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Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 303

but still hasn't succeeded in making the difficult easy

I'll meet you half-way and suggest that in Windows, it's easier to get something going initially, but in Linux it's easier to make detailed and significant changes later on.

As for Windows admins wishing they had Linux, I've met a few Win admins and they generally consider interest in Linux to be something of a "phase", one which you grow out once you gain enough experience at what actually happens in corporate setup and why Exchange is so widely used (hint: it's fucking awesome how much capability it provides compared to a scattering of similar tools and services in Linux).

My experience is that it seems like Windows admins who worked with Linux (or proprietary Unix) still prefer it but "put up with" IIS when they have to use it due to corporate policy. The admins who grew up on Windows and dabbled with Linux end up back on Windows. The main thing for me is that Linux is easier to troubleshoot since I don't have to go digging for some obscure registry entry that some program messed with and ended up breaking something else. Whoever came up with the registry should be taken out and shot (or have some suitably painful means of execution; shooting might be to easy for them).

I'll grant you that exchange is a pretty amazing tool. Way back when there used to be some competing products (just like there used to be competing word processors and spreadsheets, etc.). They all got plowed under by the Windows/Microsoft Office jugernaught. Now, the only "competition" comes from open source projects that just don't seem to have the understand of the big corporate world. I'm working as a Unix Engineer in a big big telco at the moment and the level of integration (aka, lockin) to Windows as the corporate desktop is amazing and, at the same time, horribly stupefying. I end up using an X emulator under Windows to do my work slowly and painfully when I would easily be twice as productive with a Linux box but that's not the corporate standard.


Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Interesting) 303

You basically just admitted that Linux boxes are harder to administer than Windows servers. This makes Linux servers much less appealing for companies when you can find Windows server admins for a dime a dozen, but Linux admins are harder to find and generally cost a lot more.

Er, no. Windows makes the easy things easy (pick what you want from the list rather than, horror of horrors, type something) but still hasn't succeeded in making the difficult easy. This lulls people who think they know what they're doing into jumping into the deep end and finding out they can't swim. Lots of things when setting up a server (web or otherwise) that require an understanding of the underlying networking. The Windows admins who don't know this are the ones who are "a dime a dozen." The ones that do can create a secure, functional site with Windows but wish they had Linux since it's easier and more secure and faster and more flexible and....


Comment Re:Direct experience (Score 1) 4

Hey, jackass. Have you actually used Namecheap's services, or are you piping off at the mouth on things you know jack shit about? I strongly suspect the latter. You either (1) have zero clue how bad GoDaddy's offerings actually are, or how reprehensible their corporate behavior and that of their recently-former-for-PR-reasons founder and CEO's behavior tends to be, or (2) you're drawing your paycheck from Daddy Parsons.

Try Namecheap out and report back, champ. By the way, they also have a nice API you can hook into. Good luck, and have a nice day. Nice nick, btw, 1998 called and asked if they can have their leetspeak back, son.

Comment Direct experience (Score 1) 4

My employer provides managed hosting for both Linux and Windows environments. New web server deployments running Linux and either Apache or nginx easily outnumber new deployments running Windows/IIS 20 to 1. As far as I've seen at numerous companies and from recent numbers tossed around by friends at other firms, this ratio is about average.

As the article states, GoDaddy moved millions of parked pages to IIS. Given the fact that GoDaddy is a bottom-feeding operation that relies on horrendously shitty shared setups on a massive scale for the bulk of its hosting business, I'm not surprised by any particular bit of idiocy they pull these days. I've long since ceased using them for domain name registrations as well, greatly preferring Namecheap instead.

The "article" is pure garbage. Don't bother reading it.

Comment Re:I feel old (Score 1) 113

Ah, a fellow Z80 fan :). I think there's still two Sinclair ZX81s sitting in a box somewhere at my dad's house, likely with the old cassette deck as well. The one I used had a little black and white security monitor/TV hooked up to it for video, with a luxurious full size keyboard from an industrial floor spliced into it to provide relief from the horrendous membrane keyboard.

