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Comment Re:Why a poll ? The browser tell this already. (Score 1) 483

The browser can't tell if people are on what they consider their "main computer". Since I am willing to bet the majority of /. users use at least two different computers on a daily basis, a summary of visitor OS isn't necessarily going to line up with what the users consider their work machines. It would in my case -- if i I were to browse /. while my Chromebook happens to be booted into "a Debian-based Linux" rather than Windows 10, it would be unusual -- but there are plenty of people obligated to use Windows machines at work who also post from work, but would consider their personal machine to be something else.

Comment Re:Why no separate category for Win10? (Score 1) 483

I'd lump Vista and 7 together because 7 is Vista, except done right. I'd also lump 8 and 10 because 10 is pretty much what 8 should have been in the first place from a user's perspective, and also from Microsoft's wet dream perspective, although for thoroughly different reasons. Similarly I'd lump 2k and XP together if 2k was still the least bit relevant.

Comment Cutting down on clutter (Score 1) 483

I'm trying to strip down to a minimal number of computers, which for various reasons should always be at least two (mostly so one can go for help if the other crashes). The desktop machine just runs Windows 10, but I'm strongly considering adding a Linux-under-Windows installation to that. This Acer C720 Chromebook dual-boots Windows 10 and GalliumOS, and now has a 256GB SSD. Aside from the keyboard and the unsigned drivers for the trackpad and keyboard, it may as well be a purpose-built Windows ultrabook.

The Aspire One (Atom, 32-bit, single core) has been a toy for years and may or may not sell today. I'm tired of keeping it up to date and then never using it. The "big laptop" is purely Windows 10 also and was just taken out of service yesterday. Its fate remains undetermined. It's big, heavy, hot, loud, and has few advantages over the Chromebook.

Comment What will they do with essential things? (Score 1) 102

What do they plan to use as a replacement for essential tools like the one that writes ChromeOS restore images to flash drive? It seems to me they'll be stuck writing separate Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of it if they don't have the unifying base of Chrome. While this would be good for the users in some ways (I didn't enjoy having to install Chrome just to make a restore disk), it sounds like a lot more work for them.

Comment Re:If it isn't broke... (Score 1) 145

But it was overhauled a decade ago (after 9/11 so it should account for those changes), the vendor is still in business and in reasonably good condition, and new hardware to run the software is still being made. When it comes to legacy systems, this one is practically a luxury item.

No, the problem is finances. The solutions exist, they just don't want to pay for them. How's that race to the bottom doing for you guys now?

Comment Yawn. (Score 3, Interesting) 45

The first thing I did when I got a Chromebook (that I had never asked for) was to install Linux (specifically, GalliumOS). Not surprisingly, Wine runs just fine on top of that, along with the older Windows games that I still play. Minecraft also ran surprisingly well on it, between 20 and 35 fps fullscreen (1366x768), though of course Wine is not required for this. I even used it as my Minecraft server for a while (and might again) because it is silent. I did not attempt to run the server and the client simultaneously. That would be asking a bit much.

Unfortunately, Bay Trail has some serious shortcomings that have made me realize this machine will never be what I actually need out of a daily driver laptop, and the eMMC (and lack of M.2 or SATA) doesn't help. That's why I've posted it for sale, the intent being to buy a C720P with 4GB of RAM and an M.2 slot instead. I already know that can easily be converted into a triple-booting Ubuntu/OS X/Windows machine that performs reasonably well, because I know the guy in charge of the C720P Hackintosh project. :)

If running Wine on a Chromebook is Invisible Pink Unicorn territory, I've got a whole herd of them grazing on carpet in my living room. (What, you didn't know Invisible Pink Unicorns are all rug munchers?)

Comment What is the turnover/new hire rate? (Score 1) 200

Let's say you run a business with 100 employees, 33 of whom are female. You express a desire to get that number up. But let's say after a year, you still only have 100 employees. You've made a concerted effort to favor qualified female applicants. In fact, half of your new hires are female. Problem in, you only hired ten people, to replace ten who left. Of those who left, 7 were male and 3 were female. So now your workforce is 35% female and people scream "see, you aren't even trying!"

Unless someone expects Facebook to start firing people to make room for the ones that would look good on paper, this change must happen incrementally at best.

Comment Re: This could be good for the Linux gaming commun (Score 1) 170

I understand about market share. Say Linux is 10%, OS X is 20%, and Windows is 70%, just for the sake of argument. Right now it seems to pay to develop for the 70%, then maybe port for the 20%. What I'm proposing is that the mechanism works the other way around. Target the 10% knowing that the other 90% will be able to just run it unchanged. It may not have the right "skin" for that platform, but I can't think of many games that do, and the "authorized look and feel" changes from time to time anyhow. This doesn't break older software, it just makes them stand out as being older.

Instead of writing for 70% of the market first, why not write for 100% of the market first?

Comment Re: This could be good for the Linux gaming commun (Score 1) 170

This is exactly where Vulkan and perhaps OpenGL have to take up the slack. For all the things Notch did wrong coding Minecraft, he made a fundamentally sound decision to not be tied to any particular OS or hardware platform. So long as the cross-compatibility can be maintained while ditching the pitfalls of Java, that part of the model is something other developers should look to emulate, because it worked out very well. Minecraft "just runs" on pretty much anything with sufficient power to run it. Unfortunately the bar of "sufficient" is rather high because Java, but the underlying concept has been proven.

Comment This could be good for the Linux gaming community. (Score 3, Interesting) 170

If small developers with limited time budgets can just target their game at Linux, and have it automagically run on Windows, this might be quite the attractive option. No porting, just write for one "lowest common denominator" and let the OSes themselves sort it out. I would assume things intended to be cross-platform, like Vulkan, would also fit into this "it just works, everywhere" paradigm.

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