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Comment Re:It's Simple Really (Score 2, Informative) 242

I see no difference in a standard imposed by the government and a standard imposed by a corporation with a "silent" governmental approbate.

What I mean is not that creating a "national OS" monopoly is a good thing (well, if they keep the source available - you never know - it might be), but rather that we all live in a world where there is an international OS monopoly and most people agree, or at least live silent with it. I don't know if I understood your intention well, but as far as I can see, your comment goes down to saying "It's gonna change into a tool of dictatorship because it's Russia". Well, yes, historically speaking you'll probably right, but how's Russia and it's yet-to-be national OS different from the whole "western world" and Windows? I see no difference at all.

In most countries Microsoft's OS is an "imposed standard" after all. It just might not be that obvious. I live in Poland, and in here basically all schools run Windows, most govt institutions do, and there is even an application you can only run on Windows that is the only way to manage your company's finance with the govt (I don't know the exact terms in english, but it's irrelevant) electronically. This IS an imposed standard. The only difference is that it's imposed by a foreign company, and just approved by the government. I don't know what's worse to be honest.

Heh, on the other hand, it's kinda funny and ironic, that the first governments to start introducing Linux nation-wide are the ones having historically not much to do with all the "Freedom"...

Submission + - Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 in Benchmarks. (

twitter writes: "Recent and controversial benchmarks for Windows 7 leave an important question unanswered, "Is it faster than GNU/Linux?" Here, at last, is a benchmark that pits Ubuntu, Vista and Windows 7 against each other on the same modern hardware. From install time to GUI efficiency, Ubuntu beats Windows and is often twice as fast. Where Windows 7 is competitive, the difference is something the average user would not notice. The average GNU/Linux user is now getting better absolute performance from their computer as well as better value than the average Windows user."

Comment Re:You've gotta love the blame game (Score 1) 676

It's not a fully functional product - it's a fully functional product with a time limit. That's the difference. And as for changing that file - is it ok with the end user license for World of Warcraft? I don't know (didn't play the game) but, considering there are "minor bugs in the server side code", it makes me think it's a pirate server in fact, so I don't think it's ok. In other words, it looks to me like driving away in that test drive Mercedes from my previous metaphor and never returning it to the dealer... But i might be wrong.

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