proving popular, too

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Amazon

One of the extremely few things I like about Amazon is that they named their JVM/JDK "Corretto". (Even though I had to look up the name because, despite living in a region where Italian restaurant and café culture is prevalent, I had never heard of the combination of coffee and grappa that goes by that name; a combination I quickly learned to appreciate, too.)

Huawei wants to take homegrown HarmonyOS phone platform worldwide

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Pride

Pride goes before a fall.

Linux Foundation is leading fight against fauxpen source

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"tragic for open source innovation"

Absolutely. Like those forks mentioned, LibreOffice and others, which are dead in the water, outdated and obsolete, while their original projects have vastly flourished under corporate control...

Wait, hold on, everyone – Mozilla thinks Apple, Google, Microsoft should play fair

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Re: " the impact of platform rules and of relentless marketing."

I beg to differ. IMHO, neither in usability and ergonomics, nor in functionality, performance, ease and amount of customizability is Firefox the best, and Firefox kept annoying the heck out of me (and many others) over time with repeatedly introducing unrequested and at best useless, but sometimes idiotic UI changes just for change's sake.

On my Windows work PC, Firefox takes ridiculously long to start, one of the reasons I switched to Chrome there early. On my home and side job Linux systems I have more freedom; I moved to Vivaldi on all of them a few years ago after testing it for a few days and deciding that I won't go back – after 15 years of using Firefox. As much as I'd like to support the only browser that's still competing with Chrome, that doesn't make me use a tool that I don't like anymore.

Veeam researching support for VMware alternative Proxmox as backup buyers fret about Broadcom

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Good

Broadcom seems to be helping Proxmox a lot lately. In the long run that will also help us cheapskates who use the free Proxmox edition in small setups.

Proxmox also offers their own backup solution, though (Proxmox Backup Server), making use of lots of ZFS bells and whistles.

Infosys co-founder doubles down on call for 70-hour work weeks

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"what also helped build his empire"...

... are thousands of employees who were those who actually earned him his billions.

The Hobbes OS/2 Archive logs off permanently in April

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Re: IBM's doomed operating system

"as it was less resource-hungry than OS/2 and didn't replace the MS-DOS that they were all used to (and still needed for older apps)" – resource-hungry is correct, but OS/2 indeed did "replace MS-DOS", and that was an excellent thing. It ran DOS apps (including Windows 3.x apps) better than DOS (or Windows 3.x) itself, also replacing all those high-memory managers which were en vogue back then, and it ran several DOS and/or Windows sessions in parallel, too...

Mozilla CEO pockets a packet, asks biz to pick up pace the 'Mozilla way'

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At stake: the perhaps last opportunity for Firefox to regain relevance

"The recent statement from Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker suggests that the organization sees AI as a more interesting place to focus its efforts on than saving the world (again) from a browser monopoly. If Firefox languishes while Mozilla pursues shinier projects, an opportunity — perhaps the final one — for Firefox to regain relevance may be lost." (J. Corbet on LWN)

Debian preps ground to drop 32-bit x86 as separate edition

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Re: Good thing too

Limiting choice hardly ever is a "good thing", and while we've learnt to expect nothing else from closed source, the support for a wide range of diverse and even odd hardware architectures is one of the more prominent aspects that drew me to open source and Linux to begin with. Back then, I never would have thought that major Linux distributions would phase out something as mainstream and recent as x86-32 support as early as, say, Ubuntu did, when there still are lots of 32-bit devices around that are perfectly capable of performing typical computing tasks. And there I'm not even thinking of my own remaining x86-32 device, an old Fujitsu-Siemens laptop that's running the last and long-outdated Ubuntu-based Linux Mint version that still came with 32-bit support, because that laptop already was a low-budget machine when I bought it new (although I even went as far as to install a PATA/IDE SSDs, potentially extending its usable life for a short while), rather of the fact that the largest parts of earth remain extremely poor. All of that said, I perfectly understand why distro maintainers might not want to keep x86-32 support up forever...

Fedora 39 waves goodbye to modularity, but has enough spins to make your head spin

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Re: I really do not get this...

From my limited experience in trying several DEs in Ubuntu, my impression is that DEs tend to either really look and feel like the spin/flavour, or be post-installed as a metapackage, with the latter often also causing changes to the look and feel of the original DE, in case that was supposed to remain able to be switched to at will. Too much potentially interfering things under the hood.

Web Summit CEO's comments on Israeli conflict 'war crimes' sparks boycott

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Re: While Cosgrave is, of course, formally 'right'...

As I said, Cosgrave is formally correct, I never claimed there were no war crimes committed by IDF, and I never claimed that they shouldn't be called out for what they are if there are any.

