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Comment Re:F/OSS reality (Score 1) 167

I dunno - Windows 8.xx doesn't support some of my working older devices all that well - which is understandable as manufacturers can't or won't opensource their code and/or do not want to rewrite drivers for products they are no longer selling. I am running both Windows 8.1 & Manjaro (Arch) Linux and am fairly satisfied with both. I agree that newer stuff always seems to be an issue in Linux at least initially but things usually sort themselves out over time - usually it seems to take longer when there are large changes in pc tech - like displays etc. Overall I think there is actually a greater amount of compatible device drivers for the latest Linux versus the latest Windows.. but ymmv.

Comment Mmm dost protest too much maybe? (Score 1) 182

I was under the impression that at least early on Microsoft kinda sorta turned a blind eye to pirating - that way they could spread their stuff far and wide. Only after everyone was "hooked" did they start tightening the screws.

I remember how easy it was to install ms office (and other sw) throughout a business with a single set of installation CDs/diskettes + add extra bogus seats/connections/licenses to your server etc.

Just sayin'

Comment Re:many engineers are religious (Score 1) 1258

Yayy for logic... I like that argument!

I guess maybe you could argue that based on our "new" ideas you could say God could ?exist? in a quantum state - being able to create a rock heavier than he could lift or not AND being able to lift said rock or not. So he could be omnipotent and powerless depending on your observation.

Comment There are a lot of answers.. (Score 2) 319

I think it depends on exactly what you want to teach your general public. If you want to go down and dirty with installation & good documentation then maybe something like "gentoo" (or it's derivatives).

Otherwise if you just want to familiarize them with a basic gui interface similar to what they're used to and also simple maybe try something like Lubuntu or Xubuntu? Ubuntu's Unity may be too radical a departure for this (yet).

Mint is cool but stability might be a concern depending on the flavor especially if you want the old-school gnome paradigm.

Just my 2 cents..

Comment Re:Eclipse? (Score 1) 300

Thanks for the heads up!!

Will investigate this further - don't want to make a mess of a project even messier. For us wysiwyg is not all that critical. Eclipse seems to have some nice team oriented features and is (possibly) a standardized tool that can be used for django (python), straight python & postgresql dev.

There does appear to be a commercial plugin "MyEclipse" or something but that's not what was asked about I guess.

Otherwise I've used the non-wysiwyg bluefish.. I notice there's also the "Aloha Editor" - http://aloha-editor.org

Comment Re:From a Biological Perspective We're Probably Fi (Score 4, Interesting) 127

I've also heard that the "grey goo" scenario is a bit overstated given that:

Organisms have already evolved optimal survival strategies over the millennia and if nanobots were made of organic material they would be "prey" to some of these.
- and -
The energy requirements for taking on such a task is unlikely to be satisfied in the current environment (especially if made of non organic materials)

Comment It's just the UI (Score 1) 265

Having written a (still running) patient flow management system in html3 + hidden frame + javascript - sadly no ajax it is my belief that with proper care a web interface can be used in place of certain local apps. For processes that do not involve complex graphical/video wizardry (i.e. most business apps??) HTML[5] seems adequate enough. This includes many day to day internal business applications where the benefits of management, maintenance & security outweigh most of the drawbacks: bandwidth, hw compatibility, less seamless UI etc.

Separating out the business data and logic/api from the interface also does wonders (ye olde "n-tier" architecture) for the client-side concerns. Everything properly validated through the server-side logic layer.

Migrating an existing local app to the web can be a headache though - then you run into potential usability issues with user expectations and proper program "flow".

Comment Very cool I think. (Score 2, Informative) 79

I currently use NXClient w/Neatx for that kind of remote access/management. It works well with both Linux and Windows backends.

I guess the difference is accessing various os's with a single protocol rather than using NX & RDP (like the NXclient does) + also possibly getting around some of the builtin limitations (available only on certain flavors of Windows, limited # accesses by default etc) of RDP.

Sounds interesting if the performance is decent.

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