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Comment You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 136

If every time you build a VM or host to do this development on you have to spend 1-2 hours doing a config, you're doing it wrong!

Make a checklist of stuff that needs to be updated and keep around copies of working config files. Chances are you typically like all the same settings and for the most part you can just drop a php.ini that you have that worked and be done with it.

Same goes for VHost config files.

Same goes for installing necessary things. copy/paste the yum or apt command lines to install them.

Better yet, keep around a VM Image that's all ready, just change the hostname/IP etc and you're done. Take advantage of snapshot functionality in your hypervisor.

Comment Re:Opposition is from a small elite (Score 1) 550

I have actually seen someone who has used Linux for 10+ years try and install Zoneminder on a system and after 2 days of agony nuke the entire virtual machine and start with another distribution thanks to dependency hell which could make a dll blush.

Then that "someone" either sucks or is having to admin boxes that were poorly built / maintained. That sort of thing just doesn't happen on a well managed system. Ever,

Comment Re:Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 550

I for one fully understand your choice.

Adopting systemd as the One True Initcould spell the beginning of the end of debian being lauded as the most "Stable and Secure" of all the distros. It's definitely bad on all counts for those of us who use linux for things other than our personal laptops. Systemd has no business on a server IMHO and it's going to suck and suck hard when it's forced on all of us (CentOS/RH 7 too are both systemd based, which is very upsetting).

Comment Not and earth shattering surprise. (Score 1) 265

As someone who's been a linux user and admin on a daily basis since the late '90s, let me say I am entirely unsurprised. Our developer community is not great at doing accelerated graphics drivers and the vendors all turn out sub-par binary blob laden drivers. The linux gaming thing has been a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream for years, I pretty much knew valve wouldn't be able to make it happen. I was hoping I would be proved wrong, but it isn't looking good.

On the bright side, I don't have time to game anymore so I don't really care =)

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