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Comment Re:Ubuntu?! (Score 1) 157

I spoke with some guys running the Ubuntu booth at last year's IBM Enterprise conference in Vegas. They were there to tout their System p distro and when I quizzed them on the potential of a z port I got the deer in the headlights, what are you talking about look. Now that could've just been the guys I was talking to and there may well be some z enthusiasts back at Shuttleworth Towers but from my experience they really didn't seem interested. If you're really serious about running Linux on z you most likely run SUSE (SLES), Red Hat is actually rather behind on the platform.

Comment Re:awesome!... wait... (Score 1) 23

I think this is the real question. SLES is a product for servers/high uptime systems. Perhaps I'm ignorant but I don't know of many server lines that use ARM CPUs. It makes sense for them to be on x86/64, Power and z (s390x) but not much else for SLES. OpenSUSE support for as many architectures as possible is probably sensible but I'm not sure that there's need for the enterprise-class ditro to do the same.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674

Or to reframe without the authority worship:

We likely don't know the full story here. I suspect it could have gone like this:

* Someone has their phone plugged into a socket labeled 'Not for public use'.
* PCSO notices, says "Unplug the phone now or I'll call the real police on you because RULEZ!".
* Man asks reasonable question of costumed imbecile thereby challenging the tiny bit of authority costumed thug believes they have.
* Costumed tax leeches aggress against peaceful person who has harmed nobody
* Man gets rightly indignant at baseless aggression
* Higher paid costume wearers extort/kidnap for contempt of cop

Comment Year Typo? (Score 3, Insightful) 37

In 1998 the duo started work on SNES-CD, a video game media format that was supposed to augment the cartridge-based SNES by adding support for higher-capacity CDs. In 1991 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sony introduced the "Play Station" (yes, with a space) but it never saw the light of day.

I think the first year should read "1988" no?

Comment Re:done already, and so? (Score 1) 216

I think he's saying that if you've been swindled by the false website they'll likely publish a checksum that matches their bogus binary so even if you did do a hash comparison it wouldn't throw up a red flag because it would match the one they're providing. I think you may be assuming that people who are fooled by this have the sense to download from the fraudulent site and hop over to the official site to do a hash comparison. I suspect that's not the case!

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 216

I'm very much with you on that. It makes my life bearable given that I can't put Linux on my work lappy due to the whole full disk encryption thing they have going here (financial industry so it makes some sense). My job would be far slower using standalone tools like PuTTY. It's OK for simple SSH access and it has some lovely features for doing things like tunneling (which I use it for sometimes) but for managing a good sized environment where I'm moving stuff around and want to script things it's not really useful. I second the above complaint about the way it does key management too, not a fan of that. Another minor gripe I have is purely aesthetic. I grew up on yellow/amber phosphorus WYSE serial terminals (attached to RS6000's mostly) so I like a nice pale amber as my terminal's primary color, I also like full screen multiple tabbed terminals and though MtPuTTY is out there it's a little clunky IMO. In summary I use Cygwin with mate-terminal as my primary way of connecting to my guests (Linux on z running under z/VM) and it's the optimum way for me. Others might think differently but that's the beauty of open source!

Comment Open Letter To Hobbyists Part 2 (Score 2) 208

This really seems like the 21st century equivalent of Bill Gates' infamous "Open Letter To Hobbyists". It's in the same, moaning spirit but has little of the legitimacy in its complaint. Much as I dislike Mr. Gates and his ilk his point was, at the very least, logically consistent as far as the business model for DOS went. People were sharing the OS and copying the disks which was not how the software was sold, whatever you think about the proprietary model that was the deal and people broke it. These Elementary folks seem to be bemoaning the open model that has allowed them to take the work of others, repackage it and add some of their own work to it for not being a sustainable model for recouping their investment, be it time, effort or monetary. There's a very simple solution to this, if you think that your addition truly consists of sufficient value that something free demands a charge then don't release it for free. You don't have to make the ISO or your repositories freely available, all the GPL requires is that you share the source code, perhaps as part of a paywalled download area or physical media you sell? No, that won't work though. They want to do what SkyOS failed at (except, again, with much less of their original work included) and sell something that only a minority of OS enthusiasts will take on as if it had the power and visibility of a Windows or OS X and now that it's not working they're getting bitter. Elementary OS may be a great product for the Linux newbie but with this kind of thinking in its community it's going nowhere.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling