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Comment: It is turning back to traditional ways (Score 1) 503

by apexwm (#46150797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?
It's no surprise that some of these environments were way too focuses on touch technologies and tablets, and left traditional desktops in the dark. Now that feedback has been received, the environments are backtracking and reviving the classic features. Which, make sense for most as the stats demonstrate. It's unfortunate this has happened, because it has added confusion for new users. But things are coming around and for example Gnome's Classic environment, which wasn't introduced until Gnome 3 was well established, will help considerably, for those that use Gnome for example

Comment: This sounds like a win-win (Score 1) 186

by apexwm (#45899659) Attached to: Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS
By helping CentOS, Red Hat will ensure RHEL's future even more. This will also help CentOS as well, which is an excellent choice no only on the server but on the desktop as well. In the end, both parties should benefit. This is definitely good news and also keeps open source GNU/Linux succeeding in the real world.

Comment: Their own distro? hm (Score 1) 275

by apexwm (#45729435) Attached to: Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'
I'm surprised they developed their own distro. They obviously had the resources to do this, but I would think handling future updates would be more costly to do this in house rather than use an already published distro. Regardless, it's a move in the positive direction for open source and GNU/Linux, we can only hope that other companies and organizations will learn, and follow suit. If not, they will continue to try and stick with Microsoft and will end up purchasing new hardware just to run that software, not to mention overpaying in licensing fees and extra personnel to administer those licenses.

Comment: There is really no reason to still use Windows... (Score 1) 304

by apexwm (#45227881) Attached to: Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop
There is no reason users should stick with Windows, other than exactly what the article states... hardware support and software support. GNU/Linux is an excellent and extremely stable platform (the Linux kernel runs most datacenters -- VMware, KVM, etc... all run on the Linux kernel ... and if it's good enough there you can bet it's good enough to run a gaming PC with ease). I have used GNU/Linux on all of my desktops, and Wine has picked up some of the slack for software where vendors refuse to write native GNU/Linux versions. But, migrating software to run on GNU/Linux natively is a huge win. Let's hope this stays on course.

Comment: Another moving away from Windows (Score 1) 160

by apexwm (#45146821) Attached to: Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source
This is a smart move by the auto makers. I don't know why they even considered Windows at all for these systems. Windows is proprietary, crippled, and there are just a host of reasons that don't make it a good fit for this. GNU/Linux is completely open, scalable, stable (no crashing/rebooting), and far less expensive without licensing woes of Windows.

Comment: Always trust open source (Score 0) 576

by apexwm (#44892575) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux
When the code is exposed to the public, open source should always have the trust of the users. I'm not sure if Stallman predicted the fact that governments would try to insert a backdoor, but his ideals should indeed prevent it. I trust open source software, but I do NOT trust closed and proprietary software from Microsoft or Apple. Those two have already been exposed to releasing personal details to governments.

Comment: Brilliant idea... (Score 1) 426

by apexwm (#44873175) Attached to: With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs
Ubuntu us a newbie-friendly OS for those stuck on Windows for many years. The city of Munich is brilliant for doing this. Finally, a government entity that is looking out for its own citizens, and not being lobbied by big money. Excellent to see this. If only other governments would catch on.

Comment: I hope X11 sticks around for a while... (Score 1) 168

by apexwm (#44840559) Attached to: Intel, Red Hat Working On Enabling Wayland Support In GNOME
I understand Wayland's purpose, but I also hope they do not ditch X11 too soon as it has been around for many many years and ensures maximum compatibility. Personally, X11 does enough for me and has good enough performance. Let's just not make the same mistake that Gnome did, by ditching the old ways too soon before figuring out the new ways first. If X11 continues to be developed, I will definitely continue to use it.

Comment: there is what open source excels at (Score 1) 303

by apexwm (#44619623) Attached to: Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'
It is poor on netflix to ignore users and turn away business. However this demonstrates the power of open source software and how it can adapt. This will help a lot of people that dumped Windows to at least use the proprietary netflix services. Now we just need to get around Adobe dropping the ball with developing Flash Player for Linux. Hopefully open source developers can pick up the slack there as well. I put Adobe in the same category as netflix, the LAME category.

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