* Posts by eulampios

1248 posts • joined 10 Aug 2011

Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz


Re: Yes and no.

Fanboi jealousy?

Jealousy of would-be-Linux, getting as much attention and support?

When Apple started using FreeBSD..

Was it before Apple declared to have invented the rounded corners and have become a derision of the civilized world?

"Tell me who your friends are and i will tell you who you are." If I were them, I'd be running away from this much more, rather from the ugly GPL-ed gcc 4.5 . Yeah BTW, did iTunes become finally available for FreeBSD by Apple?


Nice to meet you, then.


Re: Yes and no.

FreeBSD people are just not so driven by fashion

Who knows what and who they're driven by. Apple, may I suggest?

Good reasons for using Windows aren't going to go away soon ..

Are you not approving the amended EULA with the decline option now being removed?


Re: More traction...

You don't know anything about, nor did you ever use GNU Linux. Or is it the honesty we're talking about?


Re: Good Idea

Dedicating so many resources to Windows bashing...

Not done quite professionally, I agree. Well, noway to afford expensive PR companies to do the bashing a la "droid rage" or "don't get scrooggled" , nor to possess the audacity to make up and twist things as in the "get the facts" saga. Finally, not being able to afford numerous NDAs, tweaking EULAs and more.

The good and the bad in Hyper-V's PowerShell


shells, configs, editors etc

A quite enjoyable style it is! Thanks, Trevor..

There is a few things that a non-MS person might notice here.

Why not having one or a few editable config files to accomplish all described tasks plus a million of other things? No, I am not talking about the abominable Windows registry or XML gibberish. It's a common practice for the *nix systems to have a human readable/editable file, or a directory residing in /etc/ or else. For this purpose, MS would need to come up with not only alternatives to a *nix shells, but also with a decent editor, like vi(m) or GNU Emacs. Yes, it also remains to teach, convince your users that it is a good thing to use, a mere trifle ... not!

Otherwise, the main idea of pretty much every article dedicated to PS is See, you can do it with PS as well, without any GUI really, Yaaaay!!!"


Re: Often overlooked about PowerShell

Is how it is so much more than just a shell. Unlike e.g. bash and other general CLI shells

Yeah, just like "IE, so can't completely remove it from the Windows OS, the latter won't simply run"

PS has been designed with a hostable engine.

What is it supposed to be? Host is an ancient root of Hindo-European origin and might mean many different things. hostable -- a derivative of host, hostage; hospitable or hostile, or is it a hospital?

the cmdlets operate directly on the application in-memory objects. I beg your pardon, if an app/process needs you to access it it has it's own interface for it. Have you heard of the server/client paradigm? A process is often listening to a specific port, you can send your commands/messages to. Alternatively, "ps -ex -o cmd,pid,ppid | grep 'my process' " will be your friend. Would you need to reinvent the MS wheel yet again?

Yes, everyone is happy that MS had finally got one Unix idea (after so many years of booing it). It dawned in Redmond as late as 2005, as I remember correctly (while GNU Bash was already bourn in 1989). So, what is so special about PS again, except for the ugliness of the command syntax and the fact that it is available on only one OS?

Drupal hacked, resets passwords after millions of accounts exposed


Re: Doesn't matter

All it will do is slow them down a bit.

For the rainbow table case, say, a password is salted with a variable length of 5 -10 chars made of digits, lower or upper English chars. The total number of possible salts would then be given by 62^5+62^6+..+62^10=62^5*(62^6-1)/61=853,058,371,851,163,296.

As for the "1234" and "passw0rd", let them be cracked. It would actually be pretty good.

We gave SQL Server 2012 one year to prove itself: What happened?

Thumb Down

Re: Windows Server 2012 un-competitiveness

Microsoft SQL Server runs only on the certain type of OS. So it is eventually an OS discussion.

