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Comment: GPL vs LGPL (Score 1) 686

by shutdown -p now (#46743233) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Not quite. Gtk and Gnome appeared because Qt was originally proprietary. The reason why Gnome became "the default", though, was because enterprise distros like RedHat pushed for it - and that was because Gtk and Gnome were both LGPL, so closed-source software could link against them. This was not the case with Qt, which was open sourced for a long time, but was GPL rather than LGPL.

Comment: Re:That's not the only thing that's gone... (Score 1) 270

by shutdown -p now (#46742791) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Their motto of "Developers, Developers, Developers" also disappeared with Ballmer's exit. Everything is now getting locked down to the max in their attempt to be like Apple.

If by this you mean the various limitations surrounding Windows Store (aka "Metro") apps, then those happened very much under Ballmer. Hell, the guy have only just recently left, so what exactly has disappeared since then?

At the same time, Satya was heading Cloud & Enterprise business before becoming CEO. And C&E, among other things, includes DevDiv - and Satya has a lot of supporters there. Furthermore, note the meteoric rise of Scott Guthrie, who was always one of the more passionate advocates of a solid and modern developer story for MS (in particular, embracing F/OSS).

Comment: Re:Deniers (Score 1) 852

The solution in the short term is to use the best methods to obtain petroleum based products, fracking, to keep costs down so we have enough research money to throw into things like geothermal electricity, battery technology, and geo-engineering solutions to removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

So, basically, tax oil production - we could call that, say, "carbon credits" - and then invest those into R&D necessary for clean energy and geoengineering?

Comment: Re:So when is MS Office going to be built with .NE (Score 2) 217

by shutdown -p now (#46657693) Attached to: .NET Native Compilation Preview Released

.NET apps compiled for "AnyCPU" will, technically, run just fine on Windows RT on ARM. The reason why you can't actually run such desktop apps is because it is blocked by signature verifier (any desktop app must be signed by MS to run on RT). It's a DRM thing, not a technical limitation.

Oh, and huge parts of Office use .NET these days, alongside the older native code. Ditto for VS, and many other products.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. - Fyodor Dostoevski