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Comment: Re:Port it to Qt, please! GTK+ is awful! (Score 1) 84

by ChunderDownunder (#48950331) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

Well another post suggests that Gimp *no longer* has an X11 requirement. So perhaps it's the skill and dedication of the porter not to bring in a kitchen sink of dependencies.

I've used several Gtk+ applications on Windows XP such as Geany, Pidgin and GIMP. All integrate more than adequately without issue, save preferring a weird file dialog instead of the Windows native one.

Comment: Re:Hyper-V anyone? (Score 1) 270

by ChunderDownunder (#48944667) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

I'm not saying there aren't use cases just that whether supporting those interests strategically benefits Oracle enough to continue development at anything more than a snail's pace.

If Oracle make there money on _the_server_ then a FOSS desktop application isn't going to receive priority unless a paying customer demands shiny new features. That's the difference with the stewardship of Sun, who acquired various pieces of software and open sourced them for $0 revenue.

Comment: Re:Java-Free Like NeoOffice? (Score 1) 145

by ChunderDownunder (#48938259) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

If you're saying 'java is evil' then yes, it's distributed by an 'evil' corporation.

But the fact still remains it's a deployment issue rather than a technological one. What Windows needs is a decent package manager.


If the standard method for installing software such as libreoffice were using a package manager with a 'private JRE' dependency built from openjdk sources then there would be no need for Oracle crapware.

You may say I'm a dreamer...

Comment: Re:Java-Free Like NeoOffice? (Score 2) 145

by ChunderDownunder (#48936297) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

You do know the JVM and the browser plugin are two separate things?

Oracle may choose to bundle them together in a fancy installer for Windows but the plugin itself is unnecessary unless you load Applets.

e.g. on debian, 'Java' is packaged as openjdk-7-jre, while Applet functionality is provided by icedtea-7-plugin.

Comment: Re:harder to read if there is no consistency (Score 1) 218

by ChunderDownunder (#48929047) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Coding standard adoption can provoke holy wars but at the end of the day, you're a team. Though idiosyncratic decisions irk me, such as prefixing instance variables with underscore. Any decent editor will make such a distinction between scope via colours.

Pretty printing tools and style checkers present in any decent editor will enforce coding standards with minimal fuss.

The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.