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Comment Re:Xilinx Zync anybody? (Score 2) 238

there was a successful kickstarter campaign some time ago that introduced precisely those chips [Zynq-7020] at quite affordable prices: they are going to have them available for sale soon at after the kickstarter pledges are fulfilled. at $100 + shipping they are far more affordable than what you mention, they are also committed to having most (if not all?) things open, so be sure to check out their website.

Comment Re:Feels early (Score 1) 227

Qt 5 will be binary incompatible with Qt 4

Not quite, at least as far as I understand it. See this for example: There are more planned changes that break ABI.
Qt only guarantees ABI compatibility between point (e.g. 4.6.1 to 4.6.2) releases; they sometimes manage to retain ABI between minor (e.g. 4.6 to 4.7) releases, you can read about it somewhere in the docs.

Comment Re:Eh? (Score 1) 364

Perhaps, if you had read TFA, you would see that it clearly states "Windows 64-bit" all over the place. I understand, that the submitter is partially to be blamed, but you evidently did not bother to check your information prior to whining publicly *without* a reason.

Comment Re:Free Software in Government (Score 0) 168

Using OO Writer instead of Word for example. Sure, sounds simple, the nerds can probably fgure it out without blinking, but it is all the NON-NERDS who make it a very expensive idea to test.

You may consider me a nerd and yet I have absolutely no idea how to use word. I 'outsource' my work that has to be done in word to friends who are actually capable of operating this software. Writer is no better, it somehow manages to always hide the toolbars that I actually need at the moment and show them immediately after I find a workaround.

The only sane "word processor" I know of is LaTeX. It creates beautiful documents, has easily editable source and it works great with SCMs.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 2) 901

Second, don't be sad. Seriously. I've said this before - it's supposed to be about choice. If someone chooses to use Windows/other Microsoft products/other closed source products, well then isn't that their choice?

Your argument may be valid when it comes to private companies or private users, but this is government that we're talking about. A government that is sponsored by the public taxes. I do not wish to spend my hard earned money on proprietary software that cannot be accessed. The money spend should come back to citizens, whether it is by building roads, schools or using/contributing to open source - a software that anyone can use. As such, it is not up to government to choose but to citizens of the country, and I am certainly sure that those who care, are all in favor for using open source. I do not live in germany, but it saddens me how public institutions, which I pay for, cover themselves by unrealistic clauses in public bidding to make sure only MS software gets through. Once again - it might be about the choice, but I am the one who chooses.

Comment Re:Bad Publicity... (Score 2, Interesting) 488

I'm all in favor of x86_64, but as proven by one of dev blogs (no longer available) for a facebook-ish website using custom python code, it doesn't necessarily bring speedups/advantages everywhere. Their point was that python uses *a lot* of pointers. Tests showed, that even though switching to 64 bits brought some really minor improvements, it also brought much more memory usage to their servers, effectively worsening their performance. They've stayed with x86. They conducted tests some 2 or 3 years ago, I wonder what would be the result today?

Comment Free VPC images of XP and Vista (Score 1) 189

Microsoft is letting you download virtual PC images of XP SP2, SP3 and Vista (presumably SP1) with IE6, IE7 and IE8 RC1 free of charge. It's called "Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Image". They have a set expiry date, but at this time you should be able to download updated version.

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