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Comment: Re:About the Cherry key switches (Score 1) 190

by Spacelord (#48684527) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

What do you mean with short action? All cherry switches have about the same travel distance.

If you want to stay with Cherry switches, go for something with either mx brown or mx clear switches, and possibly add o-rings to mute the bottoming out sound [the sound the key makes when you reach the end of the downstroke]. Clears give more feedback than browns and I'm more accurate on them, but they are *very* stiff, it takes some getting used to.

Alternatively, you could go for something else than Cherry and get something with Topre capacitive switches (CM NovaTouch, RealForce or Happy Hacking Keyboard). They are really nice to type on, and quite silent by default. A lot of people swear by them over Cherry switches. The sound they produce is more of a muted tok than a loud clack. The major downside is that they are very expensive [for a keyboard], around $200 for a RealForce.

Comment: Speed (Score 1) 928

by Spacelord (#48281443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

So what kind of stuff are you starting up in parallel then, that you gain so much in boot time?

I have not seen any practical gains here. Even on my second PC, an old core2duo with an SSD, I don't see any difference in boot time between Slackware, Arch and Mint. The longest parts in the process are definitely the POST and grub phase, but once Linux actually boots it just zips on to my boot screen in a few seconds.

If there is a difference, it's going to be in the magnitude of a second or so, and that hardly warrants a new init system in my opinion.

Comment: systemd (Score 2) 303

by Spacelord (#48101213) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

I like Arch and its minimalistic DIY philosophy, but that's despite the fact that it uses systemd, not because of it. As a matter of fact, if they got rid of systemd it would be close to my perfect distro.

At the end of the day, an init system only matters so much though. Once your system is booted, and your running your software, you don't see it anymore. The times that I did have to deal with systemd, it was a damn pain in the ass though.

Comment: Re:Slackware (Score 3, Interesting) 303

by Spacelord (#48101177) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Minimal footprint? The recommended installation method of Slackware is still to install "everything". From the installation guide:

If this is your first time installing Slackware, the "full" method is highly recommended. Even if this isn't your first time, you'll probably want to use it anyway.

This gives you a much bigger footprint than what Mint, Ubuntu or Arch give you by default.

Mind you, I love Slackware for its straightforwardness and simplicity in configuration, but footprint is not really a reason to recommend it.

Finally, I don't think that footprint matters a lot these days. What do I care if my distro takes up 5GB or 10GB... Sure I may not need all of the packages that are installed, but the convenience of having most commonly used libraries and programs at hand and not having to track things down as-needed is worth more to me than a few measly gigs of disk space.

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