For a pure open source solution, using a git repository is good enough for the same purpose, Mercurial includes a very mature bidirectional Git importer/exporter (their concepts are all mappable to each other, there shouldn't be any downsides to it). Git is missing the opposite direction, but someone can always step up and allow Mercurial to be cloned from Git.
10. Windows lacks a good, advanced file system like ZFS.
NTFS is a pretty decent filesystem. It doesn't have flashy features and it's not hip, but it gets the job done, it's reliable and you know what... those are the two primary considerations for a filesystem. At least for most people.
Considering that NTFS has absolutely no way to guarantee data integrity, the reliability claim is dubious at best. The guy's talking about ZFS; NTFS is already pretty poor compared to traditional-model stuff like XFS or ext4, but for as far ahead as ZFS is with checksums, redundancy, copy-on-write, etc, NTFS is stone age.
NonCommercial is going to make it useless as a textbook. It can't even be included in, for example, Debian or other Linux distributions.
Thanks, you're right. Misread it on account of not being awake for long
Oracle never supported OpenIndiana, it's a distribution of illumos (the OpenSolaris fork).
Linux has never had a good or stable GUI environment. Ever.
I beg to differ. GNOME 2.32 was about as close to perfect as a desktop has ever been achieved.
(GNOME 3: you can still get the old UI back, but it's hidden as being a possibility. The 3.x Panel does work better with screen resolution changes (what games often do) since applets are snapped to left, center, or right instead of being freely placable (it's a good thing actually).)
I forgot. Slashdot doesn't do Unicode
We are the Knights who say NI!
Incompetent evil is still evil.
Here is a better idea: why choose? Why not build a virtual machine for Gnome that people can use thier language of choice to cross compile to? Too much is tied up in all-or-nothing solutions, when given processing power today, more creative solutions offer themselves...
Wasn't that Mono?
Linux never breaks the ABI, which means keeping 32-bit time on 32-bit systems (or 32-bit for 32-bit applications on a 64-bit kernel).
You picked the wrong web server; Apache is great but its configuration is indeed difficult especially if you're not familiar with the concepts. Try out lighttpd, it's pretty dead simple.
Definately not what most people want -- I certainly would hate that, too.
If you want it though, it's easy enough to enable: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-browse-web-without-saving-info#w_how-do-i-always-start-firefox-in-private-browsing
Even better, people said Google+ was a ghost town and dismissed in it its first week of being online. Well, gee, I wonder why there aren't millions of people using it as soon as it comes out.
Google+ gets plenty of activity for me.