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Comment: Re:What happened to Debian? (Score 0) 394

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) 394

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) 468

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.

Comment: Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (Score 1) 359

by devphaeton (#46000481) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Not an appliance, but I just repaired my 19" Acer LCD a couple of weeks ago. It had a few bad caps so I replaced all of them, and now it's good as GNU^H^H^Hnew.

Total cost was around $5 in parts, though the bummer was $6 shipping. But what can you do? $11 is still cheaper than a new LCD.

Comment: Ergonomic 'Split' Keyboards! :D (Score 5, Interesting) 459

by devphaeton (#45998317) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

The only thing I would ever want from a laptop is a keyboard that's in the ergonomic 'split' style. Yes that would be butt-ugly and probably make the laptop itself the size of an elementary school desk, but with RSI issues I can't type on a standard keyboard for very long. Yes you can plug a standard ergo USB keyboard into a laptop, but that setup requires a desk as it is too big for my lap. Since I'm desk bound with that, I just use the desktop computer I already have.

Meanwhile, I'm noticing that decent ergo kbs are getting scarce for desktops too. Back 10 or 15 years ago there were dozens of brands and all of them cheap and good, now there are only 2 or 3 to chose from with crappy key layouts and they last about a year or so.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson