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Submission + - GoboLinux 016 released, featuring its own filesystem virtualization tool

paranoidd writes: GoboLinux announced today the availability of a new major release. What's special about it is that it comes together with a container-free filesystem virtualization that's kind of unique thanks to the way that installed programs are arranged by the distro. Rather than having to create full-fledged containers simply to get around conflicting libraries, a lightweight solution simply plays with overlays to create dynamic filesystem views for each process that wants them. Even more interesting, the whole concept also enables 32-bit and 64-bit programs to coexist with no need for a lib64 directory (as implemented by mostly all bi-arch distributions out there). The announcement page brings some more interesting pieces of work coming from the 15-years old project.

Submission + - htop 2.0 released, runs natively on BSDs and Mac OSX

An anonymous reader writes: The popular Linux process viewer htop got a new major revision, and now runs natively on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. The author discussed the process of making the tool cross-platform earlier this year at FOSDEM. It also got some new features, such as mouse wheel support via ncurses 6 and listing process environment variables.

Comment Re:Trolled by Soulskill (Score 2) 834

'games culture' != 'gamer'.

We can take, as an example, Jack Thompson. Jack Thompson was *never* a gamer, but due his, to put mildly, "acts" with games in general, he became part of it (and the "acts" themselves). Actually, the whole ordeal just shows how the "culture" was representaed: anti-social white kids living in their parents basements (Alexander even pushes this point futher in the end).

It's akin to Felicia Day post about how she felt when two guys with gaming tshirts where in her way: It was not about gamergate, it was not about anti-gamergate, it was about the whole thing.

Submission + - A fundraiser to "unfork" htop on the Mac (

An anonymous reader writes: It's usual to see initiatives to fork an open source project, but here's one that goes the other way around. After years getting bug reports from Mac users who were using a fork based on a 5-year old codebase, the original author of htop, the interactive process viewer for Linux, decided to try to take matters with his own hands. He started a fundraiser so he can work on a proper port himself. The original port has been done by stripping away all Linux code and replacing with Mac code — and this way it hasn't kept up with features and bugfixes. The plan of the fundraiser is to add a proper OS-abstraction layer and write Linux and Mac backends, so that htop can finally stop crashing on the Mac.

Comment Re:Why the extra name (Score 1) 263

Gradiente (the company making the phone) wants to paint themselves as the good guys, who simply got lucky of registering the name before Apple (they even have a video, in Portuguese, saying that their phone is "cheaper and have less features" while praising Steve Jobs in the process for making the "other" iPhone).

My guess is that they are doing everything that is legal around here just to hike up the price. They probably know that being assholes would burn their brand (which is almost dead for around a decade) and just make Apple put more lawyers in the process.

Comment Re:It seems good (Score 1) 591

Sure, there are some situations where you cannot connect to internet, but it's really in minority.

The problem with "always online" DRM is not that "there are situations that you can't connect to the internet". The problem is that you rely heavily on the other site and the medium for it to work flawlessly.

Let me give you an example (there is a problem with it and I reckon right from the start): It's a matter of only 2 or 3 years that Blizzard changed the maintenance cycle of their oceanic servers in WoW to coincide with the Oceanic timezone. Before that, any WoW player in Australia (for example) would get home on Tuesday and find that the maintenance cycle had just started. And that it was later extended another another for whatever reason.

Reports of Blizzard losing connecting to whole networks (like AT&T) happened even recently.

Now imagine that you finally got a day off. It's a rainy day, there is nothing going on, so you decide to play Diablo 3. And then you get the news that the servers are down or that there is a problem with the connection of Blizzard and your provider or Anonymous got ripped off in some Real Money AH and decided to bomb login servers. Now what?

There are too many variables to give you an 100% fun experience with it.

I have no problems if they required a account with a registered Diablo 3 key in it to play multiplayer (i.e., the lack of LAN play). My problem is that I may want to have a quick fix and I have to go to a check list to make sure I'll have fun.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 286

Not sure what you mean "native to the platform, like Java". Java is mostly platform-less (more or less) as most code can run unmodified in any platform, be it Linux, OS X or Windows (again, let me say "more or less". There are some differences between platforms, even in Java).

Also, most Linux home users already run Mono applications, like Banshee and Tomboy, which are part of the GNOME desktop.

That being said, in my opinion the biggest problem with Mono (apart from the whole patent debacle) is that it was always lagging behind the official .NET specification. I lost the count of the number of .NET applications, compiled in the official C# compiler, that I tried to run with it and it would simply not work.

Comment Re:Yeah? (Score 4, Insightful) 251

GPL is based on copyright, dictating the rules by which the work can be transferred (or sold, or given). It's the same as breaking the Microsoft EULA when you pirate your Windows copy.

Surely, there may be not enough GPL authors going after people breaking their licenses, but it falls on the same category [I *think* the FSF sometimes offers legal help for those trying to sue companies to enforce their GPL-licensed products.]

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