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Comment: Re:I Don't Get It (Score 1) 149

by kthreadd (#48562989) Attached to: Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

The GPL is not bypassed becaused that's not what it was designed for. The GPL was not designed to prevent you from doing useful things on your own computer. You just can't give the software to someone else and not at the same time give them the same freedom that you got. Downloading GPL software and linking it locally is tottally OK, because it does not restrict someone else's freedom.

Comment: Re:Cinnamon and MATE (Score 1) 89

by kthreadd (#48499847) Attached to: Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Released

...but experience slowness when using GNOME 3/Cinnamon.

At least for Gnome 3 if you used one of the earlier versions and felt that it was slow then you should really try the latest version, preferrably 3.14. It's night and day difference between them. It's still not going to be great if your hardware is too old or too slow, but it's going to be better than before.

Comment: Re:All right, allow me to expose my ignorance (Score 1) 647

by kthreadd (#48489551) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

Some people dislike systemd because they can see where it is headed. Here is your sign.

Skimming that pdf is insightful. It promises magic unicorns from systemd, and raves on about using it to "build products" (what f*ing products and for whom?) and "the next generation OS". Such rhetoric is typical of GNOME-world megalomaniacs, those that force-fed us that new UI of early Gnome3. I distrust it immensely.

Tablets, phones, and quite a lot of embedded systems runs Linux.

Comment: Re:hum (Score 1) 647

by kthreadd (#48483655) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

Well, I'm a current Debian user, and I switched from testing to stable because of problems with systemd. OTOH, there's a good reason that it's called testing.

I have not tried Jessie recently, but I have used systemd for a long time now on production versions of both Fedora and CentOS. It's fine, I'm totally OK with it.

Still, any init system that marks problems with its logging system as "won't fix" is dubious. That the main logging system is binary just makes things much worse.

You didn't say what the problem was, but if it was that it uses a custom logging format then of course that's not going to be fixed. It's a feature, old-style text files is not suitable if you want to store the metadata that the journal supports.

So does expansions like having the "init system" include things like terminal manager, etc. It even makes me tempted to go back to Etch (yah, that's a rediculuous thing to suggest, as the current stable works fine without systemd).

Systemd is not an init system. To quote the systemd home page, "systemd is a suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system." That includes an init system.

Comment: Re:systemd (Score 0) 267

by kthreadd (#48429725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

"for variety of reasons". Who are we kidding? It's the fucking systemd by Redhat's Poettering.

Ah yes, systemd. Everything was all fine and well until it came around and screwed everything up. Oh, and it's just a conspiracy anyway to let Red Hat take control over Linux.

I give you 2.11BSD.

1980s Unix, fully up to date. Patches are still actively maintained, one once every year or so.
Completely systemd free, guaranteed!

All you need is a PDP-11, or a PDP-11 emulator.
Go ahead, install it. I dare you to install it!

All you need. No bloaty modern unnessessary cruft that replaces stuff _THAT WORKED_ just fine!


Halle freakin lujah!

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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop? 267

Posted by timothy
from the clever-little-devil dept.
An anonymous reader writes So for a variety of reasons (some related to recent events, some ongoing for a while) I've kinda soured on Linux and have been looking at giving BSD a shot on the desktop. I've been a Gentoo user for many years and am reasonably comfortable diving into stuff, so I don't anticipate user friendliness being a show stopper. I suspect it's more likely something I currently do will have poor support in the BSD world. I have of course been doing some reading and will probably just give it a try at some point regardless, but I was curious what experience and advice other slashdot users could share. There's been many bold comments on slashdot about moving away from Linux, so I suspect I'm not the only one asking these questions. Use-case wise, my list of must haves is: Minecraft, and probably more dubiously, FTB; mplayer or equivalent (very much prefer mplayer as it's what I've used forever); VirtualBox or something equivalent; Firefox (like mplayer, it's just what I've always used, and while I would consider alternatives, that would definitely be a negative); Flash (I hate it, but browsing the web sans-flash is still a pain); OpenRA (this is the one I anticipate giving me the most trouble, but playing it is somewhat of an obsession).

Stuff that would be nice but I can live without: Full disk encryption; Openbox / XFCE (It's what I use now and would like to keep using, but I could probably switch to something else without too much grief); jackd/rakarrack or something equivalent (currently use my computer as a cheap guitar amp/effects stack); Qt (toolkit of choice for my own stuff).
What's the most painless way to transition to BSD for this constellation of uses, and which variety of BSD would you suggest?

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