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Comment In some scenarios yes (Score 1) 388

As many have mentioned, it depends on your requirements. My past experience with Samba leads me to believe that it will probably take some bug fixing after the point release to make the edges smooth.

I also wouldn't encourage forklift upgrading Active Directory with this unless you have a compelling reason to do so such as licensing issues with no budget to fix.

With the integrators that will put mindless GUIs on top of it in the coming years, I would guess it could be very good replacement for AD in many scenarios. There will always be some that won't such as third party apps that require AD and do not provide support for a Samba environment.

Comment Zero Budget Solutions (Score 1) 298

Personally, I got my start as an "IT Manager" for a small company and often needed to solve problems where I had hardware, but no software with zero budget. This was web servers (Apache) and a file server (Samba). From there, I used it for personal projects by renting an unmanaged server and doing everything on the CLI.

I got a bit lucky in that a short term contract at a major company involving both Windows and Linux servers got my foot in the door there and now I'm on the project team for rolling out new Linux servers. It was a mix of prior experience that got me the contract position that led to the Linux only one.

If you're looking to get your feet wet, rent an inexpensive VPS to run websites, FTP and other servers so you can point to real experience. Volunteer with your church or some other group that has IT needs but can't afford it. You can probably use someone at the organization as a reference.

By the way, in addition to learning to configure the software, you're going to want to learn how to bond interfaces and probably some FC storage stuff. It's still widely used in enterprises.

Comment Re:Always love the "some people" bullshit. (Score 1) 208

The reason those companies failed had nothing to do with the GPL and everything to do with the state of the market at the time.

You also are missing something about Canonical. They don't charge a dime for their OS products. Not one penny. It's the support services, cloud storage and now a new app store where they make money. With their mobile moves on the horizon, they may yet make some hay where others failed. I wouldn't be so quick to lump them into the failed pile just yet.

Comment Re:Why the anxiety? (Score 1) 807

If you go into about:config and look for browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo, you can reduce the number of closed tabs it keeps in resident memory. This is in case you accidentally close a tab and want to restore it (right-click on the tab bar and choose Undo Close Tab).

I think this should fix your problem of not releasing memory when closing tabs.

Comment Re:Riddlers for niche sites (Score 1) 109

It's just an illustration, but just like it can be hard for humans to decipher a captcha, it could be hard to understand the logic -- Intel, AMD and NVIDIA are all companies where ATI was actually purchased by AMD and would thus make it superfluous.

If it were easy to answer, it would be easy for automation to crack it.

Comment Riddlers for niche sites (Score 1) 109

If you have a small-ish site that caters to a niche community where your target audience will share some knowledge that non-target folks don't have, a riddler where you can set the questions can work great. Just structure your questions in such a way that the answer is non-obvious in an automated way to all but the best AI engines.

For example, Phoronix could use a question like this --

Which of these is superfluous? Intel, ATI, NVIDIA, AMD

Comment Re:A solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 183

It's not a solution looking for a problem. The problem already exists -- TV makers integrating smart components serving up non-standard content (i.e. movies on demand, Pandora, Netflix, etc.).

The problem specifically is that all of the software I've seen pretty much sucks. They're TV companies and they should stick to what they do. Which leads us to other vendors. Google TV might be great, I don't know. Apple has their own hardware and always will. I'm not sure how many other integrators there are, but the emerging market is NOT saturated with software and content providers.

Couple the mobile/tablet moves Ubuntu is making and it's not really a big mystery where they WANT to go -- for lack of a better analogy, they want to be the Apple of the Linux world but focusing on the software and not the hardware.

This shouldn't really come as a surprise. For many people a mobile device and/or a tablet can serve as their only computing devices with their television being the other major visual outlet they spend their time using. If you're looking to expand your footprint and gain marketshare, it only follows you would want to move into the TV space. It's why Apple and Google are doing it.

Comment Re:When there is financial incentive (Score 1) 84

Actually, you can legally have up to 1 watt (30 dBm) output into an antenna such that the gain doesn't cause your EIRP to exceed 4 watts (36 dBm). If you're output is lower, your gain on your antenna can be higher (i.e. high powered directional).

Now, if you want to operate illegally and say pump 1 watt into a 26 dBm gain directional antenna, you certainly can and will only face an issue if and only if the FCC is called to investigate strange interference issues or if you get real stupid and do something that would cause physical harm to someone. Odds of the FCC being called? Pretty small.

You can get a high output radio and put it into a high gain antenna and achieve impressive distance on P2P links. Try 25+ miles provided the right conditions -- i.e. if the two ends of the link are up high enough in the air. Heck, if one end of your link is high enough in the air (like on a mountain top) you could go 50 or 100 miles provided that the Fresnel zone was clear enough.

Comment Re:Linux Driver State? (Score 2) 281

The closed drivers have serious quality issues with major regressions seemingly every other release.

The open drivers are making great strides, but the performance isn't there yet for newer cards. If you are using a pre-HD series card, you'll find pretty decent performance that often beats the closed driver.

Based on the progress I've seen over the last year, I would expect the performance for this new series of cards to be acceptable in a year or so for the simple fact that as they finish the code for older cards, much of the code base will help improve performance for newer ones.

Comment Unity is a steaming dung pile (Score 1) 798

1) The launch bar permanently docked on the left is a complete fail. If you find yourself moving your mouse to the left side of the screen often, you WILL get annoyed by the launch bar popping out. The result will be you clicking on something you had no intention of clicking on.

2) While we're on the subject of the slide out. Sometimes it doesn't unless you minimize EVERYTHING. Fail.

3) The File menu being at the top of the screen is cool until you tile a window and suddenly it seems alien that your window is in the middle of the screen, but your menu options are at the top.

4) Speaking of the File menu at the top, sometimes if you close your active window, the new File menu that appears at the top is not the actual active program that is now on your screen. It's some window hidden underneath.

5) Alt+Tab is now completely and hopelessly broken. Got multiple windows open of the same program? It's so full of fail on that task I can't even quite explain it. You'll just have to experience that misery for yourself.

There's lots more to hate about the latest Ubuntu incarnation. This is just the Unity fail list.

Mark Shuttleworth, you have a severely broken product. If you don't fix it, I promise your user base will shrink even more quickly than it grew.

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