>>47486062 Why? He documented the technical background required to properly view his presentation so students can troubleshoot most problems themselves without needing to ask the lecturer. >the free open source office suite This part is a little cringe, but all in all it's quite alright.
>old IT prof in my uni used to be chill and pretty casual >''what works just works'' >got into talk with him randomly and talked about Linux and the whole free-business >one year later he was Stallman 2.0 and now forces everyone to go for FreeBSD, Slack and Debian
>>47486062 >Lecturer at my uni just went full freetard >has anyone else experienced this?
Yes. >looking forward to a harmless software course >some java, xml, uml, oop, some spatial topics >boring, but good environment for what we do >easy creds
I'm pretty sure they never actually programmed something worthwhile.
My uni has a policy whereby you can contest (and get for free as in beer) if you need to use any non-free software that isn't pre-disclosed in the course guide.
All documents uploaded need to be available in PDF/A (other formats are allowed but must be supplementary) and all multimodal content is available in vp8 or vorbis (again, other formats can be had but only if a free format is available as well).
>>47486377 whats wrong with brackets? its very comfortable to work with and if you miss a feature its probably already exists as a plugin. also that inline editing of other files and that sweet as live preview.
>>47486062 >talks about open source >freetard No, absolutely not. If he's a freetard as you claim, he was born by artificial insemination with stolen sperm. We are not supporters of open source, we do not agree with basic values of open source, we do not try to participate in open source activities and when anyone refers to our work with that term we take offense. You really shouldn't have done that. You should've known better.
>>47486062 Go to your student rep or whatever you have and make a complaint to be raised at the next staff meeting about your professor making it purposely difficult for you to access course material and even making snarky readme's about how it has been made to be crippled under students software.
>>47487704 I've been using LO for years and never had problems with opening and viewing MO documents made by dinosaur professors. Some people should just use a computer before going to study IT/CS for "muh money"
>ctrl-f >no pandoc Use pandoc. It can convert .tex to .docx. I'm not really sure about the effectiveness tho but it worth a try. I would convert to rtf tho and only do the docx conversion in MS Office. I'm pretty sure you will lose formatting of sections and headers tho.
>>47487674 I've done this twice in my uni career. First time the guy was so buttmad that he quit and became an adjunct at another university lmao. Second time the guy switched to ms office but I ended up switching professors because I could tell he knew I was the one who lodged the complaint.
>>47487903 I did it too but only to a fellow student who emailed our group odt word documents that went to shit when opened.
The worst part was I even downloaded fucking libreoffice and it still didn't open right. Eventually I just complained about him and he was given a warning and we got 2 week extension to make up for wasted time.
No idea if libreoffice is still so shitty, this was 1.5 years ago and I get Office for free so the fuck if I care.
>>47488027 libreoffice is a little better now, but still pure shit. Even simple things like printing a powerpoint presentation in 2x8 format per page is difficult and annoying with libreoffice, and the end result looks like shit
I don't think he's a freetard, I think he's just your average CS professor who likes Linux because trying to just sit down and fucking code in Windows is a bitch, and they'd rather not spend a bunch of money on Macbook.
>>47486062 Thats exactly how it should be done. >LO works on any OS >anybody can use it completely for free >proprietards can just install it next to Microsoft Office, it won't hurt them in any way If you can't be assed to just install one single software for a course then I can't help you.
>>47488296 >have never I've ported software to Windows many times and it always was a shitty experience.
WinAPI is horrible, you don't have any package manager and need to resolve dependencies for yourself for every supported architecture, Windows is the only OS that is causing this much trouble.
You need to bundle all binaries, which can cause you to pull in several GB of stuff in certain cases (Boost libraries). You need to handle library updates manually cause you don't have a package manager that will do it for you in case of security problems.
The only way to make Windows dev bearable is when you can afford to only ship for Windows and use all those nice sugar coating and abstraction Microsoft has created around their horrible core, but those times are long over which leaves you with a shitty development platform.
