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Comment: Re:Stability Issues - is it your distro? (Score 3, Insightful) 122

by carlmenezes (#32519724) Attached to: A Quick Look At KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1
Mod parent up. I was on Kubuntu for the last couple of years. You would think that on a distro whose sole reason for existence is to give people a KDE based version of Ubuntu, that you would be able to get anything done without logging in to GNOME. No dice. Ok...maybe we'll show some tolerance here. Maybe GTK apps would at least be themed to look like they fit in on KDE? Nope. OK...getting harder to stomach this distro. At least, something as frequently used as Firefox would be themed correctly in KDE - file dialogs, menus and all? No dice. In summary, its not a KDE distro - its KDE bolted on to a distro. I finally grew tired of the constant tweaking required to get things to work right and the constant additional tweaking required every time some update was released. Time to jump ship. Looked around. There were reports of OpenSuse doing a good job. Tried them out. Paradise in comparison. Stuff just works. I can actually administer any part of the system from within KDE. Firefox is themed right - I didn't have to think about it. Guess what? I don't have GNOME installed, because I don't need it. Package management works beautifully and the fact that I can do a one click web install is pure icing on the cake. What do I miss from Kubuntu? Probably the software ratings. However, here is the important bit - has KDE broken once since I installed OpenSuse? Nope. I'm on KDE 4.4. and in 5 days, will be upgrading to OpenSuse 11.3 for some KDE 4.5 goodness. See, the OpenSuse guys proved to me that a nice enjoyable, stable KDE experience is possible and that by the time I start salivating about the next KDE release, there's a new version of the distro that is ready to release. I'll wait for the distro because I trust them to iron out the kinks for me. They've already done it once. I'm sure they will do it again. Look, if you're a KDE user and you're on Kubuntu, do yourself a huge favour and at least try out the OpenSuse live CD. A lot of effort has gone into that distro and it shows.

Comment: Re:It's not ending... (Score 2, Insightful) 549

by carlmenezes (#32052814) Attached to: The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive
I have to disagree. Tower PCs are currently only useful because our mobile PCs don't have the horse power. Mobile PCs will keep getting faster and smaller. So will tower PCs. There was a time they used to be a lot bigger and heavier. However, let us look at what made them that size : (1) hard drives - used to be huge and heavy. Seen SSDs of late? (2) CD-ROM drives - who needs them now when for half the space you get a memory card reader that takes media with more space? (3) power supplies - needed to be big and are probably what is keeping the tower PCs at their size, but there is now less need for large supplies with performance per watt going up. (4) graphics cards & CPUs - going to come full circle soon - these two will merge into one processor that uses less power than your average desktop CPU (5) motherboards - these are already really small. So, if you take these main components, the need for a full tower sized case actually is diminishing really rapidly. If you ask me, with tech like wireless HDMI, your tower pc is probably going to be confined to the attic or some unseen space very soon. We're very quickly reaching the point where smaller devices have enough computing power for most of our needs and as far as heavy lifting goes, I figure it is only a matter of time before every small little computing device at home is able to "lend a hand" and "help out" with all that computing. The very fact that PS3s are dominating the SETI distributed computing stats should say something. The PS3's cell processor is quite the beast. Are you trying to say that the PS4 is not going to be smaller and faster? What about the PS8? Do you thing you will be able to see it?

Comment: Re:inb4 (Score 2, Interesting) 223

by carlmenezes (#32022114) Attached to: Vatican Chooses Open FITS Image Format

Comment: Re:Linux community? Ha! (Score 1) 460

by carlmenezes (#31090444) Attached to: Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest
These days, here's the thought train that Linux comes with: Linux->Open Source->XMBC->Linux MCE->Android->CHDK->Tomato,DDWRT->KDE->Firefox->VLC->Git->Linus->his blog->stuckincustoms->photography->digiKam->Picasa->WINE->games on Linux->how much things have changed. After that, it gets pretty random :)

Comment: Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 5, Interesting) 368

by carlmenezes (#31075066) Attached to: KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign
Honestly, give up on Kubuntu if you want to use KDE. In fact, even using Ubuntu + KDE which was more stable than Kubuntu in my experience, I still had to manually customize a heap of stuff and it felt flaky. Then I switched to OpenSuse 11.2. Bliss I tell you. It is KDE how KDE should be done. I didn't have to tweak anything - even Firefox fitted in from the get go. Give OpenSuse a try. Those guys know what KDE should feel like and it shows when you use their distro.
Microsoft

+ - New Zealand School Shows Microsoft the Door->

Submitted by carlmenezes
carlmenezes (204187) writes "A school in Auckland, New Zealand has adopted an all-open source infrastructure, putting together in two months a system that continues to run fundamentally unchanged. Mark Osbourne, the school's deputy principle, is at the heart of the school's FOSS activities. The system consists of Ubuntu desktops and Mandriva servers, with students using open source applications including OpenOffice, Mahara, and Moodle. Students have reportedly connected everything from Macs to the Playstation Portable. The racks in the school's new server room, which was built with the usual Microsoft specs in mind, will have forty-four empty slots: Of the assumed forty-eight servers, this setup requires just four."
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Comment: Re:Science Fiction? (Score 1) 782

by carlmenezes (#30769390) Attached to: <em>Avatar</em> Soars Into $1-Billion Territory
But that's my point - in the real world, the objects themselves are always sharp - it is up to you to direct your eyes and focus on one object while blurring out the others. The 3D was so convincing that it made you want to look around - a natural human reaction, but you couldn't, because what you wanted to look at was blurred. It is the lack of freedom of being able to look around in what otherwise seemed a beautiful 3D world that really took away a lot of the immersion.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 272

by carlmenezes (#30741644) Attached to: An Android Developer's Top 10 Gripes
I have a problem with that test - it does not measure perceived accuracy. They used a paint program to draw straight lines. While that is a good test of the accuracy of the physical device, is that really a good test of the perceived accuracy? The perceived accuracy is what matters to most people. The iPhone may be able to draw straighter lines, but if the Android device feels more responsive and feels more accurate, then that's the one that's more accurate. I guess its like comparing two toys - while one may be made of better materials, etc etc, if the other one is more fun, then people will gravitate to it. As much as I hate it, being an audio guy myself, a system that delivers louder music with a more punchy bass is usually more appealing to people, though it makes my skin crawl when I think that using that system, you will never hear a piece of music the way the artist intended. I think its a similar thing here. If the android devices feel better, they will be more popular. That's it.

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