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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

Comment: Re:My how things change (Score 1) 274

by Drinking Bleach (#45323163) Attached to: Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

These days, kids will relate every first-number-before-the-dot version increase with Chrome and Firefox.

Quite honestly, their versioning schemes wouldn't even be all that bad for Linux, the "3." or "4." are totally meaningless numbers anyway. At the same time, it provides some buffer zone for people that expect X.Y schemes represent significant new versions whenever Y is increased.

Comment: Re:How close to 100% is the Windows 7 percentage? (Score 1) 246

When XP launched everybody in business always set the classic theme to make it look more like Windows 2000. by 2005 that practice was long dead...

I don't know about you, but I never stopped that practice. You can still make Windows 7 look like Windows 2000 (it's a massive improvement IMO).

Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 376

by Drinking Bleach (#44288131) Attached to: Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"

As much as the joke doesn't really apply to Trek movies, it doesn't really apply to Windows versions either.

Far as I'm concerned, on the DOS side, anything before Win95 was worthless. Windows 95 was alright for what it was, and I avoided W98 like the plague because of its instability. ME never saw enough adoption for it to have actually meant anything; and it really wasn't as bad as people make it out to be. Windows XP garnered a lot of flack for not being anywhere near as good as Win2K, but it went on for years without Longhorn being released and a couple service packs made it decent enough. Vista also has a reputation it frankly doesn't deserve, and W7 is just a renamed Vista.

Comment: Re:Why QT over GTK 3 ? (Score 2) 136

by Drinking Bleach (#44200939) Attached to: LXDE Previews Port From Gtk+ 2 to Qt

Yeah and GTK+ 2.x was API/ABI incompatible with GTK+ 1.x, pretty much setting an expectation that the whole thing will be overhauled approximately once a decade. So whenever GTK+ 4.0 is out, your 3.x apps likely won't just compile+run as-is in the new version, but there's no reason you can't have all the older libraries installed at the same time.

GTK+ 2.x apps aren't magically breaking and GTK+ 3.x apps won't magically break either.

Comment: Re:GIT sucks on windows (Score 1) 378

by Drinking Bleach (#44054731) Attached to: Subversion 1.8 Released But Will You Still Use Git?

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.

Comment: Re:Windows problems (Score 1) 1215

by Drinking Bleach (#43951521) Attached to: What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

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.

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