The official CS department workflow at UNH involved doing your homework with the fileserver mounted over SSHFS. The recommendation for Windows users was "get a real operating system." It was so funny watching the winplebs struggle with WinSCP and cmd.exe while the Macfags and us Linux users just got our shit done.
>>47489104 Just use the Microsoft VS Redistributable. You rarely have to bundle dependencies, most things you'll need have installers from Microsoft your users are supposed to install. Like DirectX, .NET, whatever. The rest just needs you to include some dlls, and updating those would have you need to recompile the program anyway since they will continue to use whatever version they were linked to at compiling time.
>>47489329 Static linking is for people who want to develop bloatware.And the fact that it is preferred on windows shows that windows is still stuck in the 90's.There is only 1 good reason to statically link,that is to make your app future proof,but if you don't plan to support your application,why make it at all?
>>47489642 I misplaced the 'the'. But in all honesty free software is a fight to free the source code and to allow the consumer to do things to software which traditional closed source eula's do not allow.Basically with open source software you do not own a licence to use software,you own the actual code.
>>47486062 This lecturer is doing it perfectly fine.
He provides not just one, but two cross-platform readers that are fairly widely used and don't require even a specific implementation of a certain software and have free as well as open sauce viewers.
He points at the most common free viewers/editors, too.
We should wish all lecturers are like that, and not fucking MS / OSX fanboys that require a set of a proprietary OS together with 10 proprietary tools to just read / edit a fucking graph and work on the basics of SQL or something like that.
>>47489588 There are many libraries that install to common folders on Windows. Boost isn't one of them.
Your entire post reeks of ignorance and misunderstandings by the way >WinAPI is horrible, you don't have any package manager and need to resolve dependencies for yourself for every supported architecture Not a WinAPI issue. WinAPI doesn't even vary "by supported architecture", what the fuck. There are small differences between Windows versions, but you can easily check for the availability of functions. Full backwards compatibility.
>several GB of stuff Complete BS. You don't link unused functions (unlike certain freetard linkers which are dumb as bricks, e.g. GCC)
>>47489861 Are you really telling me that 50% or anywhere even remotely close to that number of people interested in tech are women? I'm not saying it's not a woman, and I'm not saying it can't be, but it is rather safe to assume it's a man.
>>47489223 My school forced all of our C projects to be compiled and run on remote Linux boxes. Of course you could develop locally, but final submissions had to work in their Red Hat environment. Suffice to say the people who had never used a terminal extensively before had a hard time, especially in the OS class, but I wondered what they were doing in a CS program anyway.
Why would someone who is genuinely interested in computers, to the extent they want to work with computers, stick with the same OS that came with their shitty HP and never even have the curiosity to experiment? Always blew my mind. And this is anecdotal but I noticed that those people were usually poorer programmers and seemed to be in the field only for the money/job safety rather than any actual interest. They were also far more likely to switch majors 2 years into their undergrad because of boredom or an abysmal GPA.
>>47489654 He offers a pdf. There's nothing wrong with offering LibreOffice files instead of Microsoft Office files in addition to the pdf. If anything that is what ALL of our universities should be doing. The cost of education is astronomical right now, it's an unsustainable bubble, and anything that can be done to reduce that cost should be applauded. American college students get fucked long and hard enough as it is by the textbook industry.
My school forced us to purchase a software bundle, which included Microsoft Office, whether you already had the software or not. That's bullshit. It's basically a tax on college students that gets funneled directly into Microsoft's coffers. And it's not uncommon because Microsoft is not dumb. They know they can arrange these "agreements" with universities all over the country and make a nice profit while directly contributing to the exploding cost of education.
The people who learn Windows and Microsoft tools and never experiment or deviate throughout the course of their entire career are more likely to be bad programmers.
>>47486062 >professor documents how to view the lectures >Doesn't use a format that requires his students to get software that costs money >Exports in two formats in case students are having problems >Suggests options for the students to use Seems like an alright guy to me
>Person who dedicated his life to educating younger generations takes action to encourage the usage of free and healthy alternatives to broken corporate-shit that costs shitloads of money if used by the law. >Windows users get all buttblasted hurrr microsoft dindu nuffin
>my face when
Usage of non-free software in public schools should be fucking illegal.
