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Comment: Re:Exactly (Score 1) 1654

by erwanl (#26502075) Attached to: Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes
Flash works great on Linux. And it works out-of-the-box on a lot of Linux distributions (like Mandriva). Of course, because Ubuntu wants to be "pure" about open source or whatever BS, they won't include flash by default. But that's a deliberate choice they do, not some technical limitation or anything to be blamed on Adobe.

Comment: Re:FOSS Will Gain Market Share (Score 1) 355

by erwanl (#26326651) Attached to: Linux In 2009 — Recession vs. GNU
If you really can't afford to save anything, you have absolutely no luxury you can cut, then you have a revenue problem. I think it's time to think about your career, maybe switch to a better paid job or go back to school if you need a degree for that.

If you don't, then the time you lose your job and/or have some serious medical problem you'll be in a real trouble.

Comment: Re:Late to the Party (Score 1) 269

by erwanl (#26326567) Attached to: Pushing Linux Adoption Through Gaming
There is a huge difference between a game and all the software you're talking about: you can use a text editor, compiler, kernel for 30 years and still need it, while for a game you may get bored. Additionally, there is the story/discovery aspect that make it harder for a game to keep people involved from the version 0.1 to post-1.0. Being involved early spoils your experience of the finished product, and after 1.0 there is few incentive to continue development. Some games don't have a story or can be fun even in a pre-version (like a tetris) but the risk of getting bored is still much higher than for a text editor or a web browser you will be using every day no matter what. That makes games much harder to develop as open source projects than other kind of software.

Comment: Re:Think Different! (Score 1) 696

by erwanl (#26203333) Attached to: 2009, Year of the Linux Delusion
Well, I guess it depends what you're most used to. I personally think that the GUI you get on Linux (Gnome in my case, but others too) are far superior to Windows (and OSX too, BTW):

* Magnetic borders for window management
* Focus follow the mouse (window management again)
* Virtual desktop (yes, OSX has it and some third party tools on Windows, but they're not as good as X's virtual desktops)

Each time I have to use a Windows machine, I suffer because of the usability of the GUI. (And the command line too, but I can't really blame Windows or OSX for having a command line that sucks - it's not important for their target demographic).

Comment: Re:Hmm. (Score 1) 307

by erwanl (#26203065) Attached to: Chrome Complicates Mozilla/Google Love-In
1) They can't, because they're bound to Mozilla by a contract
2) They're not paying Mozilla "to be nice", but because Mozilla is bringing them visitors. It's a simple business contract, in which both parties are benefiting.
Now, if Google decided not to renew the contract after it expire, Mozilla may be able to find an other partner. It may hurt them or not to work with a service different from Google.

Comment: Re:CACert (Score 1) 529

by erwanl (#24251881) Attached to: What Would It Take To Have Open CA Authorities?
FF3 already have the blue (connection is secure) and green (connection is secure *and* the other party is identified). What is kind of weird is that both are delivered by Verisign and friends, you just have to pay more to get a green. CACert could get the blue but not the green, what's wrong with that? The problem with the current situation is that some website will just have to give up on https because they can't pay for a certification.

Netscape Finally Put Down 159

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the gone-the-way-of-old-yeller dept.
Stony Stevenson writes to point out that Netscape has finally reached end of line with the release of version A pop-up will offer users the choice of switching to Firefox, Flock, or remaining with the dead browser, but no new updates will be released. "Nearly 14 years after the once mighty browser made its first desktop appearance as Mosaic Netscape 0.9, its disappearance comes as little surprise. Although Netscape accounted for more than 80 per cent of the browser market in 1995, the arrival of Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the same year brought stiff competition and surpassed Netscape within three years."

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