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Comment: Re:Postgres hands down (Score 1) 320

by MSG (#49295271) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

What really sucks is all of the applications that are so coded around MySQLisms that they don't run on ANSI-compliant engines.

Exactly. That is the primary reason I not only choose not to use MySQL, but actively advocate other SQL engines to other developers. Even where MySQL supports a standard syntax, their documentation tends to encourage their proprietary alternative syntax, making ports that much harder.

Comment: Re:Just another reminder to use LibreSSL (Score 3, Informative) 64

by MSG (#49293649) Attached to: OpenSSL Security Update Less Critical Than Expected, Still Recommended

No, OpenSSL is not Apache licensed. It has its own license, similar to BSD-with-attribution license. And the thorny issue is that this license is not compatible with the GPL. That's why projects have to modify the GPL to make a specific exception for it.

It's also why Red Hat started work to standardize on Mozilla's NSS as the one true SSL library. However, I'm not sure what the status of that project is.

Comment: Give it a rest (Score 5, Insightful) 755

by MSG (#49063191) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

We aren't all "good at coding," but we know what init system we want.

We aren't all "doctors," but we know we don't want vaccines.

We aren't all "scientists," but we know global warming is a hoax.

I cannot be the only one sick of seeing this crap posted over and over. systemd is being implemented in distributions because a) it is good and b) the people making that decision are the ones qualified to do so.

Comment: Re:That was quick (Score 1) 779

by MSG (#48974741) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

I would like to, but first we have to educate some of them.

See, the thing is that enough of us are convinced that women are valuable contributors that we want to prioritize their education and get them into the job market so that we can evaluate real world performance. Right now, attitudes like yours are making that difficult.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

by MSG (#48974719) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

Does your 'dhclient' not daemon itself and sit on the ethernet ports waiting to re-lease and re-connect as necessary?

That's correct. ISC dhclient, the standard on GNU/Linux distributions, will not renew a lease if it attempts to get one and does not get a response. That might happen if a site loses power and the internet connection is not up when power is restored and the firewall boots. Or if the link is down long enough for dhclient to attempt renewal while the link is down.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 2) 471

by MSG (#48971967) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

SystemD is like PulseAudio, CUPS, and NetworkManager - they're tools to handle the complex desktop use cases that don't exist with servers.

PulseAudio - OK, yes. Clearly desktop oriented.

CUPS - we still need print spoolers. Especially in environments where accounting and chargeback are required. The old print systems were harder to set up than CUPS. This is needed on servers just as much as it is on desktops.

NetworkManager - I used to manage a lot of firewalls that ran CentOS. NetworkManager was nice, because sites where the internet connection was not 100% reliable and not static could disconnect the uplink Ethernet cable, and plug it back in to renew DHCP. Without NetworkManager, they had to power cycle a system with R/W mounted filesystems. That sucked, a lot. NetworkManager also has a place on servers.

Comment: That was quick (Score 1) 779

by MSG (#48963617) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

It's been exactly two weeks since Slashdot discussed one of several studies that conclude that groups with more women perform better than groups with fewer. Already, readers here seem to have largely forgotten that. It should be pretty obvious why there's a demand to recruit more women into the industry.

Comment: Re:Inkscape is awesome... but... (Score 2) 134

by MSG (#48953613) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

I love Inkscape and want to use it, but as long as there is no proper CMYK / printing support it's pretty useless for profession work.

What the fuck is it with design people acting like their profession is the only one there is?

There's a whole world of professional work to be done for design on the web, in mobile apps, etc that doesn't need CMYK.

Comment: Re:Being nice is why business is a clusterfsck (Score 1) 361

by MSG (#48840721) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

When Person A comes to you and asks for your opinion/feedback on person X (which they are considering hiring), you are not allowed to say person X suck

I think you misunderstood what you were told. Or they misunderstood something themselves. What you described is not true.

I'm mostly certain that what someone along the line was trying to describe was that if person X is applying for a job, and you contact their former employers to verify their work history, the former employers are only allowed to confirm or deny your employment. They cannot be used as references. If they give you any kind of feedback on person X other than confirming work history, they could be sued for doing so. That is why work history is listed separately from references.

Comment: Re:I agree with Lennart (Score 1) 551

by MSG (#48836821) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Some of them are templates that systemd uses to creat temporary conffig files at boot time!

I'm familiar with those. They're much better than what we used to have. In the old system, there was either a mountain of repeated code with minor differences, or there were templates that were modified with sed to create individual configuration files.

Maintaining the templates is far easier.

Comment: Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (Score 1) 551

by MSG (#48830631) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Systemd is a tool, not just a project. Systemd as a tool tries to do many different things

You are misinformed. Systemd is a project which provides a collection of tools. One of them handles daemon and system startup. One of them handles logging. One of them handles device node creation. One of them handles firewall rule management. etc.

Systemd is quite UNIX-y.

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