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Comment Re: Windows sounds easier to update than Debian. (Score 1) 183

1) All other distros that are defaulting to systemd (Arch, Fedora/RHEL/CentOS, Opensuse, Mageia etc.) seem to have generated fewer uograde issues (percentage wise) than Debian. Maybe Debian rushed through the switch-to-systemd testing because they were stuck debating it for so long.
2) To be a vslid comparison, you shoulf have started with FreeBSD9, applied any customisations you had on your Debian installation, and then upgraded.

Systemd has some minor issues in some situations, bit on the whole I think it is a huge improvement (using it on multiple distros and multiple use cases such as office laptop, media player, home NAS/server, production servers at work).

Comment Re: Just goes to show you UNIX SUX (Score 1) 62

"I've never understood why DNS servers bother with zone transfers. These days, it would take an average admin three minutes to toss together something involving a cron job, rsync, and ssh"

So if you are an ISP providing a secondary DNS service, you're happy to create accounts with ssh/rsync access for 10 000 customers who all have more lax security than you do?

Talk about attack surface ... (even with forced command etc.).

That said, assuning the complexity isn't in serving thr afxr requests, I see no reason why the function to retrieve the zone needs to be inside the daemon listening on port 53. Of course it would need to trigger transfers based on notifies, but that could be done quite easily (a simple file or a named socket).

Comment Re: Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 1) 199

I use the vSphere Web console on Chrome/Linux, because it doesn't work with the npapi version of flash. There are still some things that the Web console doesn't do well (e.g. copy a generated mac address) that the thick client does better. But was the thick vSphere client available for OS X?

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation is a better in that regard, requires a (spice) plugin for the virtual kvm, but doesn't require flash.

The other thing I need flash for is submitting my tax return (in South Africa). About 4 or 5 years ago they used PDF forms (only fillable in the browser using Acrobat, no other PDF plugin would work). About 3 years ago their forms required Acrobat X (not available on Linux) or Flash > 11 (not available on Linux except with Chrome).

In this case I don't know what to hope for ... I don't want the hassle of booting up a windows VM to do my tax.

Comment Re: No hardware or software fault? (Score 1) 80

"no hardware or software fault occurred *on the spacecraft*"

There may have been a hardware or software fault on the ground, that resulted in an invalid command sequence. The desired behaviour in this case may be to enter a safe mode, so that you have a known means to recover (rather than bricking).

Comment Re: Systemd (Score 2, Interesting) 110

"Systemd is causing massive bloat in Linux."

One of the main objectives of systemd is to take advantage of linux-specific features (such as cgroups) that existed before systemd did.

The servers I am building at present have a minimum of 256GB ram, I couldn't care about a few MB of "bloat", what I *do* care about is resource limits at various levels, which cgroups gives me and systemd makes useable but default.

if you were trolling, you're the worst systemd troll I've seen this year.

Comment Re: People are scared of IPV6 (Score 1) 307

Did you actually bother reading up about IPv6 (like you probably had to to switch from IPX to TCP/IP)?

You can't just treat IPv6 as IPv4 with longer addresses, some concepts (such as broadcast address) simply don't exist in IPV4.

There are some very good free training materials available, such as from afrinic.

http://learn.afrinic.net/en/co...

Comment Re: It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 307

Depending on the features the ISP needs, there may not be a suitable upgrade yet.

For example half-duplex vrf isn't available on Cisco ASR9K (Cisco's IPV6 and RFC compliance first platform) and on Cisco ASR1K it doesn't support IPV4. As far as I know, ALU BNG also doesn't support IPV6 in HD VRF.

This is the reason for no native IPV6 over ADSL in South Africa

Comment Re: It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 307

Depending on the features the ISP needs, there may not be a suitable upgrade yet.

For example half-duplex vrf isn't available on Cisco ASR9K (Cisco's IPV6-and-RFC-compliance-first platform) and on Cisco ASR1K it doesn't support IPV4. As far as I know, ALU BNG also doesn't support IPV6 in HD VRF.

This is the reason for no native IPV6 over adsl in South Africa

Comment Re: Using Linux would prevent these Cisco mishaps! (Score 1) 112

Except the 'security appliance' line does not run IOS. These are servers (originally re-badged Dell PowerEdge, but now Cisco UCS C-class rack-mounts) running AsyncOS (a proprietary FreeBSD-based platform), which used to be branded as Ironport.

It doesn't seem to affect any IOS flavour (IOS, IOS-XE which is Linux-based, IOS-XR) or the Nexus NX-OS (Linux-based).

Comment Re: So is there a form for the ISP (Score 2) 99

Cost wise, a customer consuming 1TB via torrent is about the same as one consuming 100Gb via Netflix.

This may have been the case before Net neutrality.

Most high speed dedicated links are billed based on 95th percentile, which means the peak 1.5hours.

Before net neutrality, it was feasible to limit the peak, and have torrents consume the unused capacity off-peak. With net neutrality, this isn't as practical.

(I work for an ISP in a region that doesn't have 95th-percentile billing, we have to provision/pay capacity for peak demand, even if that is the 8 hours per quarter of iOS release day, or 2 hours per month of Patch Tuesday).

Comment Re: Dependencies (Score 2) 119

Some init systems used on linux supported the LSB init script headers which do a similar thing. Some of them also supported parallel start-up (start all services whose dependencies are satisfied).

For example, Mandrake/Mandriva/Mageia used prcsys from around 2004 to 2013 (when Mageia switched to systemd).

But, there are a lot of advantages to systemd and most complaints about it are FUD that have been debunked.

Comment Re: systemd compatibility (Score 1) 119

Don't use Type=simple (the default) in a service unit if you don't want the 'simple process intended for use with inetd-style systems' behaviour. See the relevant man page (I think systemd.service) for other options that would be more appropriate for your use case (but I am not sure there is one for "anti-systemd FUD").

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