Google cyber-knight lances Microsoft for bug-hunter 'hostilities'


find them yourself

At least a thousand or two of those? Find a single one exploitable on Android first.

Well, find them in Chrome and you might get yourself a pretty big sum of money. Google is not as cheap as Microsoft when it comes to discovering exploits of their products, after all.

Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi


Re: Pidor-a

Pronounce it 3.1415926535897932...dora (Пайдора) and you'll be fine! ;-)

All aboard the patch wagon! Next stop: Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla


Re: Adobe Reader

Display PDFs on the screen and maybe print them if you want to. If Adobe stripped away all the bloat they surround it with then would most of those disappear?

Exactly, however Adobe might be just particularly good at bad code.

I know alternatives like Foxit exist.

In the world without Windows...errr I mean without walls :-) there are quite a few of those. kpdf, xpdf, ocular, evince/atril, even gv. (Emacs can do it inside X , I don't use it for pdf viewing though.) They all seem to be much lighter and are capable of rendering more formats than A. Reader is. Say evince/atril support pdf,dvi,ps,djvu and more.


Re: Reminds me of someone...



Re: Reminds me of someone...

You might need to move to more secure OS than WinXP if you are concerned, even Vista was a step forward. Yet GNU/Linux (or *BSD) + MAC tweaking would be almost rock solid.

Look what Mozilla is fixing now, it's more proactive work than patching for already exploitable wholes. BTW, pwn2own really had shown that it takes 24 hours for Mozilla and Google to do what Microsoft have taken 2 whole months.

Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief


@Kristian Walsh

See how often the UI drops a frame or two. Leave it be for about 10 or 20 seconds, then see how quickly it becomes responsive again. Load a webpage, scroll it up and down.

Allwinner's A10, (Cortex-A8 single core)+ 512 ram+ mali400. Google's own browser and other apps --- nothing of this kind. Streams video to hdmi. BTW, the google's own youtube player is optimized to the point that it plays back it better than on flashplayer fully fledged x86 . I am sure, if one would be able to run an e17 or lxde Linux desktop on it, mplayer or vlc would have been even more efficient. What am I doing wrong? Again, there is no WP7 or 8 case study for the same hardware, it might be better than even Android setup. However, experience tells me otherwise, Redmond can't be beaten at bloat. An htc incredible phone here with the single core snapdragon cortex-a5, system is pretty snappy, while graphics is impressive with smaller screen of course. htc has blown it though, they wouldn't let upgrade it toa newer Android, not the Google's fault either.

BW, why does wp7/8 need so much disk space? That is the real bloat, isn't it


Re: bloat...

have a look at what Windows Vista's minimum requirements were.

I don't have to, I remember it. It was 512mb (V. basic). I got that preinstalled on a laptop. It was stuttering until I added 1 more gig into it. But before that I put GNU/Linux on it right away and it was sleek. I don't know if those were enough. MS and their products are a constant enigma.

What I am driving at is that at least 128, 256 mb used to be quite common on cheap Android tablets, phones and even small netbooks. You still can get 256 mb tablet on newegg.

I got one low power device (A10, 512mb ram, it got a decent video card mali400). I don't experience any stuttering on it. Some apps are good, some are not. Most of google's apps are fine. Even Debian off the sd card is okay (where apps are much better of course ;)), it's slower than it should be though due to the lima video driver, it's not up to the proprietary mali Android uses. The latter is constantly improving. When it finally gets to level of the mali it will perform on par with Android.

So any benchmarks comparing Windows and Android on the same low spec'ed hardware?


iOS device activation

plus I can't even activate it, they won't let you do it on any free OS, like GNU/Linux or *BSD.


Re: Chaos breads creativity

..but I think the tone is too negative.

This is the same tone that sounds usually positive when singing about Apple, Microsoft et al, being negative about Android, Linux, FOSS and Wikipedia. Like in this ode to the "rounded corners" .


Re: bloat...

