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FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Comment Re:Why I Quit GIMP After 2 Minutes (Score 1) 900

Note how both MS Paint and Photoshop are way MORE straightforward in this operation, and yet avoid sarcasm in their tutorials.

I hadn't seen that one before. I found it vaguely amusing, in a "Let's watch the spotty 15-year-old telling his parents that they're idiots" kind of way. And don't get me started on Doug Engelbart and Bill English actually coming up with the first mouse in about 1963 (and "Get Off My Lawn!")

I don't see the problem as the non-obvious way that GIMP goes about it, so much as the quality of the documentation. It tells me exactly what I need to know to accomplish the task and acquire new skills, and a little levity something I appreciate even in technical documentation, but this seems too condescending and is not the kind of thing I would expect to see in commercial documentation. The "lusers are idiots" implications have no place in modern high-quality end-user documentation, although as someone who has had personal experience of the "Where's the ANY key" phenomenon I can vouch for the fact that sometimes assumptions about how much the user knows can be dangerous. And perhaps, in a world where the left-shift and right-shift keys are treated differently by some software, mention that GIMP uses both in the same way is of some use...

That documentation is also seven years old, and dates from a time when the software had a VERY limited target audience; it may well have been intended as a first-approximation, a placeholder for something better that would come later (and yeah, anyone who's coded ANYTHING serious, EVER, for someone else will understand how crufty crap you aren't proud of becomes production and then mission-critical because it's "good enough" for most purposes, and the same thing can clearly happen with documentation). I understand that getting people to write documentation is hard, getting them to do it right is even harder, and that in an environment where everything is done by volunteers you sometimes need to either do it yourself or accept whatever someone else is prepared to do, but it's time for a refresh of the documentation to bring its quality in line with that of the software.

Comment Re:name change (Score 1) 900

You think this is much better than being compared to a physically handicapped person? Face it, neither the pejorative term or the plastic string is a particularly positive linguistic association. I'm not implying that unfortunate linguistic associations are a good reason not to use a particular program, but I just don't see how you could spin this acronym to sound positive.

imp-free or impfree

Image manipulation and processing, for free (freedom AND beer)

Software that's free from troublesome supernatural entities, or at least the minor ones...

Image manipulation and processing, free from the unfortunate linguistic baggage that has plagued the project.

I respectfully submit to the community imp-free or impfree as possible names for a "branding fork"; now we just need to get the developers to take a look at what was done with Firefox et al in Debian, and perhaps what CentOS have done with the RedHat sources, for a couple of hints about what could be done to facilitate this. "The GIMP" was a great in-joke when it was a homebrew-but-crippled Photoshop-wannabe, used only by the people who wrote it, but let's face it - branding is important. If this was a commecial product, and the name had negative connotations in particular markets, they'd change it as part of the localisation.

I believe Mitsubishi re-named a particular series of four-wheel-drive vehicles for Portugese-speaking markets because driving something that loosely translates to "Wanker" was unpopular for some reason, although I can't think of any particular software examples off the top of my head.

Comment Re:I was recently wondering... (Score 2, Interesting) 231

See, i remember the 3c509's well - that's all they would support at my university (no generic isa NE2000 cards allowed in 1996...)

$ORKPLACE (a university) mandated the 3c509 because we apparantly had lots of problems getting Banyan Vines to work properly through generic NE2000 clones. When PCI came along we moved to the 905. Then we went Netware, and the on-board Intel and Tulip chips got really good, and separate NICs became an un-needed extra cost for most applications here - I could easily believe the same thing happened elsewhere, too. A couple of years ago I fished about 20 new-in-box 3c509b's from a skip; don't know what I'll use them for but they were just too good to let go into landfill, I'll probably wait until supplies dry up and eBay the suckers to the desperate if I can't find anything else to do with them.

The 905's were good - I may have one or two various revisions lying around - they always seemed to work with every OS I would ever throw at them.

They're lovely. I've got a whole stack of various revisions of them too, mostly pulled from computer carcasses because they were too good to throw away, and they're great as second or third or fourth interfaces in machines that need them.

Comment Re:Shameful, how? (Score 1) 586

there's no reason to take nude pictures of your kids running around or taking a bath. That kind of voyeurism is sick and extreme.

It isnt' done out of voyeurism, you sick fuck. Parents do it because they want pictures of their kids. The fact that kids are sometimes nude is just a natural, normal part of life.

I wonder if AC's rebuff to arekusu was posted AC out of fear for being labelled sick and extreme by a society that doesn't see any nudity as appropriate?
I don't have any nude photos of my kids, but I'll pose a question. Lots of people in the 1940s and 1950s had naked photographs taken on bearskin rugs by professional photographers - so why are their children being prosecuted for dropping off rolls of film containing a shot or two of their grandchildren playing under the sprinklers? If the test is whether some weirdo somewhere could jack off to it, I'm sure there are people out there who get their jollies imagining all sorts of things about pictures of three year olds with lollypops - and if we invoke the Quantum Fetish Theory, we probably shouldn't have any photographs of anyone under 18 at all. There's a line that has to be drawn somewhere, but I don't know if anyone can say for sure just where that should be without appearing foolish or perverted to someone else.

