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Comment Re:Generations (Score 1) 219

Today of course, any male adult is considered bad to be around.

I held back from mentioning this... the part how you can be a 7 year old and just go spend an afternoon with some adult male without it being any sort of problem whatsoever. These days it is so very hard to believe.

As an adult male who now tinkers on stuff in the garage, I make it a point to shut the door to avoid any sort of 'trouble'.

Comment Re:Generations (Score 1) 219

"My grandfather's generation grew up with ham radios. He said all the kids used to do it."

Radio hams were the very first generation of electronics nerds. It's fascinating to look at the cultural history of hamdom 50 and 75 years ago to see what nerd of that time were like.

I wonder if there was any 'elitist attitude' then. I mean, human nature doesn't change so surely there were people talking down to noobz and scolding them with a "Go RTF AARL Handbook!". However, as a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s I remember walking down the street on a weekend and just about everyone was out tinkering on something in their garage. Ham Radios, go carts, hot rods, RC cars/planes, model rockets, model trains, etc. If you showed even the slightest bit of interest they'd invite you in and give you the grand tour of what they're doing and why. Sometimes they'd even send you home with books and magazines.

I don't know if it's because I was a little kid, or if maybe 'nerd types' were more inclusive then. Greatest Gens and Boomers were always warm and inviting, and it was my own generation (X) that seemed to start with the elitist crap. Millennials often seem to be carrying that same torch. Perhaps Nerddom is diseased now.

Submission + - Ubuntu Is In Urgent Need of a SystemD Developer/Maintainer (softpedia.com)

devphaeton writes: From TFA: Martin Pitt, a renowned Ubuntu developer, who apparently is in charge of the systemd maintenance/development for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, posted a message on the Ubuntu mailing list asking for assistance in maintaining systemd in Ubuntu:

"I'm working on systemd about 90% of my time these days, but currently this is a one-man show in Ubuntu, and about a 1.3 man show in Debian," says Mr. Pitt. "So please talk to me if you are interested in working on any of this. I'm happy to provide mentoring, guidance, introduction to upstream, etc."

Submission + - Unmanned Russian ISS cargo vessel is out of control and falling to earth (theguardian.com)

devphaeton writes: The Guardian spews: "
An Unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft ferrying supplies to the International Space Station is plunging back to Earth and apparently out of control.

A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress M-27M spacecraft with supplies for the International Space Station successfully launched on Tuesday, but communication with the vessel was lost soon afterwards. The Russian space agency is trying to re-establish contact with the cargo vessel as it hurtles over ground stations, but is struggling because the 2.5 tonne spacecraft is tumbling.

“It has started descending. It has nowhere else to go,” an official familiar with the situation told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity on Wednesday. The official was speaking ahead of an official Russian space agency statement expected later in the day. “It is clear that absolutely uncontrollable reactions have begun.”

Comment In the 80s, "nerd" wasn't fashionable like now (Score 2) 786

In the 1980s, the boys that were into math and science and (especially) computers were also getting their asses kicked on a regular basis by the popular kids Perhaps the girls were smart enough to not want any part of that.

Or at least they'd rather follow other interests than be associated with something or a group of people who were at the bottom of the social scale.

Submission + - Hewlett-Packard plans to spin off PC and Printer divisions. (reuters.com)

devphaeton writes: (Per Reuters (since WSJ is paywalled)): Hewlett-Packard Co plans to split into two companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The company plans to announce the move as early as Monday, the Journal said in a report on its web site that cited people familiar with the matter. The division would be made through a tax-free distribution of shares to stockholders next year, according to the report.

Comment Re:What happened to Debian? (Score 0) 403

I have heard they are being strong-armed by Canonical. Canonical makes donations to Debian, that puts Canonical in a position to influence Debian.

Everybody knows that Gnome3 and Systemd suck. But the leading Linux distros are forcing that unwanted crap on users in a very Microsoft sort of way.

I am not that surprised by Red Hat, or Canonical, but I am disappointed in Debian.

I had wondered this too. I felt that the rapid adoption of systemd was very un-Debianlike. Not only because I would have never expected Debian to accept systemd based on technical merits, but also the incredible speed at which it happened. We all know how lonnnng it takes for Debian to even make decisions about changing things in the stable branch. Hell, there's a series of long-running jokes about it. But for the Debian team to just suddenly jump up and say "Yep, we're going with SystemD. End of discussion." seemed incredibly fishy to me.

Getting bullied by Canonical makes loads of sense, but I don't like it one bit.

Comment I thought Gnome was the default desktop already? (Score 1) 403

I haven't included the "desktop system" or whatever dselect offers you in a Debian install since probably the turn of the century. I usually just install the minimum base system and apt-get the stuff I want, which resulted in wmaker up till about 2002, and XFCE since. I'm not saying this to sound l33t or anything, but I remember doing it this way all along to avoid installing Gnome.

What was Debian's default desktop before now?

Comment Re:What about BSD derivatives (Score 5, Informative) 221

When it comes to the Big Three (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) the complete system is precisely what this Venezia guy is describing. It is a working system with everything you'd need to run a legitimate server. Things like X, dev tools (excluding C compilers) etc are considered "3rd party add-ons". IME BSD systems are logical, intuitive, robust, light and fast. The other nice benefit is that everything is developed by the same team, and the documentation is superb.

Don't get me wrong, I love linux too. But the BSDs are sorely under-appreciated for what they are and can do.

That said, the base install of most of the original Linux distributions (or the base install plus a handful of packages) is also what sysadmins have been using for decades as a "server-oriented linux system".

Comment Why not support a current project instead? (Score 2) 469

All the contenders that didn't 'make the cut*' for the likes of Debian and recent converts to SystemD, namely Upstart and OpenRC... Why reinvent the wheel when the work is already half done?

Either way, I wish the project well. Though the name "Use Less D" or "Useless D" could have been better.

*I still don't see how SystemD is more ready for primetime than anything else (or sheesh, even sysvinit) but we've discussed that here already.

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