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Comment: I used to use FreeBSD and later PCBSD (Score 1) 211

by stasike (#48432277) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

Twelve years ago I grew tired of trying to make Linux work on a Desktop. I noticed that when I wanted to have some work done I ended up using Slackware. Slackware uses the BSD init type, instead of SVR4 most of Linux systems were using at that time (and that is now being replaced with an upstart or systemd). I also noticed FreeBSD discussion forums that had simple instructions *that worked* for configuring things like switching keyboard layouts in Xwindow.
So I have tried FreeBSD 4.something. It worked great. When 4.8 came along I was already proficient and I had the best desktop ever. I was never this satisfied with a Linux desktop before.
The documentation is fantastic. Whatever you need to configure, just open handbook at the appropriate chapter and follow the script. (It was recommended at the time to do yourself a favor and make csh your default shell instead of Bash you wanted to use as a Linux refugee ;-) ). Note that this was time where KDE was at its peak - around version of 3.8.something.
Installing software was super easy, just use binary ports - ports that somebody else had built on a pointy-hat server farm, so you do not have to spend [many] dozens of machine-hours compiling stuff like KDE.
For smaller stuff, you just identified port you wanted to use, changed into that directory within port structure, typed make install and watched the magic happen.

Fast forward a few years. I grew tired of having to tinker with a computer for a month to configure all the little things, such as Flash every time I wanted to do a major update from scratch. At that time installing things like Flash was highly non-trivial, you had to use Linux version on top of some compatibility layer that emulated RedHat system for Linux calls. So I started to use PC-BSD and I was happy again.

Fast forward a few more years again. FreeBSD kernel of certain generation of major release had problems with my motherboard, and my existing system built on previous major release was getting obsolete. My Flash was old and other important ports couldn't be updated to a desired version. So I went looking for a Linux distro that I wouldn't have to fight with.

I have discovered Mint Linux. Out-of-box it came configured JUST the way I like it. I just needed to install a few little things, like [g]vim built from the most recent vanilla sources, Krusader, and a few others.

I do try FreeBSD out from time to time when an interesting release appears. I am always disappointed with the hardware compatibility. My very good friend runs it as his main desktop at work with a lightweight desktop manager. Besides other things he uses it to host a bunch VMs in Qemu. We (the company I work for) also use FreeBSD for various little stations and small servers for operators in industrial system.
Let me tell you, FreeBSD ain't what it used to be around what I perceive as a "FreeBSD Golden Age" [4.8Release]. Things aren't backward compatible and releases get old fairly quickly. When shell-shock (that nasty bug in Bash) came out I was very surprised that you can't patch an older system - you have to install a fairly recent release. I know, the default shell is tcsh, but some [web]server ports require bash.

Comment: Re:Ba Da ... (Score 2) 375

I was pissed off royally over this, when they introduced this feature. It took a minute of googling to remedy the situation.

Mint Linux is such a good distro [for my personal needs] that I am willing to spend 20 minutes to tweaking it after insall. 1 minute of those 20 is making Google default again. Other steps are installing Krusader, mc, gvim and configuring some things, such as keyboard layout switching to my liking.

Comment: Re:See what really happened first (Score 1) 150

by stasike (#48086257) Attached to: Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

This outrage is not about syncing books.
This is about Adobe Digital Editions 4 searching the disk for books that have *not* been added to ADE library and sending reports home about those books. Without any permision and without any indication they are sending info about files on your computer to an outside server.
This is about sending the info in cleartext, so every computer along the way from your PC to Adobe server can read about your reading habits and about the files you keep in unrelated directories.

+ - Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries->

Submitted by stasike
stasike (1063564) writes "Nate at the-digital-reader.com reports that Adobe is spying on any computer that runs Digital Editions 4, the newest version of Adobe’s Epub app. They are not only sending info about what you are reading, they also search your computer for e-book files and send this info too, and all this in clear text.
This is just another example of DRM going south."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Well. (Score 1) 195

by stasike (#46821159) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

The gorilla glass screens are actually plastic,

Gorilla glass is NOT plastic.
It is a regular high quality glass that is tempered in a molten salt.

Quote from Wikipedia:

During its manufacture, Gorilla Glass is toughened by ion exchange. The material is submersed in molten potassium salt at a temperature of approximately 400 degrees C (750 degrees F), whereby smaller sodium ions leave the glass to be replaced by larger potassium ions from the salt bath. The larger ions occupy more space and are pressed together when the glass cools, causing potassium ions to diffuse far into the surface, thereby creating a 'surface' layer of high compressive stress deep into the glass, a layer more resistant to damage from everyday use.

Comment: PocketBook e-ink readers (Score 3, Informative) 134

by stasike (#46254189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

Have a look at the PocketBook e-ink readers. Sadly, they have left USA market, unable to compete with Amazon.
Here in my European country, in an online store specialized on e-book readers PocketBook is by far the most popular brand. Keep in mind that most people buying kindles are buying them directly from Amazon.
I have PocketBook Touch Lux 623. The screen and front-light are the same as on Kindle Paperwhite. It supports 18 e-book formats and lots of configuration options, all without hacking. It has headphones output with support of TTS in many languages. You can use micro SD card. There are third-party programs available, such as scientific calculator, Linux terminal (for hacking - the reader itself has busybox installed), ftp server (so you can look at *and* modify files from internal memory), Coolreader, chess, several games, Vim text editor (full-fledged recent version).
You can make your own notes and highlights and PocketBook will prepare html file for each document with your notes that you can download to your PC. No special software necessary.
You can import PocketBook from Europe.

Comment: Contact Bram Moolenaar the author of Vim (Score 1) 301

by stasike (#44689805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?
I remember reading somewhere that Bram Moolenaar is willing to sell you a special licence for his program if you insist that you want to buy it.
Vim is absolutely magnificent Free Software project - a very powerfull reincarnation of the vi editor. And the left-over money will be used for kids in Uganda.

See this page: http://www.vim.org/sponsor/index.php
Registered Vim user You can become a registered Vim user by sending at least 10 euro. This works similar to sponsoring Vim (see above). Registration was made possible for the situation where your boss or bookkeeper may be willing to register software, but does not like the terms "sponsoring" and "donation".

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