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Comment: You are way too late for the party (Score 1) 79

CW is dead, buddy.

Dead as in "There are few people left on the planet who actively work CW on a high proficiency level without using a keyboard and a screen reader".

Today you can see ham shacks without a CW keyer as a norm, and if you see a CW keyer, the owner only in rare cases can go beyond 20wpm without breaking a sweat, making lots of errors all along the way and getting frustrated at hearing others do perfect CW, albeit with a keyboard.

To give you a sense of scale: There are no more than roughly 4-500 hams worldwide, who can use an electronic keyer in such a way that they can hold a meaningful conversation on the air at more than 40wpm at an acceptable error rate and who at the same time can follow such a conversation with their ears easily.

I know quite a few members of that minority and they are all like dinosaurs about to die out. The future lies in predictive keying by a computer, high resolution SDRs for decoding and give it another 10 years even the most ardent pro-CW people will make way for other digital modes that can handle all the distinct advantages of CW operating (FullBK/QSK, pile ups and propagation resilience) just as good or better.

Speaking for myself, by now I am fed up with going on the air and either listen to either machine CW or inept operators who never were afforded the luxury of good tutoring and coaching to make their CW better, more precise and fluent.

So, let me rephrase my initial sentence: CW may not be dead, but the true CW operator is a dying species and I can't see any merits to your project when the future is machine-only anyway.

Comment: It'all there! Why don't you use it? (Score 0) 104

by DF5JT (#45361055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tools For Managing Multiple Serial Console Servers?

Disclaimer: I work for these guys:

As somebody said before, this shop sounds like a fragile thing if some of those people leave. If customers depend on it, it might be advisable to switch to standardized tools for managing KVM environments. oVirt is the upstream project to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, i.e. those guys who really know KVM.

oVirt has pretty much everything he could ever dream of - and it is well documented, so any successor will immediately be able to handle the environment. Of course Open Source, it has a very active community with real experts:

Can't think of any reason no to use oVirt. It the exact feature set the OP is looking for, addressing his specific needs:

"Having a minimal CLI console available can make the product more attractive to users who use the command line and prefer to avoid using the GUI. It can also provide a simple and fast shell that requires no special client besides an ssh client, without having to connect to the actual VM. Serial console access can also be used for VM troubleshooting at the lower level."

Here you are:

Also, oVirt has a very active community:

Take a look, it's free...

Comment: Re:Only time will tell... (Score 1) 631

by DF5JT (#44946409) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

Yes, but it is slow.

And if you ever tried upgrading Fedora from the command line, you know what for a mess it is.

I'm certain it isn't used successfully by YOU on more than a few servers if you say that...

We support thousands of systems, and know what the difference is :)

It's workable for most situations, but it's crappy technology compared to .deb/apt-get

Your thousands of servers sound like a way to boast your own ego, no more.

Thousands of server run by a pro do not run Fedora, they run either RHEL or CentOS, depending on how cheap you are.

And of course, for updates to thousands of systems a real admin knows how to use either Spacewalk or Red Hat Satellite, again depending on how cheap you are.

That said, yum update works fine on this machine.

What again was your point?

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 729

by DF5JT (#44937297) Attached to: Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

I have never fully switched to KDE4 because of many of its limitations, the most annoying being the network, memory and CPU load panel displays. In KDE3 one had the option of displaying absolute values in a pre-defined range. Gone in KDE4; all you can see are wobbly displays with relative values that have, err, relatively low value for their actual purpose.

These days I am really happy for the KDE3 fork and ever since it works on Fedora 19 I can now go back to a functional desktop both at work and at home.

And, yes, the middle click works fine ;-)

Comment: Re:we already do that for QC. All maintainers see (Score 2) 472

by DF5JT (#44794709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?

When RedHat submits something, Canonical will point out any reasons it shouldn't be accepted.

I had a good laugh when I read this.

Red Hat employs hundreds of software engineers, contributing a lot to the entire Linux ecosystem. Canonical's resources in terms of code contribution are laughable in comparison and being a streamlined business Cacnonical has few, if any, resources to review third party code. They are happy to ride along, but the number of people at Canonical who actually write and read code outside the shiny UI field are hardly those with the expertise to review low level kernel code.

Comment: Re:Pirating Windows? (Score 2) 182

by DF5JT (#44578255) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Bring On the Clones

That is actually incorrect. The CentOS part of your installation invalidates your support contract/subscription for the RHEL part of the cluster.

Red Hat does not offer you the option of a mixed anvironment. It's either all Red Hat, supported, or mixed and completely unsupported.

I am with Red Hat on this one, actually.

Comment: Re:What to make of OpenStack? (Score 1) 114

by DF5JT (#44573137) Attached to: VMware CEO: OpenStack Is Not For the Enterprise

Coupled with that comes my prediction that OpenStack will "fragment" rather sooner rather than later, with each of its backers offering some sort of "enhanced" ("enterprise") version (with stability patches and some additional features) that may or may not be a bit cheaper overall than VMware (all things taken into account), leaving you with a solution that works "almost like VMware, for almost the same price".

Am I too pessimistic?

I believe you are.

With Red Hat having jumped on board, Open Stack is going into a new direction that will not lead to fragmentation, but to consolidation. Red Hat's is one really good player in terms of Open Source. They throw resources at projects and they always do this upstream, delivering patches, enhancements, integration bits right where they belong and where they help the community best.

Red Hat is a guarantee that Open Stack will evolve into the next generation enterprise platform and VMware's CEO is either scared to death or simply a moron.

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