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Comment Re: My hopes for KDE 5.7 (Score 1) 111

I'm not using plasma5 yet, but I use KDE 4.x most of the time (except I do also have a Windows machine at work for Outlook and Visio and Windows VM on my linux laptop in case I need Visio away from the office).

"I'd like to be able to sort the songs per artist, album, etc in JuK, and for it to have a working Manage Folder dialog."

I've settled on using Clementine (I believe a pott of Amarok 1.x to KDE4/Qt5), but didn't test this specific use case.

"Adding support for PTP cameras (you know, most of them), that would really be great. Means I would no longer have to connect them to either my GNOME or LXDE laptop to then transfer the photos over the network."

My wife and I use Digikam for most of our photo organising and editing, and it downloads from my 500D just fine, had lens correction profiles for all my lenses. Raw support could be better (there is some support and even though rawtherapee seems to have more features and sliders the results from digikam's 'local contrast' feature are quite similar). Digikam 5 (the port from KDE 4 to Qt 5) was just released with lots of nice featutes (mysql support returns, new instagram-like filters, many others) and binaries for Windows and Mac OS too (made easier with KDE5's reduced inter-dependencies).

Sure, the bugs in apps that are part of the KDE apps collection itself should be fixed, but that doesn't mean you should have to use GTK or gnome-based apps when thete are better KDE-based ones.

You do know that you don't need to use a different computer to run GNOME-based apps, right? Well, it's not as usable with GTK-3 apps with their stupid menus thst don't work right with other window managers, but that's a GNOME/GTK design flaw.

Comment Re: Windows 10 (Score 1) 249

"Don't worry MSFT, Linux can top that with Puke Audio that sends Linux audio back to win98 levels for a couple of years. "

For a few months skype needed some environment variable for sound (but distros that shipped skype shipped them with this workaround) and old games relying on OSS need to be started with pasuspender. Big deal. Pulse allows a lot of nice automatic behaviour so things "just work".

Sure, Windows has more apps, but that is the only advantage it has. It's advantage over Android and iOS *was* multitasking, but defaulting to full-screen-only apps and mobile-like apps since Windows 8 has resulted in Windows no longer being the leading desktop OS it was up until Windows 7.

Even Microsoft has realised they can't tie their success only to Windows, which is why they are bringing their software to Linux (starting with Office on Android, .Net on Linux, MS SQL server on Linux etc.).

Comment Re: So why so much anger in the Linux community? (Score 1) 174

Can you reproduce this on a distro other than Debian?

I have 100 production VMs (growing at about 8 a week as we migrate across) 20 20-core RHEV/ovirt/kvm hypervisors running RHEL7 or Centos7, and systemd hasn't caused any issues.

Yes, you may need to do customisations and troubleshoot service startup issues (usually caused by operator error, and in my case only on non-production VMs) differently, but the consistency is a bigger benefit.

Comment Re: So why so much anger in the Linux community? (Score 2) 174

"I would've been very, very happy if my Debian system had gotten to a login prompt, never mind a non-rescue shell, after a system update installed systemd! But it wouldn't even get that far."

Many distros (Fedora, Arch, Opensuse, Mageia etc.) switched to systemd and there were very few complaints. I upgraded distro releases that brought the switch to systemd on a number of systems without any issues.

All of the complaints about "upgrading to systemd broke my system" were "upgrading to Jessie broke my system".

So this experience of upgrading to systemd causing problems seems a bit specific to Debian. Maybe the Debian community should have spent less time arguing about systemd and more time testing upgrading to Jessie.

Comment Re: Canada (Score 2) 184

We have a similar model in South Africa where the incumbent telco offers DSL and fibre wholesale, their retail arm offers both standalone DSL or DSL bundled with a data account. Competitors can sell either just DSL lines or data accounts or both. Data accounts can either resell the wholesale arm's internet service, or use the "IP Connect" which is a capacity-based product providing access to the DSL network to do whatever they want with the traffic.

