Re: Left hand, meet right hand @shawnfromnh
Agree. I installed OpenSUSE 12.3 recently on a new dual-core Intel system and it took less than 20 mins.
2542 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
Agree. I installed OpenSUSE 12.3 recently on a new dual-core Intel system and it took less than 20 mins.
"It isn't working though. WP sales are growing at 70% year on year, and are about to break through 10% market share in the UK...."
Do you know I've heard exactly that MANY times from some AC who posts here
"Unless you want to run business software or play games. Or do CAD. Or a load of other things."
All the more reason to explore the alternatives now before MS really let you down or turn the screw !
I've often wondered how insecure some Windows' users are that they seem obsessed by attacking, usually quite inaccurately, an OS that apparently only 1% of desktop users use. Maybe a little paranoia, a feeling of uncertainty. ?
""it's not MS / it is free" pseudo-religious aspect"
Nothing of the sort - I've been using MS software since the days of single-board computers with 6502 8-bit BASIC ( and even that had an infuriating bug ), DOS, Windows from the start upto W2000 and it's always been mediocre , and the company has always been trying to tie it's customers into its ecosystem. Fair enough if that's what you want to do or don't know any better.
I started using Linux about 1994-5 and even though there were plenty of limitations early on the system was clearly far superior for what I wanted.
As a scientist I've mainly used PDP-11s, VAX , alphas, SGIs and then big Linux workstations and compute farms - WIndows had no place in that except for the usual corporate guff of Exchange/Word. ( Excel was never powerful enough or indeed capable of handling the dataset sizes needed for our research work )
"(1) Since I buy "complete kit" from Dell/Lenovo/HP etc. since more than a decade instead of self-assemble the Windows is "no extra cost" for all practical purposes"
The 'cost' is that you buy into and reinforce a monopoly and one that has shown itself to have only one interest - itself. People here are always going on about not wanting even a duopoly in mobile and yet de facto is a desktop monopoly (an arrogant and increasingly irrelevant one)
"Existing hardware does not run or only with certain distribution/kernel combinations"
The usual solution is to try a live Linux distribution to SEE if all your hardware works - it usually will.
"no higher cost "industrial solutions""
All my stuff is consumer grade, cheap Samsung laser, cheap Brother laser, old Epson laser cheapest Epson scanner/printer, the only 'special' I bought was a new Nvidia card so I could use hardware video acceleration for playing back 1080/50p H264 video without using all the processor and that was only £50.
"Software for i.e my DSLR is Win only"
Guess what - I have 2 DSLRs Canon 300D and 550D and I don't use Windows. There are plenty of RAW processing programs for Linux. Occasionally if you buy a very new camera as I did with the 550D it takes a little whole for the programs to catch-up - 2 weeks in the case of the 550D.
The situation you raise with unsupported hardware is not one I have experienced.
I've had 3 laser printers, 1 inkjet, 1 scanner/printer, accelerated graphics card, 3G dongle, serial/USB converter, PIC programmer, 4 cameras, 2 video cameras, 6 webcams/notebook cams, USB telephony headset. Even the HDTV will work as a dual-monitor setup with the laptops/netbook
This with OpenSUSE 12.3 or earlier
That wasn't really the point. I was trying to show that that downloading or compiling a program in a user space wasn't a very subtle way of introducing a malicious program
By the way even if I was as rich as Gates I wouldn't even contemplate using Windows.
"I tried it in Chromium just now"
It certainly wouldn't in Firefox !
"You can install software on Linux without the admin password"
Well of course you can, you can also compile your own and run it from within your own account - but you can't readily allow global execution. Neither of these is a subtle introduction of malicious code to a machine
"I do not know any Linux desktop users who have any money to steal."
Well I'm sitting here in my Swiss apartment reading this on my Linux desktop, with a Linux netbook nearby and connected by fish: to my Linux server in UK. When we go home I'll process my holiday videos/photos on one of the Linux workstations and then go on holiday again in our motorhome . Rich ? not by Gates' standard but pretty well off after a lifetimes work and saving and investment.
