Some people want to see the world burn:
Does anyone actually *use* FreeDOS? I thought it existed only as a placeholder for manufacturers to sell computers without an operating system pre-installed, but they have to put something on the disk to get around Microsoft's "any computer sold without an operating system automatically counts as piracy of Windows" schtick.
For a long time, some form of DOS was needed to at least flash a BIOS or the like, but now that everything seems to support USB, and people building motherboards today account for this, I think it's far less useful than it used to be.
Ah, that's rich!
We’ve seen lots of blunders on stage, and still happen occasionally, but this must be the best of all.
How soon they forget:
Well, at least they correctly demonstrated that the only legitimate purpose of Internet Edge-plorer is to download a real web browser.
Remember the good old days when you had to use FTP to download Netscape?
I think we can see something interesting here.
Microsoft bundled its browser with the OS, effectively killing Netscape.
In those days, people didn't seem to grasp enough about computers to even realize they had a choice in browsers... they were content to use the one on the OS, even if it was a pile of shit.
Today, people are savvy enough to not only recognize a shitty browser, but to also download and install a browser they prefer in its place.
Even though you'd think, "Well, it's just a browser, any of these ought to do," there's enough of a difference that people still care enough to install their own.
Frankly, we've come a ways from the computer illiterate person just getting into computers. It's part of our lives now, like it or not.
And those who never really got it about computers, or for whatever reason didn't embrace them, are probably kinda lost, and getting more lost as time moves forward.
Microsoft bashing observation for today:
People like to bash non-Microsoft office suites like LibreOffice because they occasionally don't have full fidelity opening Microsoft Office documents.
You know what's even worse at opening Microsoft Office documents? Microsoft Office 365. Anything other than the simplest of documents, it's like there was a middle step where someone tried to edit it in emacs first.
Also ... Sharepoint 365 is even worse than regular Sharepoint. I didn't even think that was possible.
Until that fateful day when Microsoft finally stops pretending that non-unix operating systems are long term viable...
I am recommending that everyone who is still using computers with CD or DVD drives in them ... set the drive letter to "B:".
Yes, it works. Yes, you should do it. Seriously, who even has *one* floppy drive anymore? Everyone sets the optical drive to Z: so they can make room for network drives on D: or E: ... why not put it on B: where there will *never* be a conflict?
Amiga OS did multi-root filesystems the right way. CP/M derivatives and their drive letters ... feh.
I do rather like mount points off a root, though, e.g. posix.
This is a trifle weird.
I'm using a native bash prompt on this Windows 10 machine to connect using ssh (again... native...) to write this message.
I didn't think this sort of thing would ever be possible on Windows.
E: Unable to locate package citadel-client
Well, it's good to know you can rely upon Microsoft for some things.
$ sudo apt-cache search citadel-client
citadel-client - complete and feature-rich groupware server (command line client)
It's definitely in the repository. And to be certain, bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows pulls from the official Ubuntu repos, not from something Microsoftian, because it runs *unmodified* Linux binaries.
Maybe do "sudo apt update" first, to refresh your cache of available updates?
Duh, that was indeed the trick.
I should really have known better. But then, my expectations out of Microsoft are so low...
Considering how much Windows is NOT Linux, it's remarkable how authentic and compatible the Linux-on-Windows experience is. It's basically like WINE in reverse (which, if you think about it, is a zillion times easier, since the Linux ABI is a lot cleaner than Windows, and they don't have to cleanroom reimplement all of the system libraries, since it's all open source). On my computer I've also installed xming and can run GUI programs, albeit without any graphics acceleration. But who plays high framerate video games on Linux anyway?
I'm thinking that if the Linux world manages to complete the transition from X11 to Wayland, it'll be pretty easy for someone to build a Wayland compositor that coexists with the native Windows desktop.
Meanwhile, the desktop itself becomes less and less relevant every year. We could be looking at the end-state here.
When one appears on the Blue Screen of Death, it doesn't look friendly either, it looks smug. I'm sure they put it in other places too, because they think they're hip and trendy.