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Comment Re:what is Google's strategic intent here? (Score 1) 343

Moblin was just trying to jump start this market. Whilst Intel have optimized it for their chips, it will soon support ARM. Moblin's main differentiation is its Clutter based UI which already supports OpenGL ES (as used by PS3, iPhone, Android, and Symbian; not an Intel chip in sight).

They want to make a bigger pie, not just take a bigger slice.

Comment Things Change! (Score 1) 1089

It used to be browsers used the native windowing system to popup a new window all the time. Then they put some security in to stop this being so annoying. Then they switched to mainly just opening a new 'tab' themselves (which doesn't involve the WM). Finally getting ride of the WM all together and managing their own dialogs seems the next logical step.

In fact browsers already include WM functionality in order to embed plug-ins into their own layout.

Comment Re:Worthless humans... (Score 1) 147

Monkey Island suffers against more recent games because it had no voice (and is far from complete). The voice acting in DotT is as good as the day it was released and running under with hq3x filtering gives you brilliant graphics that are true to your nostalgic memories. Now a sequel would be cool...

Comment Re:Battle with what? (Score 1) 141

They DO run Linux/BSD with custom modifications. No way is either Google or Amazon reinventing the wheel and writing their entire stack from scratch, nor paying anyone a per-server license.

The problem is it still isn't Open Source. They are not redistributing the software so do not need to release the source. (And because no one else would have the hardware to run it in the way they do, they wouldn't get any benefit if they did)

Comment Been done DocBook or DITA (Score 1) 338

If you want your structure and presentation intertwined then use ODF.

If you want them separated:

For structure use the book inspired DocBook, or the journal inspired (and generally more flexible) DITA.

To format either of these for presentation (either on screen or in print) you can either use an adaptive layout with HTML+CSS or a predetermined layout with XSL:FO.

Can't think of any way of avoiding CSS as all three solutions use it.

Comment Re:Do these benchmarks make any sense? (Score 1) 102

You need benchmarks to reflect your real world use. If you always run your benchmarks on idling systems then filesystems with on the fly compression would usually win. However they are not popular because this isn't a good trade off for most people. Parallel BZIP2 compression sounds a good choice as it should stress memory and CPU, whilst giving a common IO pattern, and a fairly low inherent performance variance. Obviously you are looking for a fairly small variance in performance, and the are a lot of other factors that must be accounted for before the results have any significance. Not publishing their data pretty much guarantees they don't know what they are doing.

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