First off, a special catch-up entry for my very, very
special Slashdot friends.
I've set up a new blog on my site, using a combination of Perl, ASCIIdoc, Make and email. It's working well, though there are some bugs and missing features. The main things I like about it are that it's plain text and there's no PHP. At last, I can edit things in emacs without using Mozex!
And so, on to today's entry in which I make a fool of myself by denigrating different operating systems based on experiences from three years ago. As always, there are comments both here and on the website...including a FreeBSD committer who cordially invites me to put my money where my mouth is. Fair point, and I'll be responding to that later. (Along with admitting my ignorance about pkg-src on Solaris.)
On with the show!
libpst is a
command-line tool that converts Outlook
In other news, I borked my home machine (Debian testing) by trying to extend a partition w/ReiserFS. That gave me a perfect excuse to upgrade to a bigger disk and reinstall Debian.
Next up is maybe looking at replacing my venerable copy of Slackware 9 with a Debian install, too; the ease of installing and upgrading Debian packages is just too good to pass up.
I did consider other OSs:
FreeBSD: Even after three years, port-upgrade still scares me.
NetBSD: meh, what's exciting about that?
OpenBSD: Secure, yes, and God knows I'd like to use pf. But not easy to upgrade, either ports or releases.
Dragonfly: Not yet.
BSDs in general: I want a journalled FS.
OpenSolaris: If I wanted to upgrade everything by hand, I'd stick with Slackware.
And yes, I realize I'm damned ignorant, and that a server should not be exciting. But I'm convinced that a big part of running a server successfully is ease of upgrading, whether security fixes or new app versions, and Debian is just wonderful.