It's pointless to argue for this. We don't have a unitary system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitary_state) of government like say the United Kingdom. Oh, how I wish we did. My kingdom for everything from speed limits, and rules on turning right on red, on up to more important things like firearms licensing and ownership to be the same no matter where you travelled or lived in the country.
Instead we have Federalism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism) where the states share sovereignty. And if you think they're going to just dissolve themselves, it's just not going to happen. And if you believe they would, please I have multiple bridges around the world to sell you. The only up side to this model in my book is what some people would argue about different states trying different things, and those that are found to work tend to get adopted by others as well. I simply don't buy the argument that the Federal government is out to get us all. But that is a discussion/argument/flame war for another day.
They have medals for good conduct:
Serving during time of war:
Doing your job well inside or outside of combat:
Wounded or killed while serving:
Serving in various Campaigns, wars, etc:
Not to mention a plethora of ribbons for sea and other service:
You can tell a lot about what a person has done inside and outside of combat by the ribbons they wear. Obviously some medals are a lot more prestigious than others. That is why the order of wear is ranked.
I think the grub2 password protect thing is fixable - need to add --unrestricted to allow anyone to boot the entry, so it doesn't ask for a password every time. There is a bug for it with the details. Granted it should just work, but it's being tracked and should see the light of day someday... I gather from the trail of comments it is not as trivial as would be liked to fix.
On the updated packages, use cobbler (or whatever) to create a kickstart that adds the updates repo - during the install the latest version should get installed, unless there is some reason that now doesn't work now, but I can't imagine why.
I do use kickstarts to do automated installs and they do work. Without more detail I can't help you more, except to say that I know some of the kickstart options, especially around disk configuration, have changed.
Why doesn't GDM run? Do you just need to run a post install script to ln -sf to set
I'm not the guy you responded to, but can I get a nice gift?
One thing college proves is that you have the drive to stick with something for 4 years and succeed. You learn a whole lot of other valuable lessons and information while doing that too.
Look, I'm not a fan of rising tuition costs, and the growing requirement for manufacturing jobs, that clearly have no need, requiring a college degree. But we need to stop encouraging people to be stupid and give up while insinuating that they're doing the right thing. They're not. As mentioned most of the drop outs already had lots of contacts, maybe a good idea, and mommy and daddy's money to carry them. Most of us don't.
Instead, maybe they should get a degree and use their new found skills and insight into the system to help reform it and make it better for everyone. The message certainly should not be to ignore the broken system and subscribe to a life of indifference and complacency. That message is crap served with a steaming side of bullshit.