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Comment: My experience has been bad (Score 1) 1231

by dbc001 (#29976884) Attached to: Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
I run Ubuntu on 4 computers in my house, and on my laptop at work. I did a fresh install on my main workstation of Ubuntu Studio 9.10 x64.

I've had several serious issues, and I'm considering downgrading to 9.04. Occasionally nautilus will switch from clearlooks to what looks like a default theme, with larger fonts. It's distracting to say the least. When I reboot, my dual monitor setup reverts to single monitor mode.

While those are pretty minor problems, I'm concerned that there might be more issues under the hood.

Comment: Re:N900, please (Score 1) 182

by dbc001 (#28583771) Attached to: Nokia's Maemo Switching To Qt
I'm an n800 owner and this is the first I've heard of Mer... What exactly is it? Is it a replacement OS? It looks like it's somehow related to Ubuntu MID. Is it stable enough that I should install it? Is it backwards-compatible with Maemo apps? Sorry about all the questions, but I've been anxiously awaiting some cool activity in Maemo-land!

Comment: What about downgrading Windows Vista? (Score 2, Interesting) 392

by dbc001 (#27488473) Attached to: XP Reprieve, Downgrade May Continue After Win7
I just ordered a 64-bit system from Dell and they wouldn't offer it with XP (probably because it would never recognize the full 8G of RAM that I installed on it).

But now I'm stuck - I need to get a copy of XP Pro 32bit (I'll run a 64-bit linux on the machine as well). Google Products lists XP Pro for as low as $24. Is it safe to buy a copy of XP from any vendor? Or should I just buy from Dell?

+ - Goverment Wants Your Personal Details

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY (666) writes "It has been revealed that, in a positively authoritarian move, Britain's Tony Blair and left wing Labour party is plotting to create a massive centralised database of every citizen's personal details. Workers under orders from The Party have already started actively cataloging the details of 12 million children and recording personally identifiable details of everything from vaccinations and family details to whether a child is eating sufficient fruit and vegetables. Opposition parties and civil rights groups are outraged."

+ - The Pirate Bay wants to buy Sealand

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On the website announced it wants to buy Sealand — world's smalles country. From the article:

With the help of all the kopimists on Internets, we want to buy Sealand. Donate money and you will become a citizien. We've set up a forum to discuss how the country is supposed to function. — It should be a great place for everybody. With high-speed Internets access, no copyright laws and vip accounts to The Pirate Bay, press officer of ACFI says.
The owner of the micronation Sealand offered his island for sale:

"We have owned the island for 40 years now and my father is 85,'' Prince Michael of Sealand was quoted as saying. ''Perhaps it is time for some rejuvenation."

"Pull the trigger and you're garbage." -- Lady Blue