Comment Re:Buy from the Chinese (Score 1) 652

C'mon, at least buy them from the Chinese for a $100 or less a piece.

The problem with that is that they'd be too cheap, and thus more difficult to believe in.

Assuming for a moment that in the hands of a competent operator these things *do* find bad stuff more often than random chance would allow, you'd want them to be well and consistently made. You would want them built by a company that didn't skimp on materials and that wouldn't make random substitutions if certain parts or materials were unavailable. You'd want them as "mil-spec" as possible, so they'd survive field service. You'd want them to come from somewhere with a little credibility in the security field, as this mob seem to have from some of the other devices and bespoke vehicles they produce or distribute - this is not the kind of thing that you could get away with buying from just anywhere, and in the absence of the ability to properly and scientifically test it you'd need to rely on the thing's pedigree to some extent.

As for the assertion in TFA that reporters managed to carry AK-47s in their car without being challenged - perhaps what's being detected isn't the physical presence of weapons or explosives, but the intent of the driver and passengers. If a driver knew they had a bomb and had a belief that the checkpoint had a magic bomb-detecting divining rod, they'd be more likely to be nervous. Perhaps these devices give the operator a little more confidence that allows them to subconsciously take more notice of other behavioural cues. If that was the case, then a driver who didn't know the vehicle was packed with explosives or a driver who was a cucumber-cool psychopath could reasonably be expected to not "trigger" the device. Similarly, someone who was nervous in the presence of people with guns and badges and roadblocks could be expected to be spotted as being "uncomfortable" by the operator - and the gold teeth and perfume false-positive stories are intended to allow the operators to continue to believe in their skills and the device. You could probably get similar results from people who were conditioned to believe they were tapping into their own psychic potential, with a couple of potential drawbacks - if they fail with a prop they can blame the prop and the potential unreliability of the process rather than themselves, and they're less likely to be killed by the oppositiion if they're not seen as some kind of magical and irreplaceable person.

Sure, it's security theatre rather than a security device per se, and in use is a cross between a confidence trick and a carnival act, but that might just get results for reasons other than its own "bomb detecting" ability.

Comment Re:same thing happened with my old beemer (Score 1) 1146

and it really was the floor mat. Now I'm OCD about making sure it's in the right spot before I get in the car...

Same thing happened with my last Toyota, a '67 Corona. Turned out to be the breather tube from the rocker cover to the carbie fouling the throttle linkage and holding it wide open.

Comment Re:Oh no... (Score 5, Interesting) 319

Expanding on point 2, Microsoft may want to open up the MAPI specs a little more for the benefit of iPhones and the like. At $DAYJOB, we have Exchange 2003 and a number of users with iPhones and we've seen some bizarre things happen on occasion with calendar entries (weirdness when one of a number of repeating appointments is changed or cancelled and not showing up as changed or removed on the iPhone, that kind of thing). While I'm prepared to believe that it's partially to do with Apple testing more thoroughly with and developing against Exchange 2K7, I can't help but feel that a better understanding of how Outlook communicates with Exchange and a better understanding of how Outlook represents the data internally would help other developers produce something that works better with Exchange.

And that could well be Microsoft's strategy...domination at mail-and-collaboration server end. If they open up the client specs a little more, and that makes Exchange 2010 and beyond more attractive, they've won.

Comment Stick it to the man (Score 1) 645

You know, there's a way out of this. It's called EXCLUSIVELY playing material that's already in the public domain.

Sure, you won't get Top 40 crap - that's a benefit, by the way - but if you're after appealing background noises for a retail environment you'd be amazed at what's available. One of the best recordings of Rhapsody in Blue I've heard dates from 1927.

Play these recordings, arrange for somone to "anonymously" call the Music Police to report you, and when the bastards turn up simply ask them to leave the premises as you're not doing anything wrong - without explaining why you're in the right and they're not. Keep logs of what you play, and where you sourced it. Do NOT let any staff play ANYTHING else. Let the Music Police threaten to sue you. Insist that you've done nothing wrong. Let them get their lawyers involved, and let them run up some legal costs, then get the press involved.

If they're going to play stupid games like threatening action over someone "performing" songs while they're stacking supermarket shelves, they deserve everything they get. I hear there's a lot of stuff from the 40's that's not covered in the UK and Scotland any more, so that covers all the really great swing-era stuff, although I hear Sir Cliff is a little pissed about the fact that he may soon stop getting royalties for Summer Holiday and is trying to pull a Disney...

Comment Re:Can I avoid this simply by avoiding Disney? (Score 1) 498

I wasn't claiming there weren't ones before VHS & Betamax, in fact I specifically said there were VCRs before that. I wondered specifically what VCR Lumpy used and still had.

As do I. My post wasn't intended to suggest that you'd suggested that video cassettes started with Betamax; rather, it was intended to describe the range of possibilities - of which, on further reflection, I suspect U-matic is probably the most likely.

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