Do not let this pass without action. It is that last chance you are likely to have."
For me, the new OS version is a mixed bag. I'm pretty pleased with the extra work that went into handling restricted drivers. I run a dual boot system, so the native support for writing to an NTFS partition is awesome.
However, I noticed an immediate performance hit when I installed the new version of the OS. I suspect that the performance is lost due to a larger quantity of software loaded at boot time and a larger number of services enabled by default.
I have mixed feelings about the software development that is going into things like evolution & tracker. I think that the existing software paradigms that ubuntu is trying to emulate (outlook, spotlight, messenger, etc) are bloated crap. However, I also understand the need to make the transition to linux smooth for users that are familliar with other operating systems, or have existing business legacy systems with which we need to integrate. I also understand that solving the linux adoption problem and increasing the linux market share is necessary as a prerequisite for solving other problems that I care about a lot more (like better native linux driver support from hardware manufacturers).
So, I guess that the bloatware serves its purpose as part of the base install. But not on my box. I like the basic foundation that Ubuntu provides — now I'm looking for ways to strip it down & tune it up for better performance. I could use some advice and assistance on doing this. Off the top of my head, I think that I can stand to lose evolution, ekiga, pidgin, tracker and probably elements of open office. How resolve package dependancies to get rid of them without nuking the gnome desktop? Can anyone recommend more fat to trim?"
The judge's 44-page ruling breaks down recent problems with fingerprint analysis and ways that it can become biased against suspects."
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I was amazed to find that, of all the agencies in the federal government, the one agency most responsible for the Internet is the only primary agency that does not offer an RSS feed.
The FTC has it, the FDA has it, same for NIH and even Homeland Security, but not the FCC.
Apparently, the only way to obtain their latest information is to visit the FCC.gov site and download each story, one at a time, in either Word or Acrobat formats.
When the agency responsible for advancing the Internet lags so far behind even other federal agencies, it's not surprising that America's technological prowess is trailing that of countries only a fraction in size."