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Comment Why did you choose Microsoft Platform for SE? (Score 2) 129

I don't see many large, high profile sites running an entire Microsoft Windows stack nowadays (IIS/SQL Server, etc) but Stack Exchange is one of them.

What were the reasons behind choosing a full Microsoft stack versus any of the Open Source alternatives which seem much more prevalent, especially in start-ups and smaller businesses for web presence?

Comment Lenovo is still king (Score 1) 237

I've always liked Thinkpad (Lenovo) laptops, they generally ship Linux-friendly hardware and are tough and durable, it's the company default where I work. If you were unfortunate enough to procure the second to last model the touchpad needs some work

Regardless of the make/model you use, be sure to implement hybrid suspend so you'll never lose your work should you run out of battery while suspended. I'm currently using a Lenovo x240 on Fedora 22 with great results, regardless of the spyware shipped on the lower-end models I'll still stick with them for the excellent durability and hardware support until something better comes along.

Comment KDE5 works, especially just using KWIN with XFCE (Score 3, Informative) 68

KDE5/Plasma5 has been very solid for me, but I use KWIN with XFCE only as the compositor/window manager.

A lot of the instability people discuss around KDE5 is actually an Intel bug which features in Plasma 5 seem to trigger on Intel chipsets.
If you're using an Intel chipset and have weird issues, artifacts or instability you might want to try switching to the older UXA driver instead of SNA that's shipped with more recent distributions.


Section "Device"
        Identifier "Intel Graphics"
        Driver "intel"
        Option "AccelMethod" "uxa"

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 640

I don't have so many desktop applications that anyhting is more than a few clicks away in my organized XFCE doc though on Linux or the old start menu wasn't pretty efficient with the mouse.

Thing is keyboard shortcuts really are probably better and the search function saves the steps of actually defining all those shortcuts.

You can use the "type to run" dialog in XFCE to via Whiskermenu Plugin

You can also easily hotkey it to whatever you like

Comment Re:Okay... and? (Score 1) 316

Which of course sucks... American individuals have to pay taxes on money they earn living outside the border. Why shouldn't these people? Don't answer, the question is rhetorical. If they want to be an American corporation, they should pay American taxes. But... we will do nothing to elect people that would write the appropriate laws. Therefore this article is meaningless. Nothing will come of it, except some advertising revenue.

Not necessarily, if you live abroad and pay taxes elsewhere you can claim the foreign income tax credit and forego paying up to $97K or so of taxable income in the U.S.

"If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien of the United States and you live abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide income. However, you may qualify to exclude from income up to $97,600 of your foreign earnings. In addition, you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts. See Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction, later. "



Comment Re:About time. (Score 5, Informative) 125

As of this posting it doesn't look like Scientific Linux has released an EL7 version yet.
Given the announcement earlier this year about greater collaboration between Red Hat and CentOS communities you'll most likely see more up to date releases and errata from CentOS than Scientific Linux I would imagine:


Comment XFCE stays out of my way. (Score 2) 611

Used almost every DE since 1998 or so, flopped between KDE and GNOME.
Moved to blackbox, then fluxbox for several years, back to KDE 3.x
Moved back to XFCE around the 4.6.x days and never left.

Occasionally I'll go back and try new things but nothing seems to fit as well as XFCE.
Fast, stable, stays out of my way with little changes over time - only small feature enhancements and bug fixes.
I prefer a "classic" experience, but it still needs to be functional and look decent. I've found XFCE + Compiz + Emerald Window Decorator
the trinity for me.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.