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Comment Re:You really want cheap? (Score 1) 207

Montgomery County MD sells their 4 - 5 yr old desktops 3x/year. Next sale coming at Gaithersburg HS on 12/12 (show up early, maybe 8:40 - 8:50am - they're first-come first-serve, and they do run out). They're not screamers (my last one bought was an Optiplex 380 mid-size case, 4GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, mid-range Core 2 Duo), but for general desktop/browsing/etc. they're fine. $70 with 19" LCD with speakers, keyboard and mouse. No wifi, need a fob. For more info.

Comment Disks from same factory run often go bad together (Score 2) 258

Yeah, and what are you going to do with 9 out of 10 of the disks all go bad, because they came from the same factory run and exhibit the same issue? This is what we usually experience, when a disk fails, most of the time it's a subcomponent issue shared by all of the disks from that and any concurrent factory runs - and we have to swap them ALL out. I guess you just throw the whole array out ... :-(

Comment Embracing as a matter of principle, or profit? (Score 2) 217

It matters. Is Microsoft embracing open source because of a change in philosophy, having committed to the principles of open source? I would assert that only a fool would believe that. So we're left with them embracing open source because deep in Redmond's bowels, they turned the crank on some Excel ROI formula, and determined that "embracing" open source gives them the greatest potential for the greatest profit ... for now.

Should this worry us? I think it should ... because that crank, they keep on a'turnin' it ... and as soon as it spits out the opposite answer, out come the knives behind open source's back, and stab stab stab ...

Comment A study PROJECTED that MS would be cheaper (Score 1) 264

Agree completely with your comment that the decision wasn't based on cost - because they were deciding based on a study. The projections in that study indicated staying with Microsoft would be cheaper. But also important to note that that's not how it played out in the end - in addition to the expected benefits of re-investing in the local economy and establishing autonomous control, they also saved money.

Comment Ubuntu explicitly favors GnuTLS (Score 1) 231

Understood about Debian, but the children have wandered. From the Ubuntu wiki:

Using GnuTLS avoids the licensing issues that can arise from employing the more common OpenSSL package. For this reason, certain packages such as OpenLDAP are compiled with support for GnuTLS instead of OpenSSL in recent releases of Ubuntu.

In fact, on one of my Ubuntu 13.10 systems I ran ldd on /usr/bin/* and /bin/*, and found many many binaries that link in GnuTLS.

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