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Comment Re:Try a better path BSD - trueOS (Score 1) 499

TrueOS is not for a noob. I agree that it's the most user friendly BSD at the moment, but your'e going to have to fiddle and fight with it to get certain hardware to work. Also, due to the lack of video drivers and wifi support, it will not work on many newer computers.

I say this as someone who's been working on a desktop focused BSD since 2005. It's not there yet.

Comment Re:Debian (Score 2) 499

You have to really mess with the settings to get some versions of virtual box to work with FreeBSD. It's super picky about the network card / settings choice. VMWare and Parallels work great with FreeBSD. VMWare player works if you're on a budget.

VirtualBox is OK, but it's not always going to work out of the box. They do have FreeBSD settings in newer versions though.

Comment Re:AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Linux Benchmarks (Score 1) 175

If you're just talking CPU, power management comes to mind. Consider how the SMT and amd's turbo equivalent work. Power management is another reason.

Even in open source systems, cpu frequency/power management, scheduling decisions in the kernel and obviously chipset support for new SATA/PCI controllers are all needed.

AMD hasn't had hyper-threading before so how would windows 7 know that? It would need to schedule processes on real cores when possible to minimize performance loss.

Then there's SATA controllers and PCIe disks.. hvme. A lot has changed since 2009 when windows 7 came out.

Comment Re:PC-BSD (Score 1) 599

I understood you liked Lumina, i was backing you up that it's decent.

Regarding PC-BSD, I'd file a bug report on your install issue and maybe wait until they release a new version against FreeBSD 11.

If you just want the Lumina desktop, perhaps you can install it from a FreeBSD package and switch over to it on your current install? FreeBSD has it in ports/packages.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

It's PIN in THE US if it's a debit card (usually) but signature otherwise. Recently went to the UK and non of our cards worked with PIN. Everything was signature and merchants there found it to be a real hassle. They did look at the back of our cards to match it too.

We should have gone chip and pin from the beginning.

The reads seemed a bit faster in the UK than they are here too.

Submission + - Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a 'public service'. (

An anonymous reader writes: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by triggering a debate over surveillance techniques, but still must pay a penalty for illegally leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents.
"We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made," Holder told David Axelrod on "The Axe Files," a podcast produced by CNN and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Comment Re:Parts of OS X are already open source (Score 4, Insightful) 268

You're not wrong, but I think open source developers find ways of making code difficult to use as well. For example, the GNOME project seems to hate non Linux operating systems. Many tools are pushing systemd or wayland integration now.

One can argue that since it's open you can re-implement systemd or write a wayland compositor yourself but this is significant work and it's also a moving target. Just because something is open, doesn't mean it's useful.

We all forget that sometimes.

Comment Parts of OS X are already open source (Score 4, Insightful) 268

The Mac OS X kernel and many other system components are already open source and available on Apple's developer site. This has been the case for years.

Similarly, Microsoft has started to open source .NET, ASP.NET and related tech as well as their plan to bring SQL Server to Linux. I think at this point a mix of closed and open source is already happening. Even in the Linux world, some people run Oracle or IBM software that is commercial on linux. This isn't a new thing.

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