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Comment: Re:Sounds like someone is getting old... (Score 1) 716

by Drinking Bleach (#49029447) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

It still does, so long as you're selective of the software you run on it. You could run a totally modern kernel and X.org (or Wayland) on an original Pentium with 32MB of RAM, but in no way should you expect to run GNOME or LibreOffice or Chrome or Firefox on it, at least not without glacial loading times.

But more frequently, PCs from 10-15 years ago still in service just aren't that starved on resources anymore. They'll chug along slowly, but they can still get the job done, and nobody is really surprised when they're capable of it. Hell, if you have half a gig of RAM, you can probably still run full GNOME and LibreOffice and all without major issues.

+ - Groupon infringes GNOME trademark, project seeks donations for legal battle 1

Submitted by Drinking Bleach
Drinking Bleach (975757) writes "Groupon has released a tablet-based point of sale system called Gnome, despite the well-known desktop environment's existence and trademark status. This is also not without Groupon's internal ignorance of the GNOME project; they were contacted about the infringement and flatly refused to change the name of their own product, in addition to filing many new patent applications for theirs.

The GNOME project is seeking donations to help them in a legal battle against these trademark applications, and to get Groupon to stop using their name. They are seeking at least $80,000 to challenge a first set of ten trademark applications from Groupon, out of 28 applications that have been filed."

Comment: Re:Are you sure? (Score 1) 863

It's worth noting that systemd's NTP and DHCP implementations are purposefully as simplistic as possible. The NTP daemon (systemd-timesyncd) is only a client that keeps a clock synchronized to a server, it cannot behave as a server itself. The DHCP daemon (systemd-networkd) is meant only to handle a wired network connection on a single interface, the sort of thing that a server or maybe a desktop computer would want; more complicated network setups can ignore this functionality and use any number of the pre-existing network configuration methods Linux already had.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Insightful) 368

by Drinking Bleach (#47870489) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

It still has no official modding support. Mojang bought Bukkit and hired its team over a year ago, but they still keep it an independent project and not the official mod API (think how CentOS is now owned by Red Hat but still has a social/corporate firewall between RHEL and CentOS devs).

As for being written poorly in Java, it was original just some dumb idea that Notch had to remake Infiniminer, and his Random Java Project #56 -- he already had mild internet fame (albeit nothing compared to his post-Minecraft fame), but this particular game had just enough potential to keep it moving. He didn't make it to be very performant in the first place, Java was just familiar and convenient to him.

Comment: Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

by Drinking Bleach (#45630351) Attached to: German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

It used a file called --linux-.--- in each directory. In a way, it was better backwards-compatible with FAT/MS-DOS than even VFAT was.

I did some disecting of how they worked a while ago expecting that I'd reimplement it with FUSE, which I never got down more than a couple trivial files (like the base-32 representation stuff...). I'll just put up the format notes on a Gist if anyone's interested :)

https://gist.github.com/chungy/7852622

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

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