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Comment Desktop Linux (Score 5, Interesting) 69

After testing out a dozen or so current releases, I have been really impressed with the current state of the Linux desktop/laptop experience.

My Brazilian grandma-in-law's laptop just bit the dust, and I wanted to set her up with something from my aging arsenal of dust collectors. I pulled out an Asus 900A (2009 Intel Atom based netbook with 4GB 1st-generation SSD) which ran terribly with any OS back when I last used it in 2011. So I installed Porteus Linux on it, a distro that allows you to generate your own installation using their simple generator at build.porteus.org, and now it freaking flies. It's snappy, has 3.5GB of free space, and to my amazement the sound and video hardware was set up automatically. She can Skype, FB, and browse with it right out of the box.

I also recently found what looked to be a nice laptop left in my building's recycling area, so I took it home and fired it up. It was a HP Pavillion DV2-1019AX with Windows 7 installed, and it ran horribly. 240p streaming video brought it to a stuttering standstill. I loaded Mint 17.1 XFCE and all of the sudden it feels like a powerhouse. It does 1080p video without flinching and everything else you'd want a laptop to do without blinking. In short, I'm very impressed with the current state of Linux for desktop environments. It's only been a few years since I last tried one out, but those old distros now seem like ancient history. These are modern, efficient, luxurious looking operating systems.

Comment Re:Cheat Code Master List - oops, formatting... (Score 1) 351

"The main difference between uBlock and uMatrix is that uBlock uses pattern-based filtering while uMatrix matrix-based filtering which gives you more control over the filtering process....In comparison to NoScript, it is offering finer controls when it comes to content types to block. While NoScript does support custom site exclusions, it is not as easy to setup, and as far as RequestPolicy is concerned, it is more of a allow or deny type of program with little granularity.

The extension works like a firewall basically that gives you control over what is loaded when you connect to web pages in the browser.'

I haven't used uMatrix, but found that info at: http://www.ghacks.net/2015/05/...

Comment Re:Cheat Code Master List - oops, formatting... (Score 2) 351


about:config

Disable Firefox Hello

loop.enabled = false

Disable Pocket

browser.pocket.enabled = flase

Disable One-Click Search Bar (revert to old search)

browser.search.showOneOffButtons = false

Enable Firefox Tracking Protection (like Disconnect)

privacy.trackingprotection.enabled = true

Bonus: replace Adblock with the Open-Source and superior uBlock: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

Comment Cheat Code Master List (Score 1) 351

Firefox is still the greatest browser, and if new features bother you too much, it's always dead easy to disable them. You only have to do it once per install. about:config Disable Firefox Hello loop.enabled = false Disable Pocket browser.pocket.enabled = flase Disable One-Click Search Bar (revert to old search) browser.search.showOneOffButtons = false Enable Firefox Tracking Protection (Disconnect) privacy.trackingprotection.enabled = true

Comment Nintendon't (Score 2) 100

...2...1...Takedown! Corporations are totally out of touch with the streets. Nintendo is taking down all kinds of free fan marketing. They swatted one of Happy Console Gamer's videos that was basically a love-letter to the new Nintendo games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... It's ironic and infuriating. I hate all of the big three for these reasons. They'll pay for this stance in the long term. They're already going down the drain fast now, and soon they'll probably just be another poorly maintained IP for some other shit company to purchase.

The nicest thing about the Alto is that it doesn't run faster at night.

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