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Comment: Re:kinda dissapointed... (Score 1) 179 179

Will the journal file format be standardized? Where can I find an explanation of the on-disk data structures?

At this point we have no intention to standardize the format and we take the liberty to alter it as we see fit. We might document the on-disk format eventually, but at this point we don’t want any other software to read, write or manipulate our journal files directly. The access is granted by a shared library and a command line tool. (But then again, it’s Free Software, so you can always read the source code!)

Comment: Re:kinda dissapointed... (Score 1) 179 179

Just a comment.

And what's the difference if SystemRescueCD ships journalctl alongside grep and emacs to show me system-log files?

If I recall correctly, the binary format of the logs are not standardized. They are free to change between releases. Specifically, this was meant that you would need the version of journalctl that was compiled with version of systemd that was running. This was touted as one of the security (through obscurity) features of systemd's logging.

While upgrading, to debug you may need a rescue CD of the old release and a rescue CD of the new release. Or the rescue CD will have to bundle multiple versions of journalctl. Or someone else will have to come in and enforce a standard log format that systemd's maintains do not intend to provide.

Comment: Re:Same question as I had more than a decade ago (Score 1) 198 198

Here are some possible turning points:

- The US government succeeds in anti-trust action against MS. Certain other world governments take action of their own.

You realize that case was a long time ago and a lot of the behavior I was discussing happened after that.

- Several strong competitors emerge who dominate in related areas of phones, tablets, cloud, search, social media, etc. Which leads us to:
- The market changes where the dominance in desktop OS is no longer the dominant factor in computing

I'll admit, that's reason for them to do something desperate. Having competition again does not imply Microsoft has become trustworthy.

- New leadership takes the reins at MS

... for the second time.

- MS begins to open-source their software, not because they suddenly received a vision from the Prophet Richard Stallman, but because they recognize that the old model of "embrace and extend" simply doesn't work anymore.

You are assuming a reason and an intent. That is where I am lead to believe differently than you.

If that's not enough, what is?

Microsoft spent decades working hard to earn the reputation they have. And I have to accent that. They earned their reputation. For a start, how about one decade of reasonable decent behavior without dirty secrets of back stabling coming to light in that time. Maybe one decade for 3+ is too much to ask?

Comment: Re:maybe because it's a quote (Score 1) 308 308

I would take it to mean that the reporter is merely quoting the officials as opposed to corroborating that it was in fact an attempted "penetration" as opposed to being an attempted "bombing" or "protest" or "delivery" or "request for directions" or "wrong turn".

Comment: Re:Same question as I had more than a decade ago (Score 1) 198 198

at one point

There's your answer right there. Maybe things have changed.

I hear you. And I've been hearing people just like you for over a decade. "But now things are different." "Microsoft have changed."

But if ... you see the war as having been fought and lost by the enemy who has capitulated ...

The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. The appearance of "capitulation" is a documented part of Microsoft's playbook. Usually it takes a few years, but history shows that each time they give the half-hearted appearance of opening up and being more civil to the Open Source Community you find they were doing something far more underhanded at the same time behind the scenes.

That not to say that Microsoft could never change. If I were gambling with my heart, sure I'd like to believe they have changed this time. If I were gambling with my wallet ... well, I've seen this one before.

There must be more to life than having everything. -- Maurice Sendak