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Comment Let's see if I can remember (Score 1) 867

OS History Roughly
MS/DOS 3, MacOS 6, CP/M -> MS Xenix (On a TRS/80 Model 2 modded to 16b specs) -> Minix -> SLS -> MCC (IIRC) -> Slackware -> Red Hat -> Mandrake -> Debian -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu -> Windows Xp, Windows 7, MacOS X

With occasional excursions to BSD/386, NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD choking due to unsupported or fussy hardware, and later discarded due to a userspace that made Linux feel full featured and easy. And probably a few other visits to Debian along the way.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 2) 364

True. And also true that I don't do or say anything much that would be substantially offensive. But keeping my private life apart from my work life is something that I do value. And even if I didn't value it, the problem isn't nearly so much the employer as the employer's customers. I've quite deliberately not friended even my friends at work, because that's a social network that could easily expand to a lot of people in front of whom I have an obligation to behave with a modicum of professionalism.

Comment Why not? (Score 5, Insightful) 364

Why would I have any problem working for a company that forced me to join a social network? I wouldn't join with the same profile that I used personally. I would keep my business activities with the site strictly segregated from my personal persona (if any). But if the cost of losing your privacy as an employee to a google or a Facebook accrues almost entirely to your employer, not to you.

Comment Re:One of the advantages of Linux (Score 2) 433

You can script mysql databases, assuming the data files are intact, mysql is intact and runs on the server, and you have functioning tools and the skill to use them. ASCII logfiles will be readable in spite of spot corruption and can be processed with grep / head / tail -- if these primitives don't work it probably doesn't matter what's in the log.

Comment Re:Are Linux Fans Really About Innovation? (Score 2, Insightful) 433

The wise professional is intensely mistrustful of innovation. Innovation introduces new failure modes and deprecates tested methods and experience. Innovation is always born half baked, unreliable and unsupported. By the time all the problems are solved with a given innovation, it's design will typically prove to be just as compromised and unsexy as its predecessor - and then the cycle of "innovation" repeats. Some innovations have sufficient value to overcome their costs - many don't.

And who said that OSS was about innovation?

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