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Comment Re:Simple question - yet to find an answer (Score 1) 296

You're assuming that Windows is here to stay in the PC games arena.
Really Microsoft Windows has only been the choice for gamers because of Microsoft's tight monopoly and control of the PC industry for the past 20 years with mega-dollar deals with hardware & software makers and adept lock-in tactics.

Valve and others companies who are invested in the PC industry know that Microsoft's stranglehold on home computing is dying, Microsoft have only themselves to blame by releasing bad software on a glacial release cycle whilst more recently pissing off developers.
The writing has been on the wall for Windows for a some years now, the explosion of iOS and Android devices show that Windows is over in the eyes of the general public, now it's just that shitty OS you have to use for work, even that is becoming less relevant.

For the x86 PC architecture to survive, i.e. to remain mainstream in 5 years time, Linux is the logical next step and it is a big step that the big software players have been putting off for years.
Compared to consoles high-end PC hardware is still the most performant and continues to evolve but the platform is held back by one thing, Windows and sales are falling drastically, PCs need to become sexy again and with sexy read uncomplicated.

Your comment about Windows games is short sighted, in 3-5 years time, when all the new PC titles could be available for Linux, Mac & Windows who'll care about those old Windows only titles? Especially those ones that won't even run in Wine for a bit of nostalgia? not me.

Comment Re:XBMC Media server with Raspberry Pi satellites (Score 1) 78


I have a low power Atom/ION PC connected to the TV running XBMC serving up all my stored, over-the-air & streamed content.
The TVCatchup XBMC addon is a good alternative to over-the-air Freeview although max quality is not as sharp as over-the-air TV, but our TV reception is sometimes sketchy so it comes in handy sometimes and has more channels than pur ariel picks up.
The advantage of XBMC is that you can unify all media sources including local files, network shares, 4od, Demand 5, iPlayer, SportsDevil (live sports streaming from multiple sites/feeds) and live TV (with a TV tuner and TVHeadend backend), live TV recording, the list goes on.

Comment Zorin (Score 1) 448

http://zorin-os.com/Zorin-OS is an Ubuntu derivative design precisely for this purpose.

Personally I think presenting users with a mock-up of Windows that isn't Windows is counter-productive because IMHO Windows' desktop environment is continually flawed and year's behind the current crop of open desktop environments.
Personally I prefer to show those who are interested the popular DE's such as Gnome3, Cinnamon, Unity & (less so) KDE in their unaltered glory as these show really how backward the whole 'Windows way' is nowadays.

Comment Re:Can't we have a GUI that doesn't loose keystrok (Score 1) 249

That is one thing I absolutely hate when using Windows, which I only have to use when in work.
I find the Gnome desktop doesn't do this near as much as it's smarter at maintaining focus on a window that you're active in, it'll only interrupt you when something requires immediate attention, unlike MS Windows that interrupts you over any dialogue occurring in any running application or tray icon.


SCO Puts Unix Assets On the Block 217

itwbennett writes "SCO Group announced Thursday that it plans to auction off most of its Unix assets, including 'certain UNIX system V software products and related services,' ITworld reports. 'This asset sale is an important step forward in ensuring business continuity for our customers around the world,' said Ken Nielsen, SCO chief financial officer, in a statement. 'Our goal is to ensure continued viability for SCO, its customers, employees and the Unix technology.' Interested parties must submit a bid for the assets by Oct. 5."

Meet the Virginia-Built 110MPG X-Prize Car 370

tcd004 writes "Instead of using Detroit engineers or Silicon Valley bitheads, Virginia-based Edison2 relied on retired Formula 1 and Nascar engineers to build its entry for the X-prize. Relying on composite materials and titanium, the team assembled an ultra-lightweight car that provides all the comforts of a standard 4-passenger vehicle, but gets more than 100 mpg. The custom engineering goes all the way down to the car's lug nuts, which weigh less than 11 grams each. Amazingly, they expect a production version of the car should cost less than $20,000." Earlier today, in a Washington, DC ceremony, Edison2 received $5 million as the X-prize winner. Writes the AP (via Google) "Two other car makers will split $2.5 million each: Mooresville, N.C.-based Li-Ion Motors Corp., which made the Wave2, a two-seat electric car that gets 187 miles on a charge, and X-Tracer Team of Winterthur, Switzerland, whose motorcycle-like electric mini-car, the E-Tracer 7009, gets 205 miles on a charge. Both of those companies are taking orders for their cars."

Adobe Releases New 64-Bit Flash Plugin For Linux 240

TheDarkener writes "Adobe seems to have made an about face regarding their support for native 64-bit Linux support for Flash today, and released a new preview Flash plugin named 'Square.' This includes a native 64-bit version for Linux, which I have verified works on my Debian Lenny LTSP server by simply copying libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins — with sound (which I was never able to figure out with running the 32-bit version with nspluginwrapper and pulseaudio)."
Open Source

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers 350

I'm Not There (1956) writes "Broadcom, the world's largest manufacturer of Wi-Fi transceivers, open sources its Linux device drivers. This is a big win for Linux users, as there are a lot of users that face Wi-Fi problems when they use Linux on their laptops. With these device drivers now open source, distributions can ship them out-of-the-box, and that means no Linux Wi-Fi problems for new devices and upcoming distributions at all."

Comment Re:Formula 1? (Score 1) 90

I do agree that IOM TT racers are insane and the danger is extreme but I think you're underestimating just how difficult and scary driving an F1 spec car is, not to mention an F1 car would cream any motorbike on a racetrack.

One of Lewis Hamilton's lap of Instanbul for y'all...
Operating Systems

Linux Distributions' Tracking of Upstream Projects Examined 132

An anonymous reader writes "Linux distributions track upstream projects, releasing a particular version with each official release. But how far behind the latest versions do these releases linger? Scott Shawcroft did an interesting new study into this relationship between distributions and upstream projects. Shawcroft says: 'Over the last 10 months I've been working on Linux evolution research. Similar to distrowatch, I track the current versions of packages in a number of distributions and the current upstream version. Based on that data I then graph a number of metrics to understand the relationship between upstream and downstream.' His presentation on the topic scheduled for [this] week's open source convention, OSCON, should provide an interesting insight into that relationship. Currently he is tracking 20 projects including the Linux kernel, Firefox, GCC, OpenSSH and GNOME on Arch, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, openSUSE, Sabayon, Slackware, and Ubuntu."

UK Police Raid Party After Seeing "All-Night" Tag On Facebook 628

An anonymous reader writes "Apparently the police like to spend their time trawling our private information on Facebook looking for criminals. 'Riot police stormed a man's 30th birthday barbecue for 15 guests because it was advertised as an "all-night" party on Facebook. Four police cars, a riot van, and a force helicopter were dispatched to a privately-owned field in a small village near Sowton, Devon in the UK on Saturday, ordering the party shut down or everyone would be arrested. The birthday barbecue was busted up before they even had a chance to plug the music in, reports the BBC. It was about 4pm when eight officers with camouflage pants and body armor jumped out of their vehicles and ordered everyone out about an hour into the party.' The event's organizer, Andrew Poole, said, 'The police had full-on camouflage trousers on and body-armour, it was ridiculous. There were also several plain-clothes officers as well ... they kept on insisting it has been advertised it as an all-night rave on the internet. The times on it were put as "overnight" in case people wanted to sleep-over, but after being explained this they were still banging on saying it was advertised on the internet. They wouldn't accept it wasn't a rave. It was in a completely isolated field.'"

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