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Comment: Here in Western Europe... (Score 4, Informative) 280

by lvangool (#46322399) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?
...lots of people aged 12-50 are using it as their main texting and groupchat app. I have friends, family and colleagues in there and everybody I know on it uses it extensively. Also, anytime there is some event (be it sports, nights out, bachelor parties, holidays) or any type of real-life group is established (roommates, classmates, families, close friends, fraternities), WhatsApp is there to facilitate. By the way, any comparison to traditional texting is ludicrous: with recorded voice, "I am here" GPS location with maps integration, multimedia sharing, etc. Just like most of its competitors, I'm sure.

Comment: Re:Sky .NET (Score 1) 236

by lvangool (#36191048) Attached to: Linux-Friendly Alternatives To Skype
I never said that it runs on literally anything, nor should that be expected. It's like expecting every gas station to offer power to charge electric vehicles or expecting a grocery shop to sell every brand. Skype pays for software development, you can't support all the marginal (in terms of value to Skype) protocols. Skype runs on Windows, Linux, iPhones and Android. I think they're doing fine on the interoperability front.

Comment: Re:Why the FOSS community no longer love Ubuntu (Score 1) 374

by lvangool (#35322644) Attached to: Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME
How on earth do you and your friends ever envision Linux to be [b]truly and actually good on the desktop[/b]? For years I have watched the Linux community, and it always begs for momentum. "Our product is great, let's get people to use it!" is the main credo. Meanwhile, [b]any[/b] party getting any kind of momentum gets kicked out in favor of a new this-time-its-different project, like Mint.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. - Henry Spencer, University of Toronto Unix hack