Linux by choice - it does all that I want
How are holidays on Vogsphere ?
"The initial phase of the project simulated the cortex of a cat brain on an IBM BlueGene massively parallel supercomputer with 147,456 cores and 144TB of memory developing the basic synaptic circuits for the brain chip. ®"
After immense amounts of 'thinking' about going out or eating the compu-cat decided to wash its bum instead
"I'm assuming here your bank doesn't force JRE down your throat then?"
Have you got an example - I've never found one. ( 3 banks, 2 building socs, 1 credit card company)
"You really can't take a straw Dalek seriously"
"Indeed - a lot of the time my workstation is like that, then again a lot of the time it spends with a load way over 7"
Agreed, I'm rendering 1080p/50 video in H.264 and both cores are running melt @ ~70% cpu whilst letting me browse this forum smoothly. If I had more cores available I'd be transcoding already rendered video to 720p/25 for playback on a laptop and if I had more I'd be setting up another editing session by generating proxy clips.
"These non desktop solutions are not computers in the desktop sense"
Can't help but agree with that ! ( must be equivalent to a NULL statement )
"That I wear my pants inside out to get an extra days wear out of them?"
Save water - use recursion !
"The companies are aligning their engineering, technical, and testing teams to harden Linux and Windows as part of the re-upped deal."
You seem to have missed this bit !
I want an arrow and "Mostly Harmless"
"on the SharePoint servers that NSA Hawaii needed,""
They really deserve their hardship pay !
"trying to do the same on an old Dell laptop"
always try a Live CD if installing on 'new' hardware. That should show up any major problems ( if any)
"Anyone who says the current state of graphical environments on Linux is good, is full of crap and preaching from the open source bible. X-windows sucks at dealing with monitors dynamically - especially multi-monitor,"
Thank you for joining today to post this but I happen to have different experiences. Plug a monitor into my laptop or netbook and it's recognised and I can use it as a second monitor or display on both. No fuss -it just works.
This on OpenSuse 12.3
"Linux Graphics... is rubbish "
I didn't know that - here's me spent years building protein structures and manipulating thousands of atoms in stereo 3D and all the time it was rubbish. Same with editing 1080p/50 video and playing back the same with hardware acceleration - all rubbish -I'm shocked. Next time I convert RAW DSLR photos I must remember that it's all rubbish I'm experiencing
I think those of us who only use Linux for everything don't have the problem.
"There is binary blobs in the kernel "
Care to enumerate.
"Dogbert's Mission Statement Generator"
I ACTUALLY worked in a department in a company that believed ( the company that is) in dept. mission statements. The Dept. ( a VERY cynical bunch) generated their's by Dogbert's excellent site and either nobody noticed or nobody dared notice in the suits dept.
"“We will pull together disparate engineering efforts today into a coherent set of high-value activities,”"
Dogbert's Mission Statement Generator
"The $ is only needed because of the ' '"
Sorry about that , that's nonsense, IF you put $ in you NEED ' '
"Also, I'm not sure what that $ is doing in that line. Typo?"
AFAIK echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' can be reduced to echo The Register on Pi-Lite
The $ is only needed because of the ' '
"I guess the NSA aren't even pretending to hide any more.."
Open SOURCE !
"And switch to LibreOffice. A Java-based office suite that runs on all platforms."
Just to pint out that OO/LO is NOT Java-based - it just uses Java fro some activities and one of the project aims is the elimination of Java
From : http://www.libreoffice.org/download/system-requirements/
"For certain features of the software - but not most - Java is required. Java is notably required for Base."
"no need for expensive and dangerous explosive projectiles"
Depends what the target is. A conventional shell with proximity fuse could destroy a target that you didn't hit - this is the likely scenario given the range, however with a railgun a soft-bodied target might simply be holed and without any significant mass to deliver the kinetic energy to it would be like a rifle-bullet hitting tissue paper unless it hit something heavy or vital.
