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Comment: Too many phones! (Score 1) 171

The problem is Android phone manufacturers, rooted in traditionally consumer electronics oriented companies, are pumping out far more models than they could ever hope to provide adequate support for, as they aren't used to actually having to provide long term support for anything. This is one area they could really learn something from Apple, whose home computer roots have taught them what's involved with proper support. As consumer electronics get smarter, you're gonna see the same types of problems from everything these guys produce... next up, smart televisions. Those companies would have us just throw these perfectly good older devices away, and upgrade to a new ones, but I don't think consumers much like that idea - or at least, I know I don't.

Comment: Morality (Score 1) 666

by HRbnjR (#37889020) Attached to: How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?

You can try to tackle this from a financial, support, or business perspective, but that's not the direction I'd go...

Red Hat funds a large chunk of the GNU/Linux development which you are benefiting from. They make a good product for a reasonable price (enterprise wise), and their competition is good for the software ecosystem. I want to see more companies follow their business model and promote Free Software. Given all that, personally, I think there is some, however small, level of moral obligation to support them if you have the resources. It's just the right thing to do - I think you feel it, and I know I feel it.

Tell your boss that you want to work for a moral company, and that includes things like not exploiting employees, recycling and green initiatives, and things like buying at least one copy of Red Hat Enterprise Linux if that's what you are using on your servers.

When he calls you a "linux hippy", just be like "yeah I'm a hippy, just like all the other hippies that got together, did what most people scoffed at, and created this software from scratch, for free, which you now want to run your whole enterprise on".

Comment: Re:I want my old desktop back! (Score 1) 835

by HRbnjR (#36982582) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce
This post was a drastically condensed version of my full review from The first problem is that I don't like requiring people remember keyboard shortcuts in order to have a functional desktop. I like my mouse, it's already in my hand, and I don't want to be required to reach for the keyboard, and that's my right to have such a preference, thanks. Second, your solution adds an extra motion before I can even see my app list, then the same number of subsequent motions and clicks to switch. With Gnome 2, I can be reading the list of apps on the taskbar looking for the one I want, all while my mouse is en-route to that area of the desktop, so by the time I get down there, my eyes have zero'd in on exactly where I need to click. With your suggestion, I still have to mouse left and wait for the popout before my brain can even begin processing where I need to click. So, not only are we adding more mouse motions, but were are increasing the time my brain requires between those motions to perform the required actions. This is does NOT constitute an *improvement* to me.

Comment: I want my old desktop back! (Score 1) 835

by HRbnjR (#36981646) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce
  • - Intertwining running apps with their launchers may be OK for newbs, but it sucks hard for the rest of us.
  • - Basic functions like switching apps or workspaces take twice as many motions and twice as many clicks as before.
  • - I have 5 desktops each with a specific purpose, with Dynamic Workspaces all my apps/desktops get shifted around into a messy pile.
  • - I used my taskbar as an reorderable ordered list of things needing my attention, with Activities Overview I can't.
  • - If I'm browsing and want to hide a downloaded PDF window until a little later, I can't without minimize.
  • - How is having a big pile of icons on one screen better than an organized menu? Oh wait, it's NOT!

Comment: Gnome 3 Shell (Score 5, Insightful) 171

by HRbnjR (#36231826) Attached to: Fedora 15 Released

After half an hour with the Gnome 3 Shell I *really* want my old desktop back :(

My initial impression is that all fundamental tasks, like launching apps, switching apps, switching desktops, etc, all take far more motions and/or clicks to accomplish than before. It appears as though all my app launchers have been pulled from their organized menus and dumped in a big messy pile I have to search through. And it doesn't look like I can customize the layout like I could before.

Maybe it will grow on me, maybe I will learn and adapt (I'm trying to give the Gnome dev's the benefit of the doubt here), but as it stands after my initial half an hour, I *hate* it, and I don't think I'm going to be nearly alone?

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