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Comment Re:But think of how good it will be! (Score 1) 189

Android is built on the Linux kernel so actually if you hook a keyboard, a mouse or such in the micro-USB slot on your phone it should just work out of the box. I don't think there's that much consumer interest for hooking up a 10x sized a keyboard to a smartphone though. It wouldn't be a big push for Google to bring out a dongle-sized concept PC based on Chromium OS or Android if such devices prove popular, however.

And if you are willing to hack some there's of course the business-card sized Raspberry PI that has decent ARM CPU, HDMI out and USB in that can be flashed with your favourite Linux distro, Android or Win 10.

Comment Re:"Leaker" is a shill (Score 2) 86

Why bother trying to create an open home brew environment around a closed platform?

Cost and availability of hardware? While the original platform/OS might be closed, it might be possible to root it and get raw access to the underlying hardware. With original Xbox this was super easy, since it was essentially a cheap Intel PC in a console box. There was a very lively hobbyist culture around the original Xbox with many people installing Linux on it to convert it to an affordable HTPC.

Comment Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (Score 1) 109

You are absolutely wrong. Nokia only sold its phone manufacturing business to Microsoft. However, Nokia is actually a conglomerate that currently also operates in e.g. networking (the Nokia Siemens Networks division, now a fully-owned subsidiary of Nokia) and mapping + location technology (the "HERE" brand). Previously, they have also operated in cable, television, Personal Computer, car/bicycle tire and rubber boot manufacturing just to name a few other areas. Few people know about these other Nokias, but it's actually a really old company (founded already in 1865). The Nokia car tyre business is currently known as Nokian Tyres, and is one of the world's leading winter tire manufacturers in the world (it's get cold and icy in Finland, you know).

Comment Re:Right move (Score 1) 300

If you read about the development history of the MeeGo/Maemo line, it was only kept alive as a hobbyist/freak project. This also allowed it the rapid development cycle, unlike the other projects inside Nokia that were over-managed. At the end of the day, the management however preferred Symbian and later WP over that line. I guess they didn't see it as suitable for businesses or something.

Comment Re:Right move (Score 1) 300

That was only the last nail in the coffin. The company still had its own strategy and vision before 2011. However, the seeds of doom were sown during the early 2000s when phone sales were excellent and the company hired lots of middle management. When Apple came out with iPhone, the company could not react because proper R&D had become almost impossible due to the management overhead. When Nokia went to MS for Elop and WP, they already knew they were doomed as they had no competive product of their own.

Comment Right move (Score 2) 300

This is probably just about MS laying off all the useless middle management from ex-Nokia divisions. Nokia failed because they had practically unrestricrted growth of middle management at the expense of R&D. This diet is necessary. Under the original Finnish management Nokia had no balls to lay off anybody. Finland is unfortunately still largely a 1960s-style socialist market economy where layoffs mean labor union strikes and the emloyer being deemed socially irresponsible.

Comment Microsoft has been selling Linux for years (Score 0) 193

Is this the first Linux product being offered by Microsoft?

Definitely not. This might have been so in the 1990s and early 2000s. But Microsoft is nowadays a major kernel contributor and has been offering Linux as a first-class operating systemn on the Azure cloud computing platform since at least 2010.

Comment First impressions (Score 1) 688

Booted to Ubuntu, it wants to install new Firefox. Okay. Here are the first impressions: TL;DR: It's terrible. The designer hipsters are now ruining Firefox, too.

1. Why are the tabs again above the URL bar? I have configured them time after time below. But this time, the option to put them back below is gone even from about:config! WTF?

2. Where has the "add-on bar" gone? Wasn't it enough that the status bar was replaced with the buggy text that shows on mouse hover?

3. Google "firefox 29 tabs below url bar", people are recommending this add-on. Thought: has Firefox really gone the way of Windows 8 where you need to install 3rd party extension (Classic Shell) to band-aid the catastrophic damage the hipster designers have done to the original product?

4. Reboot the browser after installing the extension. Spend 20+ minutes making everything as close as possible to what is what before.

5. Finally, continue working. About 2 hours in, suddenly my back/forward buttons stop working. Assume the extension is interfering with core somehow. Fortunately, rebooting the browser helps. Some time later, this happens again, need to again reboot Firefox.

6. Seriously consider switching to Google Chrome. The few reasons to use Firefox are evaporating fast.

Overall experience: 30min spent fiddling with Firefox settings. There is currently no easy way to make it like it was before. If you are running Firefox 28, I would suggest waiting a few weeks before upgrading until there is an easy and tried way to un-fuck the UI.

Comment Re:Whatever you may think ... (Score 2) 447

may end up with some lawsuits (?)

If you have ever wondered why all the popular open source licenses, like GPL, BSD and Apache, include the "warranty" and "limitation of liability" clauses, this is exactly why. The clauses usually state something like "this software is provided 'as is' and without any warranty. The user of the software assumes all risks that may arise. In no event shall the project or its contributors be liable for any damages."

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