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Comment Re:Umm, no. (Score 0) 161

bad analogy. I just moved into an apartment complex that has gates, so that in theory people without keys can't (won't try?) to get in. None of my previous complexes were fenced and gated. Not having gates did not make those complexes unsecure, having gates doesn't really make this one secure. Actually I take it back... it's not a bad analogy... It's ALMOST as good as mine.. All things like chains and gates do is keep the honest people honest. Dishonest people may just take bolt cutters to your chain and hop my fence. However, there's one thing your missing... here with my gates if anyone wants to visit me I have to give them the gate code, same as with wifi, where if I didn't have gates... people could just come without being hassled. I doubt you'd want to let other people use your bike as they please.

Comment OpenSuse (Score 0) 766

My personal opinion used to be OpenSuse w/ kde. I think it's much closer to windows than something running gnome. If I were you I'd test it first... but I thought it was fairly quick to get running. but that was kde3 the road to kde4 was rough and I haven't tried the latest, but I think kde4 is now quite good, I use arch because I prefer bleeding edge but I know that's not for everyone.

Comment wait until at least 2.6.30+ (Score 2, Insightful) 289

last I checked some patches for the dealloc empty file problem was being merged in 2.6.30. if you want to avoid it but want some other advantages like faster fscks you could go with data=journal on your filesystems which is a bit slower but also disables dealloc, while still having extents, barriers, and other ext4 benefits. I've been using data=journal on my /home partition without a single problem.

it also depends a lot on what you have in 'production'. a web server that's mostly doing reads it should be fine for. a heavy email server... well.. can you afford to lose email on a crash? I think it might be alright for a server that just does mta but not the fs for the actual mailbox's (with dealloc anyways). database server should be fine, because the database's job is to make sure data hits the disk, among other things. dns servers are a very read heavy so again I would think it'd be fine. so basically you need to watch anything that's heavy write and not to a database, and even then only with dealloc.

still as I'm sure others have said, it's a good idea to wait on new tech like this. some tools don't yet recognize that ext4 is not ext3.

Comment QtCreator (Score 0) 1055

This is the only IDE that's getting my vote atm. since it has a 'fakevim' mode plus a lot of other IDE features. being primarily a vim user having a vim mode is essential (even though it's not perfect). It seems to be pretty good in general, but I haven't used a lot of IDE's, I like it better than VS, Eclipse, and Netbeans, all of which I stopped using after an hour or so of not accomplishing anything.

Comment Re:WoW on Linux =! Linux + Wine (Score 0) 402

not knowing the software you're working on why does half the stuff you mentioned matter? don't package for distro's that's their job. release a tarball and general installation instructions, and dependency requirements. the shells are generally posix so one standard, and bash is 99% reliably installed. print engines? besides cups? well there might be some I suppose but most of what I've seen works with cups on the desktop. config files go in /etc sure sometimes distro's lay it out a bit different but you make software do you really need to know where config files are other than your own? if you do just add a line in your config file to specify where they are, you should have one anyway. test, package, and document for 3 distro's right now I'd say fedora, ubuntu, and gentoo. an rpm distro, deb distro, and a source (ebuild) distro. you don't have to offer support. just release and don't reject support requests for it out of hand.

openMosix Is Shutting Down 252

jd writes "Despite having one of the largest user-bases of any clustering system for Linux, openMosix is to be shut down. Top developers have left and they lack the means or motivation to continue. Their official claim of multicore CPUs making clustering redundant is somewhere between highly improbable and totally absurd, as has been pointed out elsewhere. Why is this shutdown so important? Well, from a technical standpoint, the open-source bproc (the Beowulf process migration module) is ancient, MOSIX is very hard to obtain unless you're a student, and kerrighd is (as yet) immature. From a user standpoint, openMosix is the mainstay of the Open Source clustering world and has by far the best management tools of any. The ability of this project to continue will likely have a major impact on the future of Open Source in the high-end markets — if the best of the best couldn't survive, people will be more careful about anything less."
The Courts

RIAA Directed To Pay $68K In Attorneys Fees 192

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In Capitol v. Foster, in Oklahoma, the RIAA has been directed to pay the defendant $68,685.23 in attorneys fees. This is the first instance of which I am aware of the RIAA being ordered to pay the defendant attorneys fees. The judge in this case has criticized the RIAA's lawyers' motives as 'questionable,' and their legal theories as 'marginal' (PDF). Although the judge had previously ordered the RIAA to turn over its own attorneys billing records, today's decision (PDF) made no mention of the amount that the RIAA had spent on its own lawyers."

6 Months On, Vista Security Still Besting Linux 478

Martin writes "Great report on security vulnerabilities for MS/Linux/OS X. This is a revised version of the one Jeff Jones did back on March 21: Windows Vista — 90 Day Vulnerability Report. This time he did what the Linux community had asked. Everyone complained that he did the report based on a full Linux distro including optional components, not on just a base OS install. So this time he did both; Vista still came out on top. I was shocked that Apple was even on the list as I believed all those Mac commercials!"

Even Century Old Records Had Restrictive Licensing 277

natch writes "While rummaging through some old records at an antique store I found some turn-of-the-century Victor Record Company pressings. The label on the back laid out the terms of use, something similar to an EULA. In today's modern world of RIAA lawsuits and DRM, it's interesting to note that similar tactics have been in use by record companies for over a century, restricting your right to use what you purchased. The label clearly states that unless the record was sold for at least one dollar, there is no license to use it."

You will lose an important tape file.