Windows Phone 7 took the approach that I believe Android's developers wanted to: optimised, native-code libraries serving byte-coded apps.

According to the min hardware requirements originally Android needed only 32 MB of ram while WP 7 required 256 MB, resp. I believe, that 256 MB was still enough for the recent 4.0 Android. Multitasking was only introduced to WP7 as an update.

Comparing the user performance of a WP7 device with that of similarly-specified device running Android shows that it was the right thing to do from a technical standpoint.

Any benchmarks? Links to urls where people try Android vs. WP7 on the same hardware?

So even if the OEM apps are better, so you end up with two email clients, two music stores, two camera apps, and so on.

Experience tells me, that Google's apps are actually more simplistic and usually better. However, what precludes you or a user from uninstalling the unwanted apps?

Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'


Re: Media pleads with Microsoft

Or at least, "try not dumping that shite everywhere you go".


@Anonymous Coward

maybe dial down the Richard Stallman mode a bit

Downvotng you for that. What is your name, Coward?

Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops


@Anonymous Coward

Of course, they won't be upset, otherwise they wouldn't be known for squandering huge amounts of money on ads and PR campaigns like "get the facts", "don't get scroogled", "Android and Linux infringe our 1005000 patents" etc. Since it is said that a good, well paid offense is always the best defense.

As with office, you might be talking about that almighty ribbon thing? They will definitely have craves for it as well as for those good ol' viruses and AV, so very dear to everyone's heart.

German govt DUMPS 170 NEW PCs riddled with Conficker


Re: @mmeier

Your 2nd paragraph:

Servers: Long term (10+ years) stability is a must have for APIs, Drivers, Libraries etc.

GNU Linux distros have them all. Moreover, there is only one platform that might have an advantage with Solaris is Sparc, which is also a supported arch by Linux, not by any version or type of Windows. Compare as well the number of supported archs on both Windows and Linux.

Availability of certified hardware from a big vendor is as well.

Linux beats Solaris with both hands, if HP, Dell, Lenovo are not good enough, I don't know

Not having "Distribution wars" makes hiring Admins(1) easier and installing commercial software like RDBMS as well(2)

This war is more in your mind. What is the problem with RDBMS on Linux? Maybe Oracle's db s a problem, not a problem with the rest for me, I prefer PostgreSQL.

You probably realize that with a free market and opens source Linux is a winner in Servers, embedded devices and now in mobile devices over all of its nix brethren, be *BSD, Solaris or even big brothers like AIX. Some were never free, some became proprietary just recently (Solaris). It would easily kill off Windows in desktops as well, if it were allowed given a fair competition. MS Windows is always declared a winner in desktops, since there is no free market and a lot of collusion between OEMs and MS.

Still your anti-Linux sentiments are fairly strange. The pro Microsoft, the Unix antagonist attitude is even more surprising. Nor did I see any kind of animosity towards Linux shared by non-Linux *nix people. Even Oracle that makes big bucks on stripping off Red Hat systems. Except for some *BSD, more of FreeBSD, it's rather jealousy, politics and their engagement with Apple.



This is an enigma then really. A Unix admin to be fond of Windows and Microsoft and hating Linux at the same time somehow?



Mint has 3 browsers, 4 players, and a dozens of plugins.

Which Mint are you talking about? And which plugins? The latest LMDE Mate here. One browser, one video player, AMOF.



According to Microsoft? They are really good at assessment. Their figures are usually encrypted as reciprocals of actual numbers.

Stealthy, malware-spewing server attack not limited to Apache


no details

Eset doesn't seem to specify which sites were compromised, nothing further. I'd first compare their ssh and user/admin credential policies, if at all possible.

As far as the numbers are concerned, one may consider 400 to be high enough. However, as netcraft just published in their May survey counting about 463,852,555 websites running Nginx and Apache together (mostly on Linux).

Nokia shareholder tells CEO Elop he's going to hell


Re: @marekt77

My point is simply this, Android would not magically fix all of Nokia's problems.

