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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 290

You can search for them here:

The only problem with OpenBSD in regards to 3rd party apps is that updates are only build against -current. So, if you run a release, you don't get any package updates, not even for security vulnerabilities. Only apps in the base install (like ssh and nginx) get updates. FreeBSD's ports tree, by contrast, is not separated by development branches, so you can always get the latest ports tree as long as the release is supported. The same tree that works for -current also works for the supported legacy release.

Comment Server distribution? (Score 1) 277

It seems that (judging from the picture) Theo keeps everything in one spot. I don't know how Debian and Gentoo distribute their build servers, but they spread it out among multiple developers and entities. Has Theo considered listing a university for help? I know OSU helps out with some Linux distributions.

I don't think what Theo proposes in his e-mail is going to garnish any sympathy from a business. A company isn't going to want to offload his costs onto their books with no strings attached.

Personally, I'd say they should cut down on some of the architectures that are supported. Some of the older ones (like VAX) aren't the most energy-efficient architectures nowadays. Running a few new x86 servers is going to be better for the electric bill than running a bunch of discontinued platforms. Bitrig is only focusing on x86 and ARM and that's allowing them to do things such as making clang the default compiler instead of having to stick with GCC 4.2.1 forever.

Comment Re:Fonts (Score 1) 192

Red Hat doesn't include anything that could potentially infringe upon patents. The reason why fonts in Windows and OS X look good is because a lot of man-hours went into developing them, so companies like Microsoft got a patent for things like ClearType. That said, if you need better Linux fonts, look into Infinality.

Comment Re:This is a good idea. (Score 1) 678

I agree. I'm not sure why the top 50 comments are all complaining about it since it's already a requirement for most states that retailers have to collect sales tax. It seems the groups that are complaining about it are the companies who are out of compliance with the law and the internet libertarians who think that paying taxes is literally communism.

Comment Re:Debian (Score 1) 573

gNewSense depends on outdated Ubuntu repositores and as far as I know, isn't being developed anymore. If you want a "libre" distro, either run Debian with only the main repository enabled (the Debian kernel doesn't have the nonfree firmware files unless you add them) or run Trisquel.

Comment Simple (Score 5, Insightful) 347

You don't go to college to learn a trade. You go to college to learn the fundamentals and become a well-rounded individual. There's certainly an argument that college is overpriced, but it will certainly help you in the long run. As someone once said, an employer may not care that you have a degree, but they will care if you don't have one.

Plus, the web development field is rather saturated as everyone else thinks they can make web pages. If you want to be a freelancer, you'd better be a good salesman (or woman) too.

Comment That's fine by me (Score 2) 68

Personally, I think 6 months is way too short of a time to iron out bugs plus insert new features (and then fix those bugs). As we've seen with Ubuntu, the bugs don't get fixed until at least 1-3 months after release. Slackware, for instance, does yearly releases and that seems to work well for them. The openSuSE guys are also considering (although not officially) yearly releases after the QA problems they had with getting 12.2 ready.

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