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Comment: Re:O...okay? (Score 1) 59

by chipschap (#48949829) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

This last comment is very insightful and addresses something I've thought about from time to time.

You pay whatever it is that Windows costs (no, it isn't free just because it's bundled on a computer), and then what do you have? Actually, not much. You have an operating system and a few tools (and maybe a bunch of bundled demo crapware).

You install Ubuntu or Mint or similar, and you have a suite of tools, and the means to easily install more, for free. Like Inkscape, as the lead article discusses. Within half an hour or less you can have full-featured computing that should meet at least 90% of the needs of 90% of users (maybe even better than that). I'm not going to get into the arguments about specialized tools or high-end features or cutting-edge gaming; if you truly need such things, go buy them and put them on your Windows system.

Linux has served me for many years. In the early years, things were rougher around the edges, but today, it's night and day difference. As I'm not much of a gamer, there is little or nothing that I need Windows for. I "get by" just fine with GIMP, and the new Inkscape is amazing, as is LibreOffice ... not to mention EMACS, of course :)

Sorry but I just don't see a personal need to spend money on software.

Comment: Re:Civility shouldn't have borders (Score 0) 361

by chipschap (#48839633) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

All they did was port unix to x86 and give it away for free. Hardly an accomplishment. Not much innovation going on with Linux, other than it's an alternative to paid options for OS's on x86. Linux Developers = we shit in our own nest, so you don't have to.

"All" they did? What they did was provide a choice, and a rather good one.

Comment: Re:Integrated this, integrated that (Score 2) 840

A blown power transistor? You whippersnappers don't remember the "good old days" of vaccuum tubes! Seriously, though, monolithic circuitry has lowered costs immensely, at the price of non-fixability. But then, a chip will last much longer than a vaccuum tube.

Comment: Re:Poor choices to use proprietary cause this! (Score 1) 129

by chipschap (#48707433) Attached to: Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

But the real point, I think, is that even if everyone/most users can't fix a bug in open source code (similar to the prior poster, I've also fixed small and medium ones, but waited for fixes on complex stuff), there are people who can, and will, and do. Even though, for the really obscure things, that group may be small, there is no absolute dependence on some group that has access to closed source code. This seems like rather an advantage for open source.

Comment: Re:To FCC (Score 5, Interesting) 293

by chipschap (#48661491) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi
I always find that interesting. The high-end hotels, charging hundreds of dollars per night, also charge outrageous fees such as $20 for 24 hours of internet access, two dollars for a local phone call, etc. The $50 motels give you all of that for no extra charge. The only explanation I can come up with is that the high rollers just expense it all and don't care about the cost.

"Paul Lynde to block..." -- a contestant on "Hollywood Squares"