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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    PaoloM said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    No, but I'm pretty sure a company like Amazon does not pay without knowing exactly what they're getting. Or do you think they were scared by the unknown or something?

    They are trying to scare Linux users into what amounts to a protection racket. Microsoft seems to enjoy working a double life as Mafiasoft.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    PaoloM said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    I'm 100% sure that Amazon (and all other companies) know *exactly* what patents they're licensing. The fact that it's not a public matter has no relevance.

    Are you 100% sure you are 100% sure? Were you part of the deal? Oh wait, you don't even work for Microsoft anymore.

  • Amazon Microsoft Open source deal...

    PaoloM said:

    I believe they are the usual patents. You know, the ones that open source supporters claim they don't exist. The ones that a lot of serious companies, instead, agree to licence.

    Nice company you have there ... shame if anything were to happen to it.

     

    Microsoft is not exactly clear on what patents they think open source software violates. What this amounts to is a protection racket.

  • Linux question

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    It doesn't.  Hotmail only supports POP3.

     

    So, no, you won't be able to get Evolution to work the same way as Windows Live Mail does (WLM doesn't use POP or IMAP when talking to Hotmail's servers).

    POP3 is so hopelessly outdated, I am not sure why they wouldn't offer an IMAP interface. Gmail does at least.

  • Linux question

    spivonious said:

    Quick question...I have Evolution setup to receive/send email from my Hotmail account through POP. Is there a way to set this up so the mail in Evolution is synced with the mail on the Live server? Similar to how Windows Live Mail works on Win7.

    If Hotmail supports IMAP that should be really easy.

  • Which programming book would you recommend?

    Beautiful Code

     

    Although it's not a book for the faint of heart.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Code-Leading-Programmers-Practice/dp/0596510047

  • Linux question

    spivonious said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    Yeah I got those "restricted extras" installed pretty soon after I realized I couldn't play any media files. I guess that's one bad thing about free software: no licensing codecs.

     

    I installed MonoDevelop and was somewhat surprised that the Intellisense sucks so bad for C# and is nonexistent for VB (unless I missed some setting somewhere). Is there a better IDE available?

    Unfortunately tooling support for VB is in general, way way behind C#. This is mostly because of lack of interest amongst Mono users, and secondly because there is no public Visual Basic formal grammar available.

     

    Visual Studio compiled projects (VB or otherwise) should run without issue on Mono. I personally do my C# on Visual Studio, and use something like MoMA to test Mono capability. I was planning to write a guide on that very thing at some point. Smiley

     

  • Linux question

    I wrote a small tutorial blog about running Mono on Ubuntu:

    http://dotnetlinux.blogspot.com/

     

    Basically, you can do .NET development on Linux. Smiley

     

    Some stuff you might want to try out:

     

    In the Software Center, download "Advanced Desktop Effects Settings". That should make it available in the System menu. It lets you configure this thing called "Compiz Fusion", which is basically Linux's version of "Aero". By default, the effects are set to low. But with that control panel, you can then configure Ubuntu to do stuff like this:

     

     

    There is some more Compiz Fusion plugins in the Software Center as well.

     

    Another thing is to get Flash/Java/various codecs installed. You can do this in one fatal blow, by installing "Ubuntu restricted extras".

     

     

  • Linux question

    spivonious said:

    So after 12 hours my favorite feature by far is the "Software Center". The whole online repository concept is great. I wish Microsoft had something like this. Everything is installed from one place; everything is updated from one place.

    The package management was always one of my favorite things about Linux. 

     

  • Linux question

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    Erisan said:
    *snip*

    If you're starting out with Linux, Fedora is not for you.  Fedora tries to be on the bleeding edge of tech; while cool if you know what you're doing, their releases aren't always stable and can require some fiddling to get everything working like you expect.

     

    For a beginner who wants everything working out of the box, Ubuntu's the only way to go.  You should be fine using Intel Pro Wireless (Intel's wireless chipsets are probably the best-supported chipsets out there on Linux) and GMA945 should also be fine (Intel has committed to provide good support for all their graphics chipsets under Linux, with the notable exception of GMA500).

     

    This post written from a Fedora 12 install, which is about to get nuked for Ubuntu 9.10 (again).

     

    (Personally, my favorite *nix right now is OSX, but (understandably) you can't run that on your generic PC)

    (Personally, my favorite *nix right now is OSX, but (understandably) you can't run that on your generic PC)


    Well, hmm, I can't really say that. Smiley