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Comment x86 UEFI isn't Linux friendly. (Score 2) 205

32bit UEFI support in anything other than Windows 8+ is terrible. Even if you get it to boot it's likely to need special drivers, which no one will bother making (thanks Intel!). This is no different from all the cheap Atom tablets and notebooks currently on the market, looks like a great Linux platform, except that it isn't.

Comment Re:You can always roll your own with the motherboa (Score 1) 234

Linux has long had better hardware support, but often it was older hardware that Windows users didn't care about.

As for using the Windows version, yes, you could make it work, but you may have to download extra drivers, and there is another consideration with the hardware you should be concerned with more than that, and that is battery life. Just because something is supported, doesn't mean it plays well with it. I've seen systems lose only a small fraction of runtime while others lost more than half.

My bet is that Dell put in components that not only work out of the box, but aren't going to chew up the battery either.

Comment This just shows how broken Android really is. (Score 1, Insightful) 120

"Samsung is in talks with telcos from nine other countries where the phablet is available to deploy a similar software upgrade."
This is a great example of just how broken Android really is. If it was Apple (and MS?), everyone would get this right away, but instead it has to be dealt with carrier by carrier, and if your carrier decides not to allow for the patch ("bandwidth!"), Samsung decides not to work with your carrier, or someone misses an email you won't be getting it at all.

Telcos should have zero say in when or how you update your device, or have any say in what you do with it in the first place.

Comment Re:Honest Question Please Answer (Score 1, Insightful) 585

People are misunderstanding this announcement.
They are not saying no other Os will work at all, just that Intel and AMD themselves will only supply and support Windows drivers for version 10. So you can install Windows 7 (not easy but possible due to some other tricks they did), but USB 3.1 will probably not work unless you can find an older driver that happens to work and graphics will default to a generic Windows display driver, things like that. In other words, it can work, it just won't be supported/optimal. As for Linux, Linux doesn't rely on Intel or AMD to make drivers for anything, the community makes working drivers for almost everything, it may take a bit and not work as well as the Windows counterpart due to proprietary functions, but they work. it's pretty rare that you absolutely cannot gets something to function in Linux, it's just a matter of finding the info necessary, which I admit is not always easy, but easier and less likely if you use corporate laptops.

For your laptop, you can have Mint split the drive and dual boot (make a backup first!), or better yet, buy an ssd for it and put Mint on that. This leaves you a good drive to fall back on if needed and gives you a nice SSD upgrade. If you decide to forget Windows entirely, stick the old drive in an external bay for backups, if you want to go back, put the drive back in or image it onto the ssd. Honestly, you will never really "get" Linux until you cut the Windows cord because it's too easy to fall back on Windows when you get stuck and by doing so, you may miss out on some fantastic software that not only fixes the problem, but does it better than Windows ever did. I'm not saying it's easy to do, you may feel like a complete noob for a bit, but the end results are worth it.

Some laptops are better than others, corporate laptops tend to do better, but no matter what, expect a 10-20% loss in battery runtime (be sure to install TLP and P-state). No need to run out and buy a bunch of laptops, there is enough Lenovo, HP and Dell corporate lease models on Ebay to keep us supplied for years to come with more still arriving. The Lenovo X and T series in particular have good Linux support. As mentioned by others, should Intel and AMD deny functionality to other systems entirely it would be shooting themselves in the foot as many corporations use Linux as does the server industry. Besides, we would find a way, the more they lock it down and force us onto fewer and fewer options, the more likely it is that someone will find a way around it. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Comment Re:Adios Windows/Microsoft (Score 1) 133

The new Win7 update method will end up with the same problems as Win10 has.
You may not be forced to install them, but the new updates come as a single package, you won't be able to pick and choose anymore. If you get one update, you get them all.

Also, I don't see it as some huge security loss to disable the updates. It took a month to fix this problem, a virus can spread world-wide in less than 10 minutes. If MS updates is your security blanket you already lost.

Comment Re:Adios Windows/Microsoft (Score 1) 133

It's not because they fixed the bug, it's because they introduce a show stopping new bug every couple weeks that requires a second patch to correct, none of which you can opt out of without causing some sort of issue.

Yes, they fixed it, but it took a month.
You might be able to limp along for a month, but some cannot, especially small businesses. Even if you can, what about the next show-stopper or how about one that bricks the computer, it's not like they haven't bricked any machines before (Surface tablets). This whole forced update system is a major accident just waiting to happen. If you think a major virus is bad, just wait.

Comment Re:A step back towards sanity (Score 2, Insightful) 128

This, so much this. All of it.
If we wanted Chrome we would just use Chrome.

Some of their steps have been infuriating, whoever is directing their development should have been removed a long time ago. I'll toss in another obvious misstep, and that was the decision to focus on 32bit instead of 64bit, how they thought that was a good idea is beyond me, luckily public outcry got them to pull their head out of their @ss.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 369

Intel and Microsoft joining hands in making a Windows 7 unfriendly ecosystem – SpeedStep to add support for RAM and more

Skylake users given 18 months to upgrade to Windows 10
"And next generation processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake, won't be supported in old Windows."

Comment Re:Warning: Windows 10 is draining your battery (Score 1) 377

It's VERY dependent on the laptop and whether or not you install any power management, which most distros (even Ubuntu) seem to skip.

My Lenovo X220 does almost the same with Windows or Linux once I install power management, I lose around 10% compared to Windows while using Cinnamon. I mention that because it also depends on the desktop environment (DE) and browser you use, newer flashier DE's are going to use more power. As much as I love Cinnamon, it does use more power than say XFCE or LXDE, I expect by switching to one of them I'd be within a few percent of Windows.

Comment How exactly does this stop identity theft exactly? (Score 1) 621

"I know that a lot of people are just going to focus on the seizing money. That's a very small thing that' s happening now. The largest part that we have found ... the biggest benefit has been the identity theft," Vincent said. He's just making things up to justify it and this is very much all about the money.

Comment Re:What I think Kickstarter should do... (Score 1) 139

Your idea is good, but personally I don't think it goes far enough for first timers.

If you're making something small, scaling isn't terribly difficult, if you are making something complex, such as a 3d printer, scaling becomes tricky. The more parts you have the trickier the logistics, some suppliers may not scale as easily, China becomes a minefield, and your timeline may be significantly stretched.

This was exactly what happened to us.
When we told a supplier we needed 180% instead of the 100% we expected, he panicked (but came through). A Chinese company pulled a bait and switch, the test parts worked, but production was swapped to a higher temp item which would have melted our product, then blamed us for the error. We switched to another company, but lost thousands in shipping and higher costs.

Kickstarter is meant to start your business, it shouldn't be an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Make it 80-120%. This gives you a very specific amount of product to plan for, you either get funded and can do it, or you don't, but at least you can properly plan for it. Kickstarter is responsible for some of this problem because of how they highlight campaigns (it's different once you reach your goal) and handle funding (fail you get nothing, so people set it low), this too needs to change. Remember, these people are new to business, some aren't even out of school, we shouldn't be handing them half a million dollars and allowing them to go build a company with no supervision just because they put together a flashy video. It's more than most people can handle.

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