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Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 0) 154

Technically 'Linux' only refers to the kernel...

I think that many people do not understand just now much the kernel dominates the thing the call "operating system". Some people might not even know that Linux runs a whole separate user space, complete with libraries and root filesystem, just to do bootup initialization, especially installing hardware drivers (initfs). No question whatsoever that that is all Linux, right? Then you have libraries, only a few of which are considered part of the "OS", including graphics and UI support, which are already in that gray area where marketing calls it OS but the computer science prof does not, then the vast majority of what's on the computer... applications... which are very clearly not OS. Really, you only need a very thin library, basically just Libc, in addition the Linux kernel, in order to run some serious machinery, for example, a web server. By the way, initfs does not use Gnu libc, it uses klibc, written by Peter Anvin, a kernel developer.

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 1) 154

Linux is a kernel, not an OS although we think of it that way.

No, you think of it that way because you do not know what you are talking about. The software that supports a computer's basic functions, such as scheduling tasks, executing applications, and controlling peripherals. Hint: if it doesn't have a scheduler, it's not an operating system.

Ahem, someone with mod points has an issue with the truth and lacks a moral compass. Microsofty? Somebody who has a whole bunch invested in trying to spin Linux as not having achieved what it has.

Comment Re:No goalposts moved - kernel is kernel (Score 3, Insightful) 154

Only market droids and technodunces buy the bullshit that the userspace skin is the OS. Anybody with a slilght clue understands that an operating system does scheduling, virtual memory, manages devices, etc etc. And has a user space that can easy be mischaracterized by marketdroids.

You can get console on Android and poke around. Its Linux. Some top level dirs moved around for completely bogus reasons, but it's Linux. It runs Linux binaries.

Comment Re:Can you say "move the goalposts" boys and girls (Score 1) 154

say what you want about Windows but I can grab a windows laptop and inside of 10 minutes be booting into anything from BSD to Zorin OS, just try that on a Chromebook

Right. I used to think that Microsoft was completely useless, but now I view them as a source of cheap PCs for running Linux.

the community acknowledges that "the kernel is not Linux"?

You must be talking about some other community, because the one I am in is not confused about whether Linux is Linux, and Android is Linux.

Well sheeit, by that metric you could claim Linux "won" half a decade ago since all those cheapo locked down routers used by millions are using the Linux kernel as part of the embedded OS.

Correct, Linux won about half a decade ago. Actually, further back, but let's not niggle. Some mopping up still to do.

Comment Re:Windows (Score 1) 154

My TV has not seen an update since 2011. It is an kernel from ~2008. I seriously doubt anyone is going to do anything about it including me.

It probably works fine and you know you want a bigger panel anyway, with 10 bit color depth, 4 times the resolution, twice the frame rate and 10 more inches diagonal, all for the same price.

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 0) 154

Linux is a kernel, not an OS although we think of it that way.

No, you think of it that way because you do not know what you are talking about. The software that supports a computer's basic functions, such as scheduling tasks, executing applications, and controlling peripherals. Hint: if it doesn't have a scheduler, it's not an operating system. Think please, don't make me barf.

Comment Re:Too bad Mozilla needs to be forked again (Score 2) 46

Once they stop supporting addons which are actually capable of doing their job...

You've been invited to jump in and help specify the necessary APIs, to be sure they are actually capable of doing their job, so what is this bleating about? Keep in mind that XUL and XPCOM need nasty kludges to work with separate processes and the new API takes care of that by default. Even better, read the FAQ, did you? Or are you in the habit of hoping Hairy will do your thinking for you?

Comment Re:Too bad Mozilla needs to be forked again (Score 2) 46

Except they are getting rid of the only reason anybody uses their product...

Rest of post clipped because initial premise is wrong. I use Firefox mainly for entirely different reasons like tabs being competently implemented. Second reason is, if there were no replacement extension API then you would not be full of crap but there is so you are. Have a nice day.

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 216

Hopefully, WebExtensions will provide all the same functionality as the deprecated APIs

this is explicitly one of the goals of WEs. It's thus highly likely that they won't provide the same functionality

Yes, the FAQ clearly states that security and privacy issues dictate that some access will not be available to plugins. It will require actual analysis rather than shoot-from-the-lip opinionating to know whether that is a good thing. Are essential capabilities are affected, and if so then does the possibility exist to recover additional functionality in some way? Maybe consider including add some informed commentary in your next post instead of hiding behind some largely content free generalization.

My principle concern, quite naturally, is: are the addons I use implementable using WebExtensions. It is entirely possible that some will work better, for example, I have yet to find a video auto-start blocker that works naturally and reliably. Tends to suggest that the addon API has problems rather than addon developers.

Comment Re:Great and all, but I think local email is dying (Score 3, Interesting) 46

I am still using kmail. It works fine, for the most part. I can GPG encrypt and decrypt emails, but it fails if I try to GPG sign an email. Before kmail, I used pine, and it was pretty easy to drag my pine emails into a kmail archive folder.

I am still using kmail. It works fine...

OMG, surely you don't mean Kmail 2 with its crappy database backend (mysql by default!), loaded with races and inconsistencies that you are 100% guaranteed to hit if you put any kind of load on it, and which contributed absolutely no new functionaly, only killer bugs? I used to love Kmail as a preeminent example of the fine work that open source development can do, until some insane incompetent became the project lead. I tried to tough it out for years, but basically, just lost my ability to handle email effectively, until I finally gave up and threw it away forever in favor of Thunderbird and Trojita, a promising new project that seems to be everything that Kmail is not in terms of precision, as opposed to the amateurish "vision" that sunk Kmail.

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