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Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 1) 154

Almost everything is better refined under Fedora. Most recent example: I support a lab that teaches embedded development. The ARM devices present themselves to a host as a USB network device with DHCP. If we attach those devices via USB to an Ubuntu host, it switches the default route to the embedded device, which means the host loses access to the NFS server and the whole desktop session hangs. On Fedora and CentOS, the hosts correctly get an address and a subnet route, but the default route is unmodified, so the system continues working.

Ubuntu and Fedora are mostly the same software, so it's hard to find "big" reasons to choose one over the other. Instead, it's the details that really make Fedora stand out.

The sad thing is that it's always been this way. Ubuntu made a splash in its initial releases, claiming that they'd made Linux "just work". The truth was that Red Hat, GNOME, and other groups had been making all the bits just work for a long time before Ubuntu was released, Canonical merely released a distribution just as those bits were getting finished. Fedora's release at that time was a major jump in usability from the previous release, and "just worked" as well.

Fedora has always been the more refined platform in a long list of ways.

Comment Re:WINE (Score 1) 202

is there ANY other company you can think of that gives up market share to help a competitor?

"They now fully-support a standalone Ubuntu (Linux) installation under Windows as either an integrated part of Windows, or a fully-supported guest OS under their hypervisor,"

So... Canonical, then?

Comment Re:Sorry to be Negative, but... (Score 1) 127

Yes? I'm all ears.

I don't see that behavior when I open Firefox on my systems. Unless you define its initial memory set as arbitrary and large, which could be considered technically correct, but in that case, every browser does that trick.

I'm not the only one. Benchmarks that compare memory use typically note that Firefox uses less. You're the odd man out, making claims counter to everyone else's experience.

Comment Re:Sorry to be Negative, but... (Score 3, Funny) 127

What advantage does it possibly have?

As I replied to another comment: it uses less memory than other browsers, it syncs my bookmarks and other data between desktop and mobile, and I can use ad-blockers and other extensions on the mobile version. Those are significant advantages that make Firefox the best browser, IMO.

Comment Re:I'm curious (Score 5, Insightful) 127

Yes, because it uses less memory than other browsers, it syncs my bookmarks and other data between desktop and mobile, and I can use ad-blockers and other extensions on the mobile version.

As far as I know, that's not true of any other browser.

Comment Re:Linux has history of problems with laptops (Score 2) 181

Depends on the model. The second generation Thinkpad X1 Carbon didn't work with Linux *at all*.

If you want a Linux laptop, look for someone who actually supports Linux on the laptop. Dell has a few, including their XPS 13 developer edition. Purism's Librem laptops are a little more expensive, but specifically built for Linux. There are a handful of other vendors that primarily support Linux.

Lenovo has been hit-and-miss for a while now, and this isn't showing much that's recent:

Comment Re:welcome to python (Score 0) 148

> Python 2 is still maintained because developers aren't porting their code to Python 3.

That's not really what I see. At Python meetups and conferences, the Python developers I meet are near unanimous in their praise for Python 3. On my workstation, there are more packages that depend on python3 than on python. Porting is clearly happening.

Comment Re:welcome to python (Score 3, Informative) 148

Python was initially released in January 1994, almost 23 years ago. Since then, some libraries have been deprecated, first producing warnings, and later being removed. That process gave users and developers time to update the code without completely breaking following an upgrade. Backward compatibility was reasonably well maintained until 3.0, which was released in parallel with 2.6. Python 2 is still maintained while developers port code to Python 3.

That's a big contrast from Swift, which was initially released almost exactly 2 years ago, and made significant backward-incompatible changes without an interim version that retained compatibility. Python's not perfectly backward compatible, but it's a whole lot better than this.

Comment An illustration (Score 1) 366

Lots of people are repeating the refrain "RAID is not a backup." To that, I want to add an illustration of what that means. If there's only one place your data is located, you don't have backups.

If your data only exists on a "backup" drive, then it isn't backed up. You need to have two, and a single RAID volume doesn't provide that. No matter how many disks are in it, a RAID volume is just one "place." The same goes for Storage Spaces. If your disks are mirrored, then corruption or accidental deletions will remove the data from both.

Of the three proposals, only the last one would actually give you a backup.

Personally, I want as much distance from my data and its backup as is reasonably possible, so my recommendation would be for cloud backups or, if you don't like that idea or the price, then a small NAS for backups. A WD My Cloud 4TB (which will be 2TB in RAID1 mode, which I recommend) runs $180.

Comment Re:from the five-days-too-late dept (Score 1) 42

Let's add a summary from a Sophos blog:


The problem with "proper" security is that it works against the user

NIST guidelines:
Favor the user. To begin with, make your password policies user friendly and put the burden on the verifier when possible.

Long passwords that you can't remember

NIST guidelines:Applications must allow all printable ASCII characters, including spaces, and should accept all UNICODE characters.. We often advise people to use passphrases, so they should be allowed to use all common punctuation characters and any language to improve usability and increase variety... No composition rules. What this means is, no more rules that force you to use particular characters or combinations

so far no one has come up with a better way to do it.

Says the guy who obviously hasn't read the guidelines they're criticizing.

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