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Comment 20 years! (Score 5, Insightful) 82

Why have we put up with 20 years of Windows virus's for so long?


What a complete waste of time. And my time is worth much more that the paltry licence fees I have shelled out over the years!!!

Is there any way to say that this is not an epic fail for the Win16/32 platform? On other platforms (Mac, Linux, other Unix's) the total amount of malware is hardly about 100 items in that time... Even if it is around 1000 (I really don't know) it is insignificant in comparison.

I have had not one malware issue in ten years of hosting Linux servers and five years as a Desktop OS on multiple PC's. My last Windows issue was a false positive: AVG thinking it had found a torjan in hal.dll and "healing" it. Thanks AVG. Several hours of work to restore that machine... (the re-imaging broke).

No Windows on every one of my desktops thanks!

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 778

I agree. I'm not sure it was fully thought through either. For example, when you open one window if defaults to upper left. The next window you open overlaps it offest down and to the right a little.Standard tiling. However this tiling assumes that the close window button is on the right. Otherwise you would tile from the top right to bottom left for left handed close buttons.

I don't know if you follow me here. I just realised that the right-handed-button-ness of the desktop is coded far more deeply than just the physical location of the buttons. Not sure how OS X does it as their buttons are on the left too, but I think the whole "philosophy" of the desktop is more cohesive in the OS X case.

Comment Re:So they can't talk about proprietary products?? (Score 1) 587

Although GNOME will stay - any fork has to... fork! The fork will have to rename and head off in its own direction. It is somewhat opposite to the KDE example you mentioned. KDE became more free as QT became more free. Considering GNOME was founded to promote a free desktop environment these rumblings of a fork seem set to take it in a less free direction. Which I find surprising when you consider the roots of the project.

Pragmatically speaking it would be impossible to say how many developers would go with them or how much impetus it would take. Probably a slimmed down, Mono free Gnome would initially result - something that might go well will Distro makers seeking space savings!

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