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Comment Algorithms != Implementations (Score 1) 121

I am really sick of people misusing the word algorithm.

Reuters did not build an algorithm. They devised an algorithm and then built a system based on that algorithm.

Algorithms are methods... processes... ways of doing things. Algorithms are not implementations. Algorithms are the conceptual steps, not the manifestation of those steps.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 1) 154

Okay, I'll bite:

> RPM [...] Example: still uses mainly file-based dependencies

That's not true. It _can_ but primarily does not use file-based dependencies. I think, realistically, from a packaging perspective, you'll find places where both RPM and deb suck, and where they both have strengths — it's kind of half-a-dozen-of-one, six-of-the-other. From a user perspective, it barely ever matters even a little bit.

> Another example: executable scripts to initialize network interfaces.

I assume you mean the legacy ifup/ifdown scripts? The primary and default path is NetworkManager, instead. Or did you _want_ this done with shell scripts? Unclear from your post.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? Not well... (Score 1) 154

Not many people want to reload their OS every 6 months.

Supporting a release for an extended period of time is very expensive, both in terms of actual money but also in demands on volunteer time — and despite Red Hat sponsorship, Fedora is largely a volunteer project. We could choose to focus on a longer lifetime, but that would come at the expense of other areas (like bringing new tech to users quickly while still doing a decent amount of QA). So, instead, we've worked on making upgrades as painless as possible. You definitely don't need to reload your OS every six months — you can do an update, which in this release took me about 25 minutes, the first five-ten of which were downloading the needed packages while I kept working, and the rest could have happened while I went for coffee. Additionally, we test upgrades from not just the previous release, but one back, so if you want, you can take this half an hour once a year rather than every six months.

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