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Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 227 227

Care to really quantify that, based on real experience? Here's my ha'p'orth.

Linux kernel: You get the source and quite a lot of info on what each option does in menuconfig or whatever.
Mailer daemons (for example): Postfix, Exim and Sendmail are very well documented, have excellent mailing lists. Masses of examples across the web and shed loads of forums and postings
Samba, BIND, KDE, Gnome, Apache, nginx, HA Proxy, Elastic Search, Hadoop, Postgres, MariaDB, libvirtd, Xorg, NetworkManager, FreeCAD, LibreCAD, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Evolution, Krita, Scribus ...... blimey the list goes on and on and on. Anyway they all have really good docs and a massive support organisation.

Do you really think that a distro needs to do anymore than note down what they do that is "different"?

Comment Re:systemd is the best init system for FreeBSD. (Score 1) 227 227

"(sorry, Slackware, you're a relic; Gentoo, you're impractical)"

Sorry AC , you don't get it: It doesn't matter whether 1 or 1 billion people use a distro, they are exercising their choice - their ability to choose what they want. That is the most powerful aspect of free software whether it be Gentoo, Slack, Yggdrasil (my first), *BSD or whatever.


Your insinuation that FreeBSD will somehow slide into the breech to replace Linux is almost as laughable as this being the year of Linux on the Desktop.

BTW I use Gentoo quite a lot (50 odd systems) and they all have pid 1 == systemd ...


Comment Re: Piss off systemd (Score 1) 227 227

"And Gentoo already has a replacement with eudev."

As with everything in Gentoo - it's all about choice. I've taken the liberty of ditching OpenRC and gone systemd everywhere I run a Gentoo box - laptops, servers etc etc. I run around 50 systems on Gentoo mostly servers. Wifey gets Arch on her laptop because compilation time.

One big gain is not having to write my own custom init scripts and simply scrape another distro's effort if it isn't available in Portage. The only thing I really dislike with systemd is: systemctl . Why put the bit that you will want to edit in the middle? It's particularly ironic given that LP is German and they slap the verbs at the end of a sentence. Perhaps that wasn't his input.

That's _my_ choice, you can make yours as you like.


Comment Re:Outage.. (Score 2) 377 377

My DNS servers are on the same subnet and there isn't one cable anywhere you could unplug that would take them both offline.

What about:

* Router misconfig, takes out default gateway for a while for both
* An extra cable is added and {MR}STP was disabled by accident or something like that.
* etc etc

Anyway, your proud boast may one day discover that people do the funniest things. If your DNS servers are in fact the same box with two IPs ...

Submission + - Quebec government to force ISPs to block gambling websites

ottawanker writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.

Comment Re:Predictable cadence? (Score 1) 95 95

"Security vulnerabilities are not found on a schedule."

Agreed. Still, at least we get silly names for OpenSSL vulns rather than simply just CVEs and KB numbers with descriptions that usually say something like "A vulnerability in stuff can cause your cat to spontaneously combust on wednesdays when the full moon is in venus. You may have to reboot your computer after applying this update."

Oh well, it's time to:
$sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
$sudo pacman -Syu
#emerge -uva --deep --newuse --keep-going @world
$sudo yum up

The third one above is my patch tuesday, wednesday and probably thursday 8) My laptop is starting to cook my bollocks, compiling LibreOffice.

Submission + - Ways to travel faster than light without violating relativity

StartsWithABang writes: It’s one of the cardinal laws of physics and the underlying principle of Einstein’s relativity itself: the fact that there’s a universal speed limit to the motion of anything through space and time, the speed of light, or c. Light itself will always move at this speed (as well as certain other phenomena, like the force of gravity), while anything with mass — like all known particles of matter and antimatter — will always move slower than that. But if you want something to travel faster-than-light, you aren’t, as you might think, relegated to the realm of science fiction. There are real, physical phenomena that do exactly this, and yet are perfectly consistent with relativity.

Comment Re:Copper and alcohol (Score 1) 124 124

It's fine for water pipes. Copper *is* toxic when when you ingest it in sufficient quantities and in he right form but you will not ingest Cu (in suff ...) when drinking water from copper fed pipes. That's one of the reasons why it's used.

Why not ask your plumber to replace all that nasty copper pipe work with lead (Pb) in your house? After all the moniker "plumber" is derived from plumbum which as you know means lead in Latin. Why not make use of the "wisdom of the ancients"?


Submission + - Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

rossgneumann writes: Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords—say, “thrust” or “glob-watcher.” Github is getting caught in the crossfire. Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to Google by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate Github URLs being removed from the search engine’s results, TorrentFreak first reported.

Comment Captain Scott (Score 5, Funny) 63 63

In Britain he is generally known as "Captain Scott" or "Scott of the errr is it the Artic or the other one?"

We deify people who try really hard but come second and Scott is no exception being beaten to the South Pole by the Norwegian Amundsen, but he cheated by knowing more about the environment and being properly equipped.

Comment Re: Stallman would be proud (Score 1) 208 208


MS famously invented the notion of "a best practice". Unfortunately they seem incapable of following good practice in many areas. The other vendors you mention also have similar foibles regarding what's best for you.

Now the FOSS community is just that - a community filled with opinions, advice and a fair old software output.

Each product stands on its own. You pays your money ...


Comment Re:Why is (Score 1) 201 201

In Gentoo you get three versions of Chrome - stable, beta, unstable. My wife's Arch running laptop has Chrome although to be fair I did have to add it from the community package source which seems to be pretty obligatory anyway.

Pretty sure Ubuntu and Mint have it available. I doubt very much that Debian, with its legendarily large repo of stuff can't manage a major browser.

If you can install Linux there's a fair chance you can get Chrome to run on it.

You may call me by my name, Wirth, or by my value, Worth. - Nicklaus Wirth