Kainaw writes: This was asked in 2005 and 2008. I think it should be revisited yet again...
With iPhone, Android, and Windows smartphones running around, which (if any) of them are well-suited to Unix/Linux server administration on the run? SSH is a must. A good screen resolution. A physical keyboard won't block the screen with a virtual keyboard. Many physical keyboards omit the numeric keys now, making the typing of numbers rather difficult. Nearly every smartphone has WiFi capability now. Some will do an X display through SSH tunnelling. So, pushing through all the bells and whistles that have nothing to do with effective server administration, what is left?
Kainaw writes: For well over a week, I have not been able to access FedoraProject.org from home (where I use Comcast high-speed Internet). I can access it from work easily. I thought it was a blip for a few days, but then started asking around. Nobody here can access FedoraProject.org through Comcast. I've called and emailed them in the morning and evening for the last three days and I haven't received any worthwhile response. They just tell me to unplug my modem and plug it back in. So, now I'm thinking about the current push by companies like Comcast to charge for preferred Internet service. Is this the first step — blocking Linux sites to push out those "free software" freaks who demand an equal Internet for all?
Kainaw writes: "Ever since Wikipedia began, there has one story after another making claims of Wikipedia censorship by the Chinese government. Now, they've quietly removed the censorship. What will this mean for other censored online services such as Google and Yahoo?"
Kainaw writes: Downloaded and installed FC6. I did a clean install. When I tried the yum upgrade from FC1 to FC2, nothing worked. From FC2 to FC3, I ended up with a lot of weird problems. From FC3 to FC4, I spent days removing left-over FC3 packages that caused conflicts. From FC4 to FC5, I couldn't reboot afterward. So, I backup up all my files (including the hidden ones) to USB and did a format/install.
Six disks! Fedora is getting huge. I downloaded all 6 iso files. I don't have a CD burner - that is on my wive's Windows box. But, I found out that Windows XP now has built-in iso burning support from the desktop. Right click on an iso and the option to burn it is right there. So, I burned all 6.
I was good. I checked the media. It all failed. I tried to burn the first iso three times (even using cdrecord on a linux box as work). Finally, I remembered that my CD player does not support DMA. So, I had to install with ide=nodma. Suddenly all the disks tested good.
On to the install. Looks like FC5 - just a slightly different background. Personally, I like the bubbly look of FC5 more than the DNA look of FC6. I do not like the way it tries to force you to use Gnome. I've been using KDE since it was first available for slackware. Why do I have to change now? I had to go into the "customize now" prompt, remove Gnome, add KDE, and then look through all the other bloat FC6 wants to add: Bluetooth? I don't have any bluetooth devices. Power management? This isn't a laptop. HP Printer Drivers? I don't have an HP printer. I used to complain that Windows installs everything including the kitchen sink "just in case", but Linux lets you choose what to install. By making it an awkward option to un-choose the bloat, FC6 is turning into Windows.
Install complete - reboot. No network. What!? I had network access during installation. I check/etc/sysconfig/networking and find that I have eth0 and eth1. So, ifup eth1 and I have networking. What!? I have two network cards!? Yes. All the way through Fedora Core 5, the on-board network wasn't supported. Now, it is. So, I downed eth1 and put my cable in the onboard eth0 port. That's a plus for FC6, but you'd think it would make the active network device eth0, not eth1.
Now, compile my NVidia drivers - no, that fails. Just like when FC5 was released, the drivers won't compile. I did see something strange, installing kernel-devel installed both the i386 and the x86_64 source. I don't have i386. So, yum list | grep installed | grep i386... where did all that crap come from? I spend the next three hours removing all the i386 packages. I thought that it is possible that an i386 package would be needed by some x86_64 package, but no. So, I'm left wondering - I installed from x86_64 disks. Where did all those i386 packages come from? I was just lucky that I tend to do a minimal install first to make sure things work. Had I done a complete install, it would have taked a very long time to remove all the i386 junk.
Wow - there i586 and i686 stuff on here too. At least I got quick at removing things with the i386 junk.
Well, I installed the video driver from livna - maybe it won't randomly crash my... OK. If I run glxinfo, it crashes the X server.
Got it all installed. I can boot (and the network works). I can finally add the programs I need and get back to work. I just with that Fedora made it easier to upgrade. At the very least, a fresh install shouldn't require immediate purging of unwanted junk.