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Reiser4 File System Still In Development 317

An anonymous reader writes "Reiser4 still hasn't been merged into the mainline Linux kernel, but it's still being worked on by a small group of developers following Hans Reiser being convicted for murdering his wife. Reiser4 was updated in September on SourceForge to work with the Linux 3.5 kernel and has been benchmarked against EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, and ReiserFS. Reiser4 loses out in most of the Linux file-system performance tests, has much stigma due to Hans Reiser, and Btrfs is surpassing it feature-wise, so does it have any future in Linux ahead?"

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 194

Modernizing GNOME2, yeah, that'll be a massive job man, what with it being so ancient and all, I mean the devs stopped working on it way back in 2010.

Gnome 2 was created some 10 years ago and while it has been improved and updated it still carries a lot of cruft.

Seriously, sure it should be updated to GTK3 at some point, but the GTK2 libs will still work until get around to it. So they can either take the GNOME2 codebase and update it in a piecemeal fashion as their resources allow, or they can completely reimplement all the GNOME2 features on top of GNOME classic which should only take them a few years. Now which is the best option for someone who wants something GNOME2-like now.

As I said, most of that work has already been done. Gnome classic is a port of the gnome 2 desktop, not a reimplementation.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 194

Why not improve the gnome classic desktop from gnome 3 instead? This zombie-gnome2 effort seems like a waste of time to me.

Can you put a weather widget on the top bar on Gnome3 Classic? How about a CPU temp sensor? How about a graph that shows CPU, RAM, swap, and network usage? Maybe a sensor that shows the CPU speed for each core with the ability to change them to ondemand or performace? Can you put the taskbar on bottom bar? Can you put just a gnome foot (start button) on the bottom left like Windows and the full menu on top (Gnome-foot, Places, System)?

The last time I tried Gnome3, none of these things were possible. These were not an option on Gnome3 Classic either. I want my old Gnome2 back, not the "look" of Gnome2 stuck on top of Gnome3. I don't want "New Coke" in an "Old Coke" can.

You can do all those things in gnome fallback (though you need to hold alt when right clicking on the panel). The same applets are available: Besides you seem to be missing my point. I never said that gnome classic is great. But if you want to maintain a traditional desktop it would be better to start with gnome classic rather than taking on the huge job of modernizing gnome 2 since most of the effort has already been done.


Microsoft Patent Monetizes Your TV Remote 234

theodp writes "Microsoft, reports GeekWire, is seeking a patent on monetizing the buttons of your TV remote. In its application for a patent on 'Control-based Content Pricing,' Microsoft explains how one can jack up the cable bill of those who dare fast-forward past a diaper commercial or replay a sports highlight. From the patent application: 'If a user initiates a navigation control input to advance past (e.g., skip over) an advertisement, the cost of a requested on-demand movie may be increased. Similarly, if a user initiates a replay of a sporting event, the user may be charged for the replay control input and for each subsequent view control input.'"

Comment Re:GNOME is a study in how to not architect softwa (Score 2) 237

It basically goes totally downhill after that. This bullshit with GPU acceleration being required in the first place, and then this additional bullshit involving LLVM, is yet another in a long list of flaws and horrible decisions.

Err.. The llvmpipe driver is developed by mesa and xorg to provide a software fallback driver that is faster than the dog slow swrast driver. Exactly why is this "bullshit" and a "horrible decision."?

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