There is no such thing as truth in Palestine, though, not in whatever might count as peace and even less in war, and reports around the world are mostly biased. For example, official continental European news channels were eager to cite those hundreds dead in an allegedly Israeli hospital bombing, while it indeed seems excessive for a small car park, and evidence rather points to a terrorist rocket that failed and broke in two above that hospital. But you won't ever hear any Palestinian voice admitting that.

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While Cosgrave is, of course, formally 'right'...

..., his position completely ignores the factual differences between both sides and thus trivialises Hamas' attacks and demonises Israel's defence. While Hamas wantonly and maliciously targets civilians, Israel targets Hamas facilities and hideouts and warns civilians in the area about the bombings. The death of every single person is terrible. However, to ask Israel not to bomb Hamas even though civilians in their vicinity have been warned is to ask Israel to stop defending itself.

So the reactions to Cosgrave's comments are perfectly in order. And it is bewildering how widespread such factually pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel opinions are, based entirely on *not* applying the same standards to both sides, whether out of malice or lack of information.

Terraform fork OpenTF renamed and relocated as OpenTofu

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"Vocal support is all very well but does it come with money?" - why? That would, of course, diminish those "significant business benefits".

The Anti Defamation League is Musk's latest excuse for Twitter's tanking ad revenue

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Re: anti-Semitism (sic)

Antisemitism is not just any racism. Jews are not hated because of their skin tone. Antisemites hate them because they're Jews.

Typical neo-nazi antisemites are also general racists who hate non-white ethnic groups because of their looks, but antisemitism is still a different thing.

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anti-Semitism (sic)

It was already a deliberate and telling move to spell the word as 'anti-Semitism'. This is to pretend that antisemitism was directed against all Semites, which would include, among others, Palestinians, whereas the word never meant anything but anti-Jewish, having been coined by a German Jew-hating journalist in an equally pathetic and outrageous attempt to create a kind of science under the name.

ArcaOS 5.1 gives vintage OS/2 a UEFI facelift for the 21st century

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Re: gparted

I see, thanks for the addendum.

Along those lines I remember that I still must have a copy of the excellent DFSee utility lying around somewhere, which I remember once enabled me to recover a big JFS volume that was spread across disks in at least three parts - and as it seems the project is still alive. Nice.

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gparted

Thanks for the hint regarding gparted. Do other Linux partitioning applications like gnome-disks have similar issues?

I'm asking because the topic reminds me of my attempts to install Linux on a cheap Chinese x86 tablet that came with an Android plus Windows dual boot setup, and after each attempt to just *look* at the machine's partitioning table after booting up some Linux live system from thumb drive, Android\ was rendered unable to boot up and I had to re-flash the whole system. (It's Linux-only now...)

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Looking forward to that "more in-depth review"!

I kept using OS/2 up to eComStation 2.1 on my personal desktop machine until deep into the noughties, before reluctantly going to Windows. And I even held on to OS/2 (eComStation) on a production internet server for web and mail until 2017 (I had no idea at the time what a great liberation would come through the final move to Linux there – it went so well that I moved my home server from Windows to Linux soon after that, then thought why not try Linux on my desktops and laptops, too, and that was that).

I'm still missing the "quirky" deskop, though. Until today, I still think nothing comes close in usability, configurability and extendability, including all the nice Linux desktops I tried.

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris

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Re: All your QWERTY belong to us...

Indeed, and that's the one good thing about it :-)

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Re: All your QWERTY belong to us...

My preferred keyboard layout for English-US keyboards is called "English, US International, with accent keys". The 'international' in those keyboard layout designations isn't to suggest that the US variant of either the English language or the English keyboard layout would particularly excel in internationalness, but to indicate that the specific layout adds lots of international special characters, made available through AltGr and/or dead keys :-)

Fedora Project mulls 'privacy preserving' usage telemetry

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I get that GDPR requires opt-in for collecting personal data. But if I understood this correctly, Fedora does not want to collect *any* personal data. What they want to collect is impersonal data. In that case, my impression is that GDPR does not even apply. Or do I make a mistake there somewhere?

Meta's data-hungry Threads skips over EU but lands in Britain

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By the way, you can delete your Threads profile...

... but that also deletes your Instagram account. You can't do one without the other (source: Slashdot).

That alone should be enough for a sensible data protection law to make Threads illegal, and it might be one of the reasons why they don't try a rollout in the EU yet.

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Re: Eh?

Nothing of what you yourself write is intelligent. The first intelligent question you should ask in this context is whether Meta *should* be allowed to collect and share all kinds of personal/private user data between their several sub-companies and services. Or do you think a law is good and just, just because it exists? Also, you could have a look at your domestic law and find out whether they actually *are* allowed to do that in your country at all. Are they?

Linux Mint cuts slice of 'Victoria' as 21.2 beta lands with dash of fresh Cinnamon

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Re: LMDE version soon as well

I'll agree to your reservations regarding Ubuntu, but Ubuntu as the base for Mint does still have advantages. Just one example, there's a lot of software that we can get from PPAs or other foreign package sources which cannot be included in Debian because their content is built against specific Ubuntu versions. Still it's good to know that LMDE could become standard Mint as soon as changes in Ubuntu would make it unsuitable for being the base for Mint...

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There's a difference between actual "improvements" and "something new" just for change's sake, which might in the best case improve nothing but more often than not decrease usability. Much of what Unity and Gnome 3 did there was of the latter kind.

Red Hat strikes a crushing blow against RHEL downstreams

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"Oracle has a distro based on RHEL but I suppose the two have a financial understanding which covers this" – and Oracle will welcome Red Hat's getting rid of the freeloader competition just as well.

Decision to hold women-in-cyber events in abortion-banning states sparks outcry

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Re: Mixed Feelings

"seems to have morphed into a weird mish-mash of anyone not 'straight white cis male' is being persecuted by everyone who is 'straight white cis male'" – it's no one elses fault if, by your own decision, things 'seem' different to you than they are. For a start, you should try to understand the difference between being 'persecuted' and being less privileged. The difference is especially significant because it relates to both the receiving end and the distributing end.

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Re: Mixed Feelings

So there was one incident somewhere where that definition you've cited was used by someone, and it was pulled after a debate ensued. So effing what? (Still, there *are* valid reasons to use it, which are of factual nature, just as there are valid reasons against it, which are of linguistic nature.)

And yes, *one* other incident. How is that proof that it would be a widespread problem be more significant than the multitude of issues trans people face in this world?

Again, "really makes women feel included" - because that's what your activism is set out to achieve?

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Re: Mixed Feelings

"So the problem isn't mentally disturbed white males playing dress-up and invading women's spaces making women feel unsafe?"- No, it is not. (Or can you present facts and numbers that would clearly show they are?) And what has it to to with the article?

"the complete erasure of women" - What?

"Defining a lesbian as a 'non-man' who is attracted to other 'non-men'" - What?

"really makes women feel included" - Because that's what your activism is set out to achieve?

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Re: Women in Jobs?

True to some degree, but we see similar 'backwards' positions and legislations throughout the world including Europe, sometimes more, sometimes less problematic. Even in Germany (Federal Republic of), sexual acts between persons of the male sex were criminalized by law, enabling the persecution of homosexuals, until 1994 (sic, not 1949). Today, several European states are on a clear backwards movement regarding women's and LGBTQ+ rights (as well as other things). In some, like Italy, the ruling parties are fascist or proto-fascist. I don't even want to start looking at some former soviet-union states including but not limited to Russia. None of this bodes well for the future.

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Re: Mixed Feelings

Scalzi talks about factual experience, not imagined or 'felt' experience.

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Re: Mixed Feelings

How is what people experience in their lives not fact?

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Re: Godwin's Law rears its ugly head

Godwin never intended to stop people using halfway intelligent structural comparisons with Nazism to make something clear, without anyone calling anyone else a nazi. Not that I would fully follow the Nazism comparison in this case, but invoking Godwin's law here is an abuse of it.

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Re: Mixed Feelings

LGBTQ+ issues are not subject of this debate because of some generic 'minority' thing. They're subject of the debate because they're closely related to women's issues. The hurdles in the game of life that LGBTQ+ people face are similar to the ones women face, and they stem from the same societal problems, its structural straight white cis male dominance (cf. https://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/ and https://whatever.scalzi.com/2022/05/18/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-ten-years-on/) and the manifestation of masculinity.

Germany to subsidize Intel €10B for 'Silicon Junction' fab

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If nowadays value-creating factories are only established if the community finances them...

... to a large extent, then the old rule that the economic operating system privatises profits and socialises losses reaches a new level, because now it is just normal costs that are being socialised, not some unexpected losses from some exceptional situation.

I'm curious to know whether the employees in that shiny new German fab will also have to bring money in order to be allowed to work there.

Lantum S3 bucket leak is prescription for chaos for thousands of UK doctors

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Lack of consequences

The main mistake is that nothing serious ever happens to those who run such businesses. After such an incident, the business should be expropriated and the owners plus the managers in charge should spend a long time in prison, banned from ever running a business again.

