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Comment: DIY doesn't work for multiple offices (Score 1) 188 188

We evaluated WebDAV on a hosted system and various open-source solutions (like hosted Alfresco) as alternatives to a company-wide Dropbox license. The fact is that if you want to have anything more sophisticated than a simple fileserver (e.g. different folder permissions, multiple file versions, somewhat sane conflict resolution), there is no good free alternative at this point if you have remote people --if you've heard of one, I'd love a pointer.

For a local LAN, I'd stick with Alfresco on a decent box, but Alfresco falls apart on remote connections, and plain WebDAV is too slow / buggy.

In the end we went with Egnyte. It's not without its faults (buggy iOS client for one, and the Windows clients need some optimization), but it does more than Dropbox/, works great for SOHOs and it's actually cheaper than a VPS that can handle Alfresco and the like.

Comment: Re:Another great Python 3.x series release (Score 2) 164 164

Why not? isn't a programming language a big library of sorts anyway? should you keep supporting every bad design decision for ever and ever?

Python has been extremely conservative about both introducing and deprecating features (the __future__ import is genius). Python 3 had to stay within the rational side of the Perl-6 line, and I believe they pulled it off.

Comment: What about the great FTP archives? (Score 1) 152 152

If you're gonna go back to that era, someone needs to mention the great shareware FTP archives of the pre-Web internet:,, simpnet (? it's been too long).

Am I the only one who kept checking the READMEs for new pointers by the maintainers? I probably downloaded way too many games on the recommendation of obscure Finnish professors :-)

Comment: Re:three million (Score 1) 1348 1348

More like a 3rd of that, unless you assume that every man, woman and child regardless of age, owns and operates a PC.

Desktop Linux a marginal market niche of enthusiasts who will continue to consume it regardless of competitive advantage (i.e. either because of politics or because they need a commodity Unix-like OS on their desktops). That means that as a commercial alternative Linux is dead, unless your target market is that same enthusiast market --after all people still sell software for the Amiga.

The larger question that I don't see debated anywhere is: is for-profit open-source software development dead? Exclude the service providers (like RedHat) and 1-2 politically motivated success stories (Firefox; more of an ad service than a software vendor anyway), and who are the software vendors who are making money off of open source?

Comment: Re:How is this different from / better than Twiste (Score 3, Insightful) 113 113

They explicitly states that they looked at Twisted and chose to write something more user-friendly. Having looked at Twisted (3-4 years ago though) and at Tornado's samples and benchmarks I think they succeeded. Twisted seems to be going the way of Zope: an interesting platform that did everything its own way and shut itself out from the rest of the Python universe, eventually losing relevancy.

I think a Tornado/Django mashup (Tornado infrastructure, Django front-end/application bootstrapping) would be realllly interesting....

Comment: Re:Oh good. (Score 4, Insightful) 215 215

The whitespace issue is a red-herring: most people get used to it quickly and it's not as strict as it sounds (you can mix-and-match tabs and spaces, as long as you are consistent for each *block*; not even an entire .py file). There's two real-world problems with it: copy-and-paste and generating Python code. Both are much less common than looking at badly-formatted code that it takes a bit to mentally parse which brace-delineated languages have.

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