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Comment: Re:Power User vs. Common User (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178891) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

How does making Linux worse create more Linux adopters?

IMO: Linux adoption is not about ease of use, it's about entrenchment. MS is masterful at using vendor-lock-in techniques, and leveraging the network effect.

Creating a huge rift in the linux community with this systemd crap is not going to improve desktop linux adoption in the least. In fact, it will have the opposite effect.

Comment: Re:Udev, gnome kde,... - again (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178877) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

> Never see these discussions with Microsoft. It's their way (or the highway),

Microsoft Windows is not built on open-source code that was created by the community. Microsoft owns Windows, Red Hat does not own Linux.

Linux is supposed to be the anti-MS, that is one thing that a lot of people like about Linux. Some users do not like being shoved around by an abusive monopoly: be it Microsoft or RedHat.

Comment: Are big institutions upgrading to RHEL 7 ? (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178863) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

That is what really matters.

Nobody cares if individual users switch to Slackware, or FreeBSD, or whatever. In fact, Red Hat would probably prefer that.

But, if the big companies, and governments, stick with RedHat 6.5, I think that would be a big deal.

I doubt big institutions would switch away from RHEL, they like that corporate support. But, I can see big institutions holding off on buying RHEL 7, and that would be a big deal.

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178813) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Until recently, when RHEL 7 was released, RHEL was running a five year old kernel.

Actually, I am using CentOS 6.5 right now. I have CentOS 7 installed on another desktop, but 6.5 with the way old 2.6 kernel just works much better. Gnome2 and init.d work just fine - why change them?

Why get in such a wad about an old system? What do you actually need your system to do?

Comment: Here is why you never chase what's "hot" in IT (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by walterbyrd (#48175717) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

1) By the time you learn it, it won't be hot anymore.

2) It's all about experience. Don't take my word for it, look at the job ads. Learn something all you want, if you don't have five years experience in it, your knowledge is useless.

3) These articles about what's "hot" are just standard corporate propaganda. IT employers always want people chasing their tails, studying everything, just so they have a larger labor pool.

4) Don't get constantly distracted trying to learn what is supposedly "hot" at the moment, just learn anything useful, and be very good at it. Being very good at anything useful is far more valuable than a superficial knowledge of the latest fad.

5) These articles don't tell you anything more than they tell everybody else in the world. Learning whatever is not going to give you any competitive advantage.

All JMHO, of course.

Disclosure: I worked in IT for over 30 years. I have held several jobs, at several companies. I have been through the hiring process a lot.

Comment: Isn't everybody on TV a genius? (Score 3, Funny) 193

by walterbyrd (#48106261) Attached to: A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

On TV, an IQ as low Albert Einstein's (165?) is a joke.

Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Criminal Minds, etc; I think everybody has an IQ of 190, or better.

Furthermore, I would think that everybody on slashdot would know that computer security is all about high speed car chases and gun fights. It's not as if computer security people just sit around in front of computers all day.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose