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mașina comunistă de căutare

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gugălești? problema'i că Google'i centralizat, adică trebe să('ți) vândă aduri ca să existe ca mașină de căutare, c'așa'i în capitalism. și dacă mai au nevoie de bani, mai fac o "selecție" pt. cei care plătesc, pe care ți'o servesc.

Soluția la rahatu' ăsta i'o metodă P2P (ca DC++ sau ca Bittorrent) de căutare, descentralizată, distribuită, democratică, gratuită, incontrolabilă, pe scurt, comunistă, ia d'aci: YaCy.

și computeru' tău poa' să ia parte, te bagi? să crape cocalaru' dă inimă rea. ori trăim în timp ori ce?

audacious %CPU

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Yo,

Recently, I noticed that audacious (ver. 2.3.-2) is gulping my CPU resources (~25%CPU according to top) and today I discovered, on my Debian Linux (sid), that the culprit seems to be the combination between audacious and ALSA: once I installed pulseaudio, and set audacious to play through pulseaudio, the audacious dropped to 3%CPU (top says Pulseaudio takes about 1%CPU on my box).

cheers ;)

where your money goes

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Did you pay your taxes this year?

So a Microsoft Windows 7 Professional license costs 300USD, a Microsoft Office 2007 Professional costs 500USD, and Adobe Acrobat costs 450USD and Adobe Photoshop is 700USD. For web design you'd need Adobe Creative suite 4, which costs 1700USD. This means about 3700USD are needed from your taxes to load a single computer used in the public administration offices of your country, if they use the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The alternative is Linux (Debian, Ubuntu etc.) which costs 0(zero)USD instead of Windows, OpenOffice, which costs 0(zero)USD, instead of Microsoft Office, and Gimp and/or Blender, which cost 0(zero)USD, instead of Adobe Photoshop, and you don't need Adobe Acrobat because you can generate and edit PDFs under Linux with free software as well. For designing web pages, you can use Kompozer or Quanta Plus, which cost 0(zero)USD. So the total cost of loading a Linux machine with the software needed for the usual office activities in your public administration is 0(zero)USD.

If you live in a rich country and your country is not in crisis then you can afford 3700USD to be spent from your tax money for each computer in your public administration's offices, but if you don't live in such a country, then you should call your public representative immediately and tell him/her to install Linux and the other free software necessary for office work instead of Windows.

Hell, if you're smart you'd push for a law that mandates the use of free software in the realms of public administration.

freedom of choice

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If you're still using Windows in 2009, at home or at work, while there is FreeBSD, and this variety of GNU/Linux distributions, like Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Knoppix ..., please don't speak to anyone anymore about freedom of choice, that's a freedom you're not using, so chances are you're not really grasping the concept.

I switched this year from Windows XP to Debian (I tried various Linux distributions since 1997, but I'm picky in terms of user interface and tunability) and this time around I was surprised that everything I was used to under Windows, and more, was in place and functional: the easy and intuitive installation of the operating system (tried Debian and Ubuntu, and I like them both, but prefer Debian as a matter of taste, Ubuntu is more for the hurried user), the smooth installation/deinstallation of applications, the graphical interface(s), the documentation, the sheer number of applications available in the Linux world, the elegant updating mechanisms, convinced me that the Linux world is already a much larger, interesting and useful world than Windows can ever hope to be. Don't waste your time, switch now and donate half of your Windows license money to these contemporary heroes, and drink the rest with your friends sharing your experience, you won't regret a dime.

Note: I don't work in anything related to GNU, Linux or FreeBSD and I'm not part of any promotion campaign, I'm just using them (Debian, the universal operating system, on my desktop and laptop, and FreeBSD on my home-server machine) and this is an authentic message from a picky previous user of Windows confirming the quality and the maturity of the software which finally allows you to use your freedom of choice with no strings, or pains, attached.

about windows7

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I was willing to get the free trial MSWindows7, so i had to create an account, in a typical corporate fashion, and started downloading the beast, then I stopped because it was fully clear to me that the next Windows is Ubuntu: it's already fully functional and user-friendly, not to mention that it's free as in speech and beer. Installing windows7 on my desktop, even free of charge for one year, would be a waste of time, my desktop is already a GNU/Linux distribution: Debian, thanks.

MSWindows could stand a chance against Linux only if it would be released under GPL.

WindowsXP is (made) obsolete, and windows7 is irrelevant now. It's time to call your senator or local political representative and ask him/her why is s/he still spending public money on licenses to Microsoft or Apple for his/her public office, for the flickery buttons these operating systems are mustering in their new versions?

Internet is a revolution, but GNU/Linux is its completion, a new world is opening for PC or notebook users everywhere, and that is due to all those GNU hordes of true intellectuals. Congratulations to all of them.

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