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Submission + - Windows 10 TH2 (v1511) Console Host Enhancements (nivot.org)

x0n writes: As of Windows 10 TH2 (10.0.1058), the core console subsystem has support for a large amount of ANSI and VT100 escape sequences. This is likely to prepare for full Open SSH server/client integration, which is already underway over on github. It looks like xterm is finally coming to Windows.

OpenSSH was previously announced last year by the very forward looking PowerShell team: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.c...

Comment Re: OpenSSH on Windows (Score 1) 265

Why the hell would I want to try to manage Windows - with its configuration management based on APIs (WMI, CIM etc.) - with a shell and tools designed to manage Unix, where configuration management is based around text files? SSH is a protocol for remoting a terminal. PowerShell is a terminal (console text mode) application. PowerShell is designed to manage Windows. Bash is a terrible shell for managing Windows. Just because I love my tennis racket doesn't mean I'm going to start using it to play soccer...

Comment Re:Why do I get the funny feeling that (Score 1) 265

I wouldn't go so far as call it a killer feature but SSH support on Windows is a welcoming feature indeed. Hopefully they will also some day throw out their power shell and replace it with BASH, that would be the day!

Why the hell would I want to try to manage Windows, with its configuration management based on APIs (WMI, CIM etc.) with a shell designed to manage Unix where configuration management is based around text files? Just because I love my tennis racket doesn't mean I'm going to start using to play soccer...

Comment Kodu (Score 3, Interesting) 315

Kodu from MSR is excellent.

http://research.microsoft.com/...

"Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input."

Comment Re:No doubt IE is losing share but.. (Score 1) 390

I ditched Firefox for Chrome when Firefox went off a cliff. Chrome is not heading in a good direction. Maybe it's time to give IE 11 a shot.

It's now the fastest browser on Windows:

http://blog.newrelic.com/2014/...

"Mozilla Gecko 11" is actually MSIE 11.0. See the small print under the chart, and also:

http://www.neowin.net/news/ie1...

Comment Re:No doubt IE is losing share but.. (Score 2) 390

It is the best data set to make Microsoft look bad- which is the point here.

And the real irony is that as of IE 11.0, it's actually a pretty solid browser. It's stable, fast, has a decent integrated web tool set and implements everything that is important (WebGL, HTML5, Offline, etc. etc.) Meanwhile, Chrome is slowly turning into a crashy, buggy piece of shit. Sigh.

Submission + - Emulating Bash / GNU Readline in PowerShell 3.0 (nivot.org)

x0n writes: "One of the little known features of PowerShell 3.0 allows you to completely take over the line editing experience. I have integrated a bash-style tab completion / gnu readline line editor, using code gleaned from an old Mono REPL and some hackery. The tab completion uses the native PowerShell 3.0 APIs for matching, so you still get rich completion of parameters, types, cmdlets as well as the nice EMACS bindings. PowerShell 3.0 ships with Windows 8, 2012 and is available downlevel for 2008/R2 and Windows 7."

Comment Re:OO shell is a POS (Score 1) 780

Microsoft may be taking a step forward by dropping the GUI, but they still don't get it.

I've been a Linux user since kernel 1.2.3, and a Windows L-user nearly as long. I assure you my friend, they get it.

What makes Unix so powerful isn't just the shell, it's the concept of pipes. The input and output of each program is text. You type the input at the keyboard, look at the output on the screen, that's what makes Unix so powerful.

Powerful, yes. Let's count all the files in the current directory that are bigger than 20mbs with a simple bash script:

~: find . -printf '%s %p\n'| sort -nr | awk '$1 > 20971520 {++c} END {print c}'

Why? Because that way you can pipe the output of one program to the input of another. By using binary objects each program gets two additional levels of complexity, you need a utility to inspect the objects and another to enter data.

Really? Here's the powershell equivalent of the above bash script:

ps> ls | where length -gt 20mb | measure | select -expand count
25

I'm looking at the output on the screen. I didn't need arcane awk/sed tricks. I didn't need a "utility to inspect the objects" nor "another to enter data." If you really want to defend unix, you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer. You're clearly standing in the middle of nowhere with your head in the sand.

Comment Re:More FUD (Score 1) 349

This is FUD in and in itself. Tilt bits are signals orthogonal to the normal functioning of video and sound drivers. If you don't implement platform-level DRM, you don't need to care about them. Linux drivers have had stability issues long before the concept of "trusted computing" came out of some ass-hat's tiny brain.

-Oisin

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