Anyone know what the likely velocity is at ~300kms ??
Ah, yes. Pyke, The Unknown Genius - think that was the name of the book
"Erm. you know BB10 was already completely hacked, right? http://www.secunia.com/advisories/53778"
That'd be along with every other system using the below versions Adobe Flash then - and you really should use "potentially"
"Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.
The vulnerability is reported in the following products and versions:
* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.5.502.135 and prior for Windows
* Adobe Flash Player versions 11.5.502.136 and prior for Macintosh
* Adobe Flash Player versions 22.214.171.1248 and prior for Linux
* Adobe Flash Player versions 126.96.36.199 and prior for Android 4.x
* Adobe Flash Player versions 188.8.131.52 and prior for Android 3.x and 2.x
* Adobe AIR versions 184.108.40.2060 and prior for Windows
* Adobe AIR versions 220.127.116.110 and prior for Macintosh
* Adobe AIR version 18.104.22.1680 for Android
* Adobe AIR version 22.214.171.1240 SDK and Adobe AIR version 126.96.36.1990 SDK
"So why are Linux desktops doing similar big re-vamps"
a) Not all of them are.
b) If you don't like a particular desktop you can either customize it or change it for one of several others.
with MS now WYSIWYG but not in a good way.
"doesn't have a funny key with four-square flag"
Almost all my keyboards ( except for some wonderful original 286 IBMs) have this but it doesn't do anything useful ( I always use Linux), mind if I was using Windows I guess it would be even more useless
"Time for the Henry Ford quote again: "If I made what my customers wanted, I'd be making faster horses.""
Difference is that HIS customers bought the product
"What benefit? HS2 goes nowhere near Manchester."
HS2 - love it or loath it is intended to run from London - Birmingham and then branch to Manchester and Leeds. The (eye-watering) costs are in the news currently.
"rather unpleasant if we have a few hundred kilograms of antimatter depart containment inside of the Earth's magnetosphere"
It's an antimatter catalyzed process. It's supposed to only require <micrograms of antiprotons
"all we have to do is build an interstellar starship"
Oh, is that all. Driven by ?
"The laser itself would do a pretty good job of that..."
It's only 20J per pulse so the 'owners' say that it would give you a nasty burn which would likely make you jump out of the way of the next pulse.
Oh, good grief!
The size of the bang depends entirely on how much anti-matter you have. Given it takes an inordinate amount of energy to generate a miniscule amount of antimatter then getting even a decent size 'pop' will probably bankrupt us.
I thought that the Manchester 'baby' was the first electronic stored-program computer in June 1948 and led to the Mk1 and the Ferranti Mk1 ( first commercially available computer). There's a plaque on the wall recording the event near Manchester Dental Hospital
My physics teacher had worked on the Manchester computers and had a photo of himself, stripped to the waist, working in a sweltering nightmare of racks holding chassis. The 'baby' was apparently 17 feet (5.2 m) in length, 7 feet 4 inches (2.24 m) tall, and weighed almost 1 long ton (1.0 t).
As a by-note I started in electronics at ~13 years old with valves, first a regenerative radio and then a record player with a valve amplifier
"Hi AC, you obviously have bad vibes with Linux"
He's RICHTO/TheVogon just trolling - does it all the time, often as AC.
"All that's needed is a cheap method of extracting the universe's most abundant element from a source - sea water probably."
Depends what you mean by cheap. You still need a source of energy at least equivalent to the energy that you are going to get back by 'burning' the hydrogen. And that assumes a method of generating hydrogen at high efficiency and that hopefully doesn't involve carbon. Electrolysis doesn't look too good at the moment even with a lot of development.
Storage and distribution of hydrogen is still a big issue.
This is a problem ?
"26 000 litre of oil....."
So even at a conservative estimate of 20p per litre for the oil that would be £5200 per computer just for the energy - better upgrade your memory
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