Except I didn't make an claim about the libertarian stance on abortion. I'm not attacking your opinion, I'm attacking your incorrect statement. There is nothing inherently libertarian about being prochoice. Read my comments on the sister thread if you need more detail.
Blastula is only one stage of pregnancy. It's not religious to maintain that some stage prior to birth the baby it's more than indistinguishable cell. After that any line you draw is arbitrary.
"... Anyway, we want to let you know that we're definitely listening to your feedback and you can expect a full, considered response about Linux early this week. As a company, we are being very careful not to over-commit to ideas and features just to get more funding - everything we decide to include in Shadowurn Returns needs to be within our ability to deliver as part of a great product."
And there are third party packages for Fedora and Ubuntu!
I don't want to get into the debate of whether or not gnome-shell is an improvement over the traditional desktop. Either way, it was wrong for them to push it unfinished on unsuspecting users. Now I can start promoting linux again, something I've had to stop doing because of all the coolaid drinking that has been going on in the UI space. My wife has been on Fedora 14 and now I can upgrade her without her killing me.
I hate to say it because I'm a big fan of gnome and fedora, but from a technical standpoint this release is really sub par. I've had more problems with installation with 15 than any I can remember in recent history.
- For the first time the installer requires more than the 512gigs of ram on my laptop, had to do a network update
- new kernel won't detect network card on PC, had to force latest fedora 14 kernel to get online
- Oh look, evolution changed it's mail folder structure and decided to delete all my existing email
- Random freezes when doing large file transfers??
- Now my PC hangs indefinitely on reboot unless I hit the power switch
- Gnome shell is a little clunky but its growing on me. To bad they removed every menu option to turn off the computer except the oh-so-useful Suspend... the option every computer needs except the vast majority that aren't laptops
I've been using FreeNX since Fedora 8 or so and it's superior in just about every way to VNC. Yeah, it's annoying brittle when the distro's packages are broken or not configured correctly, but that's just an implementation issue. The way it caches X calls makes a remote desktop run at local speeds over most broadband. This is a technology that needs to be brought mainstream.
That said, this is probably not the end of the world. They weren't bragging about any protocol level enhancements, more user level enhancements like a "revamped client GUI" which were never available under an open source license anyway. The core NX library is probably pretty mature by now. Since all future development on their side will be closed, it presents the opportunity for a real project to grow up around a fork. No more being held back by lockstep to a company that never wanted a successful open solution to begin with.
"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman