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Comment Re:OS X (Score 2) 405

Here's the list of supported Macs for the latest El Capitan Beta which goes back to some 2007 models:

As for osx86, I'm running the latest El Capitan Beta just fine on my Main PC (2013ish hardware) and my old Dell Latitude E6420 (2011) without issues - the selected hardware is fully supported. If you want to have OS X run fine on your PC then pay attention to using hardware within the range of what has support, either from Apple or third parties, and you'd be able to run the OS without difficulties.

Submission + - Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenBSD Foundation is happy to announce that Microsoft has made a significant financial donation to the Foundation. This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project. This donation makes Microsoft the first Gold level contributor in the OpenBSD Foundation's 2015 fundraising campaign.

Submission + - Microsoft thanked for its "significant financial donation" to OpenBSD Foundation (

McGruber writes: Some unexpected news from the OpenBSD Journal: "The OpenBSD Foundation is happy to announce that Microsoft has made a significant financial donation to the Foundation. This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project. This donation makes Microsoft the first Gold level contributor in the OpenBSD Foundation's 2015 fundraising campaign."

Comment It's using Cider and Cider is known to be terrible (Score 1) 94

Looks like this has been said in previous comments - If you remember TransGaming's Cedega for Linux, a closed version of Wine that was considered reasonable competition to the open source version way back in the day, then you've now heard of TransGaming's Mac port of it. It's also considered a bit outdated as well, as current builds of Wine seem to work better on OS X for running games. I remember EA went through a phase of using it and the end results were pretty terrible. I'm amazed that Square Enix actually went this route. Cider is terrible. I bet you if they went for current Wine builds and put it in an app bundle (which people do for many DirectX Windows games to run them on OS X), it would work much better, but I'm sure that going that route versus using a commercial solution causes legal woes.

Comment Re:Unhealthy food is tasty. Healthy food is boring (Score 1) 244

Sugar causes your brain to produce dopamine as soon as your tongue comes in contact with it. If you have trouble believing this, take a break from sugary food and drinks (artificial sweeteners as well) for a few weeks to a month, and then after, take a bite out of a sugary snack or drink. You will feel this very rewarding, even pleasurable feeling as soon as you taste the food. This is dopamine in action. Other mammals have very similar reactions to sugar - some even getting into a drunken state due to the sugar rush. Now why the most pleasurable foods are unhealthy, especially with the amounts that Americans consume, is definitely a topic for discussion.

Comment Re:Deliberate Apple tie-in? (Score 5, Informative) 32

nah El Capitan is pretty popular; it's a favorite with rock climbers and base jumpers. It makes it the perfect example to apply to this vertical streetview concept on, and with it being a few hours away from Google HQ, it makes sense. I'm actually curious if this project predates the public announcement of OS X 10.11, though I wouldn't be surprised if they knew about it anyway.

Comment Re:But does it support Haswell graphics? (Score 1) 66

It's the common name for the open source Intel GMA driver for the BSDs and Linux. Supports some old Intel GMA900 (915g) all the way to Haswell Intel HD support, with some obvious exclusions like GMA500. I don't know if it supports older, though I believe in the Linux kernel they moved old 815G support to i915.

Comment Making Desktop Linux a major player will be hard (Score 2) 265

As someone who prefers almost any other OS other than Windows for my main, I still have problems believing that AAA gaming developers will make the big move to support an OS and framework that only covers a minuscule percentage of users.

I used to really be into running games under wine for Linux and OS X (osx86 *cough*), to the point where I would apply patches and do custom wine builds to get my favorite games running. I eventually just let go of it after 8 years and decided to always keep a Windows install ready for games and nothing else. That's probably why I haven't had much interest in SteamOS. It's a wonderful idea and I support it, but you need to win over the big players. The big players will most likely find SteamOS support to be financial waste. I'm glad that the amount of Linux games on Steam continues to rise, but like TFA says, it's just not worth the time and effort to optimize for Linux and in many cases not even try at all. There are many Windows applications that use a cross-platform framework that has wonderful support in X11, but why won't the company release a Linux or *nix version? Time, money, and less profits based on the amount of active desktop Linux users.

As the way things are going, SteamOS will be a great platform for indie games, that's for sure. But Ubisoft? Rockstar? EA? Activision Blizzard? I don't see that happening in the foreseeable future.

Perhaps I'm just getting old or something, but I've actually started to move closer to consoles, even with my nice PC setup that was the latest and greatest in 2013 which I keep around. The interest with indie game developers porting their PC games to PS4 makes me feel I made the right choice with getting one over an xbone. I wish the wave of Linux gamers receive the support they need to defeat this obstacle, but with its small percentage and the fact that it comes down to money and manpower to port and optimize games, it will unfortunately take some time for this to become a reality. If it happens, expect me to be there and ready to make the move from Windows when it comes to gaming.

Comment Re:What are the limitations of OpenBSD? (Score 1) 125

It comes down to if the desktop app has a Linux-specific dependency. X11 with GTK+/Qt/etc aren't limited to Linux. Something like Gparted is another story for obvious reasons. Virtualization support is another issue. But if you're asking if you can run XFCE/KDE/GNOME/whatever with Firefox/OpenOffice/the usual X11 apps that casual Linux users use, yes it can. However, don't expect equal graphics card support in X11 compared to Linux and even FreeBSD. Take a look in OpenBSD ports if you're curious about something specific. There's probably a number of less-popular apps that aren't in there that would compile just fine; some will probably require a change in the resulting Makefile here and there. As stated in above comments, there are people who use it as a main desktop OS for their laptops.

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