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Comment: Re:Another Annoying Dependency? (Score 1) 581

by GovCheese (#48419807) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility
PulseAudio met an important need at the time, which was desktop adoption. It's a kludge but was a necessary one for "ordinary" users who increasingly wanted a machine that worked out of the box. It wasn't an issue for you, but "the minor trouble of setting up jackd", config files, and christ almighty, hardware compatibility lists were NOT flying with users who were attracted to linux but feared the tinkering. When the dust settled, and yeah, there was a lot of dust, it worked and the user base grew as a result. It's probably true that there were fewer considerations from the systemd crowd about the future of the back end and that was probably realistic and pragmatic - it doesn't make the back end any less stable. If it makes front end dev easier through a modular approach and accelerates user adoption, and that's where growth needs to occur, systemd will be a plus. I'm optimistic.

Comment: Re:Netflix is no Saint Theresa (Score 1) 135

by GovCheese (#46868933) Attached to: Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network
Either Netflix must connect via a provider that will have to pay a fee to the 1st Tier for their imbalanced peering relationship caused by the Netflix traffic, or they can directly connect with the providers that carry the content to the consumer. Either way, fees are incurred and yes, passed on to the consumer. This is an issue of "routing" and peering not an issue of neutrality. Incidentally, if they went with the former, the Tier 1 provider may incur fees themselves if they deliver more than they accept from whomever they are peering with. And that too would be passed on to the consumer via Netflix. One might suggest that anyone who believes the Tier 1 carriers are non-profit entities is uneducated. Netflix made the probably correct judgment that peering directly with Comcast would cost them less than whatever it would cost to pay the transit fee to the 1st Tier. Or would you rather the greater cost be passed onto you?

Comment: Netflix is no Saint Theresa (Score 2, Insightful) 135

by GovCheese (#46867367) Attached to: Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network
This is no threat to neutrality. This isn't even a neutrality issue. The carriers WERE neutral. Everyone else's traffic got the same shitty treatment, or good treatment if that was the case. But all traffic was treated equally and that is the goal of neutrality. However, peering relationships typically allow your traffic to pass if you allow my traffic to pass. But any carrier of Netflix is going to cause an imbalance and Netflix's PR wing decided to conflate the issue into one of neutrality, which is rather clever on their part. But you would be wrong to listen to them, and most of the media. Net neutrality is a laudable goal, but the core of this Netflix bru-ha-ha isn't a neutrality issue.

Comment: look for fedramp compliance (Score 2) 274

by GovCheese (#44396385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?
You might start with looking at FEDRAMP complaint providers found here: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/131931 I would imagine that those listed providers also have FISMA certification so you'll be able to determine if the categorization of the data you are trying to protect is met by the provider. ITAR categorized data must be stored in CONUS and I believe AWS Government Community Cloud and the USDA National Information Technology Center offered by United States Department of Agriculture supports CONUS only storage. I believe Google Apps for Government does as well. But the key thing is to ensure the FiSMA cert matches the categorization of your data.

Comment: Re:Why? ~nt~ (Score 3, Insightful) 267

by GovCheese (#44353075) Attached to: Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone
As a corporate overlord to well-meaning young hippie-leaning techies, Canonical has always been a bit odd. I recall their early versions came bundled with video samples of Nelson Mandela. That sort of bald-faced symbolic sales pitch to the young and idealistic was cleverly successful even if it now seems a bit easier to criticize them for their recent decisions. If it's a walled garden they're building, I suppose it'll have lots of flowers in it.

Comment: just wait until you have kids... (Score 1) 572

by GovCheese (#43364245) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?
...and the problem is multiplied like by a bazillion. Linux is a perfect solution except for all those kids games like Freddy Fish and when they get older, Call of Duty etc. I learned to fear my children much more than the People's Republic of Crafty Hackers. After awhile you pretty much get resigned to it and end up teaching them how to do the internets the right way. And you'll still have to re-image every so often.

Comment: Re:Netware 3 (Score 4, Funny) 187

by GovCheese (#43326011) Attached to: NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty
On the other side of an office door, I heard the worst noise I've ever heard from spinning drives and in my panic, didn't even see the "do not disturb" sign. Turns out it wasn't spinning drives I was hearing. The lactating woman on the other side of the door milking herself with a noisy pump nearly threw the infernal machine at me. Some things are not meant to be seen.

+ - Chinese open source community is brought into the global Ubuntu community->

Submitted by GovCheese
GovCheese (1062648) writes "Canonical, the software company that manages and funds Ubuntu, announced that the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will base their national reference architecture for standard operating systems on Ubuntu, and they will call it Kylin. Arguably China is the largest desktop market and the announcement has important implications. Shuttleworth's phrasing of, “The release of Ubuntu Kylin brings the Chinese open source community into the global Ubuntu community,” will irk many who already feel Shuttleworth controversial, but the partnership further cements Ubuntu as an open-source influencer. This is a win for Ubuntu. Is it a win for the open-source community?"
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Comment: Re:Just pulling a Google (Score 1) 337

by GovCheese (#43147683) Attached to: More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"
That Canonical's citing of Wayland's limitations were mostly refuted speaks to the larger issue of Canonical just not speaking to the non-Canonical dev community. Or at least this is the perception. Now that Caonical has influence, the non-Canonical devs perceive more and more that Shuttlecock is effectively developing a closed system that abandons the cooperative consensus that has driven community progress in the past. And when their Contributor License Agreement provides for non-free copyright, if Canonical chooses, with contributions toCanonical code, the fear is heightened. Of course the lens/privacy issue confirmed that fear. Basically Canonical is seen as more and more as throwing its corporate weight in ways that aren't pretty. It may or may not be good for linux going mainstream, but it's not pretty.

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