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Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment I strongly disagree (Score 1) 255

(esp. with the title) In 2014, with all that panic, we saw/learnt that professionals (admins,programmers,huge companies, e.t.c.) use the open-source code irresponsibly. Also, 2014 taught us that when someone gives us candy, better double check it before we consume it.

Comment S. Korean Idiot tries to piss off N. Korean idiot. (Score 3) 146

I'd rather drop 100.000 bags w/ food over Africa than try to impress the public with idiotic moves, or drop 100.000 DVDs full of e-books rather than a piece of useless crap to entertain several thousands for a couple of hours.

Comment Re:WiFi in France (Score 1) 63

Exactly, also you have no control over that hotspot, the company uses your payed line to make more money, as they sell this to others as a service and on top of everything, you have no control to your router whatsoever, you have to login to the company's website and see what limited options they provide you.
Also, in France I had terrible problems with latencies and ofc with Youtube

Comment Re: Time To Change That Windows Icon (Score 2) 192

Linux suffers from inaccessibility to software

I strongly disagree(actually by definition this is false). Linux never suffered from inaccessibility, you *ALWAYS* had your repositories full of software. On top of that you had several solutions to pick from. I'd I agree with you *if* you mentioned poor quality software(e.g. feature incomplete, or difficult to use)
Actually, MS and Apple copied the way *BSD and Linux distribute their software/packages,simply via repositories... Yes the Apple Store the AppStore the aPPsTORE and all those "I invented it first" *bs* concepts, decent from the simple idea of creating a repository for all your available programs so the user had a front-end to the package manager that collected the software list and you could choose your application.
Simple as that
In conclusion, Windows reigns as king because they are the only one who is licensing their OS to PC makers... and PC makers want to keep following the safe path to big sales and that goes with the one who is able to advertise. End of story.

Actually MS is making windows crappier and crappier for production because they never made money from those huge purchasers. A company or an institute that buys services from MS, get their Windows and some version of their Office suite for free, while they pay a lot for other staff. So they focus on fb users and "twitterers" because those are the ones who are paying for basic and home edition.... plain useless and feature naked versions.

Comment Windows 8/8.1 are GREAT (Score 1) 192

YES, Windows 8/8.1 are f********ing great.
E.G. When you got a laptop with windows 7 and you were sad. You had to setup a dual boot because you wanted to have the joy of windows' games and features and ease of use from time to time, but when you were serious you were working on Linux ofc.
Now, you get a laptop with windows 8 and things are pretty clear. No more dual f'ing boots, no "God damn it I forgot to pick the right OS on GRUB2"... now you are just relaxing on boot times, because you have only one choice...just Linux.

Submission + - What does it take to build a foundry?

Tsolias writes: People working on I.T. have always been inventing new ways of offering cheap alternatives to expensive products, without compromising, sometimes, the quality of the end service/product; while sometimes the alternative was even better. A great example is the trend of 3D printing that has lead to very cheap solution, OSS designs, while several other examples are the RPI and Arduino/Arduino-like products that made technology available to everyone. I really wonder what is keeping chip manufacturing still a big deal to do it on your own. Is it possible to make an inexpensive fab that produces chips like USB controllers or simple CPUs like Atmels in your garage, even at technologies used 30 years ago?

Comment iPhone made the sales go UP! (Score 1) 296

You can see obviously that the trends that smartphones created, especially iPhone, are stirring the evolution of the PC (and yes mac IS included as a Personal Computer). If Apple manages to keep up with the iPhone sales, they can offer a great sandbox solution to the market, e.g. get those files on all your devices by default, no configuration, everything works out of the box, get discount on those purchases from our company e.t.c. they can force their customers to buy iMacs, Macbooks and so forth. I believe it is not the transition from PPC to x86 that boosted the iMac and macbook sales, although intel had a greater chip in the mobile market, but the fact that the Apple trend rose the same period when they released the iPhone. As a developer, products like the ones from Apple do not cover my needs, I like to tweak around my devices, add features(mPCI-e cards, extra drivers or batteries, or 2nd VGA , I know it sounds crazy but the Ideapad series offer that) and I use exclusively Debian, so there is no reason to get a system that it's h/w locked and it's software is designed for FB and twitter users.

Submission + - Unix Admins on Debian's systemd adoption: "The Fork is strong with this one"

Tsolias writes: It appears that systemd is still a hot topic in the Debian community. As seen earlier today, there is a new movement shaping up against the adoption of systemd for the upcoming stable release, Jessie. They claim that "systemd betrays the UNIX philosophy", it makes things more complex, thus breaking the "do one thing and do it well" principle.

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein