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Comment tweaks. (Score 1) 1836

I'm a little late to the party. Since I've been here a little while, I thought I'd throw in my $.02. Hope you're still reading this thread. What I'd like to see in no particular order:
1. https support
2. Beef up YRO with more posts - there's absolutely no shortage of material on this one.
3. More Free software/OSS news. Remember, it's news for NERDS.
4. Less politics unless it applies to #2
5. Overall, the site seems to have trended to more superficial posts over the past several years - I'd like to see more depth in the articles.
6. Clean up the spelling and grammar. Seriously, it's not that hard to proofread a paragraph or two before going live. We're mostly adults here and it makes the site look very unprofessional. This was better 15 years ago than it is now.
7. I, for one, welcome our new overlords. Please, don't kill the trolls. The hot grits, Natalie Portman, Soviet Russia, goatse links etc. all add to the unique culture of the site. Seriously.

Comment Re:Replacement?? (Score 1) 388

I still use (Al)Pine as my every day email program. It is still maintained and works well. Once you've learned just a few of the key bindings, it is very efficient for reading as well as doing general message and folder management - much, much faster than a silly GUI interface.

Comment stupid (Score 5, Interesting) 305

"ask your doctor is "X" is right for you"

If my doctor doesn't already know whether X is right for me, then I need to get a new doctor. I've always thought that this was incredibly irresponsible to be promoting the idea that the average slob off the street should suggest treatments when you need about 10 years of post-secondary education just to be able to deliver such treatment.

"end users, ask your sysadmin if systemd is right for you."

Comment Konsole (Score 4, Informative) 352

All things being equal, I prefer KDE's Konsole. It has all the features I need or want (tabs, profiles, easy customization) and fits well in the KDE environment.

If I'm using a simple window manager, I go for rxvt because it's lightweight and still hits most of the feature list.

What I actually use the most is Putty thanks to the fact that I'm at work and Windows doesn't include a sane set of utilities.

The hall of shame award goes to Apple's Horrible handling of the bash key shortcuts.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 5, Informative) 97

I don't know if you're joking, or have only dealt with Dell's consumer level stuff. Their "enterprise" level support is excellent and the products generally perform as advertised, if not better.

I'm not sure what Dell or EMC would gain out of this merger, if it is even true. Dell already owns Equallogic which covers the low to mid-range of the storage market pretty well in Dell's offerings.

Comment Re:GNOME 3.x worsens the general user experience (Score 4, Informative) 170

Thanks to Gnome3 I moved back to XFCE. This is a good way to prepare for next step, as systemd is enforcing a move back to FreeBSD.

Check out Slackware before you run all the way back to FreeBSD (not that there's anything wrong with FreeBSD). Slack ships with a good XFCE desktop. It's a great Linux distribution without the systemd infection.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 747

Slackware still gives you a reasonable Unix with BSD leanings with all the compatibility you'd expect from a decent Linux. I've not heard of any intention for it to adopt systemd. The day Slackware goes to systemd, is the day I move to FreeBSD for everything.

Comment Re:Let's be fair! (Score 2) 196

Better than the command line? I hardly think so. Bash, KSH, and even csh (as much as I hate csh) are heart of the ability to use and administer a Unix host, incredibly flexible and have decades of refinement behind their usability. Gnome is off on a rampage to remove features and force someone else's idea of how you should do your work down the throat of ever gnome user. If I had to make the choice, I'll take a serial console over an X desktop running Gnome.

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