The first (accounting-only approach) allows the wholesale arm of the incimbent to apply shaping by DPI, but they have two flavours at different per-GB prices and the more expensive one can't go through the dpi.

Most of the big ISPs (including the retail arm of the incumbent) mostly use the IP Connect model which is a later 3 handover of customer traffic to the ISP, and use DPI themselves to manage their utilisation (as IP Connect capacity is quite expensive). In this model it doesn't make sense fir the wholesale arm to apply DPI as it would increase their costs and reduce their revenue.

Users can swith accounts any time they like or even run multiple accounts simultaneously. Some users configure their routers to seitch accounts on a schedule (e.g to use a more "expensive" account for gsming and an account that offers free off-peak data for downloads).

The ISPs can control everything (e.g. which product to use for a user, aspects oertaining to the wholesale product used) by RADIUS.

There are now some other companies building out fibre networks (to compete with the incumbent's access network) but currently most of them have less attractive options for both users (can't easily switch ISPs) and providers (some do layer 3 handover at an IXP and send emails when a customer's IP changes, some do layer 2 handover at their premises and the ISP must buy their own backhaul).

Comment Re: Kernel, or userspace boot stuff? (Score 2) 161

It sounds like a configuration problem of the Ubuntu PPA kernel that doesn't match the Ubuntu default dracut or mkinitramfs settings (e.g. kernel configured with unix sockets as a module instead of built-in and the initramfs not configured to include the unix module). As a result, udevd in initramfs can't open a unix socket.

Really, this wasn't hard to deduce from the error messages.

And nithing to do with systemd.

Comment Re: Thinner and lighter is not always desirable... (Score 1) 209

"Ten screws to remove, the bottom comes off, and the RAM and storage are right there. There is no other laptop that I've ever seen that has such easily accessible components."

My work laptop, an HP Elitebook, has 2 SODIMM slots (usually shipped empty for expansion) and an mSATA port that can be accessed by sliding the latch and removing the panel on the underside. 4 more screws to get the 2.5" drive (SSD in my case) out. Adding the mSATA SSD was literally no effort.

Comment Re: security best practice? (Score 1) 924

As the system administrator in a large, complex environment in a larger, more complex organisation, who needs to be sure that users who have left the employ of the organisation don't have the ability to run commands anymore.

Without this control available, I need to check every server for screens or nohup'd processes (we already have controls in place for at, cron etc.). This has been a real risk in the past on real servers currently running sysvinit.

With this systemd feature, it would make my life easier, because on the two bastion/hop servers, I would disable this and audit processes on these servers when removing/locking accounts.

Yes, it is configurable, and yes it should probably be set correctly according to some of the installation selections (e.g. enabled on servers, disabled by default on workstations/laptops).

No, just because sysvinit can't enforce it well doesn't mean no-one needs it.

Comment Re: Bad marketing (Score 1) 328

"Every report I've seen about that has had methodology I've used to show Ubuntu, Fedora, et al sends your personal information all over the god damned world, what with Apport/Whoopsie constantly uploading error reports to Launchpad, apt and yum constantly telling all kinds of servers what applications you have installed (HTTP GET pornview-2.1.3.deb WUT?"
And I guess it's impossible to uninstall or disable abrt (so you don't get asked if you want to send crash reports), you can't change the repos used (to your own private mirror) or disable the default repos ...


Comment Re: ignorant idiots on slashdot (Score 1) 91

And yet my exoerience with RHEL3,4,5 in production in a relatively large and varied environment was that they were all rock solid. We still have 5.x in production, we are currently rolling 7.2 out to replace most of those (though some VMs will need intermediate upgrades to 6.x due to multi-server customer-facing application upgrades also required to get to 7)

If you want more recent, run RHEL7.2. If you want bleeding edge run Fedora. If you want something between stable and bleeding edge, choose a more desktop-oriented distri.

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