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Comment: Re:End of support, not "end of life". (Score 1) 156

by Windowser (#48864779) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

When you can't log into your damn bank because it's said that IE6 is too old, your system is end-of-life. That's the end of it. Because to fix it, bodge it, fake it, or upgrade it costs more than just following the rest of the world in their lowest-accepted technology standard.

You can just install another browser that is more secure than ANY version of IE anyway, like Firefox or Chrome
Even better, install a secure OS : https://www.debian.org/distrib...

Comment: Re:Why to develop anything? (Score 3, Insightful) 184

by Windowser (#48659549) Attached to: Devuan Progress Report Published

I picked my two: reliable and simple. That's why I picked Debian.

I use Debian for the same reason

See init get complicated in the name of a faster boot gives me heartburn.

You need a system that boot fast when you reboot often. I don't care if my Linux system takes a couple seconds more to boot since I almost never reboot it.

Comment: Re:Delphi has been dead for a long time (Score 2) 547

by Windowser (#48104443) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Has anyone seriously used this for anything other than writing Windows shareware in the 1990s?

Lots of big programs have been written in Delphi, the most famous one being Skype (before MS bought it and rewrote it. Note how it became huge and slow).

or had some way of using your existing C++ code they might have had a chance.

Delphi can actually compile C++ code.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 2) 577

by Windowser (#48045943) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Whilst Linux and OS X have no registry to clog up things, running out of disk space is a lot more painful on *nix than it is on Windows.

If a Linux machine is left with zero space, it will still boot but you will not have any log of it since there is no space to write it.
If a Windows machine is left with zero space, it will fail to boot.
So failing to boot is less painfull ?
Your logic escape me

Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 1) 251

by Windowser (#47757855) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

I'll also note that Linux is by no means free of crappy packages. There are some great ones out there, to be sure -- but many distros bundle some substandard crap with them as part of the default install. I'll spend time on pretty much any Linux install I've set up pruning useless packages and replacing them with better alternatives.

One word : Debian

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 1) 727

by Windowser (#47719993) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

When I plug in a usb drive, does it automount?

On my KDE-based laptop, it just popup a box giving me the choice to open it in my file browser. How hard can that be ?

Installing a printer on linux is alot more cumbersome and is less step by step

WTF are you talking about ? Every time I plug a printer in my laptop it just automagically detects it and configure it.

Want to talk about confusing ? let's talk about Windows Hate. Every time I show it to a windows 7 user and I ask them to power the machine off, after about two minutes of searching, they all hit the same thing : the power button

Comment: Re:They need to match more than price (Score 1) 215

by Windowser (#47705107) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

why wouldn't a chromebook need antivirus? It is a computer system that has vulnerabilities, like any OS.

Not all OS are created equal. I've been running Linux on my laptop for years, without an anti-virus, and never got anything.
Windows is crap security wise, get over it

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 2) 398

by Windowser (#45153065) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Rolls Out Today

Problem is, most people - and that includes this embedded systems engineer - just want the damn thing to *work* without having to mess with it for some update or other every damn day.

Install Debian stable and you will be pleased. Even a major version upgrade just works (ex.: from 6 to 7)

Comment: Re: the oracle at... (Score 1) 185

by Windowser (#45084419) Attached to: South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

Delphi is basically object oriented pascal. Back in the early days of Windows it was as popular programming environment but its popularity began to wane as Visual Basic/C++ were much better suited for Windows 95 development.

Visual Basic better suited ... you must be kidding !
Visual Basic is good for nothing, not even fast prototyping.
On Error : resume next

Comment: Re:Not being well reviewed ... (Score 1) 616

by Windowser (#44938157) Attached to: Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

A UI that is fun to use?

Nope. According to everybody I talk to, Windows8 UI sucks.

Skydrive / cloud storage? Yep.

With the space Win8 takes on the device, it better comes with a huge cloud storage.

Nice looking device? Yep.

Not better looking than any tablet on the market. Actually, I find the Galaxy Tab and iPad to be way more nice looking than Surface.

What exactly are these missing features that everyone wants that they can get from Android and iPad tablets??

A good android tablet cost at least 50% less than a Surface.
The better question would be : what are the features that Surface is providing that you can't have on an Android tablet for half the price ?

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.