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10 posts • joined 4 Apr 2017

Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

Mozzie

Re: Are you watching this RCL?

They're probably watching closer than you think. Janko is quite involved with the Vega+ (CTO of RCL).

A friend has a Gemini and retreated back to his very well maintained Series 3mx for writing on. He describes his Gemini as 'like a cheap Chinese smartphone hinged on to a not so bad keyboard' (none of the usual issues). Again the disappointment is being on Android. Also mentioned the buzzing audio issue and gone back to using his Nokia Xpress Music on the train.

Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console

Mozzie

BBC Covering Backsides Too

I've noticed that the BBC are downplaying the fiasco too. Their last article certainly brings across IGG as getting caught up rather than anywhere near responsible for any part in it, and no mention of Suzanne Martin and her colourful history.

In fact, reading that last article (ZX Vega+ console faces Indiegogo's debt collectors) I'm starting to feel like David Levy has worked his magical self-promotion (just like the last four decades) to being a world renowned AI computer scientist and trusted businessman.

Mozzie

Re: Fools and Their Money

Well the 'lots of people' also read that the development was done and funds were needed for manufacture right at the beginning of the campaign, on the IGG website. A judge has also deemed that the go-goers have actually placed an order, not an investment or a pledge. RCL did state that the product was ready for production on the campaign page.

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

Mozzie

Re: and i doubt anyone on the El reg Forums does either

Your doubt is incorrect.

I'm pretty sure most of us have a similar opinion as to how this reverse migration has come about but unfortunately there were quite a few genuine issues that may have given the recent decision the back up and support of a number of users. I'll just add I've been primarily a Linux user for almost 20 years so no bias or trolling intended:

Firstly, the Limux desktop environment feels dated and depressing. Many of the comments here have emphasized Linux' problem of software availability, some about quality, but look and feel plays a big part in a users 'usability'. Dated interface, dated applications, dated functionality. Many users of Limux have got Linux distros installed at home, but all up-to-date, modern desktop interfaces and applications. People have a whole list of complaints about Windows 7/10 but one thing I hear fairly often is that the desktop still provides a 'professional warmth' that just feels right.

Another issue is functionality. Limux has not just been installed on council desktops but attempted on laptops too. Munich civil servants occasionally have to make presentations or show training videos for example, or demonstrate something over the internet. Simple things like switching to an external monitor, data projector, dual monitors really did just work on Windows but turns into a huge headache on some Linux machines. USB data transfers suddenly crawling down to 970Kb/s are a pain when you need to get away from your desk quickly.

Then there is software availability and quality. Little things like poor font quality on PDF's, logistics client software that won't run, quality issues with video playback, lack of decent presentation software (with smooth animations/video), no reliable fully integrating email client, outdated office software, convenience utilities (right-click USB format)......

Otherwise, Calculate Linux has shown that Linux can integrate seamlessly with Windows networks and servers whilst easily maintained. Combine that with a stable desktop distro like Mint Mate and it really wouldn't be much effort to migrate again from what they have now to a much more modern Linux ecosystem, and keep their Windows pool flowing.

TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

Mozzie

Re: TT's TV Adverts

"They also have sales reps in most supermarkets and shopping centres, they really are trying to mob customers left right and centre"

FTFY.

My mother in her 70's now travels 2 miles on the tram to get to Tescos than walk the 120 metres to Morrisons to avoid what is, borderline, a mugging by these clowns. I've been over to visit her recently and they completely ignored the reply that they would need a 6500 mile fibre cable to reach MY home and the rep just kept putting his hand out to shake mine and asking what my name was.

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits RC2

Mozzie

Because the distros that the major distros are built on adopted it.... mainly.

Debian switched to systemd which in turn pushed distros like Ubuntu on to systemd, which then resulted in Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu) shifted on to it as well. Red Hat (and thus CentoOS and Fedora) are responsible for systemd in the first place, with Lennart Poettering, Kay Seivers and Harald Hoyer all being Red Hat engineers and the authors of systemd.

Have a quick check on Distrowatch to see how many of the top 20 distributions are based on these two base distros, it pretty much covers the large majority of installs out in the World.

There is also the issue of desktop environment dependencies. As the article mentioned Gnome, KDE and Cinnamon somewhere along the line depend on a library that is systemd dependent, with Gnome going full steam ahead with systemd reliance.

Arch Linux is systemd based but also offers a way to remove it and is also available systemd-free via Manjaro-OpenRC, otherwise I personally am just ever hopeful a number of traditionally Debian-based distros will move over to Devuan.

Staff, projects shed as Ubuntu maker Canonical tries to lure investors

Mozzie

Live by Linux, but it's getting more Windowsy every day

I've been using Linux as a primary OS since Suze was bundled in a box with manuals, CD's and a cool gecko sticker (about 1999 I think), there's still nothing that can beat it in my opinion but distros seem to be going a bit backward and frustrating recently.

I'm on Ubuntu Mate 16.04, could never settle with KDE and it's glowing halos round everything or Unity and anything with a side-mounted task bar. Whenever I've mentioned performance of current DE's I always get a response that with today's computing power you don't notice how long a window takes to open/switch or a menu to slide out.... or the several tens of extra processes sucking life out of my laptop battery in the background. There must be a reason my out-of-date Crunchbang install lasts 4 hours longer than Ubuntu or Fedora when I'm on the move?

Add to this the PITA of systemd. I know somebody will pick me up on this, but it really is an absolute horror and I'm sick of spending hours looking for solutions to it's random problems it keeps throwing at me. Gnome is basically falling head-first into systemd lock in and likely KDE in the not so distant future.

.... then there is generally stability. Atril Document Viewer experienced a problem, Mate Panel experienced a problem, Firefox 52 being unable to handle Ebay's ridiculous background scripts (okay, probably Mozilla's fault, but it got shoved in my updates and Microsoft-style won't roll back), having to reboot each time I've used Gparted because the kernel didn't recognise blah blah blah....

I'm willing to pay for Linux, when openRC kicks systemd to one side, when OpenBox supports Wayland, USB file transfers don't grind to a halt and when Canonical will let me buy an end users desktop version of Ubuntu with at least some kind of direct online support.

Windows will never see light of day on my main machines again, but I'm getting to the point where TrueOS gets moved from my 'nerd' partition and pushes Ubuntu into the same box. Please Mr Shuttleworth, see if some of those developers you're looking at shedding can start working on ousting systemd from what was a fantastic OS.

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