I don't entirely disagree with that. But sure it could have been a game changer. My Math and statistical background both tell me that in the long run and on average, you lose if you do not diversify your risks. Wait a minute, everyone knows this rule. You only vary your portfolio along the optimum gradient. Gradients are applied to multivariate calculus. There is nothing to variate, only one "x" and this x is identically equal to MS Windows 8.

Another fact is that, some time ago Nokia also was a big company, not anymore now.

HTC.. as of late, they have focused almost exclusively on Android

Same with anyone else! Isn't it enough of warning about Windows 8: "Caveat emptor!"



Let me counter some of your tirades:

Having been the first to market with and Android phone?...but what dfference does it make if HTC cannot seem make money on Android?

HTC were one of the first, they did and do make nice devices, they managed to mess up with update/upgrades, agreed to pay MS $15 and other sums to Apple per a device for some alleged patents (they must be rich then).

Anyhow, you seem to forget that HTC is also an MS partner to manufacture an WP phone, which some people had mentioned is even more advertised by MS themselves, over Nokia? So, ultimately, how does it save HTC? Samsung are not that interested in WP as HTC, which might be explaining partially their very different performance.

HTC had originally had no Meego, nor had they ever had as much muscle and patent power as Nokia once had. How come it is good enough for Sumsung (Tizen), and so bad for Nokia?

"Cherchez la femme", as the French say, more exactly here, Cherchez la taupe. This guy, S. Elop is a really crazy MS mole.


Re: Oh Dear


Elop's decision to unilaterally go with Microsoft, killing Meego and put all the company's eggs in Redmond's basket would be justified if at least one of the following were true:

a) Win8 were a much better platform, which is not.

b) you could only go with a single platform at a time. The rest of manufactures have proven just otherwise. Or at least they were more any of them would be more interested in Winphone8 than in Android.

c) Win8 were free of charge, but still why not using both, plus Meego? Especially, when Android is free as in freedom and you can configure it better than the proprietary one. Meego might have been quite interesting on tablets, e.g. You can make you phones dual-trial-boot

d) Microsoft would buy every phone Nokia makes by the Nokia's price and resells it for them

e) Steven Elop were not a crazy MS fanboy, nor a Microsoft payee, nor a liquidation manager appointed by S. Ballmer

Good news: Debian 7 is rock solid. Bad news: It's called Wheezy


Re: Social contract?

As well as by not INVADING the Nazi Germany, but coming out of Democratic Germany ( Yet it's not SuSe, however, "Ian Ashley Murdock was born in Konstanz, West Germany on April 28, 1973.")

Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back



Aren't you mixed it up with the installation footprint of a typical GNU LInux and modern Windows? Even Windows RT wants about 12 gb with office, while Android and iOS take about 1gb each. A typical Linux install with an office is between 4-6 gigs. My current LMDE uses about 12 GB with a 2gig postgresql db, and othe "bloat" I installed like full texlive suite (3gigs), perl modules, GNU Emacs, apache, nginx and much more. It won't be using 20 gig if don't install a lot of other stuff, just like Windows.

I agree about nVidia, you're pretty much f*ed up if you have their hardware. Well it might be usable, but don't expect it to run perfect. That is why Linux flicked nVidia some time ago.



greater than browsing: often forcing you to the command line and Googling though error logs.

Wow, let me say, because, Linux got a better command line and logging system is much more relevant, simple, useful than the Windows analog. You can ALWAYS do it without the cmd, though. You can google through error logs and that would never get you contradictory results, like

-it's a virus, scan, clean your PC;

-your hdd is dying;

-call MS, it;s their fault;

-call OEM, it's their fault;

-reinstall Windows;

-buy another PC.

but user friendliness and UI are not its virtues and never have been.

