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Comment Re:Windows 10 Sucks (Score 1) 306 306

But non touch laptops are completely different things from tablets, phones and touch laptops. It never made sense having the same interface for both.

That's correct. Which is why the whole Windows 8 idea was that the entire ecosystem of Windows laptops would move towards touch: capacitive resistive screens with hinges allowing for screen flexibility. Microsoft should have been killing off non-touch with Windows 8, probably by leaving them on Windows 7. And BTW for desktop something like a digitizing pad should have been mandatory.

it goes into the desktop and then opens it. Why?

Mostly because Windows 8 was a transitional operating system designed to help hardware and developers move from the old desktop to the newer interface. The end user stuff was less important. Not everything was done yet and there was a lot of inconsistency between desktop and Metro. That could have been corrected with time and would have been quickly. Getting something out the door to start the hardware revolution was the top priority and they were right to ship early.

Comment Re:The meaning of freedom (Score 1) 276 276

It isn't propaganda.

BSD claims to create free software. It has a long proven track record of failure where systems that were once free become in practice proprietary and unfree even though there is some free almost worthless version hanging out under the BSD license. If you don't consider free software desirable then you can't argue there is anything wrong with the GPL's restrictions.

a) The ability to share and modify code is desirable (otherwise why BSD or GPL)
b) These abilities are called software freedom (a definition)
c) GPL does a better job protecting all the freedoms needed to share and modify code accept those freedoms needed to limit other's freedoms

You are just assuming what you are trying to prove with your rhetoric. The only freedom being restricted in GPL are those needed to directly or indirectly restrict other's freedom for software. Your first comment about freedom and capacity is meaningless. The only thing we are talking about when we talk about which copyright license to use is software freedom. So yes when you fail to give someone source code under this definition you have made them less free.

Comment Fact checking (Score 1) 276 276

I've noticed that many of your claims regarding Apple and DRM in the various posts are simply false and I suspect this applies to other vendors. For example

blocking installation of software that comes from anywhere except the official Application Store -- false there are multiple ways to install software used routinely: developer's installation capabilities, enterprise and academic servers, 3rd party app stores included with cloud MDM agreements...

regulating every use of movies downloaded from iTunes -- I'm not sure if they mean the iTunes application or the iTunes cloud services. If they mean the application that's not true, there is nothing to prevent you from uploading your own movie to the application and downloading to a device. If they mean the cloud service they are distributor and have some responsibility but you can grant Apple permission for unlimited free distribution.

Do you think you should be fact checking your claims so that these don't get repeated and then refuted? How is it helpful for the FSF to word things in ways that lack nuance to the extent that they are just provably false?

Comment Re:What do you suggest people USE, as opposed to.. (Score 1) 276 276

They do that.

For Flash they produce Gnasha free player
Their anti-Facebook article lists recommend alternatives: GNU social,, Crabgrass, Appleseed and Diaspora.
I don't know what iBad is. As for TiVo they have two problems

a) Software licensing disagreement which they fixed with GPLv3
b) DRM which they can't do much about legally. That's arguably a whole new movement.

Comment Re:Copyleft licenses vs BSD/MIT (Score 1) 276 276

What criticisms do you see as being any different than the ones from over two decades ago? Given that Linux (a GPL product, with lots of GPL components) has become so standard that it arguably is becoming the very definition of UNIX and is far and away the most used operating on the planet how has copyleft been losing ground?

Comment Re:Copyleft licenses vs BSD/MIT (Score 1) 276 276

Nor can permissively licensed programs be made proprietary, you can make a proprietary derived work but that does not change the original.

So what? The version that anyone cares about is often not the original but the one in use. The GPL came into existence because of one of the cases the X-Windows code where the version used by the various UNIX companies was proprietary even though there was a free version no one could use. It was many years till the XFree86 project started to create a both usable and free version and then more years until they achieved it. Assume the original Linux kernel from the early 1990s was free but the ones in use today were proprietary.

Comment Re:The meaning of freedom (Score 1) 276 276

Come on that's the typical BSD argument which essentially amounts to "how can I be free if I don't have the freedom to restrict other's freedom". This has been answered for decades. There can be individual restrictions on freedom which collectively create greater freedoms, not just greater goods.

Your loss of freedom to restrict others freedom whether by direct or indirect action increases not decreases freedom.

Comment iOS / SDK (Score 1) 276 276

The FSF has taken a very harsh line on Apple considering their setup to offer essentially no freedom. I'll ask about specific claims in a separate question. Apple offers the ability to setup an enterprise server for $300 / yr (not per device) which iOS devices could register against and those devices would then have whatever policies the administrator wants. So for example there could be an open upload area that people could download directly from. Or the provisioning keys could be public and software could be side loaded. Why doesn't the FSF just run an open server and allow iOS devices from across the world to point to this and not the Apple servers?

Comment Re:who cares? the market has made them irrelevant (Score 1) 306 306

Android/IOS tablets do not count when measuring PC OS market share - they are not classified as "personal computers" and cannot be factored in to market share statics.

Actually some of the various agencies do count them. They also seem to have some level of substitution effect primarily decreasing usage and thus increasing length of the buying cycle. But we are have also seen something like 100m mostly stop using PCs, getting their needs met by tablets and phones.

