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Comment: Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (Score 1) 468

by Damouze (#47960763) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

I have no idea why Redhat made so many changes in their most recent release, but it is so vast that it may as well be a completely new distro. To name a FEW:

  Anaconda RHEL installer completely redesigned

About time.

Legacy GRUB boot loader replaced by GRUB2

Adds a bit of complexity to it, but GRUB2 is much more versatile than old-fashioned GRUB. Besides, it's also much more mature now.

Procedure for bypassing root password prompt at boot completely different

As long as [sudo] su - still works (with any kind of password), I'm happy. It's root. You're not supposed to bypass the password prompt! But, if you really, really, want to, you could always issue init=/bin/bash at the kernel command line in grub[2]. Used to work with lilo, still works with grub[2] as well.

SysV init system and all related tools replaced by systemd

The sheer horror. Seriously, another reason NOT to use Red Shit.

ext4 replaced by xfs as default filesystem type

That, at least, is an improvement. Both ext3 and ext4 have fundamental design flaws (like kjournald (and alike) that pops up every five seconds and slows down your system to a grinding halt if you're especially unlucky because it fails to check if it's already running). XFS is a much more robust design in any case, and way, way faster to boot!

Directories /bin, /sbin, /liband /lib64are now all under the /usrdirectory

Not too sure what to think of this. On the other hand, Solaris does basically the same and has been doing that for a quite while.

Network interfaces have a new naming scheme based on physical device location (e.g., eth0might become enp0s3)

Not sure what to think of this either. On the other hand, various UNIX variants do more or less the same.

ntpdreplaced by chronydas the default network time protocol daemon

Hmm. Not familiar with that one. Is that the one that will absolutely refuse to update your time and date completely?

GNOME2 replaced by GNOME3 as default desktop environment

Arf. Gnome. Nuff said.

System registration and subscription now handled exclusively with Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM)

I blame Oracle for that.

MySQL replaced by Mariadb

I blame Oracle for that too.

tgtdreplaced by targetcli

What a shame. Last I checked, tgtd was just about the only ISCSI target daemon that made any kind of sense. But I admit, it's been a while.

High Availability Add-On: RGManager removed as resource-management option (in favor of Pacemaker)

Just a symptom. WIth systemd as the beating heart of your system, you'll need that Pacemaker. Especially if it's in the death throes of the log corruption you are bound to get.

ifconfigand routecommands are further deprecated in favor of ip

I love the 'ip' command. It's powerful. Still, for heaven's sake, let's keep the old commands?

netstatfurther deprecated in favor of ss

Stupid decision. Netstat is at the core of many a UNIX admin's skills.

System user UID range extended from 0-499 to 0-999

Couldn't care less. As long as I can reserve 1000 for myself (pun intended).

locateno longer available by default; (available as mlocatepackage)

Hmm. Why on earth would one want to do that?

nc(netcat) replaced by nmap-ncat

Well, nmap is a powerful tool. This, for once, makes sense to me.

Systemd is pain to use for me and feels backwards... I find troubleshooting processes with it to be more frustrating than anything else Redhat has done in the past 20 years... Well, almost.

More frustrating than using what's basically a GUI-only installer on a system that really does not need a GUI in the first place? Sure, you can use the anaconda text mode installer, but it does not support LVM and if there's one thing you really like on any Linux system, it's LVM. It's clean, it's mean and it's easy to setup and use. Actually it's easier to setup outside any installer, but anaconda (at least in text mode) refuses to pick it up and will happily propose (and if you let it, setup) a non-LVm installation for you anyway.

Comment: Re:Funny inability to see alternatives (Score 1) 468

by Damouze (#47960527) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

You know. I could not care less about systemd, journald or wayland.

Wayland is just a piece of crap that supposedly should bring the desktop to Linux. Well, here's a reminder: the 'desktop' has been available for Unix like operating systems for the past 30 years or so. It's called X. But the developers of Wayland (or Mir) don't like X. The fact that it is a f****ng UNIX standard does not even come to mind! Instead, they decide to reinvent the wheel. Twice! But... Remote X sessions? No way José!

I have played around with systemd and journald. It's sort of fun. Until you realize it breaks the very thing that it is supposed to provide: a standardized way of booting up your system. Again, someone tried to reinvent the wheel. And now twice as well!

And why the hell do I need dbus? Come on, can't people invent an IPC mechanism that is even marginally more useful than that and at least more well-programmed and well-behaved? What do I need dbus for if all I am doing with my system is say, running sendmail?

Anyway, enough with the ranting. Uselessd is a fitting name. Even so, adopting it (or systemd) requires a change of philosophy, one that I am not willing to make. Linux (and UNIX in general) is supposed to be an open system with a intelligible interface. Hell, all init is supposed to do is run a shell script! It is not supposed to be this big binary blob that only takes up memory. Memory that I could be using for other things, like say, run sendmail...

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 635

by Damouze (#47789967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Hear hear.

With regards to editors. I used to -hate- vi. Passionately and with an almost religious fervor. To the extent that I renamed the vi binary to sucky-editor etc. For me, joe was the way to go. At university, on systems that were maintained by me, vi was usually a symlink to joe ;-).

All those wordstar key combo's that I was used to from those days (and nights) that I spent writing my next C program were not lost to me. I could still use them in joe while I was writing my C programs for Linux. Them good ol' times...

Nowadays, there is a dichotomy of editors in my twisted brain. If it's flat text I use vi. Mainly because of it's powerful search and replace features. If it's something else, like a UNIX shell script or a SQL file, I still use joe.

Comment: The programming language for the next 20 years... (Score 5, Insightful) 315

by Damouze (#47560645) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

C. Plain old C.

Entire Operating Systems are written in it. Userland tools for those operating systems are usually written in it. Any self-respecting developer knows at least C. The rest is just like fashion tips: next year they're outdated.

Although, as much as I hate to admit it, the same could be said for Java...

Comment: Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (Score 1) 1098

by Damouze (#46065333) Attached to: FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

In what way is it impossible for people to use GPL licensed software to develop commercial applications? Loads of companies do it and not every single one of them shares the source code of their product or products with their customers.

I tend to take a stance in the middle ground here. The GPL license and the BSD license serve different purposes, just like the rest of the plethora of licenses in existence do. It is up to the developers to decide which of those licenses suits them and their philosophy best.

I used to be a nearly religious advocate of the GPL v2.x licenses and their derivatives. In fact, in many ways I still am. The problem with the current incarnation, GPL v3, however, is that it contains more restrictions than freedoms. And while I am no fan of DRM of binary blobs in software, preventing them from being included in Free and Open Source software harms the cause of Free and Open Source Software more than it does it any good, to name an example. Add to that the fact that the legalese in general of the GPL v3 does not invite a sense of freedom (at least to me it doesn't) it could be argued that it actually foregoes its original goals, in favour of the licensing equivalent of hard marxism.

In other words, the GPL v3 doesn't suit me, so I tend to avoid it in my hobby projects. Fortunately for me (and the rest of the world) they're exactly that: hobby projects.

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.