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Comment Re:ThinkPenguin's got the best free software suppo (Score 3, Informative) 260

They sell 3 laptops. All three have only a 1366x768 rez. For a "high-end" boutique dealer that's a joke. 1600x1050 minimum and 1920x1080 preferred or no deal. I don't care if everything else is perfect.

Personally, got a 17" HP 1920x1080 with i3 SandyBridge about 1 year ago and everything works. ArchLinux is rock solid and the Intel drivers have been stable. LAN / Wifi worked out of the box as well as the webcam which suprised me. It was about $600 give or take. My $.02

If you don't need a gaming rig or 3d video editing, stear away from anything with a nvidia optimus setup as it's not supported and personally, the ATI stuff isn't all that much better then Intel and the Intel drivers are top notch from a open source perspective.

Comment It will be missed... (Score 3, Interesting) 148

I just bought a Nokia C3-00 unlocked and for what I want to do with a phone (phone calls and texting) it works perfectly, plus I get a good week+ of battery life. It isn't glitzy, the UI isn't the flashiest, but the hardware is solid, the keyboard feels good and it just works.

Far, far too many of the android and Apple products are going for glitz and glamour and eschewing the basics of what a phone should be. That is to say, a phone. In addition, they get crap battery life.

Comment Re:KBadDesign (Score 1) 368

MS Excel? If it wasn't part of the vernacular I would consider that a very poor name as well.
MS Powerpoint? Sounds like a game or new hand gesture interface.

The names only sound weird because the software is obscure. In the past KDE went a little overboard with the K naming convention, but I think they've pulled back from that.

Comment Re:NTFS (Score 2, Informative) 484

I second this choice.
For some zealots it's hard to admit but the performance is really good, you have commercial backing of the biggest software company on the planet.

You only have commercial backing if the OS you're running it on starts with Windows and doesn't include Linux, Solaris, BSD, AIX, Haiku, Amiga OS, etc... in the name.

Comment Re:NTFS (Score 1) 484

Any of the open source file systems are "universal". The problem is adoption and the MS marketing machine would hang them out to dry. Personally, ext2 works fine for the most part. However, I had issues getting Windows to work with it. FreeBSD can read from it, but write can be problematic. The "best" is FAT32, but this has issues with larger disks. NTFS is probably 2nd "best", but it's overly complicated to implement for just some external storage. By implementation I mean the actual writing of the fs driver, not the use of NTFS-3g or whatever. NTFS is a complicated file system with a lot of layers for security, etc... which are superfluous for a basic USB disc.

Personally, ext2 or UFS would be my choice. USB external storage doesn't require performance. If performance is required you're running SATA or eSATA and shared via NFS, SMB, WebDAV or FTP and the filesystem doesn't really matter as it's permanently connected to an OS.

Comment VirtualBox; mostly opensource and lots of host OSs (Score 1) 289

For me, VirtualBox wins purely out of the fact that it's mostly open source and supports the largest amount of host OSs and runs on a few more that aren't "supported" officially. Finally, a virtual machine that works with FreeBSD as a host.

However, from a performance standpoint I can't tell the difference between VMware and VirtualBox, except perhaps that VirtualBox doesn't seem to hammer the host OS quite as hard.

Comment What about BSD? (Score 2, Interesting) 289

So, currently there is an issue with xorg 7.5 being imported into FreeBSD due very Linux specific driver "hacks", specifically in the latest Intel drivers and the ATI radeon drivers. Is this the same issue? Will this Nouveau driver work on anything else or is "open source" becoming synonymous with "if it runs on Linux, that's good enough". Linux has achieved great strides, but far too many "open source" developers target Linux only and have blinders on to any other open source OS or UNIX'esque OS where this stuff should really be able to run.

Comment Re:Large scale Apple managed LAN? (Score 3, Interesting) 460

Egh, Active Directory is just LDAP with Kerberos and some proprietary crap thrown on top to make in hard to interoperate with other OS's. The group policy tree is just a centralized registry management system. So, no you're wrong. It isn't as plug and play, but a LDAP setup with single sign on via kerberos and a puppet system to manage the config files (Linux does not use a registry) thrown together with a custom package repository (the SUS equivalent) and you're good to go.

However, where Microsoft wins out is that that isn't easy to roll out. MS has the marketing and the 5 clicks that lets a "manager / phb" install MS server and call themselves admins. The bottom 2/3rds of the Microsoft install base, at the server level, mostly don't know what they're doing and really don't understand the underlying tech of what AD is. Once you start rolling out large Fortune 500 style install bases you really do need to know your stuff and most admins at this level probably could do a Linux / UNIX / OS X setup of the same scale with a little work and reading. However, the end users / managers don't want this since they've been rather well indoctrinated by the MS marketing team.

Personally, I like to sum this up by stating that with MS it's very easy to turn the key and go from 0-40MPH, but to make it all the way to 60MPH it gets difficult and the hood of your car is welded shut. The Linux's and BSD's of the world make you learn how the engine works first, but once you've got it figured out you still make it to 60MPH before MS does.

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