39 posts • joined Friday 30th October 2009 15:08 GMT
Seems to me...
...that WP was the better word processor in the old days, but was never reliably stable in any release of Windows. Subsequent versions never got better in this regard. Who's to blame for that? I suspect we'll never know. My own history of software usage goes back to WP5 and Word 1.0, never did use WordStar, though that was the other alternative. For now, I'll stick to Libre/OpenOffice. I don't use MS Office unless I absolutely have to, and fecking hate very minute of it.
if you have to use Windows...
...and you have a crapton of desktops to manage, GPOs are the way to go. Linux doesn't need GPOs because it has security that actually fecking works. You can also manage a herd of Linux desktops with very simple tools, pushing out text-based configuration files. How do you manage Macs centrally? You don't. You let the fanbois have their shiny pretty computers and hope to Buddah they don't break anything.
I haven't liked a Windows UI
...since 95 came out. No really, I hate the Start Menu paradigm, always have. The Ribbon was an abomination that should never have seen light of day in Office, and should be buried back deep in a cave somewhere instead of being slapped onto Windows. I'll keep my OpenOffice and Linux, thankyouverymuch, and feck this Microsoft crap. If this doesn't completely kill Windows on the desktop (Vista very nearly succeeded in this effort) then I will have completely lost my faith in humanity.
Yeah, the penguin. Suck it.
Change is good... sometimes
I'm looking forward to see if Wayland can deliver as promised. X has been around a looooooong time, and even X.org isn't much more than a rewrite. It certainly doesn't fit the way *nix is used on the modern desktop.
Unity, on the other hand, I'm not so impressed with. If it was intended for netbook-type usage, it failed horribly, as far as I'm concerned. You're going to take a vertical 1" away from a desktop that is already cramped for space? How does that make sense? I won't even mention performance in this first release. I switched to the old UNR type interface as soon as I could. I think *that's* actually a good UI on a netbook, or even on a touchscreen.
So who needs one anyway?
I suppose the only reason to buy an Xserve was to run MacOS on a server. But why bother? Everything you can do on MacOS (on the server side) you can do on Linux. OSX is for users who like a shiny UI, not servers which mostly run headless anyway. Then again, I've never drunk the Apple Koolaid, so what do I know.
Handy for getting help
...but not so great for giving it unless you care to actually play the game. I tried playing briefly. After I got downvoted once, I quit. Because frankly, I've got better things to do than to let some buffoon with a self-inflated sense of importance tell me I'm dumb. Social networking? More like "complete bollocks."
Not surprised one bit
Oracle's support contracts are tantamount to extortion. No surprise those income numbers are strong in this report. We're pretty much done buying Orasun hardware for this reason. You can't even download a BIOS update without a f-ing support contract. I'm hearing the same from other EDU's.
This is all academic
The only people who care about "standards" and file formats are devs and other eggheads. 99% of users don't care what is delivering their content. They'll download and install whatever plugin is necessary for their browser. The software evangelists can debate as much as they like about the moral and technical merits between options, but the average punter doesn't give a crap. The same goes for the argument for ODF vs. anything else.
It's not you, it's me
I'm sorry. I was a huge Suse fan from way back before they were acquired by Novell. Like everything else Novell ever touched, it turned to crap. After trying many distros, I found Suse to be the best desktop user experience around. But I switched to Ubuntu somewhere around 5.04 and never looked back. For me, the dealbreaker was the MS covenant. Since then, I've been unable to make myself even try Suse again. So sorry, Novell/Suse/openSuse, it's not you, it's me. Or maybe it is you. Yeah, it probably is.
Wine still sucks
Sorry. Every time I have tried to use wine to get a "necessary" Windows app to run natively in Linux, I have been supremely disappointed. I can't even get MS Office 2000 to run properly or even stably in wine, no matter the version. I gave up and just run free VMWare server to run Windows, no dual-boot necessary.
Want to actually support your favorite artists?
Don't buy their CDs from stores, buy them when you go to their live performances. This goes double for independent artists. And if you must buy from stores, support your local record store, if you have one. Screw the big chains and labels.
I guess it must be just me
Apparently, nobody else wants an application that does one thing well. Most others seem to want (or accept being shoved down their throats) applications that bundle a bunch of features together and do them all rather crappily. If you ask me, and so far nobody has, email+calendar in one app does not make sense. I would rather have a good email client and a separate but equally good calendar client.
The only reason people think we need these things together is because of Outlook. Thankfully, I have never been forced to use this crapware of an email client. I have sampled it numerous times since its birth and have always found it crap. It's also why I dislike Evolution, because it tries too hard to be Outlook.