In my experience, the only teachers that don't use free software are the technologically impaired. If you find teachers from computer related courses using Windows/etc you should get the fuck out of that place.
>>47490071 I had a calc professor once who has all of his lectures as a giant docx and he just scrolled through it >>47490025 I couldn't agree more. >>47490099 I was not aware of this initiative by the british government, but right on >>47490120 Implying it is >>47490122 I went to a shitty community college for my first two years of college, and everyone there used Windows or OS X, and everyone thought I was some kind of computer wizurd just because I had ubuntu on my laptop, when in reality it was because I was tired of defragmenting and constantly cleaning
There's this sort of weird mystic fog that surrounds non commercial software, like it might bite or something.
>>47490154 You're focusing too much on his grammar error and not his point. You are paying for those, "free," products, indirectly through your tuition. There are better places that money could have gone.
>>47490095 >What shitty college doesn't have student software programs? I live a third world shithole and we get free Microsoft software throught Microsoft Spark in college. "Free." Right. Come on man. You think Microsoft donated that software to your school? You're paying for it indirectly, whether you need it or not, through tuition & fees.
I was not mandated to install any of the software in the bundle, but all freshmen were required to purchase the bundle. Even if you are not charged directly for the "student software bundle" at your school, I assure you, the costs are being passed down to you, in some form. Microsoft is a business not a charity. They do not do things for free.
Your school pays Microsoft big bucks for what is called a "campus license agreement," and you pay the school to attend. In effect, it's a Microsoft tax levied on students, who (at least in the US) are already getting megafucked.
I guarantee you the professor in the OP knew some butthurt Windaz fans would be upset and provide him with negative feedback, and he did it anyway, because it's the ethically correct and financially sane thing to do. It's too bad the administrators in academia aren't like him.
>>47490398 Actually, I could imagine microsoft "donating" software to schools, so that the students would grow up learning how to use that software, and would stick to it in the future >start 'em young
>teaches hates our asshole principal just like everyone else >local company sponsored some stuff for school for the publicity >principal made the compsci teacher make a "cool" flash banner for the company's page in exchange >teacher makes one but is angry because doing projects for external companies so the principal can cozy up to them is not in his job description >teacher knows Anon does ActionScript (this was like 2005) >teacher gets Anon to write a script which broke the banner and screwed with the company's page a few days after the teacher quit his job
>>47490398 Yup. At least when they make you purchase the software, A) I don't have to support it B) All the people using it go, hey, wtf, this shit is expensive, now that my parents tuition money isn't paying for it!
after doing a "group paper" with a MSO faggots and dealing with subtle format fuckups, I stopped using binary document formats.
LaTeX may be a joke to some users on /g/ and I'll be honest, it's a pain in the ass sometimes, but it's a plaintext format that can be version controlled without fuckspensive binary diffs and also has the bonus of scaring away the shitty CS kiddies that are retarded or afraid to learn a different way of doing things.
A dude at my undergrad in the late 90s tried to get us to go all Linux at the time. Most of my classmates were incapable of using any OS, much less early Linux. We tried to tell him that it wouldn't work for most people, but we could consider Mac to avoid MS's monopoly. He said no. A year before he was an Apple militant, but we said "they're both for profit." Then he came back a freetard.
>>47491216 Same. The autistic neckbeards are the anime/yugioh/halo/nintendo/waifu crowd, and I'm good without them >>47491218 >incapable of using any OS wut Seriously tho, that guy is just a sheep looking for some kind of cause to devote himself to. He's the same as the guy who tries to be the stereotypical stoner or gamer or jock. They're equally sad and two dimensional
>>47491342 I quite enjoy videogames, and there are a few anime that I've really enjoyed
It's when any one interest or hobby dominates a persons life, such that they cannot talk or think about anything else that they become intolerable to be around I do all the /g/ and /v/ things, but I have other hobbies and interests too. The same goes for my friends and (most of) my coworkers
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