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Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 1, Redundant) 177

People usually say "I took an aspirin" and what they mean 99.9% of the time was that they took acetylsalisilic acid not Asprin . Most reasonable people accept that as valid and accept the usage of the term aspirin to mean acetysalicilic acid. I think people who consider the 99.9% of people who do that as wrong are themselves wrong. I also think it would be harmful of Linux if people nit-picked at them and told them that what they were using wasn't Linux. People have more important things to be concerned with in life. I'm glad when people use Linux or want to share knowlege about it or even just discuss it. I'm not going to belabor the issue with every single one of them and think that doing so would be wrong except in very specific situations such as conversations in this thread about defining an operating system or its components.

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 2, Insightful) 177

What is referred to today as "Linux" is an operating system that has a lot more components than just a kernel. It handles system initialization/state management, hardware resources and events, optional graphical management, etc. When someone says "I installed Linux" or "I use Linux" they mean an operating system, not a kernel. While there are variations among various Linux operating systems, they are still fundamentally similar in many ways and are different than Android in many ways.

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 2) 177

I thought Android is *not* Linux? At least that's what one of my Android text books says. It uses the Linux kernel, but is not the same operating system that is commonly referred to as "Linux" i.e. GNU-Linux. Android has major differences with Linux. This is not a value judgement but just an observation/fact.

Comment Re:What about Crossover Office? (Score 1) 557

It looks like there are a lot of potential reasons why PowerPoint docs can be incompatible between platforms. I just found this document which explains why. According to the article not all of the reasons are the fault of Microsoft, but simply underlying issues related to the different platforms.

[I know I will get killed on here for being an MS shill but I'm not. Just trying to have a realistic dicussion about the relative merits of different types of professional desktop software in real-world deployments.]

Comment Re:What about Crossover Office? (Score 2) 557

As someone who has used Linux as their main operating system for many, many years and who has built Linux systems for many others (non-Linux users) I can only say that you're wrong. Accept that in many if not most cases proprietary software like Microsoft Office is simply better than free alternatives because the company has vastly more resources to dedicate towards its development and also more resources to ensure that it is stable. The idea of the free software model is some magical formula that is automatically better than everything - that idea breaks down very quickly in the desktop application world. The fact is it is not the best model in some cases. I'm don't necesarily like this fact but it is a reality that system integrators have to accept if they are going to provide the best solutions to their customers, and not simply force their dogma onto them at the expense of usability, functionality, and compatibility.

Comment What about Crossover Office? (Score 1) 557

Will the people responsible for providng the desktop systems to end users allow them to run things like Crossover Office and Wine, or are they OSS fanatics that force the users to use crappy software even when better albeit non-free alternatives exist? I suspect the latter is the real issue, not the fact that the systems are running Linux.

Comment Re: LTS distros (Score 1) 236

What about proper support for Linux distributions with long-term support, where the tools available on the distro are often frozen, and where newer Rust features might not be available?

For a really "L" TS distro like Debian it shouldn't be an issue because the vast majority of deployments are server instances, not desktops. For less "L" TS distros like Ubuntu, they are not so old (e.g. the current 16.04 LTS Ubuntu is much newer than Debian Jessie), and there is always the possibility to just add a custom archive to deal with it. In fact if you install Opera or Vivaldi from the official .deb's they distrubute, that's exactly what they do: They set up their own PPA.

Comment What?? (Score 5, Insightful) 319

Reading the summary and I'm like "What??" Firefox is the best browser by far. More customizable, better looking, better features. There's no comparison with any other browsers. Chrome's extensions suck. Opera and Vivaldi are ok but somewhat rough on the edges and also their extensions suck. You can use Chrome extensions (which suck anyhow) with Opera and Vivalidi but it's a cludge and they might not work well and are not stable.

As for mobile, it's basically the same thing although Firefox stands out even farther than any other browser, except perhaps Dolphin which is not nearly as trustworthy an organization as Mozilla. One thing that really sickens me about mobile Chrome is the baked-in Big Search search engines and inability to add DuckDuckGo. That alone was enough for me to immediately abandon using it and to not take it seriously as a browser. Google is not nearly as trustworthy/honest as Mozilla.

Yes Chrome's performance can be better but when you start using a lot of extensions and put it under resource load it is just as unstable/crappy as anything else. No browser is absolutely perfect.

Yes Firefox seems to have gone through a period of performance issues when under resource load (yes I often have 100+ tabs open) but seems to be improving as of the very latest releases.

I don't know what the summary is about but it really doesn't seem objective. Firefox is clearly the best browser.

Comment Hell yes (Score 2) 89

Love Google Voice. Lack of MMS was so frustrating too. I set my Mom up with GV on a tablet I gave her but the only way to send her pics was through e-mail. I can send from my MMS app to her mail, but the fact that every MMS message I sent was a separate e-mail for her was obviously not good.

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