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Comment: And this is the reason I've decided to leave. (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by joelholdsworth (#44124105) Attached to: Canonical To Ship Mir Display Server In Ubuntu 13.10

Dear Ubuntu,

I have had 6 happy years using you every day. You showed me so many things - the world of Linux I never knew. I will never forget the time we've shared.

But you've you've changed. You're not the OS I once loved. I'm sorry to have to tell you this. I don't wish to hurt you. But I have to tell you the truth...

I've switched to Mint.

Comment: It's a philosophical question (Score 1) 302

by joelholdsworth (#43117001) Attached to: Shuttleworth On Ubuntu Community Drama

I guess I hoped Ubuntu would succeed because it was good Free Software not in spite of it. It seems like Ubuntu is cooling off on some of the values that make free software great including openness (secret Mir developments), collaboration (going their own way on new infrastructure), respect for privacy (Amazon Dash) etc.

I wish the Ubuntu guys would stop trying to be another Apple, and instead focus on what they and the community can offer than Apple never could.

On the subject does can anyone make a suggestion about where best to go in terms of other distributions. I want to stay in the Debian family. Debian Stable is too behind the curve. Debian Testing seems rather volatile - a friend told me wine disappeard for a while on his install. Mint seems quite ok, but does it try too much to be a windows clone. Really I want something like debian but with some user polish, and a ~6-month release cycle.

Comment: Re:Chip on Shoulder (Score 1) 42

by joelholdsworth (#39873861) Attached to: Sigrok: An Open Source Logic Analyzer

A lot of the software IS crappy and it is certainly Windows only.

Amen to that! One of the first things that got me interested in developing this software was how expensive decent electronic test tools with capable software really are. Unless you're willing to drop some serious cash, you get a device that contains no more than £15 of parts being sold for >£400, with VB6 software than is generally no more than barely usable with each manufacturer reinventing the wheel over and over.

sigrok is cool because we can use the same software to sample from any device, but they can all share the powerful decoding features of the software, no matter how expensive the logic analyser hardware. Then we can begin to do cool stuff by piping the collected data through any script or FOSS tool that we might care to try - even in continuous real time. For example recently I have been working on an IS decoder (digital sound) that can extract the digital data from an audio interconnect, then pipe it into a wav. I can now hear what my DSP chip is producing, and that with a device that costs less than £30.

Bert Vermeulen has been working on adding support for analog sampling for oscillascope devices. Maybe one day soon we will be able to leverage the power of GNU Radio, and have them work as a spectrum anaylser, a demodulator.

The possibilities are endless, and lightyears ahead of anything the proprietory world has to offer.


+ - Microsoft to dump .Net for HTML5/JavaScript?->

Submitted by joelholdsworth
joelholdsworth (1095165) writes "Microsoft seem to be set on adopting HTML5 and JavaScript as its main application development tools for Windows 8 — is this the end of .NET?" "Microsoft developers feel left in the dark and very angry at the way they are being treated. You only have to browse the Microsoft forums to discover how strong the feeling is: forum post 1, forum post 2 and an open letter."
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+ - GNOME to drop support for BSD, Solaris, Unix?->

Submitted by joelholdsworth
joelholdsworth (1095165) writes "Joey Sneddon writes: "Take this one with a pinch of hearty pinch of salt for now, but, in a post to the GNOME Developer Mailing List, Jon McCann – a tour de force in the GNOME world and pioneer of GNOME Shell itself – has urged that GNOME not only become an OS, but forgo keeping support for other non-Linux operating systems such as BSD, Solaris and Unix in the process.""
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Comment: Confusing Trajectory (Score 2) 83

by joelholdsworth (#35493022) Attached to: The Saturn Fly-By
I don't quite understand the trajectory of the probe. For example in the last shot, it swoops past Mimas zooming straight toward the Saturnian surface, then appears to change direction curving vertically, passing through the rings (why no hail of ice damage?), then swoops back around and turns around heading toward Encledatus at top speed. How is this even possible?

Comment: Don't get too carried away... (Score 2, Informative) 370

by joelholdsworth (#33653456) Attached to: DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)
...this probably won't help Wine much. As this post explains : "IIRC, it's been discussed before, and it simply wouldn't work. D3D has too many ties to the Windows API that a non-Windows based implementation wouldn't be appropriate for Wine (try getting an HDC from a D3D resource, or passing an HWND to D3D). Gallium would have to substitute these for X11 resources, or custom resources that tie into X, so wouldn't reflect the Wine's internal state. Additionally, not all drivers will support Gallium (eg. nVidia binaries), so a D3D10->GL path will still be needed."

Comment: Re:How can xterm be improved? (Score 1) 419

by joelholdsworth (#30096116) Attached to: GNOME 3 Delayed Until September 2010

I meant they should be standard in gnome/ubuntu since it is becoming THE desktop of choice.

It's getting popular precisely because it tries to make the desktop more GUI centric and less terminal centric. Most users (rightly or wrongly) find the terminal unintuitive and intimidating, which is why if Ubuntu wants to grow it can only do so by doing the exact opposite of what you're suggesting.

Comment: We're much less optimistic now! (Score 3, Insightful) 499

by joelholdsworth (#28157873) Attached to: Why Our "Amazing" Science Fiction Future Fizzled

It seems to me these days (certainly here in the UK) we have almost no sense of optimism about progress. In the middle of the last century when so much SciFi was created, there was this grand humanistic notion, that one day technology would solve all the wrongs of the world, and we'd all live in peace and harmony e.g. Star Trek.

These days our optimism has shriveled and died, so that now we no longer dream of a utopia - we just dream of getting by without too much discomfort, and it seems to me like modern SciFi (where it exists) reflects this.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.