Code and Google translate: awesomeness

Some time ago I found out one of my articles was translated to another language (yay for that, woo for not letting me know about it). To understand what my own article said, I had to use Google translate on the site. Guess what? c++ and Google translate can produce hilarious results:
# The include "throw.h" the extern "the C" {void seppuku () {throw statement the Exception () ; }}
Another one I liked:
the struct the Exception {}; # ifdef __cplusplus the extern "the C" {# endif void seppuku (); # Ifdef __cplusplus} # endif
Now you know it. Next time you’re looking at some incomprehensible c++ code, run it through Google translate. It may improve it.

Ubuntu 15.10: Ubuntu ME

Warning: semi-useless rant ahead. TL;DR: Avoid Ubuntu 15.10 – it’s the closest Linux has ever been to Windows ME.

I have been using Ubuntu for a while now. From the time when Canonical actually mailed real, physical CDs of the distro. So get of my lawn.

In all of my Linux years I have never, ever, had such a horrible installation experience as I did this weekend with Ubuntu 15.10. I may go as far as saying not even Windows ME was this horrible to install. I hit dozens of critical show-stopper bugs, from poor UEFI support to an installer that crashed when clicking “Go back”. And that’s only the installation, don’t get me started on the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop… (hint: my big desktop screen is NOT a phone. Swiping to login? Bad idea for a mouse).

A few hints for any other poor souls that made the fatal mistake of installing Ubuntu ME:

  • UEFI? Say no. Get a different computer if you can. Try to set it in legacy mode if you can not.
  • Try not to repartition and install Ubuntu on the same go. Even more so if you have UEFI. First install, then rearrange partitions with a live cd.
  • If you get a few (or a few dozen) “system crash notifications” when starting up your GUI, check /var/crash. Delete everything from there.
  • If you want Kubuntu, don’t install Ubuntu and then apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. That’s broken. If you want Kubuntu just get its install image.
  • Don’t install Kubuntu. Really, it’s horrible and it crashes. (You though I called 15.10 Ubuntu ME for no reason?)
  • Don’t like Gnome? XFCE is usable and can be configured to look more or less like a sane version of KDE. It still crashes but at least it’s quick to boot.
  • If you get a disk check on every startup just disable it on fstab. No, it’s not nice. I haven’t found any other workarounds yet.

I have no idea when has Ubuntu gone so horribly bad, but I’m not looking forward to installing any Ubuntu distro anytime soon. I wonder what Slackware looks like these days.

2016? Still not the year of the Linux desktop.

Update: XFCE is great… except it doesn’t really support moving the mouse.  Seems Ubuntu is having a nostalgic release and decided to introduce old bugs from 2012!