I used Eudora for the longest time in Windows and have long switched to Thunderbird. I run Thunderbird everywhere, and it does one thing, and does it very well. I have never found a webmail client that I liked as much as either Eudora or Thunderbird, they are all lacking in one way or another, including the Blessed Gmail.
I frankly don't get social networking, and can't see ever using it as a primary mode of communication. I guess that makes me a 21st century luddite, or at least a curmudgeon. I do rather like GCal, and use it extensively. Who cares if it's not integrated with my email client of choice. I've been trying Sunbird for a desktop app, but it's still pretty early beta, and seems stuck there for the time being.
Back to the topic: screw web 2.0, give me a good set of desktop apps any day.
So it's a Sun Ray AND...
... it requires special dedicated hardware to drive it. I'd say this is more like a remote terminal for a single (server-like) desktop. No thanks. SunRay still is unmatched in the industry. I continue to hope Oracle decides to keep supporting (and improving) the platform. <3 my SunRays.
Linux is winning on netbooks?
Can you even buy a netbook with linux (any flavor) preinstalled anymore? Seems to me most netbook producers have drunk heavily of the MS koolaid and dropped their linux offerings. Please, prove me wrong.
Not to mention that...
CUPS is a craptacular hack for a printing system and I wish somebody in the F/OSS world would come up with a replacement that doesn't suck. Sorry for the OT rant...
Guess I'll stop using gmail when this happens. Call me an old fart, or luddite, or crusty bastard, or whatever, but I don't see the point of "social networking" sites. Gmail is an OK webmail, but only OK. Frankly, I've yet to find a webmail that is as good as a desktop app. I check my gmail from thunderbird during the day (while trying to not be annoyed at their bizarre implementation of IMAP). I also don't own a Jesusphone, or Mosesphone, or Windowsphone, so I have even less of a reason to care.
What was I talking about? I forget. Must be time for the meds. Oh yeah, gmail... meh.
Still looks promising
I've got a Eee 1000, one of the last models to still have Linux pre-installed before Asus drank the Windows koolaid. I have long-since replaced the Xandros-based install with Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and just recently upgraded the flash hdd to 64GB. I love the speed of the SSD, and the system performance is tolerable. It's not speed demon, but it does well what it's advertised to be: a light and portable, ultra-low-powered, Internet browsing machine. My only real complaint after a year of use is I find the small keyboard too cramped to do extensive typing.
I can't imagine what the SATA HDD and Windows 7 do to battery life, but it's got to hurt it bad. I'd love to see another review with a user-installed copy of linux (any flavor) on it, and see how the performance numbers compare. Netbooks were born for SSD and light-weight OS. Seems to my that trying to squeeze Windows on one defeats (at least half) the purpose.
Yes, you could say I was somewhat of a Linux-fanboi. Not militant, mind you. I just like to have choices.
all I can say is...
...meh. Just how relevant is Novell anymore? I used to be a huge fan of their software, used to work in a Netware shop, and thought their acquisition of Suse was a bold and daring move. But like the rest of their acquisitions and developments, they buried it in their own complete lack of being able to sell or promote anything. Then they sealed their fate with the "agreement" with Microsoft. What a complete fecking waste. They had some great products and completely threw them away. And I, for one, will never use Suse again. It should be noted that I am a former stockholder and am happy to be rid of it.
not sure what the fuss is about
MS has always invited people to write apps for their platforms. Whether or not anybody besides you uses your app is mostly up to you. Heck, if it's good enough, they'll buy it from you. All that MS "innovation" at work, you know.
Now for the judge to say MS is "open", that's a bit silly, but it could depend on what your definition of "open" is.
Note: I am not a gamer of any kind, nor do I use MS products if I can at all help it.
Lucky for me
I sold all my Corel stock years ago. About the only company better than Corel at failing to market and sell their software is Novell. I guess this answers the question: "Does anybody still buy Corel software?"
To protect and serve
What could possibly go wrong?
Victims of success
Perhaps this is more an indication that Ubuntu is spreading out to the masses. Linux isn't just for beardy unix geeks anymore, or at least it's trying really hard not to be. So when grandma clicks on the "Upgrade to 9.10" button in the updater and things don't go swimmingly, are we really all that surprised? The fact that people are using it and getting on the forums asking for help when things go south I think is more of an indication of the growth of market-share and mind-share than anything else. I stand firmly by the statement that Ubuntu is the best consumer desktop distro right now and I think Ubnutu gets better and better with each release.
Oh yeah, I did a clean install on KK on my EEE 1000. Went flawlessly. I also wouldn't ever do an upgrade, but I'm kindof a beardy Unix geek (Insofar as I have a beard and have been using *nix for 15+ years).
Just goes to show
...a fella can't get decent nookie in the cemetery anymore without fear of being caught.
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