What was wrong with cygwin?
It has been awhile since I had to use Windows, but I remember having a great experience with Cygwin.
104 posts • joined 6 Mar 2013
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try! When I use my phone with an FM transmitter to listen in my pre-bluetooth car, I have to turn both the phone and radio to 100% volume for it to be barely listenable while driving.
Anyone know if the Huawei's have this limitation?
The most irritating Nexus mis-feature is the way they limit the headphone audio. Apparently this was due to a lawsuit involving the Nexus One. It is possible to fix this, but you have to root the phone which I want to avoid if possible.
Do the Huawei phones such as this one and the Mate 8 do the same thing? If not, I think Santa will have to bring me one of these two phones.
From a business perspective, Facebook has some work to do. There is no legal remedy for fake news, though -- people need to learn how to see through it. I can only imagine what it will be like in the next election.
The simple fact is that Hillary took her base for granted. For example, she never visited Wisconsin and only went to Michigan in the last weeks once she realized how much trouble she was in. Presumably there are plenty of other examples.
This merely brought things within the margin of error, though. The FBI pushed Trump over the finish line and are now personally beholden to him...
As an extremely long time Microsoft hater (back to the day when they abandoned OS/2), I welcome PowerShell on Linux -- especially that it is open source.
This will be another useful way to make it easier for Windows people to support Linux. It is the evil mirror universe version of my approach to dealing with Windows - which is to use cygwin, bash, and ssh.
The ability to have configurable pipe formats is pretty cool too.
Google intentionally limits the headphone volume (apparently due to a lawsuit). It is a big problem because if you use an aux connector it requires that everything be turned up to 11 and it still isn't loud enough.
Please make this easy to override without rooting the phone.
Skype has some good features, and I have some contacts over the years who still only use Skype so I try to keep it around.
Before the Microsoft acquisition, Skype was the best free multi-platform desktop sharing app. Once Microsoft bought it, they broke desktop sharing on Linux (not a surprise). There is plausible deniability that it was intentional, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.
With the new version, maybe the Linux version will reach feature parity with the others -- but it has a long way to go and I am quite skeptical.
> So what is cross platform, doesn't need a browser (or
> a server that might be spying on you), can do text, files,
> voice, video in any combination?
HP MyRoom may be good for some of these, but probably not all.
> It's gone downhill since MS bought it.
Next software that they are going to murder: MineCraft! They already dropped Linux from any new releases. I'm sure the goal is to get the MineCraft hackers off Java/Elipse and on to Visual Studio/.NET eventually.
They broke the desktop sharing by limiting the Linux client to an ultra-low resolution (160x100 maybe?) -- and then scaled this up to the window size. It was too blurry to be usable for anything.
The workaround was to keep using the older client -- but after two years they stopped letting the older version connect to their network.
Recently, WebEx discontinued their Linux support (their main advantage over e.g. GoToMeeting... @#$^#$^).
The only two good cross-platform desktop sharing programs -- gone. However, it looks like there is a good one called HP MyRoom... anyone know how well it works?
Mint was the best distro for a decade because it removed the painful aspects of Linux setup. This was the original reason it was created.
The first Mint version I used (Bianca IIRC) was a winner because it shipped with Sun Java and multimedia codecs. It was jaw dropping that you could take a fresh install and simply insert a DVD and play it without hours on Google.
Not long after, they had a menu system that was very Windows-XP-like -- perfect for introducing people to the Linux desktop. I was the most hard core Mint evangelist imagineable.
The ease-of-install aspects have slowly gone away, sadly. Now that Ubuntu re-introduced Gnome 2 and Mint is dropping codecs (having dropped Java years ago), there is no reason to use Mint anymore.
It was a good run, though. Thanks, Clem!! Good luck on your new adventure.
Miguel is a great guy, but it is still a fact that nobody should ever use C#, Mono, Silverlight, or PowerShell unless they want to make software that is Windows-only.
Java software can usually be made to run on Linux.
Mono was only successful as propaganda to make Microsoft appear more open. In reality, if you see software that requires .NET or Silverlight it means you have practically no hope of using Linux.
Is there a way in the default Ubuntu desktop to pre-create a 2d set of virtual desktops?
This is the main feature that keeps me going back to Mate... I can have a desktop switcher with 24 desktops in a 6x4 grid.
After running this way for like 20 years (since the fvwm2 days) it is difficult to give it up; which is what Unity, Gnome3 and Cinnamon all want me to do.
You said: " Nutanix reckons users won't always want the whistles and bells of ESX or Hyper-V and therefore offers its own Acropolis hypervisor"
But they are using a QEMU-KVM based hypervisor, aren't they? This is as good as ESX and Hyper-V, and better in many ways.
Though admittedly, I haven't yet looked at the subset of features that they expose.
Bronek -- what do you think about the state of AMD's GPL driver currently? I love Intel's thorough commitment to open source drivers, and combining this with AMD's hardware would be wonderful.
I have been wanting to try AMD again but I'm holding out until they have a GPL version of VDPAU or equivalent. VA-API is not GPL and not nearly as good.
These are the best games ever. I hadn't played in a couple years so I started playing again a couple weeks ago.
There is a Nethack 4 with more interesting terminal support, give it a try: http://nethack4.org/
I like Slashem more than Nethack these days, but unfortunately it is 100x harder to ascend.
I replaced some Novell Netware servers with Linux in 1997 using NCP at first (later Samba). OpenStack is MUCH further along than Linux was back then, IMO.
Also, I wish the author would expand on the scalability limitations. Are you talking about limitations in the Horizon UI or with the system itself?
I used to drive a long way to and from work, so I actually thought about this one. I'm in the U.S. so the sides may be opposite.
On a road with two directions separated by a line, it would be more dangerous to make the lane toward the center (faster lane) merge. I can easily imagine head-on collisions from this.
However, for roads that are one direction only, it is better to force the faster lane to merge into the slower.
Take a look at the Linux utility blktrace, as a $0 alternative to this.
It is written by the same author as the "fio" I/O test software. One of the nifty features is that blktrace can save the I/O pattern using a format that fio can re-play. This is ideal for capturing real life workloads to test against different storage systems.
I upgraded my Debian system to Jessie and it is working well with systemd in sysvinit-compatible mode.
After what happened with how Ubuntu surprised everyone by going all-Upstart in their 10.04 debacle (Upstart is still not a good idea for a production server), I was expecting the worst. However, it is doing very well so far.
> The same reasoning would lead to burglary being a civil matter
No not at all. Burglary involves taking something away from someone else. Copying a song, book, or using a patented idea doesn't hurt the creator in any way whatsoever.
Taking copyright royalties after they have been paid would be burglary, as would stealing a CD.
> Do you want only giant corporations to have the power to
> track down and seek redress whilst small content producers
> are powerless?
Would this be much different than the current scheme?
I support the concept of intellectual property, but it shouldn't last forever and it isn't the kind of thing that should land people in jail. Copyright fails on both counts. Patents and trademarks are much more sensible.
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