Hi, On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM, Jack <gykazequ...@earthlink.net> wrote: > >> VBox lets you choose how much % of processor to use, so it doesn't >> have to use 100% all the time. I just wonder whether their bugs are >> due to their tweaked BIOS or some hidden instruction incompatibility >> or what. :-/ > > My own personal "guess" is that their bugs are more likely due to > incompetent BRATS "messing around" with hardware about which they > really are NOT qualified to "mess with"!!
I wouldn't be that harsh, it's a "complex" processor family, pun intended. ;-) But I do take issue with the idea that "it's open source, fix it yourself". Seriously, anybody who's ever tried to build most free/libre software has seen how ungodly it often is. (Though closed source is presumably just as bad, maybe worse.) Why coders are so ... mind-numbingly opaque is beyond me. https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Build_instructions VirtualBox seems no different. Though of course I'm only peering at the Windows portion, so I'm a bit biased, but you gotta start somewhere. Without even downloading a lick of code, I'm confronted with a *TON* of dependencies: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Windows%20build%20instructions Red flags that make me want to scream: * kBuild (modified GNU make) that has "currently 0.5 people on the planet that fully understand it" * MinGW (old GCC 3.3.1, not 3.4. which won't work) * rare build issues on various Windows (2k, Vista) for obscure reasons, e.g. requiring Cygwin Ash shell explicitly (and no support at all for Jack's favorite NT 4) * Qt 3.3.x (not 4.x) needed for frontend Granted, I know some of this is unavoidable: things change, regressions happen and new versions are released, different devs prefer different build tools, but I just really hate the complexity in building things. It's no wonder that more platforms aren't supported or that more people don't contribute ... it won't freakin' build! IT'S TOO VOLATILE! (Yeah yeah, welcome to the world, software has always been like that. Though I don't have to enjoy it.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Live Security Virtual Conference Exclusive live event will cover all the ways today's security and threat landscape has changed and how IT managers can respond. Discussions will include endpoint security, mobile security and the latest in malware threats. http://www.accelacomm.com/jaw/sfrnl04242012/114/50122263/ _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosemail@example.com https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user