If by user-friendliness you mean treating a user as the last brainless idiot, than I agree with you.



and even then you get a load of what might be considered "bloatware

What is it? Compare the disk space requirement for win7/8 and disk usage after install (that grows wit time by itself) with that of an average GNU/Linux distro, you'll get which of the two has bloatware.

I have found that linux installs tend to be smoother on older hardware... For newer hardware it is still not different. Even if you're having trouble with some bits of your newer hardware, on Linux upgrading the version of your kernel that contains ALL the drivers is MUCH easier, than gleaning up individual drivers on Windows, rebooting every time you find them. Nvidia might be one of the rare but still pretty ugly exceptions.

Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability



.. no one uses Linux as a desktop..

More people use Firefox and Chrome than IE across a whole lot of OSes and versions of Windows, though the latter browser is much more targeted despite the comparatively lower number of divulged vulns.

there have been several self replicating viruses / worms that didn't even need user interaction on Linux.

Too much smoking is no good, even for an AC. Or, you're talking about those proof-of-concept ones that are created and live in labs only?

you are far more likely to be hacked if you run Linux than if you run Windows

Any stats to support that? Whatever you install, it always up to you to insure an easy hack:

1) weak credentials, password, easy to guess username, allowing root for ssh, password logins, writing your login credentials on your (friend's) forehead, using a Windows machine to keep it/login to it etc

2) failing to update your system for security fixes

3) misusing apps on web/mail servers, like bad php-coding, WordPress plugins, turning extraneous Apache plugins etc

4) using crappy (in-house) sql back-ends or/and writing bad sql code to allow an easy sq-injection

5) with 4 stupidly ignoring the rule # zero to never store your users credentials in clear text or without proper hashing and salts.

Those and more apply to both Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and even OpenBSD, however, you still don't see any other web/mail servers to utilize AV, other than when they need to filter it for Windows client machines.


Re: Why don't they just throw in the towel?

Recent versions of Firefox and Chrome have far more vulnerabilities...

Remind us please, when did last time any of those allow dropping a trojan without a user's consent and exploited in the wild? Moreover, even the last pwn2own contest one Chrome flaw was partly "Windows kernel flaws to bypass Chrome sandbox ".

And yet, no known exploitable stuff on Linux. Yes, of course any Linux distro has much more vulnerabilities than Windows does. Sure, there is several magnitudes more software on any Linux that is being counted, more hardware architectures to be included. Plus these vulnerabilities are too technical and not that interesting as the favorite MS' remote code execution delicacies after all.


Re: Why don't they just throw in the towel?

Sir, you must have read my thoughts :-) At least Ms could liberate themselves from the browser business and concentrate on providing better browser choices (you guys in EU are lucky!).

Interestingly, IE is not as dominating as preinstalled Windows. FF and Chrome(ium) are very close to it. How often do the latter browsers misbehave (on Windows)? Those that try to use the market share as an argument in malware proliferation, should next time come up with a more reasonable explanation here.

Debian 7 debuts


good news!

Good job! Let's not forget that El Reg's website runs on Debian, must be Squeeze.

37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac


Re: Manufacturers take heed

Even funnier thing would be taking the harddrive on which system sits, and plug it in a random machine with a random motherboard. Chances are very high it would boot up absolutely seamlessly (if you run a generic kernel). I even added an extra hdd while the machine was hibernating (dumped to disk) it came back and mounted it like it was there before.


@AC, begging to differ

Very few people can actually understand Windows. That is the problem. I think the KISS principle has NOT been refuted up to this day.

As I said earlier a free *nix system is easier to troubleshoot. It is usually, dmesg and syslog creating concise but enough for a human to understand logs. These are pretty verbose and would tell you the name of misbehaving driver/module upfront. You do get a lot of hex numbers, however they are used for debugging purposes for the actual developers and seem to serve better. So you basically know where you start. Google/Bing is most often your best friend, since you get a workaround or fix very quickly. Sometimes you find a workaround or fix yourself (out of experience and logic). Most obvious and "dumb" way, which I seem to resort to more often, is to try an upstream fresher kernel that would work in 95% of the cases.

