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Comment Android and closed-source drivers (Score 1) 383

Do you have a solution for Android devices that still use Linux 3.4?
Most devices (all) use closed source drivers, often in quite grey area, legally wise. Linux is maybe about freedom for the user, but most Android users will never see updated kernels and updated Android versions.

You could point the finger at Google, or the OEM's, and you might :). But isn't this also because of the practical vision, instead of the ideological vision of people like RMS? That practical approach seems to bite Linux here in the bottom.
How do you feel about that?

Comment Small and nimble (Score 1) 558

Just today I received my mini-ITX system with an AMD A8-7600. It is an upgrade for a 7 year old AMD Athlon 64.
I wanted something with relative low power, small form factor and silent. I don't want a noisy midi-tower in my livingroom anymore.
I use it for development work, but also for watching HD Video and browsing in my own time.
Ofcourse there is just a new generation of AMD apu's announced, where the rumors first claimed it would only be a 100Mhz increase, but the marketing speak claims many more improvements.
I do hope it is a good improvement over the 7 year old system, and I hope I can even get more years out of this one.
There is the SSD and normal sata disk, together with a NAS.

Comment Re:I used to (Score 1) 190

When you want to submit codepatches, always look for existing patches that are sitting there. Are the maintainers communicative and do they accept patches? Then it is worthwhile to submit something. If they aren't, it becomes quite hard to expect them to do accept your patch.
Not saying you are to blame, you aren't, but there are healthy projects with responsible maintainers and unhealthy projects.
Some people seem to be made to make something and throw it over the fence, while others are apparently good at maintainership.
Not every person and every project is the same. Take your picks and be carefull where to invest your time.

Comment Pragmatism versus Idealism (Score 2) 146

Seeing cororate interest in Open Source / Free Software grow bigger, I am slowly moving towards the camp of the Idealists, like RMS.

Just looking at Linux, the kernel. It's great that it is being used in Android, and that it has a billion users there. But Android is not free in the practical sense for the enduser. They can never update their device to a newer version, because the hardwaredrivers are tied to the kernelversion. "Just buy a new device", Google and the manufacturers say. Just what GNU was all about in the beginning, "just buy a new printer".

Similar corporate interests are happening at Red Hat, which is pulling all the sheets in their direction. Their ideal is to have every Linux distro be similar, like RH. And we are "happy" to just take their software and use it, because it is so pragmatic.

The good thing about Free Software is, you can always fork it. But the barrier to do so is quite high, so there needs to be a lot of frustration for that to happen.
We will see what will happen to GNOME3, Mate and Cinnamon. I wish the later 2 projects the best.

Comment Most problems or biggest problems (Score 1) 307

The question is about the most problems, and dying storage would be the right answer for me then.

The biggest problem I had however was with a cheap power supply. For some days I had a peculiar smell in the house. Then suddenly there was smoke coming from the back of the pc, and the start of flames.
I will only buy power supplies from main brand names now anymore, it scared me quite a bit.

Comment Re:ABOUT FUCKING TIME! (Score 0) 765

Just today I had a runin with Systemd. It would log to syslog when restarting the mpd service went fine, but would not log to syslog when there was an error. Just great...
Ofcourse there is journalctl, but by that time I had just started /usr/bin/mpd manually to see the error output.
It really is our way or no highway.

This seems to be the start of the corporatization of Linux. RedHat is pulling hard on the sheets to get into control. They want to become the Cathedral of Linux. It started with the destruction of Gnome, which lost maybe half of its users. And now this Systemd. I wonder what will be next. There is more to come.
They are maybe trying to pull a Google, like Android, where the enduser has hardly any control, with Google Play services and proprietary drivers. Just in a different way, pulling in everything that makes traditional Linux.

And I don't see much alternatives. I pondered switching to Gentoo, but I have my doubts about the practicality of a source-based distro. For starters, I would need to set up infrastructure to push binary builds from my desktop to my laptop, since I only use the laptop on the train.
I also don't think I would be happy on BSB or Slackware. So I will just bear it for a while.

Comment Re:Derp (Score 1) 168

We had lots of trouble with WordPress bot-logins from Russia and Ukraine, so I decided to block those ip-ranges.
Turns out one such block was also partly being used by customers in my own country. I received some vague mails about some things not working correctly. So I removed that ip-block, and sent back some vague replies that it was a firewall that was too strict.

There might be other blocks listed as from Russia and Ukraine, that are actually being used elsewhere.

Anyway, with the advent of ipv6, the whole idea of ip-blocks might change.

Comment A landscape full of robot-cars (Score 1) 174

We're all aware that bots are all around us. Anyone with a website has probably more bot-generated traffic than human-generated traffic.
I wonder what will happen with cars. In 10 years we will not just have the occasional Google car filming the neighbourhood.
There will probably a whole industry of robot-cars without humans. Designed to look like cars, like a mini-car, but without seats, without stearingwheel and dashboard, etc.
It will be designed just for the robot. I cannot oversee just for what they will be used, but I reckon it's not just for Google-cars.
You could have a courier-botcar deliver a package, cheaper that a car with a human inside. Or maybe even cheaper than a bike-courier.
There will be new uses invented for cars. 20 years from now the landscape and the roads might look very different from today.

Comment Par2 and Reed-Solomon (Score 1) 321

Bitrot does happen.
When a disk has a bad block and detects that, it will try to read the data from it and put it on a block from the reserve-pool. However, the data might be bad and corrupt, so you lose data.
Disks do have a Reed-Solomon (aka par-files) index, so it can repair some damage, but it doesn't always succeed.

Anyway, what I do for important things, is have par2 blocks that go along with the data. All my photo-archives have par2 files attached to them.

I reckon you could even automate it. To have a script that traverses all directories and tries to repair the data if it's broken. If it fails, you get notified.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972