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Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 453

by Blaskowicz (#48195027) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Please, when you want to get a new version of your graphics driver or update something too big (say KDE, Mate) you end up replacing the whole OS. You can change window manager, terminal emulator or shell (ksh, zsh) etc. any time, but some fine grained stuff like choosing the version of a program you prefer to run is only possible on Windows as well as e.g. setting targets for fan control, looking for voltage drops - linux never allowed me to read ANY of the half dozen or so voltage sensors built in any PC, it doesn't even acknowledge their presence.

It would be good to have a low footprint Windows clone to do the low level tasks that are just impossible on linux.

Comment: Re:The flat thing needs to go away (Score 1) 186

by Blaskowicz (#48190803) Attached to: More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

More than the looks (though flexibility in the looks would be welcome) I would like options to make the file manager not suck : optional left pane, favorites menu, no wasted space (show more damn files and folders per area), customizable toolbar.
Loss of the style of file manager I used in Windows 98 and XP was one reason that led me to flee to linux. What a pain in the ass.

Comment: Re:before unbuntu (Score 1) 105

by Blaskowicz (#48189363) Attached to: Ubuntu Turns 10

Windows Vista and higher is the about the equivalent of running Wayland on linux, which still is future technology as of now..
Or so I visualize the problem, even if the comparison may be not entirely accurate.
So imagine linux on Wayland, with GMA950 chipset and a "premium" driver i.e. efficient, low CPU use. That ought to be smooth. If you don't have those things then CPU power is wasted and bitmaps are copied uselessly. Even though there's only one physical RAM and it's on the FSB (front side bus) along with CPU and chipset.. the texture you've made must be transfered from "system memory" to "GPU memory" (resulting in ridiculous copying of data around) ; since you use some old low grade drivers (probably not much taken care of beside being patched for newer Xorg and kernel versions) the transfers probably suck more than usual, and that sucks since you're stressing your worst bottleneck (FSB or memory)

Comment: Re:before unbuntu (Score 1) 105

by Blaskowicz (#48186877) Attached to: Ubuntu Turns 10

Unity was super fast and smooth, for the two minutes I ran it under Ubuntu 11.04 before switching to Gnome 2. But I don't remember the dash (why would I want to search my programs instead of just running them?)
The OpenGL performance or that for the main OS GUI is totally random, depending on drivers, on which you have very limited control. Many linux advocates solve that problem by yelling "You're not running a less than two-year-old Intel laptop so you must be an idiot" in slashdot comments.

Comment: Re:The driving force to open source? (Score 1) 305

by Blaskowicz (#48185655) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Except for something hardware or driver related, where Windows has had the Device Manager for nearly 20 years. You can e.g. change the poll rate for the PS/2 mouse or limit a wifi connection to 5.5 megabits/s, which I had to do to make a wireless link usable once.
In contrast on linux only the high-level stuff is available (IP, SSID etc.) though I can look at the wireless speed, read only.

Comment: Re:Penetration in buildings will be crap (Score 1) 50

by Blaskowicz (#48184861) Attached to: Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

Makes me thinks of femtocells. Farm out coverage to your customers. Also I can see this used in very high density areas : mall, town's main square, stadium, conference center, even ad hoc deployment for events. The effective bandwith for one device may then suck but the shit ton of spectrum may make the connection possible at all.

Comment: Re:Bad UI (Score 1) 281

by Blaskowicz (#48177969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Simply launching Audacity and picking the right "input" allowed me to capture the same sound that pulseaudio sends to speakers.
Possibly a second Audacity instance can be used to record what enters the PC through microphone. Then investigate using two simultaneous tracks in Audacity. Would that be working and good enough?

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 248

by Blaskowicz (#48177901) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

hard drive may mess the weight distribution up too.
But frankly there's not an exceptionnally strong reason for no removable flash storage, that'll be a commercial and design decision.
Flash can also get integrated right into the main CPU, or why not in a stack.
Seen a dumphone design on the web (chinese card phone) that consisted of only two chips, main SoC and radio. The SoC integrates some RAM and flash (has 8MB but not sure if the figure is for one or the other) and there's slots for SIM and micro-SD. So that's two removable storage devices, to be perfectly pedantic.

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 248

by Blaskowicz (#48177667) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

iPod classic. Oh crap, it was discontinued on Septermber 9 2014. Seems the 1.8" HDD have stagnated for years if they're even still made, and their niche has effectively ended.
On the other hand a 2.5" single platter, 5mm high drive exists, aimed at ultrabooks. It could easily fit in a Surface Pro clone. Have flash on M2 PCIe so that the user puts in whatever he want!

Comment: Re:Pulseaudio is a synthom, It's not to blame. (Score 1) 281

by Blaskowicz (#48177529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

And so if you want both generic audio and low latency audio you need TWO sound systems on top of a THIRD one and at least two of them (Pulseaudio, ALSA) are configured by editing empty or semi-empty config files on the command line.
All so that maybe (not sure if that configuration is easily possible or makes sense) an ALSA application sends sounds to Pulseaudio (which emulates ALSA), which outputs to Jack which pipes it to ALSA.

I'm not necessarily against all that stuff but distros should support configurations where everything works, with wizards or a GUI to help you. Last time I tried launching (not even using) something other than audacity or qsynth all I got was "Ardour 2 couldn't start because fuck you". (granted that was a few years ago on ubuntu 10.04 I believe)

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