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The Little Desktop That Could

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the Elder Gods of the Digital Universe decreed that the Icon would rule the World of Desktops, just as it had dominated the Land of the Hand-held since the dawn of time. No matter that on a giant monitor the Firefox appeared at nearly life size, all desktop items were to be stripped of verbal clues to the nature of their meaning.

To this decree the citizens of the State of Microsoft responded with their customary grumbles about the dictatorial nature of their government, but plodded dutifully along in lockstep. The inhabitants of the Apple Garden actually applauded the change and gave praise to their Great Leader for beautifying the walls of their garden yet again.

Even among the usually combative throng that populates Linuxville there were those who were inclined to accept the Desktop by Default. Though they disputed mightily among themselves as they always did, many of them actually tried to see something good in the New Order, and found a feature here and there which they could still alter a bit to gratify their need for a sense of control.

And one scruffy little community that had formed on the very outermost outskirts of Linuxville found a way to get around the Cosmic Decree entirely and keep the age-old Desktop Tradition alive. They called themselves LXDE.

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Summary: A 2-hour investigation reveals that Tux Machines is now the victim of an arrogant, out-of-control Baidu TUX MACHINES has been mostly offline later this morning. It has evidently become the victim of Baidu's lawlessness, having fallen under huge dumps of requests from IP addresses which can be traced back to Baidu and whose requests say Baidu as well (we tried blocking these, but it's not easy to do by IP because they have so many). They don't obey robots.txt rules; not even close! It turns out that others suffer from this as well. These A-holes have been causing a lot of problems to the site as of late (slowdowns was one of those problems), including damage to the underlying framework. Should we report them? To who exactly? Looking around the Web, there are no contact details (in English anyway) by which to reach them. Baidu can be very evil towards Web sites. Evil. Just remember that.