I've got to admit that I greatly preferred moving to an AT&T PC-6300 8086 box. It felt like a supercomputer by comparison, and was also the first machine I wrote any C on. Good times.

Comment I feel old (Score 4, Insightful) 113

I've got many memories of evenings spent with Windows 3.11, although I spent far more time in DOS back then. Later on, I spent a few few years with Linux (starting with Mandrake) as my primary desktop OS, and wound up with Mac OS X for the last few years.

I'll still raise a toast to over a decade of Debian or FreeBSD on the server side for anything I care about.

Comment Re: This is why encryption isn't popular (Score 1) 399

Mod parent up. I'm genuinely curious what particular brand of idiot would wake up saying "hey, since the government provides me with this awesome crypto, I'll use it for everything" instead of generating his own keys for anything personal in nature.

I mean, heck, one might almost believe that such an individual were receiving telepathic communications from Edward Snowden detailing how to link up with Julian Assange in Afghanistan or Iraq to be schooled in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices for a doctoral thesis on violence while watching television coverage of congressional hearings with Senators and the president, all while pundits drop bombs online so to speak with regard to hypothetical tactics for the handling of terrorist threats in urban areas such as Boston, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, and other high value targets.

I know, it's all just so crazy.

Comment Re:No RHEL/CentOS? (Score 2) 627

I have some systems on SL and some others on CentOS. I haven't noticed any significant lag in CentOS updates. The only time this really became an issue was the release of 6.0 from TUV. CentOS had some problems getting it to build.

Also, the two distros are NOT identical clones of RHEL. CentOS maintains binary compatibility with TUV. SL does not not claim to be 100% binary compatible (but usually is). This may explain why there are extra packages available for SL although you'll probably find most of them in the CentOS "extras" repository or they're available through the EPEL repo.

Oh yeah, I run the latest version of Fedora on my laptop and in a few VMs. For the Laptop, I keep the latest version of Fedora on one half of a 400GB external hard drive and the other half has the previous release. This way I always have access to a stable Fedora release and just have to keep copying my local data between partitions when I install a new release onto whichever partition has the older release. Works for me and I'm always doing a new install so no fighting with FedUp to upgrade.

I've tried other distros (Ubuntu, Mint, Gentoo, SuSE, etc.). I like the stability I get with RH. BTW, I started with Red Hat Linux 5.0 in 1998.


Comment Re:Try Zabbix, it's free (Score 2) 58

It seems Zabbix isn't well suited for the use cases you care about. That's fine, but it should be noted that your preference for SNMP-based offerings is far from universal. I've dealt with environments where thousands of systems across several continents were constantly monitored without SNMP, and things worked very well.

You seem quite interested in forcibly proclaiming your preference for certain modes of monitoring. Are you equally prepared to discuss the security implications of those choices? Are all devices under your control operating exclusively over trusted networks and exclusively utilizing SNMPv3? If you're going to speak forcefully about these things, let's go ahead and have a frank conversation that includes different considerations and use cases.

Comment Re:Security and Business competition (Score 1) 531

Let's be perfectly clear on one point. All wars are rooted in economic objectives, regardless of any hand waving to the contrary. Analysis and debate of the ethics, morality, wisdom, etc of such conflicts are left as an exercise to the reader (along with any attempted associated bettering of society), but in the final analysis everything traces back to fundamental human nature. Humans are a beautiful species in many respects, but also a very nasty one; the global dominance of homo sapiens is backed by this nastiness.

Comment Re:Doesn't it seemed like a flawed study? (Score 1) 418

From TFA:

Our data are restricted to calls routed through multiple cell phone towers in a contiguous region just outside of a major California downtown area during an eleven day period in 2005. Given the mechanics of call routing and signal switching, the calls could have been placed only by callers in moving vehicles.


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