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Comment: Any other site that does what Freecode did? (Score 1) 62

by rklrkl (#47270883) Attached to: Freecode Freezeup

Freecode was useful to simply find out what new/updated software (sometimes not always free, hmmm...) had been recently released regardless of where the code is hosted. Is there any other site that provides such a list in date order? Suggesting Sourceforge as an alternative isn't great (I can't find a list of date-ordered project releases - not individual files, which are in one of their RSS feeds - on the Sourceforge site).

Comment: I just use a real Android device (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by rklrkl (#47261145) Attached to: Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

Whilst playing around a little with Eclipse and the Android SDK, I found it much easier to just plug in my Android tablet (or it could be an Android phone or both) and download/run the app on that. You get to check rotation, multi-touch, camera etc. a lot more easily this way and it's just as easy (if not more so) than running the emulator. Of course, there could be Android devs without any Android devices at all, but I suspect that's a tiny minority.

The main use of the emulator is probably just to test different screen dimensions render OK - I personally wouldn't use it during the bulk of development though.

Comment: Re:Linux, it's harder than you've been told. (Score 1) 293

by rklrkl (#47044921) Attached to: Linux Sucks (Video)

In my experience, it's Windows that doesn't play well with the MBR or provide any sort of menu system for non-Windows OS'es like the way grub does. In fact, the Windows installer is amazingly bad from a dual (or triple etc.) boot kind of way:

It won't touch a partition formatted in anything it doesn't understand (you can't even re-format it in the installer). You actually have to trick the Windows installer by using fdisk in Linux to change the partition ID to something like 7 (NTFS) and then magically the Windows installer will let you format it. Quite surprising how dumb this is, because surely MS would *want* to destroy non-Windows partitions the first chance it gets?

The Windows installer in the latest releases insists on hogging the first partition on the first drive in your system (i.e. it has to be formatted to Windows format), which is utterly appalling.

The Windows installer destroys the MBR (and effectively kills grub) with no attempt analyse it or the various non-Windows OS'es that might be on the rest of your system. This is disgraceful behaviour - most Linux distros will detect existing OS'es (including Windows) and set up grub menu items for them.

Of course, to work around these atrocities, you soon learn that you install Windows first (letting it wreck your MBR and partition setup) and then Linux second. You then get a dual boot grub menu with both Linux and Windows items.
If you have to re-install Windows later on, it will destroy the MBR yet again, so you end up having to boot a Live Linux distro and run grub commands to restore the MBR/grub setup.

So, to sum it up, the Windows installer is nasty to anything else that isn't Windows on your system , both on initial install and on any further re-install. So the blame here is 100% with Windows and not grub or Linux.

Comment: Re:No Android browser can currently cast a tab (Score 1) 26

by rklrkl (#47038243) Attached to: Chromecast Support Coming To Mobile Firefox

Er, Google Chrome on desktop Linux can cast a tab with the Google Cast extension extension in the Chrome store, so I've no idea why you claim no Linux browser can do this. If you use CentOS 6 like I do, you can even get Google Chrome running with my script.

The Firefox bug for all this seemed to be swaying backwards and forwards between using the SDK and not using it. Latest updates seem to suggest it *is* using the Chromecast SDK now, which unfortunately means desktop Firefox and Firefox OS may be left out in the cold initially.

Comment: No Android browser can currently cast a tab (Score 4, Insightful) 26

by rklrkl (#47032953) Attached to: Chromecast Support Coming To Mobile Firefox

People are moaning why desktop Firefox isn't going to cast a tab at the same time as the Android Firefox will. Firstly, I believe they *aren't* using the Chromecast SDK so the chances are good that desktop Firefox will follow not too long after Android Firefox. Secondly, no Android browser can currently cast a tab, so Mozilla are actually heading for a platform first - embarrassingly beating Google to it! - if they concentrate on Android Firefox first for tab casting.

Comment: Cheap desktop PC with 5 or 6 hard drive slots? (Score 1) 983

by rklrkl (#46471849) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Assuming you don't need RAID on the backup device itself, then a cheap desktop PC (usually from a custom white box builder - most OEM PCs don't come with enough SATA connectors/hard drive bays) with 5 or 6 4TB SATA hard drives does the trick. Sure, it'll cost you a fair amount for the hardware (in the UK, probably around 1,000 pounds or so), but it might be the most flexible solution (e.g. could be located offsite if you're paranoid, though you'd need a fast connection to it - at least 100 Mbits/sec I'd have thought - for that amount of data).

