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Comment Re: But..... (Score 1) 186

It is perfectly fine to want Linux on the desktop. The Mac (as a Unix box) is heads and shoulders above what Linux will ever become, but that's all right too. If you are happy with the state of Linux apps, good for you. As someone who needs more than development tools, Linux is not a desktop solution for me, and even for development, both Windows and Mac makes a Linux desktop box look like a toy. A poorly designed, almost unusable toy, but a toy all the same.

You stick to your religion, it's a nice idea. You are virtuous in the eyes of the /. community, which I assume is your primary reason for using Linux on the desktop. I can think of no other reason that could be considered rational.

Oh, and before you get all exited, my first Linux install was SLS somewhere in late 1992 early 1993, can't remember for sure, when I upgraded my Minix 4 channel BBS box to Linux. I later ventured into QNX territory, which I much preferred to Linux at the time. My favorite platform was SunOS, and when they betrayed all sense of reason and moved to Solaris, I moved to BSD. After all this, the only conclusion is that the only Unix flavor that works on the Desktop is OSX.

Comment Re:Phishing, not hacking. (Score 2) 116

Got a call from "Microsoft" a little while back. The original caller informed me my PC was in trouble and then transferred me to my Scandinavian representative, Mr Gundersen (I kid you not). Mr Gunderson spoke English with a heavy Indian accent (why he didn't speak any of the Scandinavian languages was never explained). Anyway, me, being a really dumb user, took a long time to accomplish what Mr. Gundersen wanted me to do: download and install TeamViewer.

After a good hour I finally "managed to install TV" so Mr. Gundersen asked me for the ID and password. I gave him a random number and the password was f-u-c-k-y-o-u. He tried it several times, but our connection was going bad, so I kept saying "hello", "hello", "hello" and hung up. After a few minutes a rather angry Mr Gundersen called me back and explained in some detail how I could have a sexual encounter with my mother. I didn't really take him up on that. It was a fun hour or so, and I needed an hours break at the time :-) Two colleagues monitoring our conversation also had a good time. I was a really stupid computer user. Just finding the TeamViewer website (which turned out was not on my local computer and therefore not accessible from my Explorer) took a good 15-20 minutes.

Comment Re:25 years, still garbage for the mainstream (Score 1) 316

No, blind fanboy hate. I use Linux for development every day, and it is great. OSX is better for a lot of things and Windows is better for a lot of other things. What I am not is a whore tied to one platform despising other platforms based on a religious affection to an operating system. I know which OS is good for what, and Linux is the absolutely worst of the main stream OSs for every day usage for regular people. Windows and OSX both beats it by many, many miles.

Comment Re:Lots of cores doesn't mean shit (Score 1) 114

funny how that solution kills the theoretical performance

Yeah, what are those dumbasses at NVidia thinking about?

Blah blah blah I made this awesome processor but it only works for one tiny problem domain

Yeah. These things don't work at all. Much like the brains of ignorant idiots posting this kind of drivel in /.

Comment Re:25 years, still garbage for the mainstream (Score 1) 316

since the example I gave edits images whether you like it or not

Sigh, your definition is add odds with the standard nomenclature of the entire English-speaking population of the world. In the development community there are many that would agree with you, but that is a special case. If a user would like to remove a light-pole from an image, life the shadows of the vacation image of the kids etc, he can NOT use the methods you describe. In any way. Stop being facetious.

Your very strong reaction was very odd

Because you are acting like a Linux fanboy by being intentionally obtuse.

Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 1) 316

that's been KDE's driving philosophy for years

Yeah, but KDE is not Linux, and Linux doesn't know where that driving philosophy hides. Linux is KDE/GNOME/Whatever

it's a good thing, that proprietory vendors have a cost increase with every additional distro supported while free software developers get pretty much all distros for free

Please explain how proprietary vendors have to abide by different rules than open source developers please. Also, your statement is quite obviously false since the vast majority of software vendors are entirely un-interested in developing for Linux.

The latter part of your infantile rant is also proven wrong by the fact that statistically ZERO vendors develop for Linux. I have zero problems developing for, on and under Linux, and I have been doing so for years. In fact, I was part of a team that delivered one of the first commercial applications written in Java, running mainly on Linux (and SunOS and HP-UX) way back in the late 1990s. The fact that there are no (statistically) commercial apps for Linux shows two things, one of them mirrored on Android: 1/ Developing good UI apps for the Linux platform is hard, and it is difficult to chose a technology that will be consistent and functional over time. 2/ Linux users don't buy desktop apps (Android users are far more reluctant than iOS users to pay for apps).

Consider someone like Adobe, they have a vast array of industry-leading apps, they are functionally identical on Windows and on OSX. You can be quite sure that Adobe has a clear separation between application logic and display logic, otherwise the apps would end up having far more issues that were platform specific than they do. This means that the majority of something like After Effects is already mostly platform independent. Porting from OSX to Linux would be anything but trivial, but a reasonably cost-efficient project. If there was a customer base. However, they would have to chose between (for example) KDE and GNOME. The problem is that one year KDE is the hottest thing in Linux land the next GNOME is. Who knows which is next. This drives up maintenance cost for a platform where nobody buys software. Business wise it would be idiotic for Adobe to go that route with anything marginally more complex than what they have on mobile.

If anybody in Linux land ever cared about the desktop, there would be a single UI platform with a consistent and long-lived API. Nobody cares about that though. This is why Linux is a (great) server OS, a mediocre desktop OS, and will never conquer the mainstream desktop platform. Ever. OSX won the Unix on the desktop war, and if you need a decent Unix on the desktop for running something that is not developer tools, you'd be insane to chose anything BUT OSX.

End words: I have been using Linux to develop cross-platform apps since some time in the 1990s. After moving into the mobile space I was "forced" to get a Mac since mobile today == iOS (Android users don't pay for apps) and you are basically required to have a Mac for iOS development (has recently changed a little, but that's another matter). OSX is what Linux could have been 10 years ago if someone had ever cared. Nobody ever did, and today there is only one rational solution for Unix on the Desktop.

Comment Re:User friendly (Score 1) 316

is this related to projects that use C++, Net and other forms of object oriented programming languages where you have tons of classes, members and files?


Or for visual type of programming where you design GUI:s by drag and drop?

If I say that I have never done that, it would be a tiny bit of a lie, I once used Delphi working like that. I only do server-side and web stuff, and for that Visual Studio is amazing. It's of course best for C# since the entire C# compiler system is built into the text editor (it compiles the code as you write it, making things like intellisense exceedingly accurate and lightning fast. Though it is not as configurable as, for example, Eclipse, it is more than configurable enough, and for speed it blows Eclipse out of the water. IntelliJ a little less so, but still, it's not even close. I would not (obviously) use VS for Java, but for C++, C# and cross-platform mobile development (for example) it can't be beat.

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