But that just shrinks the overall market, it doesn't much change who dominates that market.

There are essentially 4 measures of dominance that are commonly used:

a) Unit market share
b) Sales share (dollar weighted market share)
c) profit share
d) controlling the direction of the industry

(a) Android /iOS substitution is a serious threat. A huge number of people who would otherwise want newer PCs don't.
(b) Is rapidly collapsing while and Microsoft may fall under Apple soon in the non-server market
(c) Apple (OSX) has been dominant here forever ranging from 85-91% of profit share for $1k plus laptops and now has around the same margins for all end user PC sales.
(d) I think its pretty clear Microsoft has lost this and is thrashing.

I don't see dominance.

For a car analogy, saying Android/IOS tablets sales are dethroning Windows is like stating a surge in bicycle sales is stealing market share from Ford pick-ups.

No it isn't. The average price on an iOS phone for example is approaching double the average price of a Windows PC and the unit volumes are getting close to equal. The analogy is more like Ford vs. Dodge pickups.

All statistics that you can find on various sites show that each of Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 individually hold more market share than all non-Windows OSes combined.

I don't know where you are getting that. Embedded Linux crushes Android and Android crushes Windows. iOS is getting close to Windows.

I can argue the Marlins are the dominant baseball team if I insist on only counting teams in Miami. But once I realize teams outside Miami play against the Miami team I have to deal with the complexity of the market. Windows right now is dominant in the niche of $250-700 keyboard based systems. Go either above or below price or drop the keyboard based and things look quite different.

Comment Re:The OEM UEFI locked with M$ keys issue. (Score 1) 306 306

I don't think that's true. Linux is a huge percentage of the x86 ecosystem. For example on Azure the cloud platform with far and away the most Microsoft depending on how you could Windows images are somewhere between 1/6th and 1/3rd of the total images. So even in Microsoft's own cloud they mostly sell Linux. An x86 standard that doesn't support Linux won't be an x86 standard. What it would be is a Microsoft hardware standard and that would at best fragment the x86 architecture. They remember how the Microsoft-Intel-Western Digital standard beat IBM's Microchannel, I suspect they don't want to make the same mistake.

So no I don't think its the laws.

Comment Re:Windows 10 Sucks (Score 1) 306 306

Yes I think they would have. Enterprise users clearly use smart phones. They are heavy tablet consumers. They have lots of laptops. There is no reason that ubiquitous computing couldn't have been a superior model for them than buying lots of applications, data sharing, and worrying about compatibility as they undergo complex upgrade cycles for various devices:

Does version 6 of by web BI tool use the same data format as version 3.2 of my phone based BI tool, version 7.6 of my tablet based sales management tool and version 4.5 of my desktop tool? I want to upgrade my browser and that's going to force me to upgrade the web tool....

You can see how having one app across the board solves that. I think Steve Ballmer was absolutely right (heresy to say that on /. I know) in believing the alternative to ubiquitous computing wouldn't work for enterprise.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 216 216

Many of the ideas are taken from XMonad which is also used by people who like it and at the same time is also an excellent example of how monadic window management works. LISP is like that, everything in LISP is just a DSL so it is scriptable.

You are right before that Linux is becoming professional. It has been far too successful in too many areas to want to keep the hacker culture that existed 20 years ago. Of course the BSDs still have that. But you like hacker OSes go with something much more interesting than a UNIX. House / HaLVM (also Haskell) are pretty cool extensions for the modern world.

As far as tiling window managers for Wayland they already exist and I'd assume will get more sophisticated with time: There is Velox which is a varient of XMonad and Orbment:

It seems like as things currently stand most of the pieces to do this exist. X does remote display. PulseAudio does network audio (though I am struggling to make that work). There is USB over TCP/IP support in Linux but you have to go to the commandline and tell a client to share a specific USB device

Wayland does Audio and Video now and can keep them unified. usb device redirection is part of the protocol so GTK/Qt should be implementing controllers that work within their respective desktops.

Anyway, implementing all of this.. if remote support is fragmented across toolkits, possibly non-existent on some lesser used toolkits.. that sounds even harder than it has ever been!

No it is far far easier. GTK, Qt, wxWindows, Mono... all understand that USB and sound exist so no hacking. For example Gnome -> Gnome can pass off intelligent information about streaming and buffering so remote sound is both good and responsive even if the lots of jitter on the network. USB of course requires device driver virtualization and the toolkits, already support that. Etc... This all becomes almost trivial.

Once you start trying to use Wayland the way it is meant to be used this becomes easy.

I think there would be a lot to gain if thin-clients were to become more mainstream.

They are mainstream its called remote desktop. That is in 2015 people using thing clients aren't remoting the video but remoting the desktop. The reason is that is doesn't cost much to add some CPU and video to the local machine and it makes it much more responsive. So the local system has a thin base OS. It loads toolkit information from a server when it isn't being used. When it is being used the server just passes it specifics about what's running. This is the model that can go on top of RDP which is what Wayland is implementing.

Wayland doesn't make thin client less practical but rather makes it vastly more practical because you'll be able to thin the client down to something like an Android device and thus have the base OS built in. Microsoft is way ahead of Linux on thin client, because of how naive is about toolkits.

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