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Comment Re: Their work is being wasted. (Score 1, Informative) 141


Personally I am using Funtoo, but same thing in many ways.

If you don't like the package management system of a particular distro, use something else. Choice is great. That is specifically why I use funtoo, I can choose things in such a finely granulated way it is almost mind boggling.

Gentoo/Funtoo works great for me in various systems (laptop, workstation, htpc).

For my HTPC I actually build it in a chroot on my workstation, and rsync/cp the useful parts to the device. Full blown media center in ~3GB on a fast, small SSD. Try doing that with Ubuntu.

*walks away laughing maniacally*

Comment Re: Senior IT management? (Score 1, Interesting) 154

You clearly haven't run an email server in the past few years.

You are now required to utilize reverse (PTR) records on your IPs, DKIM and SPF records, run inbound and outbound SPAM filters.

Blacklists kill businesses. It is frustratingly time consuming to have to deal with getting an email from an executive with a "Fwd: Message failure, return to sender" in the subject.

Then, as an IT admin, you have to go and hunt down how to get your IP off that blacklist. Some are easier than others, some require faxing in a signed statement of what you as an admin have done to prevent the problem in the future.

Sometimes you get on blacklists because your datacenter provider has their whole /20 subnet blocked by Google or AOL because of one hacked wordpress site somewhere else in the datacenter.

Oh, but running my own from the office will solve all of that! Big fat NOPE.

Running one from your own office requires all of the above, plus segregating your email server from the rest of your internal network. Not to mention you'll need permission from your ISP because they'll need to unblock sending email from your IP(s). What happens if your email server stops responding in the middle of the night? Will you drive 2 hours to the office at 3AM to go deal with it?

$5/mo/account for Google Apps sounds really appealing all of a sudden.

(Source: I own a web hosting company)

Comment Re: No router with out open wrt. (Score 5, Informative) 198

DD-WRT works, it just isn't very clean under the hood.

- The entire interface is a mess of PHP spaghetti code with intertwined HTML
- Old code with poorly implemented features bolted on
- outdated UI that is honestly a little confusing to navigate
- poorly documented, and outdated documentation
I will say the user community is huge and that is one major benefit.

OpenWrt is more like a Linux based router OS, but is well organized internally, incredibly stable, and very flexible. By default it typically does not have a UI. There are a few different ones to choose from.

The original Tomato is actually a partially closed system. I should have been clear that I meant Tomato based firmwares such as the Toastman mod, Tomato Shibby, etc. which are based on TomatoUSB, an early fork of Tomato before it went commercial.

Comment Re: No Way In Hell. (Score 1) 198

Personally I am not a fan of ISP provided gateways/routers for three reasons:
- ISP can modify settings at will, quite literally their own back door into your network
- software cannot be upgraded or fully configured by myself
- usually of poor hardware quality, with 100M ports, poor wireless range, etc

Comment Re: As a Linux supporter, I agree (Score 1) 378

With proper optimization (CPU frequency scaling, etc) the power usage really isn't much. I regularly check my CPU power usage (via lm_sensors), and when idle it hovers around 30W (with CPU frequency scaling). I'm not sure how much more the rest of the system uses as I'm unable to measure it through software. I've often considered purchasing a power meter, perhaps I will. I suspect it is less than 100W when it's sitting idle.

I keep my desktop system running 24/7 for various cron jobs running automated tasks that I rely on.

Comment Re: As a Linux supporter, I agree (Score 1) 378

Mentioned this in other comments:

I realized everyone was talking about suspend, and not hibernate after I posted my comment. My apologies.

I chose smaller, faster SSDs over larger, slower SSDs.

I also have 8GB+ RAM in each machine. During regular use I rarely utilize more than 2GB.

Fast SSDs and an optimized system means my computer boots from cold boot to full UI in less than 10 seconds. Honestly probably faster. I should time itm

Comment Re: As a Linux supporter, I agree (Score 1) 378

Not that it really matters, but I either drive or walk everywhere. I live in a small town of 35,000 people in the middle of the Canadian prairies. If its too cold to walk, or too far, we drive. Our public transit shuts down at 6:00pm, and taxi's are more expensive than gas and car insurance.

With a cold boot to full UI in under 10 seconds I really don't see the point.

All of the applications I use record their state somewhere. My window manager remembers what applications I had open, and where they were placed, so the next time I log in its all put back to where it was (I use XFCE). As long as I save up any important work (but don't close it) and shut down, it will all be brought back up to (mostly) the same state as when I shut down. Firefox asks if I want to restore tabs, but that is a minor inconvenience.

If my system is already intelligent enough to do all of this, why do I need suspend/hibernate?

Comment Re:As a Linux supporter, I agree (Score 1) 378

I've never bothered with suspend for a few reasons:
1) It requires a swap disk/space - I don't have one on any of my personal machines
2) SSDs make boot up fast from a clean slate every time
3) I hear it can be iffy, and can be tough to make work anyway

I just leave my desktop running all the time, and turn my laptop off if I know I'm not going to need it. If for whatever reason I am going back and forth to my laptop with reasonably short intervals between use (1-2 hours), I just close the lid and plug it in.

To save power I use CPU frequency scaling. When my desktop is sitting idle, the CPU usually only sucks back about ~25W. Unsure about the rest of the components, though.

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