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Comment P.S. Neither are hard to try yourself w/ MultiROM (Score 2) 118

Forgot to mention, if you're at all curious and happen to have a rooted phone already, it's quite possible you'll be able to use MultiROM to dual/triple/etc boot to test Ubuntu Touch or SailfishOS or FirefoxOS or whatnot out. Ubuntu is particularly easy since if you're running a supported Android device and already have root it's literally just:
  1. 1. Install the app from the Play Store
  2. 2. Click on the option to install MultiROM's bootloader (and patched kernel if yours doesn't have kexec)
  3. 3. Once the app has taken care of that for you, click on the other option in it to install Ubuntu.

It's all pretty automatic, nearly zero user knowledge needed. And then you can test it out for yourself instead of doing something both scandalous and in this case useless anyways like RTFA'ing. But no, seriously, if you're curious at all, it really is quite easy to set up, and I do think worth it since you'll far more easily discover what Ubuntu Phone (and any other Linux-based smartphone platform you feel like tinkering with, or other Android ROMs) really is and how you do or don't like it.

Comment Shell, yes. But with caveats; contrast SailfishOS (Score 4, Informative) 118

I was disappointed TFA didn't mention anything about what you might or might not be able to do aside from the normal functions of a phone. It's Ubuntu, after all. Do I get a shell? Do I get root? Can I install Ubuntu packages such as openssh-server, rsync, etc? Is there anything accessible resembling a real Linux environment?

WIth Ubuntu Phone/Touch (I swear they keep flipping what they're calling it) you get a shell, and last I used it the interface was actually pretty good. However, although many nice packages are shipped installed, you cannot by default install normal packages yourself because the root filesystem is read-only, and is updated as an incremental image with each new version. So you can disable that read-only nature and then install your own packages, but that then disables system upgrades, and if you re-enable system upgrades you are by definition wiping out all your installed packages.

In this respect I've found SailfishOS far more familiar, even though it's an RPM-based distro and I'm far more familiar with DEB-based distros, because SailfishOS under the hood acts exactly like any other distro, it just happens to run on your phone (with much of the gesture-based swishiness of Ubuntu Phone). If I want to install git, I just type "pkcon install git" or whatnot and I get it. If a system library has a bug, I can recompile it with a fix myself and replace the .so. In theory Ubuntu Phone is more open than SailfishOS (which has several components that are closed-source still), but in practice I find SailfishOS far more open in that it doesn't discourage you from playing around under the hood---not to mention that their stack is far more standard (Wayland, PackageKit+RPM, etc) than Ubuntu Phone's stack (with Mir, the whole Snappy thing and "click-packages", etc).

Comment Re:Just migrate! (Score 1) 75

Yeah, I think you are missing a bit.

For one, Ubuntu has actually become quite popular on the server at scale, because they have put resources into Ubuntu Server as a product---they just don't necessarily advertise it in ways that get splashy coverage on /. or Ars or such which do tend to be more about consumer-level tech products. But they have indeed put effort into it; they even have their own management tool called Landscape.

Secondly, their release cadence works a bit better than Debian for many server applications, since even their LTS releases come out a bit more frequently than Debian releases (although Debian has been getting more consistent lately) and there's the non-LTS every-six-months releases to be used if one needs a relatively updated base OS, whereas for something like Debian you're basically on the stable every-second-year releases or on unstable, no middle ground.

Comment Re: Waaaaaa! Call me a WAMBULANCE! (Score 1) 101

If you're saying you paid for Google services because you bought a phone with then, then you bought a smartphone, and since it has a calendar app it then can provide you notifications even without a network connection at all. So I can't see how this could possibly impact you unless you're entering events on a computer which has a network connection, yet are for some reason refusing to allow your phone to sync over that same network connection while you're doing so and are instead relying on SMS notifications. And if you're doing something that draft then I think you have bigger problems.

Comment Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

My advice: Follow the parent's advice and appeal to the school board. Pissing off the principal can get him to easily call in the SWAT team...

Sure, but won't appealing to the school board piss the principal off? Sounds like it's lose/lose (and extra loses for each additional option) for the kid here.

Comment Browser stats: IE performs mostly poorly in 2015 (Score 1) 133

There's a good Wikipedia page that breaks down the usage shares of web browsers, along with addressing the difficulties and complications of getting accurate data on this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... is the page. From there you can see that the best IE can get is in some of the stats and only when counting purely desktop browsing. Net Applications has IE at nearly 58%. Yet, almost every other measure finds them woefully behind. For example, visits to Wikipedia in March 2015 have IE at less than 11%. StatsCounter has them at less than 20% of desktop browser share from April 2015 to now, with Chrome at nearly 53% and Firefox nipping at IE's heels at 18%.

For my own part, I look after a company website that's oriented towards industrial computer applications, and the industry in question is very Microsoft centric. And yet, looking at the last 30 days, Chrome has 58% of sessions, IE only 25%, Firefox 6% and Safari 5% (all others are

Comment Re:Careful (Score 1) 94

I surmise that, since the HTTP protocol contains provisions for a "Not Authorized" response, and barring any clearly and previously agreed-on terms, not receiving such response can be construed as implicit authorization.

Rationality and common sense agree with you. Unfortunately, US and UK case law (amongst others) does not . . .

Comment Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612

I submit true Communism, which imagines no central government (hence why, even in their Stalinist bullshit, the regime that grew from the Bolsheviks only claimed to be Socialist; they were ostensibly working towards Communism, although we all know better than to believe that for a second).

Comment Plasma 5 is hardly stable yet, don't expect it (Score 1) 229

It's not as bad as the 4.x transition, but it's definitely true that the KDE devs have been somewhat bad at communicating that it's still at the stage where things are being reimplemented, so by no means is everything there yet. Honestly though the change from 4.x to 5.x has been far smaller than most, and apart from stuff missing because it just hasn't been gotten to yet, I can't think of much that's really regressed---at least as of the latest version of Plasma 5 that went into the Kubuntu beta last week or so, which also finally handles high-DPI without weirdness. But honestly, it's another transitionary period, if you don't want things randomly changing on you then don't follow it via a rolling release, because things WILL be broken and there WILL be wonkiness as the development goes through various systems and functionality and rewrites them for the newer frameworks.

Systemd, however, is another matter. It seems great on mobile and embedded devices, but I entirely agree with you that the layers of abstraction and automation make it really hard to figure out what the fuck is going on, especially when something is going wrong. I guess that's kindof their goal, though, at least indirectly, since the "GnomeOS" guys seem to want to emulate Apple, and that's exactly how Apple stuff is, it "just works" up until it "just fucking doesn't WTF" and it's just a black box of pain.

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