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Comment Re:Tape (Score 1) 215 215

Just realized I was a few digits off, saw that you said 0.5 PB. Somehow got it to 500 PB. Not that dCache isn't going to handle it, it will. But for as little data as just 0.5 PB a couple of disk arrays connected to a single server will usually be fine. Tape is still good for backup though.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 213 213

I wish Linus Torvalds had stood-up to Lennart Poettering and made it abundantly clear GNU/Linux and specifically the Linux kernel will never support systemd and other garbage.

It's actually been the other way around. The Linux kernel has implemented lots of features for a long time which almost no one used, it wasn't until systemd when that stuff actually started to get used.

It is getting to the point where Apple Mac OS X despite its limitations and crippled nature are beginning to look like a better option. Even the Google Chromebook looks better at times. As a long-time GNU/Linux user since 1992 the current direction of GNU/Linux saddens me.

If you want a traditional UNIX system then the last thing you should look at is probably OS X. If that's what you want then OpenBSD or FreeBSD is probably a better alternative for you, or even one of the OpenSolaris descendents.

Comment Re:Hogwash! Poppycock! Rubbish! (Score 1) 93 93

Of course you can, but it's not convenient. There are almost as many ways to format log entries as there are programs that write them; doing a one-off script that parses a particular log file format is not that hard, making it work well with every log file is. When people say "binary logs" they should be aware of that we're not talking about a full SQL style database here. It's pretty much a text file with a couple of standardized fields so that journald can index it properly and so that we don't have to care about date formats (which can be different under different locales), with or without time zone etc.

Comment Re:Hogwash! Poppycock! Rubbish! (Score 2) 93 93

All non-trivial software packages have bugs. There's nothing unusual about that and that's why we should used it, to find bugs and problems so that we can fix them. Most people will agree that systemd adds a number of important features to GNU/Linux that the old alternatives didn't offer. Adopting systemd will over time lead to a better system. Will there be bumps on the ride? Sure! Four years ago Fedora started out, took a lot of heat for it. Over time more and more distributions have switched to it, exposing it to more users with different use cases. The systemd that we have today is in many ways not the same systemd that you got back then.

Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 267 267

What gnome does right: GNOME 2 What gnome does wrong: GNOME 3

Frankly, I found GNOME 2 to be pretty awful too, due to the GNOME HIG ("No" comes before "Yes" on a dialog box? Seriously?). I don't think GNOME has gotten anything right since GNOME 1.

It's the same on Mac. Windows does it the opposite way. The idea is that the default "good" choice should always be in a easy to find position, and the lower right corner is much easier to find than the first from the left of a set of widgets.

Comment Re:Yes I'm old.. (Score 1) 267 267

What they did to gedit is really a disaster. One day I needed to launch some simple GTK+ app to check something I changed in configuration, so just typed "gedit" into console, saw a window and thought that client side decorations has broke. It took me a while to notice that what I saw was actually intended. UX of this app is now awful, and it's a massive downgrade, as it used to be just fine.

Why is it a downgrade? That it changed doesn't make it a downgrade by itself. You can still do the same things that you could before. Just because the menu bar and the tool bar isn't there anymore doesn't mean that the features are gone, they are still there and you may have to do some relearning. You learn a tool once, and use it many times. It's of course unfortunate that the old design wasn't perfect; maybe the new one isn't either, but the idea is that in the long run it will be and at some point you just have to change what is there even though what you had technically wasn't broken.

Comment Re: Bad design (Score 1) 69 69

Don't conflate the GNOME and GNOME-derived desktop environments with Linux in general. A great deal of Linux users think that GNOME and GNOME-derived desktop environments are utter shit. They consider the GTK+ toolkit, GNOME, and the related software to be fucking disasters. No KDE developer or user would consider a text editor with a monstrosity of a UI like gedit's to be acceptable, for example.

Thankfully the loud commenters at HN and /. are not representative of GNU/Linux users. It's of course unfortunate that some users don't agree with the recent improvements in the GNOME user experience, but that's often unavoidable when you're making larger changes.

Comment Re:Wrong about the kernel (slightly) (Score 1) 69 69

Actually, both Linux 3.13 and 3.16 are supported on Ubuntu 14.04 (14.04.2). Linux 3.13 will be supported for the full support lifetime while 3.16 will only be supported for a limited time, eventually wit will be replaced by the kernel from 16.04 which will be supported until the end of the support cycle.

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