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Comment Re:Multiplayer (Score 1) 267

There are plenty of good kids games with local multiplayer and not many of them are split screen, separate consoles looks that element of all huddling around together to play. There are tons of really good cheap ones on PSN as well. I've got two kids, aged nine and six, and there are loads of games they like on there.

Comment Re:Serious question time... (Score 1) 480

But does it do OpenDocument and Impress files correctly? I see this a lot, people don't actually want Word Processing software, what they actually want is Word Document Processing software. So the native well supported formats are ignored in favour of the defacto standard.

It's not surprising, but if you want to do the switch you really have to go the whole hog. You can accept Word documents with caveats but have to make clear that your supported format is OpenDocument and encourage it's use. You could easy provide links to the implementations and say they're obtainable for free, much like we used to link to Adobe Acrobat when PDF documents were first used.

I see office documents as a barrier to progress. People will throw a form in word or excel format to their users, both of which have atrociousness usability, rather than putting up a clean and simple web form. It's a symptom of laziness and the whole "I'm really familiar with this so I use it for everything syndrome". It is nice in a way though, the ability to edit documents you have to sign or add new clauses can be advantageous :-)

I use OpenOffice for Word Processing (but Gnumeric for Spreadsheets) but if I'm going to share documents I'll normally do it in PDF. If a preferred format is specified i.e. Word or RTF, I'll generally send the OpenOffice file as well, but I don't like sending editable documents unless they're likely to be edited.

Comment Re:After 5 years' Linux usage, I'm switching to Ma (Score 4, Interesting) 378

After 15+ years Linux usage I'm sticking with GNOME3 because I also want things to just work, and it gives me what I want, a clean desktop which stays out of my way most of the time. I simply did the GNOME2 to GNOME3 transition without stopping at Unity in between.

If I didn't like GNOME3 then there are so many alternatives that are simply an apt-get install away that I simply can't understand all the whining. I'd likely go back to WindowMaker or fluxbox.

Comment Re:if they keep using unity.. (Score 1) 318

I've used GNOME3 on Ubuntu for a few releases now, you just need install the gnome-shell package, and I much prefer it to Unity.

I did hit a user switching issue with 12.10, but that has been resolved by swapping lightdm to gdm, and it might just have been something with my setup. I haven't tried the new Ubuntu GNOME version yet.

Comment Re:Staying with gnome2 (Score 1) 432

I liked GNOME2 a lot, it was my favourite desktop environment for a long time, but it was beginning to show it's age and I've found GNOME3 to be a great update as a desktop for reasons that have nothing to do with "tablets".

The reason I liked GNOME2 in the first place was that it was clean and kept out of the way, with sensible defaults and no need for constant tinkering. I didn't want to be constantly babysitting the UI while trying to get other stuff done.

If anything GNOME3 does this better than before. I'm surprised by this tablet meme as a lot of desktop orientated features seem quite tablet hostile. It's very keyboard navigable and I used that a lot, super + typing to launch apps, ctrl-alt-up/down to switch through workspaces.

I like being able to switch through windows just by flicking my mouse to the top left (though alt-tab still works fine), as well as giving quick and easy access to workspace management. So what is the problem?

I seriously just don't get the hostility. Is this a case of the windows refugees getting restless?

Oh and I'm not a gnome dev either, though am glad they've pushed through their vision without giving in to every feature request by someone with an opinion. Providing an extension system that provides the ability to perform something deeper than just configuration seems to offer an option that undermines those claims of arrogance.

Comment Re:Two can play at this game (Score 1) 638

Do you see the point? When the rich leave, they are not taking cash, they are moving their capital, entire factories are gone, equipment, machines, tools, but also management knowledge.

They don't necessarily get wealthy by building factories in America, they get rich by offloading that work to China or India. Which also manages to turn a lot of lower paid workers into drains on the welfare system rather than productive members of society. I don't get where the idea comes from that letting the rich keep extra money somehow creates extra investment in the economy when a lot of that investment goes offshore.

Comment Re:That's not because eBooks are taking off... (Score 1) 207

People sitting on their backsides doing nothing has little to do with socialism. Socialism is about workers not welfare, welfare is meant to be a safety net to stop people sinking into abject poverty. I'd say the situation we've got is down to two things: the lack of low paid manufacturing jobs which has it's beginnings in Thatcher, and that aspirational culture that says I can be wildly successful without doing any work, which again has its roots in Thatcher but became far worse once the reality TV celebrity turned up. Once those people are your aspirational role models then you can wave goodbye to people putting any effort in while not wanting to do work which is beneath them because immigrants do it.

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