Because Big Corporation is better?
Wayland. On every one of these Jolla devices. X11 was being used early on until recent versions of Qt were released, which added the Qt Compositor API, allowing them to create their own compositor (and do some rather interesting things.)
It's also interesting to note that Wayland just shipped on a device. So much for it being "hard to fit into a mobile device." Thanks to libhybris, they just wrap the Android blob for the GPU and continue on like a standard glibc-based Linux system.
Yes, because the moment we decide "we don't need any more OSes" is the moment we decide that "innovation" is done and nothing new is to be had unless it comes from Google, Microsoft, or Apple. And that's a bad, bad state to be in.
Consenting adults will absolutely be allowed to, once 23andMe complies with the regulations we have empowered the FDA to impose upon corporations acting in a medial scope.
This isn't an impingement on your rights to control you, it's a regulatory burden imposed upon a corporation to defend the validity of its product.
The Founding Fathers never imagined or desired a federal government that regulates every aspect of our lives and runs 25% of the economy.
They were men of the late-18th century, there is a great deal they could never have imagined. That said, the current state of things has been 200+ years in the making- and it began almost immediately after the country was founded.
They certainly did not imagine or want anything like the FDA, DEA, or other such institutions.
To put the FDA in the same ranks as the DEA is ridiculous. The FDA came into existence because corporations and quacks were pushing shit out that was tainted, dangerous, and exploited people's ignorance and penchant for magical thinking. The DEA exists because prudish people beset by an "us vs. them" atmosphere are easily manipulated.
With luck, times will change and the DEA will go away. The FDA needs maintenance, but will remain because it serves a useful purpose.
The federal government is supposed to defend the nation and make sure that nobody interferes with free trade between the states, that's all.
Maybe in a naive, simplistic view of government. Frankly I rather like not having to deal with corporations on the basis of caveat emptor.
What the FDA is really afraid of is that people with a positive test demand costly follow-up tests, costs that would be quite inconvenient for Medicare/Medicaid and (now) the new Obamacare programs.
Actually what they're really afraid of is the return of the ancient aliens that society was built upon. And there's equal evidence for both our conclusions.
So long as the addon interface remains as powerful as it is, you can have any browser you want. Running FF28 with Australis now, and it's not far from FF27. I'm sure more changes could be done.
Why does an open-source project need to spend thirty million dollars promoting a "brand" most people are already fully aware of?
That's a very, very generous assumption. I would argue that IE and Safari have far more brand awareness than Firefox. What Firefox does have is a very loyal user base that promote it.
Firefox already has a healthy enough market share; there's no NEED for it to have more.
You make the assumption that the expenses aren't necessary to merely tread water and trade 1-2% with Chrome annually.
If it truly costs $150M/year to work on the "products" Mozilla produces, that's absurdly inefficient.
Because R&D is free, right? Or, rather, do you consider R&D to be pointless and not something Mozilla should do?
Why not operate off donations?
You know as well as I do that there is no way they would get enough donations. If they switched to that it's a virtual guarantee that Mozilla would be gone within a year.
What the fuck is Mozilla doing promoting a surfing competition?
Why the fuck is Mozilla making an OS and trying to sell cell phones?
For the same reason they make Firefox - diversity and promotion of standards. They don't sell cellphones though.
nobody was clamoring for the moron-ization of Firefox's controls
Moron-ization? Between all the addons I've never had a more complex and capable browser. Perhaps you are annoyed at the defaults?
Want to only keep the last 7 days of history? Too fuckin' bad!
So purge it regularly? It's the second entry in the History menu. Of course, there are always addons that let you do just what you want.
Gee, who has an interest in that? Advertisers like GOOGLE
Paranoid accusation made, now prove that Google has access to it. Go on, do it.
About the only thing I see Mozilla doing well these days is pissing people off with every application update
And in my experience, people look aggressively for things to be pissed off about. Mozilla can do no right to many on Slashdot, so I can only assume they all use Chrome, IE, and Safari.
I don't want built-in PDF readers
Placing a wager on the security of Adobe are we?
Mozilla has only included one, I believe, and was not a significant overall size increase.
all that other crap
When IE and Chrome include it, it's a feature, when Firefox includes it, it's crap. I guess Mozilla can do no right by Slashdot.
I didn't say that Qt wouldn't have a Mir backend, I said they likely wouldn't accept it upstream. Fucking learn to read, drinkypoo. They're developing all of the Mir backends and will likely be stuck doing out-of-tree maintenance or all of it.
It just means that Gartner isn't thinking what they're thinking. They think they are, but it had something to do with porcupines and rubber nipples...
Right, and I suspect that Qt won't either. Thus the increased burden on Canonical to keep all of it going, and why I don't believe it's likely that Mir could be used as a point for lock-in.
They'd have to find a way to lock the toolkits to Mir, which is unlikely. Both GTK and Qt already have Wayland backends, which mean that anything using them should be able to function on Wayland or Mir seamlessly- assuming Mir doesn't require application-level awareness to operate. Hell anything using X11 as its graphical backend should still function.