Red Hat to stop packaging LibreOffice for RHEL

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Re: Original star office

StarOffice's 'Desktop' was more like what Windows 3.x once had included as a 'Program Manager' application, rather than a complete desktop environment. That said, the developers actually had implemented much of their windowing stuff themselves at that point, the intention was to make cross-platform development easier. The 'Desktop', though, was the first thing that was thrown overboard when StarOffice was mutilated to become OpenOffice after Star Division was sold to Sun, and contrary to several other components which were thrown away in the transition, like the calendar plus scheduler, the full-fledged e-mail and usenet client or the excellent MDI implementation that kept 'everything in one place' and interoperable (what had been Star Division's marketing slogan at one point), didn't clutter the screen with copies of the same menu and button bars on each separate document window—having to do without that 'Desktop' thing was no real loss. All in all, though, OpenOffice was just the sorry leftovers from what StarOffice 5.x had originally been, and the feature richness, and, in parts, even the usability that StarOffice offered has never been reached again, not even in the latest versions of LibreOffice.

More ads in Windows 11 Start Menu could be last straw for some

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I mostly agree, but the problem still is that a) Apple isn't much better than Microsoft when it comes to their business practices and b) Linux is still missing a lot of applications many people rely on, and for some of them there still aren't even any sufficiently capable replacements available. (Which is why I, even though most of what I do I do on Linux, I still need Windows VMs on some of my Linux machines and one Windows PC, even if just for the one or two Windows applications I still need which require a real GPU...)

99 year old man says cryptocurrency is for idiots

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Re: Value

One that comes to my mind is based on the concept of 'peer production' and attempts to organise production of physical goods and real-life services by borrowing from the principles of free and open software. It explicitly wants to replace exchange with contribution (one who's tried to explain the idea a bit more thoroughly is a Christian Siefkes who wrote a book by the title of "From Exchange to Contributions").

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Re: Value

In fact, there are concepts for economic systems that manage without money and replace it with a distribution of resources and goods according to base-democratic principles, by agreement. At least they are conceivable.

But even if civilisation couldn't do without money, that wouldn't automatically give the money purchasing power or a high currency value. For that, the currency area needs a reliably profitable, strong economy that can guarantee investors to get more money back for their invested money. And that's where the work force comes in.

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Value

That's not how a currency gets its value. In a market economy, a currency gets its value from the reliability with which the currency area generates profits by workers transforming things into more valuable things with their labour, with the added value being generated on markets. What is backing conventional currencies are the labour forces of the respective currency areas.

Learn the art of malicious compliance: doing exactly what you were asked, even when it's wrong

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Re: Steves Failure

So your company is another one of those where the bosses fire the workers because of the managers' mistakes, while the managers merrily continue to take home their exorbitant salaries. Would you like to give me the name so that I don't apply there by mistake?

Belarus legalizes piracy – but citizens will have to pay for it

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Re: "regime is allowing its population to steal"

I'm responding late, but still—my objection was to the word "stealing". I have always had the impression that in the IT crowd, which tends to be very precise in these matters, there is a broad consensus that consuming pirated media is not stealing. Stealing involves taking something away. Consuming pirated media does not take anything away from anyone. Yes, even if there is no payment at all, at most it deprives someone of a potential payment, but unlike theft, it does not make them poorer.

As much as we still might want to condemn the act, and no matter what we think of Belarus and its regime, we should measure the same acts with the same standards and call them by the same terms...

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"regime is allowing its population to steal"

No, it is not.

Experts warn of steep increase in Java costs under changes to Oracle license regime

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Right, but do all those businesses...

... not know that they can select from a dozen compatible OpenJDK variants which they can use for free, including continuous updates? And, for some of them, purchase commercial support separately if needed?

Forget the climate: Steep prices the biggest reason EV sales aren't higher

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No used cars

What the article doesn't even mention is that depending on where we look we will see that more than half, up to two thirds of car buyers don't buy new ones regardless of drive system, because of prices. And it will take years for a significant used electric car market to form.

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Re: FUD

Where I live in continental/western Europe, a small road at the edge of a town in a quite well-developed region with some 30 small houses built in the nineteen-fifties, there already are electricity breakdowns occurring without a significant number of the inhabitants driving electric cars...

Microsoft's Chinese website reveals free PC Manager utility

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Yes, we definitely needed...

... another application in the "system" department, fragmenting the places ("control panel", "manage", "settings", "administrative tools", ...) where people look for such things even more...

Text-to-image models are so last month, text-to-video is here

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Willis: not "for any future movies", only for that one ad

Seems that was false news; the deal with Deepcake was only about that one video.

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