Of course, if you then want to keep multiple archive copies, then you'd have to look at compressing the backups and/or perhaps using backup software that does incrementals (e.g. Amanda on Linux or whatever). Another much pricier alternative is multiple spanning Ultrium 5 tapes in 24-slot autoloader attached to a machine with little local storage (1-2 TB free for holding space), but we're talking 5,000 pounds or so for this solution.

Comment: Anaconda needs love... (Score 1) 128

by rklrkl (#45949243) Attached to: Fedora 21 Linux Will Be Nameless

I don't know about you, but I really don't like the redesigned Fedora installer (Anaconda) that's turned up in recent Fedora releases. It's quite SHOUTY (yes, headings in full capitals and bold too!) and the disk partitioning section is frankly awful (very non-obvious, mixed units and it took me ages to work out how to create a partition that used all the remaining space - answer: put a huge value for the size and it'll round it down to what's left).

Fedora with the MATE desktop isn't too bad, but sadly that's the not the desktop that's the default selection. I also seem to remember a couple of releases (18 and 19 I think) that were incredibly show to both show the login screen and the post-login desktop in VirtualBox (20-25 secs for each on an i7 machine with a couple of CPU cores allocated!), though it looks like Fedora 20 fixed this. Many people will install Fedora in a VM first (particularly if they're Windows users) and if it performs poorly there, it won't get installed on the bare metal.

I basically gave up on bare metal Fedora from 15 onwards - no coincidence that the frankly dreadful GNOME 3 came out at the same time. Once I saw how bad it was in a VM, my preferred OS became CentOS 6, whose combo of GNOME 2, GRUB 1 and SysVInit scripts (all of which are much easier to use than their "better" successors) remains probably the peak combo we've seen to date in a mainstream Linux distro.

Comment: Re:Redhat/CentOS is no substitute for Ubuntu deskt (Score 1) 186

by rklrkl (#45896117) Attached to: Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

The RHEL/CentOS kernel does get security and bug fix backports from later kernels, but the reason it runs such an "old" kernel is for stability reasons. Most Windows desktop users never upgrade their OS to a newer major release during the lifetime of their PC (because it costs money and can be a hassle - remember most of the world's desktops are running the OS that was pre-installed when the machine was bought), but apparently most Linux desktop users are constantly chasing the bleeding edge if you're to be believed.

The problem with most Linux distros is that their support window is very narrow - usually less than 18 months and definitely less than the lifetime of a typical desktop PC. This is where CentOS scores heavily against Ubuntu - 10 years of updates to the OS, so *you* decide when to jump to the next major OS release and you're not effectively forced to jump releases half-way through your PC's lifespan.

Also note that it's not the kernel version that's a problem with CentOS, it's the older system libraries (particularly glibc, X11, Gnome etc.) that cause issues, particularly if you want to run closed-source binaries. Google Chrome is probably the highest profile casualty of this, which is why I cooked up a script to install the latest Google Chrome on CentOS 6.

Comment: Not that exciting... (Score 1) 107

by rklrkl (#45844247) Attached to: NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

I saw the specs for the Tegra Note a while ago and got a bit bored with them because:

1. It's not a Nexus device, so is already behind with its Android version. Now it may be with the many updates to the Nvidia Shield, we might see speedy updates to the Note as well, but until this actually happens, I'll err on the side of caution.

2. I would prefer an 8" display in the same dimensions and weight as a typical 7" tablet (e.g. reduce the bezel width). 7" displays aren't just quite large enough, IMHO.

3. The screen resolution is 1280x800, not 1280x720, but even so that only matches the 2012 Nexus 7 from 18 months ago and partially explains why its graphics benchmarks are so good.

Having said all that, Currys in the UK are selling it at 129.99 pounds ($215), which is actually a very good price for a decently spec'ed tablet in the UK.

Comment: Why not make the app to do a download/install/run? (Score 1) 255

by rklrkl (#45549695) Attached to: CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

One thing to try to appease Google Play is to change the app, so it's a set of instructions/downloads as follows:

* If Unknown Sources isn't ticked on, the first screen tells the user to go to Setttings/Security and tick on Unknown Sources (maybe that screen could be loaded by the app to make it even easier?).