AMOF, never would you get a suggestion to clean up your computer from malware from one place and reinstall the system from another (the most popular panacea in the Windows world). The enigma for me was that neither MS nor Toshiba seemed to know what the hell that hex number f3-f100-0010 represented. This and many other instances are enough evidence for me that Windows must either be very stupid or require some rocket science.

Did you ever hear about the "registry hell"? I did. I've seen and heard about very slow Windows XP/Vista machines. No one (not even MS) know the reason. One theory suggests over-crammed and ill-maintained registry. Remember frequent accusations of Windows OS designers of messy directories where program files, documents and other stuff is often mixed up together. The culprit for a mess in the registry is not the user but applications. Never sis I hear about messed up .conf2 or .config dirs, more so about any chaos in /etc/ .conf files that are usually not cryptic and easier than registry to edit (for a human), logic and common sense are your best friends. Same goes with g/mconf tools, they do use xml but gconf or dconf-editor make it human readable and human editable. So MS Windows system might be out of this world, and there is an extraterrestrial humanoid life that would find it good for them? Hopefully, it's already been discovered by the Kepler telescope. ;-)



someone's been playing where they shouldn't, like the registry.

Is there Linux or Mac registry? There's Gnome/Mate gconf, it's a per-user thing, plus it is pretty straightforward to edit. So would the registry existence or the crappy design it uses qualify as bad hardware?

As far my experience is concerned, when dealing with a bad driver, on Windows, often you wouldn't be able to figure out which driver is it. Whereas, on GNU/Linux you got pretty nice debugging means and tools. When things are open they are easier to troubleshoot and fix.

On MS Windows things are cryptic at best, like this message "Windows has encountered a system error f3-f100-0010 and will have to shut down"

MS Windows side of the problem is always flooded with expertise like "it's a virus, get a better AV", "just reinstall your Windows, the younger it is the better"


Re: I don't get it

Playing their own old games too?



Eadon writes Antivirus hosed your system again?

You write: I suspect 99.99% of those reported blue screens are from dodgy drivers and McAfee/Norton/et al.

So you both agree then.


@AC hurt by Slackware

Are you sure you mean Slackware or is it LFS?

As for people always, always underestimate how much "free" or "cheap" costs I'd say people also do tend to overestimate the quality of pricy stuff.

Linux kernel 3.9 lands


Re: @1Rafayal

I id not mean the the last years of Perestroika, but the first 70 years of it. The "против всех" thing came only in 1987 right before the collapse of USSR. I think it has been removed recently from the ballots in modern Russia yet again.


anti-MS FUD

Lack of the Microsoft Win8 EULA decline button is also someone's FUD? The Linux community doesn't have money to squander on FUD, like some people in Redmond, it is not a "don't get scroogled" campaign. UEFI is a pain in the arse but seemingly not enough for Microsoft, so they came up with the new EULA that you always agree with!



We've heard it from you already. I know at least two OEMS, with products I had to deal myself. Say on Acer machines turning off secure boot only if you have set a BIOS/EFI password. No other OEM is known to require it. It's not in those (U)EFI docs. Neither do you receive documentation with an Acer machine purchase. Asus got another option to turn off prior to booting from an external media.


Re: Quick Noob Q.

Hopefully, the OEM you choose would let you boot off a usb media by turning secure boot off. Even if it is possible it might have some secret option to be turned on/off within the EFI interface, before you can do just that.

Mozilla accuses Gamma of dressing up dictators' spyware as Firefox


Re: An opportunity for AV companies

Package check-summing and gpg-signing has been around on well designed OS's for quite a long time now. Say, digital signing Apt had implemented in 2003 and Debian adopted since 2005. md5/sha- verification of the contents of a package has been there perhaps since the dawn of time.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018