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Comment Repurposing Macs significantly harder than win/lin (Score 1, Informative) 223

Taking an old PC and repurposing it with Linux, or even an older version of MS Windows (say 7) is much easier than working with Macs. Apple's software ecosystem is designed around planned obsolescence. Old computers simply can't run the latest versions of macOS yet the ecosystem pretty much requires it. Much Mac software won't run on versions of OS X prior to 10.8 these days. This combined with Apple's apparently heavy-handed tactics with recyclers really make Macs poor in the recycling department as compared to Windows and Linux. It is possible to run either Windows or Linux on an older Mac, of course. Maybe that's an option for recyclers.

Comment Thought the CBC tests were discredited (Score 2) 287

I read a while back that the tests the CBC had performed have been discredited. In other words, CBC's method of determining the percentage of chicken is not the usual way one goes about it. It's not that the test results are wrong, but rather the test is not the right test. At least that's what I read. Could be wrong, though.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 226

Shrug. I guess if you can't take issue with his points you can always stoop to mocking him for forgetting cables.

The context of the talk I posted was not about about tablets, phones, etc, if I recall correctly. He was talking about X11 in general, though certainly X11's use is limited on tablets and other increasingly common devices.

And the limitations of X11 are very much present on desktops. X11 *is* slow. Compositing helped out to make things smooth. But we still have problems with synchronization of framerates. Expanding a window, for example, isn't nearly as smooth as just about any other OS because the redraws of the window decorations isn't synced to the redraw of the widgets in the app. Furthermore X11 remoting is unusable over anything other than LAN. *Especially* on modern apps like gedit that use client-drawn widgets. And no one is willing to go back to putting the widgets on the server. There's a reason why everyone who needs to remote X11 across a WAN uses kludges like X2Go and NX.

Anyone who claims that an X11 desktop is as smooth and silky as Windows or Mac hasn't used either recently, especially the latter.

All I care about is a way to remote individual applications over ssh. I don't care at all about the protocol or keeping X11. RDP will get us there, better than X11 in the long run.

Comment Re:Color me gone (Score 1) 58

I use Wunderlist all the time as well. It's an invaluable tool for sharing lists between people. I have no interest in buying into Outlook or any of MS's other products. So I will be looking for a new shared to-do list solution. Any suggestions that can replace everything Wunderlist currently is, which isn't really that complicated?

- shared lists
- sub tasks
- progress indication
- notes
- attachments (photos mainly)
- ability to review and re-enable previously marked off items (some lists I use again each year)

Comment Re: So what makes Ubuntu different from Fedora? (Score 1) 226

...or they want a working system out of the box. Fedora requires adding the rpmfusion repo in order to have a robust selection of programs - ones that are readily available on Ubuntu. This extra step is opaque and difficult to discover for inexperienced end users. This has always been a problem with Red Hat based distros, they don't or won't provide a robust default package repo so users have always had to turn to third parties.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 5, Informative) 226

How this will be solved in the long run remains to be seen. In the short run, toolkits that support Wayland still support X11. Mainly I'm talking about GTK and Qt. Thus KDE, Gnome, GTK, and Qt apps will all run either on Wayland or X11 without recompiling. So for many people, remoting needs can be accomplished by simply using X11 on Wayland and tunneling X11 over SSH. Simply ssh into your remote machine and run the apps. Locally on wayland things are silky smooth, remotely they still work, though a bit choppier (X11 over ssh isn't fast enough for anything but LAN anyway... I use X2Go for WAN remote X11 stuff.

Of course in the long run if Wayland is successfull the X11 backend bits will languish in the toolkits and this will not be a sustainable future. I think essentially RDP will be adopted as the standard remoting protocol for wayland desktops. This will be used to forward individual apps or whole desktops. RDP is already a lot faster than X11 over ssh, due to the way X11 works and the fact that all modern toolkits essentially just push bitmaps these days anyway.

Before criticizing Wayland and extolling X11's virtues, consider watching this talk by Daniel Stone who was formerly intimately involved with and seems to know hist stuff. He makes a good case for Wayland.

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