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Comment: New Super Mario Bros Wii too (Score 1) 95

by jonathancarter (#34738256) Attached to: <em>Super Mario Bros. 3</em> Level Design Lessons
The same applies in NEW Super Mario Brothers Wii. There's so many new stuff and some actions that aren't even documented, and yet it's simple enough to figure out as you play again. I borrowed a PS2 from a friend and tried out Sonic Heroes. You have to do a tutorial first which is so anoying that it put me off of the game completely. During the tutorial you barely move for 2 seconds inbetween places where you have to read instructions and do completely boring trivial stuff. I agree with the poster of this article, we should have less of that!

Comment: Thin Clients to not imply VDI (Score 1) 450

by jonathancarter (#34698086) Attached to: Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question
Real thin clients (as with LTSP) are awesome and pretty much gives you all the benefit of thin clients and fat client combined; it even allows access to local hardware which allows you to run 3D graphics, use local sound, USB disks etc without having to do some weird protocol hacks. These days it's even aware of remote apps so if you choose to open a PDF in your web browser running as a local app you can have it open it on a remote server if you want to. If your 'thin client' is powerful enough you can also choose to run everything locally, essentially making it a fat client that just uses the network as a filesystem. This isn't particularly useful for systems like laptops, but for libraries, schools, etc that wish to minimise maintenance and support, it's awesome. Also, "thin client" doesn't imply VDI, and fat and thin client infrastructure aren't mutually exclusive, there are tons of configuration managers out there that allows you to easily keep your fat client and application servers running the way you want to. In most environments it's probably a good idea to have a mixture of both.

Comment: 12 years later... (Score 2) 174

by jonathancarter (#34687558) Attached to: Open Source After 12 Years
12 years later, and people are still confused between what Free Software, Open Source and FLOSS means. The movement seems to have had added more confusion than what they tried to solve. I wouldn't really call that much of a success. Also, the OSI haven't really done much more than set up some definitions and approve some licenses. While that in itself can be quite valuable, they seem to get a lot of credit for things they had absolutely no part of.
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After 2 Years of Development, LTSP 5.2 Is Out 79

Posted by timothy
from the terminal-velocity dept.
The Linux Terminal Server Project has for years been simplifying the task of time-sharing a Linux system by means of X terminals (including repurposed low-end PCs). Now, stgraber writes "After almost two years or work and 994 commits later made by only 14 contributors, the LTSP team is proud to announce that the Linux Terminal Server Project released LTSP 5.2 on Wednesday the 17th of February. As the LTSP team wanted this release to be some kind of a reference point in LTSP's history, LDM (LTSP Display Manager) 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 were released on the same day. Packages for LTSP 5.2, LDM 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 are already in Ubuntu Lucid and a backport for Karmic is available. For other distributions, packages should be available very soon. And the upstream code is, as always, available on Launchpad."

Comment: I would (Score 1) 1049

by jonathancarter (#30722148) Attached to: Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?
In the one free software company I worked for, we had a board member that I had never heard of before that sent a company-wide e-mail from a hotmail address. A lot of us weren't very impressed with that. IMHO it's best to send work related things from your company's domain name, if it's purely personal I don't think it should matter.

Comment: So what is questioned here? (Score 1) 210

by jonathancarter (#30675022) Attached to: Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned
I'm not sure what exactly is "questioned" here? 1. If you show that you are serious about being a contributor to Ubuntu (or it's subprojects) you get more trust in the system and become an official member. All contributions, even small ones get recognised, even if you're not a member. 2. Who gets to give membership? This is well documented on the Ubuntu wiki, there are various councils who get to decide. These councils are voted in by the Ubuntu members. 3. Most other distributions, and other community projects have similar programs.

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