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    Reminds me of Eric Schwartz’s work on the Amiga. I didn’t know what the “furry aesthetic” was in the 90’s, but thanks to Eric there was a large amount of that kind of artwork in the Amiga world.

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      Oh man I used to love his stuff!

      I was pleased to find a number of his animations preserved on Youtube - Soviet Soft Landing and Batman

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        Noooo. His crowning achievement is this:


        Just ponder: what if GLaDOS were an Amiga?

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          I didn’t use Amigas. That was still great for me, too.

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            That was epic, thanks for the link.

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              He pretty much gets all the history in. I laughed out loud when the Commodore 10 ton weight got dropped on the Amiga. That’s pretty much exactly what happened.

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                I mean I was never into Amiga but I picked up the history via osmosis.

                Is it the original vocal track? I’ve actually never played the game to its end, but I enjoy the version with Sara Quin on vocals:


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                  Yes. He admits in the credits he cheated and used a Mac to do the editing, so I imagine he spliced the track in (but at least it was a Power Mac). The credits music remix is also diegetic music in the game.

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              That is… Beautiful. I’d never seen it before. So full of in jokes and references - positively delightful :)

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                “No use crying over every mistake” as an A600, CDTV and handheld DE plunk down. Vicious.

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                  My favorite bit of shade thrown is the stampede of Gateway themed cows running away from the Commodore implosion :)

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          There is also nice drawing by twitter user cathodegaytube

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            The “GNU generation” bit hasn’t aged particularly well, if anything I see the influence of GNU disappearing further and further.

            Apple is removing GPL stuff whenever they can, Android was never GNU at all, Clang has turned into a realistic alternative to GCC (and the competition made GCC better), Musl seems to become a more and more popular alternative to Glibc and Guile has lot less adoption than Lua. So having a non-GNU/Linux system is pretty much feasible/trivial.

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              GPL licensed software is doing quite well in the enterprise, cloud, and web application space. AWS and GCP (and to a lesser but still very relevant degree, Azure) all rely quite heavily on Linux and the GNU userland. The Linux desktop doesn’t have anything like the market share compared to Windows or Mac but you won’t find many dev tools that aren’t cross-platform for all three.

              The examples you listed (Android and Apple) are consumer products shipped by companies who would prefer the benefit of integrating and shipping open source software without the burden of having to contribute back to the community in some minimally meaningful fashion.

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                I was specifically talking about GNU projects, not GPL projects. The only GNU projects without a serious non-GNU contender these days are what, coreutils and Emacs? The former could be replicated with moderate effort but there is little point to it and the latter is an editor.

                My point being that GNU as operating system (as in GNU/Linux) has become less and less important, since it very much feasible to run a fully featured non-GNU/Linux operating system.

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                  The only GNU projects without a serious non-GNU contender these days are what, coreutils and Emacs?


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                    Isn’t MATLAB a serious non-GNU contender to Octave?

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                      No, because Octave is a free replacement for Matlab and Matlab is not a free replacement for Matlab.

                      There are no serious non-GNU contenders for free Matlab replacements.

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                        What do you mean by “free” in “free Matlab replacements”? I don’t think something has to be free (as in beer) to be a serious contender to a free (as in speech) application…

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                          The only free that matters to someone whose avatar is a baby gnu.

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                      If our baseline is “compatible-with-MATLAB” then yes, Octave doesn’t really have any serious competition in that space (bar MATLAB itself).

                      But if we’re looking at numeric/scientific programming environments, then Julia, Python + Jupyter are strong contenders.

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                        Yep, that is exactly the baseline. There’s lots of Matlab code out there that will be relevant for all foreseeable future. It needs to run on something and that something can’t be nothing but Matlab.

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                      How is having a competitor bad? If anything having competition means projects don’t stagnate to internal politics and actually innovate. It’s a shame that there is only one really viable kernel for gnu systems these days. The world would be a lot better of there were several.

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                        It’s a shame that there is only one really viable kernel for gnu systems these days.

                        GNU/kFreeBSD and GNU/kNetBSD are/were a thing. But apparently, there is not much interest in these.

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                          Debian GNU/FreeBSD is still developed (albeit at a very slow rate) but Debian GNU/NetBSD never matured enough to have a release before it was inevitably abandoned.

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                        Ghostscript, Make (and I am not talking about build-systems, but Makefile interpreters and runners), gettext, R, Nano, ncurses, and as we count coreutils, then AWK, sed, and tar.

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                      I think that the existence of non-GNU Linux variants isn’t coming at the cost of GNU/Linux. It’s a separate market that grows independently and still supplies good patches in the projects shared by both.

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                        Android was never GNU at all,

                        Well, the kernel used to boot Android phones is Linux / GNU GPLv2 .. but I get your point; noting in ASOP or any of the core apps is GPL

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                          GNU/Linux specifically refers to the kernel Linux plus the GNU userland (compiler collection, coreutils, libraries, etc). Android isn’t running the GNU operating system.