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Comment Re: Another day, another anti-Apple story (Score 1) 326

Or is Apple following the path of Nikon which refused to acknowledge the oil-on-the-censor issue on some non-insignificant portion of their D600 camera, then less than a year later released the D610 which miraculously doesn't have the issue but which is the exact same camera?

At first, I read "Nixon". And I was really wondering what the hell he had to do with cameras.

Comment Re:Idiot Status Reaffirmed (Score 1) 461

And what you're telling basically is "there might be armed criminals somewhere who might want to kill me someday, so I should be allowed to carry a gun to kill them before they do, event if killing is prohibited by law."

A gun is made for killing. There are other more effective and non-lethal tools for restraining an attacker. What you're actually defending is your right to kill someone, so please be explicit about it.

Comment Re:Terrible news from the Soviets at Canonical (Score 1) 354

Another problem with this Mir idea is that it takes away the ability of Linux users to continue to use their fine tuned, customized X desktops which so many have invested time in tailoring to their liking, and with their own choice of window manager.

Mir is taking away the ability of Linux users who choose to stay on Ubuntu to continue to use their fine tuned, customized X desktops which so many have invested time in tailoring to their liking, and with their own choice of window manager.

Comment Re:Why Not A Distro Agnostic Steam? (Score 1) 353

This is a binary release, with most components statically-linked. Well, there are some system-level dependencies involving video drivers, and OpenGL support in X, but nothing specific to Debian. I suppose that with some tweaking you could use it on any x86-based linux distro. As I told below : it works well on Gentoo, and others have already reported it working on Arch, Mint (maybe Debian itself ?)

Can't see why Suse and Fedora couldn't run this.

Comment Also works on Gentoo (Score 2) 353

I was about to whine about this release being "Steam for Ubuntu" and not "Steam for Linux", but Google told me about this helpful wiki :

The client I did install from the overlay works quite well, and Team Fortress too, despite very slow disk access (don't know if anybody experienced this on other distros...). Too bad I only can play one game from my 40+ library.

Comment Re:This is weird (Score 1) 295

Mint has better colors.

No, seriously : just try it. You'll understand why many Mint users (who have tried Ubuntu before) like to point out they moved. The "classic" Mint is as accessible as Ubuntu without all the fancy crap (and better colors). It has a very slick UI, excellent configuration tools. The Debian edition of Mint (LMDE) is also rock solid and very easy to use for a newcomer (I mean, for a Debian distro).

Anything about Mint shows how serious and skillful they are at respecting their users.

IMHO, the reason you hear so much about Ubuntu is the great amount of Windows users who switched because some guy told them it was so cool and simple to install, and while that's true in many ways, they still don't know anything about linux and end up having a lot of problems using it. Or they just can't stand the colors and are getting nervous.

Note that I'm not a Mint user : I'm running Gentoo on my office laptop, and Debian on servers, so I'm not doing PR here.
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Submission + - Ars Technica looks back at 20 years of Linux (

jrepin writes: "The Linux kernel was originally created by Linus Torvalds, a Finnish computer science student, and first announced to the world on August 25, 1991—exactly 20 years ago today. At the time, Torvalds described his work as a "hobby" and contended that it would not be "big and professional" like the GNU project. But the Linux kernel turned out to be one of the most significant pieces of open source software ever developed. Over the past two decades, it has grown from a humble hobby project into a global phenomenon that runs on everything from low-cost e-book readers to a majority of the world's supercomputers. Here's how it grew."

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