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Comment Re:I use Plasma (KDE) and system.d (Score 1) 515

I, on the other hand, love systemd on my Kubuntu 16.04 with Neon running on top. In System Settings, at the bottom, is the Systemd Icon. Open it and you have the GUI to start and stop all services with a mouse click, if you don't want to us the CLI.

Linux and KDE. They keep on giving you choices because one size does not fit all.

Comment Re:KDE-Look a ghost town (Score 1) 515

I love KDE4's look and feel, and am not partial to the default Plasma5 L&F. So, I changed themes, splash screens, wallpaper and icons and now I have my Kubuntu 16.04 with Neon on top looking pretty much like my old Kubuntu 14.04 DE, except that Plasma5 is at least TWICE as fast on my laptop as Plasma4 was.

Comment Re:Linux on the Desktop? Seriously? (Score 1) 515

Trolling like that it is no wonder you post anonymously.
I've been using KDE since 1.l0 beta in SuSE, in September of 1998. I tried Gnome but didn't like it and I have never had to install Gnome to get a KDE app to run. For a long time Gnome and KDE dev teams worked together to create a compatibility layer so that each could run the other's apps without having to install the entire DE. It's still that way. I don't have Gnome installed on my Kubuntu Neon 16.04 with 5.73 Plasma5, but I can install Synaptic and run it without installing Gnome, but I run Muon instead.

Your second claim is entirely bogus. Unless you are running Gentoo or Arch or LFS you rarely have to compile anything. VERY FEW apps installed from the repositories have to be compiled, but when they do it is done automatically without the aid of the user. Examples: VirtualBox requires dkms, which requires kernel headers and some compiling, but its all done on the fly during the install. All the user has to do is reboot to activate the change. Installing GoogleEarth causes an automatic recompile of the source but it, too, is automatic. So, requiring the user to be a developer and compile source is NOT part of any of top 100 or so distros, save for the rare exceptions I mentioned. Of course, if you insist on going outside the repository and downloading tar file sources of apps not in the repository then you will have to know how to do a) ./configure b) make c) make install. But NO distro developers I know require that for elements of their distro, save Arch, Gentoo and LFS, and those are not distros that everyday mom and pop users would run.

You stated "When there is a day, that someone can be handed a USB stick with a flavor of Linux that they can run from it,have all their hardware supported, without having to install, compile, or download anything, we will have finally a Linux OS that is at least comparable to Windows 95." How about comparable or even better than Win8 or Win10, and more open and free as well? I have such a USB stick in my pocket as I type. It is a persistent Kubuntu 16.04 LiveUSB. It is easy to make with the mksub app, which is also in Kubuntu's repository. The fact is, the top 100 or so distros in DistroWatch's page hit list are just the kind of distro you claim doesn't exist. There are always the corner or edge cases of hardware for which is difficult or impossible to find Linux drivers for, but if you've spent any time on Windows help forums you see the exact same problem, and that is with vendor configured copies of Windows.

So, better luck next time trying to conflate an experience you might have had with a Linux distro 15 years ago into what you think are problems today.

Comment KDE is not dying... (Score 1) 515

I began using KDE when SuSE shipped the 1.0 beta with its September 1998 release. It was so much better than Win95 that it became my DE of choice every since. I have been running Kubuntu since their 9.04 release and am now running 16.04 with the Neon repository added, making my distro Neon. The jump between KDE4 and kDE5 has been traumatic for some, like the jump from 1 to 2 or the jump from 3 to 4, but in that jump most of the negative complaints were from MS fans trolling in an attempt to get Linux distros to adopt Mono. De Icaza has left the Linux scene and Mono has been delegated to a minor dev tool for some developers.

I was astounded by the significant increase in speed of Plasma5 over Plasma4. With Kubuntu 14.04 on this Acer 7739-6830 the Steam program "Universe Sandbox^2" was so slow I had to disable most of the particles so that the planets would revolve smoothly in their orbits around the Sun without stuttering or lagging. Running on Kubuntu 16.04 (even with Neon) US2 is so fast I can run all of the simulations without any lag or stuttering. Stellarium gave me frame rates of 25-40 fps on Plasma4 but on Plasma5 I get vsync at 60 fps for the mediocre GPU in this laptop.

I've never used Konqueror and don't consider it a watermark for any event. I've been a fan of KMail in the past. When Google, Twitter and Facebook announced that they were going to censor posts I decided to close my Google account. KMail accepted all 5,000+ emails I imported my 200MB mbox files without a hiccup. The only problem I've found with KMail is that when I delete a mail a ghost of its header stays in the msg list until I clock on another folder, then it disappears.