* Next, the app downloads the apk from the CM site and installs it.

* Ask the user to uncheck Unknown Sources if they had to check it on in the first step.

* Run the downloaded app (exiting the original app at the same time if possible).

Would *this* violate any terms of service of Google Play (written down or otherwise)?

Comment: Re:Fire-Who? (Score 2) 152

by rklrkl (#44879211) Attached to: Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

Replace "FF" with "Google Chrome" and you'll see that Google beat Mozilla to the punch :-) Remember that Chrome is on version 29 (5 ahead of Firefox) and now uses more RAM than Firefox! You've also conveniently forgotten the Firefox ESR release (Chrome has *nothing* like it, so is a complete disaster for corporate use). Also, the performance gap has been gradually closing between Chrome and Firefox in the last year or so. For the first time in a couple of years, Firefox recent actually beat Chrome in Tom's Hardware Browser Grand Prix.

The lack of extensions on Android Chrome is utterly appalling, which is why Firefox on Android basically destroys Android Chrome. Now if Mozilla could fix the dodgy graphics issue with Firefox on the Nexus 10 (pages often half-rendering and needing a screen rotation to render them properly!), then I wouldn't have to double-rotate my tablet so often :-)

Comment: Re: Matlab and a few games (Score 1) 222

by rklrkl (#44737997) Attached to: What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

> although to be fair your Linux distro should be less than two years old.

Er, who said that had to be the case? "Your Linux distro should be supported" would be a more accurate statement to make surely? Some of us actually don't want to have to update our desktops every 6 months to a new release (which often requires a cold install) and prefer longer support than a year or so. If Windows users can have lengthy support for their desktops, why can't Linux users too?

I use CentOS 6 at home and work, which is actually supported all the way through to November 2020 and yet Google Chrome 28 or later *does not work* out of the box with it. I've managed to work around this with some Fedora 15 libraries - see http://chrome.richardlloyd.org.uk/ - but I really shouldn't have to. Sorry, with Firefox and Opera both working fine on CentOS 6, Google really have no excuse for their recent drop of support for any distro more than 2 years old.

Comment: Surely it's the price? (Score 1) 323

by rklrkl (#44528951) Attached to: Have eBooks Peaked?

OK, I haven't RTFA'ed, but the summary here makes no mention of the price of e-books, which is hugely relevant considering that an e-book cartel has been caught price-fixing! My classic example of e-book overpricing was the e-book version of hugely-selling Steve Job biography, which turned out to be more expensive than the hardback. How can any bookseller justify that situation - it *surely* costs more to ship a hardback (this price diff was on Amazon) than an e-book?

I did eventually buy an e-reader once the Nook Simple Touch hit 29 pounds here in the UK and it's quite hackable (runs an old Android that you can root/install apps on), but I ended up putting Droidfish on it and playing chess (it's really a rather good dedicated chess handheld :-) ) and using my Nexus 7 for document reading.

Comment: Re:Who Pays? (Score 1) 140

by rklrkl (#44469059) Attached to: YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

Good luck on finding some of those sports covered fully live on the BBC. Only half the F1 races in a season are shown live on the BBC any more (the half they don't show, they have highlights of qualifying and the race hours later). "Soccer" matches (aka Premier League) aren't shown live at all on the BBC - they have highlights shown in the evening (MOTD/MOTD 2 shows). There's only limited rugby on the BBC as well.

The BBC are weak on most sports, though they do cover world championships for swimming, athletics (Diamond League too) and skiing (though Ski Sunday is an appalling effort now - more apres-ski than actual racing). Sadly, in the UK, it's Sky who dominate most sports coverage (and charge a *lot* for it), though BT have muscled in with football and rugby recently.

Comment: Er, there's loads of apps that do this already (Score 1) 80

by rklrkl (#44463969) Attached to: Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

Considering this is an optional app that you have to download (rather than being baked into an Android release), what does it offer that loads of similar free apps on the Google Play store have offered for years now (OK, apart from the fact that it's an app from Google of course)?

I'd have been more impressed if this had come with the Android 4.3 release to be honest and might actually be one of the very few pre-installed Android apps that could be justify being uninstallable.

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