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Comment Re:What do you mean... (Score 1) 179

For LibreOffice, I actually find it best and easiest to download the latest release from the LO home site, and install manually, which is very easy. I do this because the distro repositories lag significantly, and I prefer to have the latest version.

So, it's not "a right mess" or "an epileptic seizure" or anything like that. It's a deliberate choice. Linux is about choices. Linux allows choices. If you're content to be a few releases back, you can use the repositories and it's a bit simpler. Up to you. If you really hate the command line, you don't have to go there.

Comment Re:What do you mean... (Score 4, Insightful) 179

I deal with it just fine, as do most people who care to run Linux.

I pay nothing for Linux. I pay nothing for LibreOffice. I don't complain about having to do a little work, which has the side benefit of allowing me complete control and choice over what I have on my system.

If you want it all done for you, more like if you want it all done to you, stay with Microsoft.

Comment Re:Fuck you, protesters (Score 5, Interesting) 277

if Hawaii was still its own country, you'd have your own 1%ers

That was certainly the historical case, and going back into pre-Western-contact days, the ruling class (ali`i) were so elite that if a commoner even looked at them the commoner was subject to death.

Having said that, though, the situation, like everything here in Hawai`i, is complex. Certainly bad things happened back in 1893; it's hard to study the history and think otherwise. But that was a long time ago. What's right? I don't really have the right to be the judge of that.

However, most of the protesters overlook the fact that their ancestors were astronomers and skilled in things like celestial navigation. The ancestors might very well have supported something like the TMT. The ali`i seemed to believe in progress (a little known fact is that Honolulu was, in the days of the Kingdom, an early and enthusiastic adopter of the telephone, under the direction of King David Kalakaua).

Last spring I happened to be on the University of Hawai`i Manoa campus (the main campus, in Honolulu). There was a large group of TMT protesters spread along Dole Street. Granted, they were all very polite and behaved very well, which is a credit to their movement. But was it their movement? I stopped and listened to some of them talking; a number of them were speaking `olelo Hawai`i (the Hawaiian language). Very cool. But they really didn't know what was going on. I overheard them saying that they (at least many of them) were taking part because their UH Hawaiian Studies instructors told them they had to be there.

Comment Re:How does Ubuntu Linux compare? (Score 1) 575

Ubuntu is worse, actually. Not only does it send searches, but each individual library or package can phone home to a different developer with different information collected about your system. When something crashes, the crash dump is automatically provided to the developer. This even occurs with browsers like Firefox, which can reveal what you were doing with the browser at the time of the crash. There are packages in GNOME and KDE that exist for the sole purpose of reporting back private data when a crash occurs. It's a bad situation on Linux, and unlike Windows, virtually none of the software contains a privacy policy. The GPL sure won't protect against things like this. There's also more incentive for Linux software to monetize user activity because, unlike Windows, there generally isn't a revenue stream from people purchasing the software. It's actually worse on Linux.

You need to provide details. I know there have been some issues with Ubuntu phoning home, but when you say individual libraries can phone home, do they? Which ones?

Crash dump automatically provided to developer? An example, please?

Packages that exist to report back private date? Which ones?

If you can't provide backup, you're just spewing FUD. Do you work for Microsoft?

Comment Re:I think the problem is overstated (Score 1) 668

What you say about safe spaces and trigger warnings is entirely sensible, but I think you're using the terms in a sensible way, which is not what I see and read about on campuses.

What I see about "trigger warnings" is an extremely low threshold. Anything that might be remotely offensive even to someone who's looking to be offended is either out or requires a warning. (This seems closely related to micro-aggressions, which I still fail to fully comprehend. Apparently, showing an interest in someone's culture is a micro-aggression. And so is not showing an interest.)

"Safe spaces" seem to be spaces free from evil white males (or the like), not spaces for private discussion of private matters, as you suggest (and which makes sense). This in turn seems related to "feeling safe on campus" which means not just physical safety (freedom from crime, which again makes sense) but "safe" from the slightest perceived offense, or the aforementioned "microaggressions."

Comment Re:linux and windows performance and battery life (Score 1) 158

question chipschap: did the touchpad and the screen brightness keys work out of the box on Linux Mint?

Touchpad worked out of the box, although I did some fiddling with sensitivity, etc. (and I disable it when in full-screen Emacs). Screen brightness key did not work, still does not work, but I have a little tray applet that serves the purpose. In any case I keep the brightness at 20% which is more than good enough for indoor environments.

I also did an amount of power optimization.

Yes, Linux requires some fiddling, I don't deny it, but the results are worth it for me.

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