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Comment: Re:heh (Score 1) 1091

by allenw (#39426615) Attached to: Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

Here's one area I have to give Apple some props in: their OSX interface puts some damn pretty and friendly makeup on the pig that was the old FreeBSD interface

Small correction:


What Apple's acquisition did was give the NeXT team money to update OpenStep for a next generation of hardware and throw marketing dollars at it to put it in front of people. Don't get me wrong: Apple's work post-acquisition on updating the interface was fantastic, but let's give credit where credit is due.

Comment: Wrong Conference (Score 1) 49

by allenw (#39217953) Attached to: Big Data's Invisible Open Source Community

I really hate the reporting around Hadoop. Most of these people have absolutely no clue what they are talking about, and this article is just another example of that. Any bit of simple research would have revealed that the actual open source community of developers around Hadoop, Hive, Solr, etc, can be found at ApacheCon. Of course Strata is amazingly commercial: O'Reilly, being a corporate entity, is trying to make cash around the latest craze. If they weren't, they'd make sure the ASF and the other OSS organizations that help make the software had some space and would actually attend.

Comment: Startups, Mailing Lists, etc. (Score 1) 506

by allenw (#38984173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Open Source Jobs?

The easiest way to find a company who hires for open source work is to look at who is actually submitting patches back, participates on mailing lists, files bugs, etc. From my own experiences, it seems as though almost every Bay Area startup or former startup from the past 10 years (but clearly not all of them) are doing work in open source either out in the open or behind closed doors. Many positions don't have open source in big bright letters, so you might need to just flat out ask. If you are outside of the Bay Area, those companies exist but will require more legwork.

Comment: Re:BSD license was always more permissive, so grea (Score 1) 808

by allenw (#38414384) Attached to: GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast

I don't see why anyone would not want to use the GPL if they want their software to be free and open. Why create something, give it out for free, and then allow businesses to take your work, profit from it, and give nothing back? Maybe these developers are hoping to get bought out by a large company someday?

There are many businesses that want to profit from their own open source projects by including them or parts of them in other, proprietary works. The GPL essentially makes that impossible.

Comment: Re:Hadoop HDFS (Score 1) 320

by allenw (#37903942) Attached to: Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

but I see no reason that it couldn't serve you well as a large personal file service.

HDFS is not POSIX or mountable. So actually using the data from something that is expecting POSIX is going to painful. "But there is a FUSE plug-in!" Yes, there is, but you'll take a 60% perf hit using it, assuming that it still works in newer versions of Hadoop. See none of the hardcore devs actually use it, so there is a very good chance it is completely busted.

In any case, there are still problems around losing the fsimage and having no real HA for the NN, needing quite a bit of RAM for any significant amount of files, don't forget that 8TB now turns into at least 24TB counting the 3x replication factor, etc, etc, etc.

So no, really this isn't a solution for this particular problem.

Comment: Re:Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH (Score 1) 196

by allenw (#37832336) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

+1 on this one.

We've been using the Buffalo modified version of DD-WRT for a few months now. It replaced a Linksys E3k that was continually dropping connections. Overall, we're pretty happy with it (QoS, DHCP, etc). I'll definitely check on the link speed, although it is connected to DSL modem that can't do gigabit anyway. :)

Comment: Re:Not wanting to put a dampener on things... (Score 1) 67

by allenw (#37706018) Attached to: Microsoft Goes In For Hadoop

This isn't about Microsfot getting involved with open source. This is about Microsoft not getting left out. Beyond the countless startups, Apache Hadoop already has major players like Amazon, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, Oracle, VMware, ... trying to make a dent in the community in some form or another. Hell, I have a SuperMicro catalog on my desk emblazoned with the Apache Hadoop logo all over it. Like Oracle, they are coming in very late to the party and now need to play catch-up. Buying off Hortonworks is a very fast way to do that.

Comment: Re:Hadoop is written in Java (Score 1) 67

by allenw (#37705910) Attached to: Microsoft Goes In For Hadoop

Actually, there is an ever increasing amount of JNI (read: C) code in Hadoop that is in the critical path for security and performance features. Most of that code is not very portable. So either MS is going to pay for some major overhauling of that code, completely new code/branch to replicate that functionality or MS Hadoop is going to be severely lacking in features/performance.

Comment: Re:Consider other options (Score 1) 264

by allenw (#37409444) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?

This is absolutely correct and if I had mod points, I'd spend them here.

If your budget is only £4000, you don't have the funding to build a real, actual grid for something that is CPU bound. If you are lucky, you have enough to get one or two boxes and some network gear to put on the top of someone's desk.... at least if you are doing AMD or Intel higher end procs.

Here are two ideas worth exploring...

1) Look at boxes like SeaMicro and other Atom-based mini-grids-in-a-box.
2) Look at building your own with Atom- and Arm- based machines

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang