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Comment Re:Misleading summary (Score 1) 460

Read Mr Poettering's own account of systemd at Features are listed in legions but only one tangible, significant benefit: it's supposed to be faster. Only one real benefit and then only to laptop owners. What would a server admin care if it takes 2 minutes to boot or 15 seconds or 10 minutes? Who cares? Now, if you google the first major distro to go systemd ie fedora-15, you'll see that it's not faster at all in practice. So all that change, all the obfuscation of hiding in compiled code what used to be clear (in bash-scripts), all the complexity, confusion, breakages, fear, uncertainty and doubt amounts to - no advantage at all. I'm not sure if it's enough to have me bail out of the fedora world - but surely this won't find its way into RHEL?!?!? Please tell me not!!!

Comment Partially sighted (Score 1) 1140

You young schmucks should listen up! When you hit 40-50 years old your eyes will seize up and you'll be able to focus at exactly one distance. You get glasses, then you have a choice of distance (TV or driving) and reading (books or monitors) as well as whatever your eyes can do by themselves. One thing you'll notice is that at the closer distances, the focal depth is very small - it makes a big difference if the monitor is 40cm away or 50cm - at one you can focus. At the other you can't. Brutal as that. Now sit down at a 75cm (30") widescreen monitor and WTF - if you can focus at the centre, you can't focus at the edge. Unless, of course you sit 2m away or more. That's why I'm sitting exactly 45cm from my good old 43cm (17") diagonal 1920x1440 Philips 107P4 CRT monitor. It beats the crap out of the Dell 2001FP 51cm (20") 1600x1200 monitor at work both in the quality of the image, the number of vertical lines of code in emacs and my ability to focus on it. When they offered me an upgrade to a rootin tootin 27" wide-screen, I tried it and sent it back - just couldn't focus all the way to the edges. If any monitor manufacturers are listening here, WE WANT VERTICAL PIXELS _AND_ A NICE COMPACT FORMFACTOR - around 43cm, thank you very much!! I'm not talking a small demographic here - it's the baby boomers!!

Comment Consistency is the only spice ... (Score 5, Insightful) 411

As said previously, scripts are scripts and don't often need a GUI. But for grep's sake, make them consistent!!! The only spicing up _really_ needed are some standards:

o output errors to STDERR; normal output to STDOUT
o include (-h, --help) processing - and send it to STDOUT so the help can be piped to 'less'
o use getopt(1) or process-getopt(1) so that options on the CLI parse in a predictable and standard way
o keep it terse except for errors so that the user can easily see if it worked or not without scanning vast output
o provide a --verbose option to help with tracking down those errors

... and the most annoying thing of all - make sure --help _always_ works, even if the script body itself can't - at least the user can then be told about what the prerequisites are.
Head over to for much wisdom on how to write better bash scripts.

Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova 21

davecl writes "ESA's Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well as a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry and physics behind star and planet formation as well as the last stages of stellar evolution before VYCMa's eventual collapse into a supernova. More coverage is available at the Herschel Mission Blog, which I run."

Comment Is it FOSS? (Score 1) 121

Reason I ask is there is a similar thing called rPath which I used on a project a couple of years ago. It spun off from RedHat (Eric Troan, Michael Johnson et al). Mr Johnson was kind enough to explain ( that although it used usernames/passwords to control access to the software this was not "DRM", and that it contained proprietary code - I was never quite clear if that meant the source code was available or available only to paying customers.

So is the SuSE offering completely FOSS?



SUSE Studio 1.0 Released 121

apokryphos writes "Novell has just announced the release of SUSE Studio 1.0 — a user-friendly Web service that allows you to create your customized Linux distribution as a live CD, USB, Xen, or VMware image. Users have control over adding any repositories, packages, and files to the distribution. A new user can do the full creation and customization of the software appliance in roughly ten minutes. It also includes a Flash-based 'test drive' service, which allows you to try out your appliance in a Web browser before downloading it."

Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation? 272

cayenne8 writes "I want to experiment at home with setting up multiple VMs and installing sofware such as Oracle's RAC. While I'm most interested at this time with trying things with Linux and Xen, I'd also like to experiment with things such as VMWare and other applications (Yes, even maybe a windows 'box' in a VM). My main question is, what to try to get for hardware? While I have some money to spend, I don't want to, or need to, be laying out serious bread on server room class hardware. Are there some used boxes, say on eBay to look for? Are there any good solutions for new consumer level hardware that would be strong enough from someone like Dell? I'd be interested in maybe getting some bare bones boxes from NewEgg or TigerDirect even. What kind of box(es) would I need? Would a quad core type processor in one box be enough? Are there cheap blade servers out there I could get and wire up? Is there a relatively cheap shared disk setup I could buy or put together? I'd like to have something big and strong enough to do at least a 3 node Oracle RAC for an example, running ASM, and OCFS."

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