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Comment: In the 80s, "nerd" wasn't fashionable like now (Score 2) 786

by devphaeton (#48200719) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

In the 1980s, the boys that were into math and science and (especially) computers were also getting their asses kicked on a regular basis by the popular kids Perhaps the girls were smart enough to not want any part of that.

Or at least they'd rather follow other interests than be associated with something or a group of people who were at the bottom of the social scale.

+ - Hewlett-Packard plans to spin off PC and Printer divisions.->

Submitted by devphaeton
devphaeton (695736) writes "(Per Reuters (since WSJ is paywalled)): Hewlett-Packard Co plans to split into two companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The company plans to announce the move as early as Monday, the Journal said in a report on its web site that cited people familiar with the matter. The division would be made through a tax-free distribution of shares to stockholders next year, according to the report."
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Comment: Re:What happened to Debian? (Score 0) 403

by devphaeton (#47980045) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

I have heard they are being strong-armed by Canonical. Canonical makes donations to Debian, that puts Canonical in a position to influence Debian.

Everybody knows that Gnome3 and Systemd suck. But the leading Linux distros are forcing that unwanted crap on users in a very Microsoft sort of way.

I am not that surprised by Red Hat, or Canonical, but I am disappointed in Debian.

I had wondered this too. I felt that the rapid adoption of systemd was very un-Debianlike. Not only because I would have never expected Debian to accept systemd based on technical merits, but also the incredible speed at which it happened. We all know how lonnnng it takes for Debian to even make decisions about changing things in the stable branch. Hell, there's a series of long-running jokes about it. But for the Debian team to just suddenly jump up and say "Yep, we're going with SystemD. End of discussion." seemed incredibly fishy to me.

Getting bullied by Canonical makes loads of sense, but I don't like it one bit.

Comment: I thought Gnome was the default desktop already? (Score 1) 403

by devphaeton (#47980029) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

I haven't included the "desktop system" or whatever dselect offers you in a Debian install since probably the turn of the century. I usually just install the minimum base system and apt-get the stuff I want, which resulted in wmaker up till about 2002, and XFCE since. I'm not saying this to sound l33t or anything, but I remember doing it this way all along to avoid installing Gnome.

What was Debian's default desktop before now?

Comment: Re:What about BSD derivatives (Score 5, Informative) 221

by devphaeton (#47970331) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

When it comes to the Big Three (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) the complete system is precisely what this Venezia guy is describing. It is a working system with everything you'd need to run a legitimate server. Things like X, dev tools (excluding C compilers) etc are considered "3rd party add-ons". IME BSD systems are logical, intuitive, robust, light and fast. The other nice benefit is that everything is developed by the same team, and the documentation is superb.

Don't get me wrong, I love linux too. But the BSDs are sorely under-appreciated for what they are and can do.

That said, the base install of most of the original Linux distributions (or the base install plus a handful of packages) is also what sysadmins have been using for decades as a "server-oriented linux system".

Comment: Why not support a current project instead? (Score 2) 469

by devphaeton (#47958773) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

All the contenders that didn't 'make the cut*' for the likes of Debian and recent converts to SystemD, namely Upstart and OpenRC... Why reinvent the wheel when the work is already half done?

Either way, I wish the project well. Though the name "Use Less D" or "Useless D" could have been better.

*I still don't see how SystemD is more ready for primetime than anything else (or sheesh, even sysvinit) but we've discussed that here already.

Comment: Not entirely relevant... (Score 2) 962

by devphaeton (#47511683) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

But one of the silliest things I've ever experienced when gaming online was a (probably teenaged) female telling me that she was sodomizing my mom with a strap-on. Over and over again. Or another telling me that if I was her kid she'd have aborted me with a crowbar.

The Internet brings out the best in everyone!

Comment: Re:Spell it out the first time (Score 1) 279

by devphaeton (#46021431) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

Google Groups has all but destroyed Usenet unfortunately.

That said, I still tolerate it when reading a few groups.

As for the grandparent poster- A bunch of musician friends and I got fed up with Harmony Central and created our own private, invite-only forum where we discuss music and gear and perpetuate our own memes.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"