To nibble and quibble one might as well say that Gnome is dying, or Unity as well. The reality is that smart phones are killing the PC market. I have an Apple iPhone 6+. I can do things with it that I only dreamed about doing on my laptop, with either Linux or Windows, and its easy to use. But they are not killing the PC game market, or the corporate desktop/laptop market and never will because the smart phone form factor is too small and klutzy. My current laptop is six years old. Will I replace it once it dies? That's the question.

Comment Re:KMail's not that bad (Score 1) 184

I've been using KDE since the 1.0 beta was released with the SuSE 5.3 distro in September of 1998.
I've been using KMail since I left Thunderbird about 10 years ago.
I am currently running the latest version on Kubuntu 14.04 fully updated, with filters, encryption, etc...
It has been and is running fine.

Comment Opening an old can of worms? (Score 1) 184

Remember when KDE4 was released?

The developers opened it up to any and all suggestions and because of the power and rapid ease of development using the Qt API they went through a whole series of experiments interfaces and appliations. One volunteer, who was in grad school at the time, offered a web page to explain the new apps and features. He was crucified by those who abhorred change. Their attacks got personal. Some of the attacks were drive-by shootings by people masquerading as KDE users. He quit in disgust and devoted that time he used to his wife and graduate studies.

I suspect that the same thing will happen with this venture. My recommendation is to continue to polish the KDE UI and remove conflicting dialogs, fix the things that don't work properly, or don't work. Like this problems mentioned in this YouTube video:

Above all DO NOT hide the current power and flexibility of KDE, i.e., "dumb it down", under a plethora of "useful" or "helpful" buttons, menus or dialogs. Windows does that. So does Unity. If I wanted that kind of interface I can use one of them. We saw what happened to GNOME2 when it was dumbed down to make it "easier to use". Is it possible to make a GUI "idiot proof"? Idiots are extremely ingenious, but simple interfaces are, well, simple. As in not powerful.

KDE dev team: IF you insist on shooting yourself in the foot with this scheme would you make it so that the user, during the installation process, could select the type of interface the users wants, say a mutually exclusive check box offering either the "Experienced User GUI" or "Novice Use Interfacer"? Either that, or make it easy for distro developers to select the kind of user GUI that want to default to and make the alternate option a Muon choice.

Comment Re:US (Score 2) 999

The question is, where is the best state to live in the US when the break up occurs.

It's obvious. The state with the greatest amount of natural resources: oil, metals, wood, rich soil, wildlife, and a low population.
Southern Alaska, close to the Pacific Ocean.
That it has a large supply of military weapons, including nukes, is a side benefit. It's big enough to be a nation on its own, and enough power to ward off potential invaders.

Comment Grasses producing cyanide is not new or unknown. (Score 3, Informative) 305

Tifton 85 was bred using PI290884, from South Africa, and Tifton 68, which is a cross between PI255450, from Kiboko, Kenya, and PI293606, from Nairobi, Kenya.

See Fact Sheet - Cynodon Dactylon

Some varieties have the potential to produce high levels of prussic or hydrocyanic acid (HCN), especially when high levels of nitrogen are applied. However, instances of prussic acid poisoning in cattle grazing C. dactylon are rare. Although levels of total oxalate of >1% of the DM have been recorded, there is no experience of detrimental effects on grazing cattle. Frosted C. dactylon can cause photosensitization.

What happened at ELGIN, Texas, is just an example of a RARE event. That the field in question has been in production for 15 years, and no other sites using Tifton 85 have reported animal deaths from cyanide, proves how rare the event is.

Tifton 85 has nothing to do with the laboratory manipulation of DNA (Genes).

Comment Re:Next (Score 1) 100

Not any stranger than Westinghouse claiming that a non-existent reactor is the safest ever made. IF you had read the PDF you would have noticed that what was being pointed out was that the AP1000 reactor core has only a single wall of isolation from the environment, whereas previously built reactors had two. Yet, despite having two walls, past records show that the NRC was ignoring leakages and failures in other two-walled reactors in order to fast track approval for the AP1000. IF the documented leaks in two walls prove they lack sufficient safety it gives cause for concern about the safety of only one wall.

Comment Re:Next (Score 2) 100

He's never offered one genuine, unqualified note of concession about any of it. Everyone else is wrong. "I believe strongly in safety" is as close as he's ever gotten to an explanation. Turning the NRC board of commissioners into a snake pit is somehow supposed to promote safety. ...
  and he oversaw the certification of the AP1000 reactor.

Believes in "safety", eh? He should read this.

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