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Comment Ubuntu - Mint - LMDE (Score 1) 216

Having cut my teeth on Red Hat and Mandrake over a decade ago, I'm not a Linux newbie. That said, I don't tend to compile kernels or, these days, build much software from source. Earlier Ubuntus, with their Gnome 2, became my workstation operating system of choice. I stopped tinkering with the OS internals because productivity was more important and *things* *just* *worked* - until Unity.

I still liked Ubuntu's lack of hassle and the Debian roots, but was disappointed with Unity (it might be OK for craptops and netbooks, but it's awful on dual monitor rigs...assuming it bothers to detect the second monitor.) The Unity workflow is broken and I felt that it was less of a work platform (i.e. somewhere where I could run the handful of apps I require.)

I installed Mint on my laptop and liked it. Then I read about LMDE and live-booted it on my workstation. I installed it right away - hassle free, runs my apps and disappears into the background (as all good operating systems should.) I update it when I need to and it has the reassuring Debian feel (but it's suitably different from Debian.) I don't know why I like the fact it's different from Debian, but I do.

Anyhow, dear readers, LMDE - I heartily recommend it to you. It's beautifully uncomplicated and a joy to use.

Comment Re:Wait, what?! The court found in iiNet's favour? (Score 2) 155

Bribing is such a dirty word. It sounds low, base and frankly illegal. We can't have that. Instead, you lobby the lawmakers until you have legislation that leaves the judiciary with no option but to find in the studio's favour. The alternative is unconscionable - e.g. Disney DVDs & BDs drop in price, consumers have increased choice, customer service improves and margins fall. Think of the children for Dawkin's sake!

Comment Wait, what?! The court found in iiNet's favour? (Score 5, Funny) 155

C'mon, surely this can't be true? Stuff like this *never* happens. This demonstrates a clear failure of the studio's lawyering and lobbying. They need to find more lawyers immediately and seriously up their game. If this sort of common sense is allowed to take hold, who knows what may happen.

Comment When will patent thuggery end? (Score 5, Interesting) 89

It seems that IT news is dominated by A litigating against B (lawyers get rich.) C takes on D in a bunch of jurisdictions and has products pulled from shelves (lawyers get rich and consumer choice suffers a hiccup.) Much of the litigation is driven by US tech firms. As a European, I realise our legal systems are less than perfect, but I'd like to understand more about the motivation (beyond $$ alone,) for such active lawyering. Maybe it's all about $$...but isn't everyone getting bored with this?

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