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Comment Re:Got tired of that shit, went back to Win 7. (Score 2) 156

I love what the ReactOS guys are doing but the OS is years away from being usable.
I peruse the commit logs from time to time and they seem to have around 10 devs. You can't make much measurable progress with those numbers of people on a task the size of cloning Windows.
To get a Windows clone good enough to be a daily driver would require tens if not hundreds of devs.

Comment Re:This is an OS (Score 2) 156

Yes, Android also does it and it's also wrong.
What I'd like every OS to have is an option of turning off all gathering of data for money making purposes (i.e. paying the OS with your data) and to pay instead with money. You know, like Windows used to be.
I'm not sure if that should be legally required (I'm not sure either if I want governments putting their noses so deep in everything) but it would be nice.

Comment Re:A Painful But Necessary Transition (Score 1) 221

I agree with most of what you say. Very nice post btw.
Yes, sometimes painful transitions are necessary and I undestand the reason why compatibility with the old extensions has to go but what it hurts me most is that they can't even be recreated for the new APIs. This is gonna be a huge blow for Firefox.
Btw, are you involved with Firefox in some way? You seem to know a lot.

Comment Re:An obviously bad move (Score 1) 221

I am aware that they've intentionally chosen an API similar to that of Chrome's. That's a good thing.
The bad part is that this new API is much less powerful, it doesn't let you do many things that you could previously do. So, many of the more complex extensions just can't be done with the new API and thus they'll have to die. The fault doesn't lie with the extension developers but with Firefox which have failed to provide an API as powerful as the old one. They've claimed they're open to additions to the API but it's pretty obvious I'll never be a good as the old one

Comment Re:Gartner "analysts" (Score 1) 91

Yeah, I'm one of those that I'll upgrade bedrugingly when I have no other choice.
Right now the only thing tying me to Windows is games. When there're a few games that I want to play that don't work on 7 or my new hardware doesn't I'll have to upgrade.
Microsoft are not (that) stupid. They do this crap because they know they have people by the balls. Look at what happens whey they have competition: When the PS4 and XBone were shown Microsoft said theirs was to require online connectivity to play at all times and other anti-consumer things. When Sony mocked them saying theirs wouldn't require that and gamers said en masse they were only gonna buy the PS4 Ms retracted in an instant.
TL;DR They only do this because they can. If they had competition they'd have to be pro consumer

Comment An obviously bad move (Score 5, Insightful) 221

The justification they've given for removing classic extension support is that they depend too much on the internals of Firefox, for the same reason they also said they're a security risk.
They are valid technical reasons. Most people would agree that making extensions use a stable API decoupled from the browser's internals is a good thing for stability and compatibility in the long run.
But, and this is a very big but, that means many popular current extensions can't just be made to work with the new APIs. Also, the ones that can be adapted will probably need a good amount of work. The result is that many extension developers have said they will abandon their extensions.
Also, since those powerful extensions are one of the reasons many people keep using Firefox that will surely suppose a big hit on their maket share and that's the last thing Firefox needs.
Their stated mission is to fight to keep the web open, if nobody uses their browser they'll have no money and no influence and hence they can't fulfill their mission.
I know this must've been a hard decision to make at Mozilla but I feel it's not the right one.

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