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Comment Re:Init alternatives (Score 2) 330

The major issue people are concerned about is that things will be built on top of systemd (and they have been built on top of systemd), and then you have a huge unrelated dependency on this init system which makes it hard to swap out in the future if you want to use containers.

I have been running Fedora before systemd (2010) was introduced and have never had an issue with it. I am now running Fedora 25 without any issues. Since my OS is on an SSD I can power up then login in then start my applications within less than one minute.

Just for you I started up my systemd configuration GUI and you can for "Units" and "User Units" see the following "Load State", "Active State", "Unit State" and "Unit". If I want I can "stat", "stop", "restart" and "reload" a unit as well as being able to "edit" and "isolate" a unit. There are plenty of other options available for you but I would suggest reading up on them.

Basically screwing up in systemd is pretty much the same as screwing up in an init system and instead of whinging about it, fix it.

Comment Re:Init alternatives (Score 1) 330

If servers randomly do things behind your back or you restart one during a standard change and it doesn't come back up and your change window is between 1am - 3am (like my employer) you can be in hot water if you can't get it back up if something weird happens during a patch or other activity.

I would assume you would have raised a change request and had it signed by all parties before you even considered applying a change and/or rebooting a system?

In the case of a critical or even minor changes to any production machine an IT professional must consider the following:

1) Is this change a recommended one from the operating and/or application system vendor?
2) Has this change been tested and if so where and what was it tested on?
3) What is the projected time frame to make the change and if required reboot the system?
4) What are the pros and cons of this change?
5) What are the rollback procedures in case of unforeseen issues?

I could go on but by now you should realize that you are also protecting yourself in case the unforeseen happens. Making a change before getting permission is really asking to get fired.

What I have said does not apply to personal machines and if you have a problem with any changes that you have made then it is entirely your fault and you should do something about it. Whinging ain't going to cut it.

BTW. When I say a production machine I mean any computer that could result in loss of revenue in the case of extended downtime and this can include development as well as testing machines.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 560

Yes, drinking too much water can kill.


You are quite right Most people who have drowned will agree with that.

The problem is that too little water can also kill and I am sure many people who have died of thirst can attest to that also.

Of course drinking unclean water can also have a disastrous effect on your health as well and if that didn't kill you, you would most likely wish you were dead anyway.

Comment Re:Desktop Windows has more users than X11/Linux (Score 1) 403

BTW, I have a second task for you. I want you to build a chest of drawers. Your tool: a pair of chopsticks.

> su -

# god_build --tool chopsticks --output "Chest of draws" --colour dark_wood_stain --drow 2 --dcolumn 3 --height 1.3m --width 2.5m --depth 0.7m --special "add mirror"

You will have to wait a little for delivery since my "god_delivery" software was outsourced and I have a few daemons to purge from the program. That will teach me to allow so-called trusted helpers "sudo" access, I mean putting a "registry" in the main program what were they thinking?

Comment Re:Numbers don't lie (Score 1) 230

Nope, 2000 is plenty if you ensure they are a representative sample.

For comparison, if you flipped a coin 2000 times, you would expect the percentage of heads to be very close to 50%.

For a coin which can either heads or tails and on extremely rare occasions "edge" I would agree.

For the survey we really need to know the demographic such as age, education, sex (well male or female), social status , economic status and if they are or aren't in a partnership. In addition, we also need to know what were the survey question(s) asked although we could assume that the question could have been, "Would you give up sex for an entire year if you never have to worry about being hacked?". The survey would have got a better result if they asked. "Did you ever stop beating your spouse?"

To even answer "yes" to a stupid question like that is kind of worrying since it implies that those people are really stupid, poorly educated or paranoid.

Comment Re:Numbers don't lie (Score 1) 230

I'm guessing the female participation in this study was also at 40%.

According to the article, the total number of adults surveyed was 2000 out of a total population of 320 million of which about 76% are adults. I am not a mathematician although I have done and passed University level statistics but isn't that number a little on the small size to get a reasonable statistical result? I wonder what the surveys demographics and uncertainties were?

Sounds like clickbait to me.

Comment Re:If I wanted Linux... (Score 1) 154

...why would I pick Fedora? It's one thing if we're talking servers and I needed RHEL or Oracle Unbreakable, but for personal usage? When SteamOS is based on Ubuntu, why not pick a Ubuntu or even a Debian based distro? .deb is a lot easier to handle than .rpm

I prefer Fedora KDE spin but other people prefer different spins (ie. GUI or CLI) such as Gnome and Xfce but there are others to choose as well. The best way to pick one is to download a Live spin and run it from DVD or USB key before making a decision if you wish to install. You can actually do something similar with the Debian (eg. Ubuntu and Mint) based distributions.

It is important to realize that Fedora is only supported for about a year with a major release approximately every six months and you do get updates fairly frequently although by default they come as delta updates so the rpm packages only contain the data that needs updating. This technique can reduce overall update sizes from 10% to 95%. Like all Linux distributions you are in control of your updates and decide when you want to reboot. Like most Linux distributions you can use the command line or a graphical interface to manage your software.

Obviously when you get a new kernel you should reboot but you decide when you wish to do this.

Installation of Fedora is pretty much the same as installing Mint and it only starts to get complicated if you wish to use the Logical Volume Manager and/or a different filesystem (with Fedora 24 "ext4" was the default).

Basically, if you don't like Fedora then there are plenty of other distributions to choose from.

Comment Re:Hehe (Score 1) 322

Hahaha! How exactly do you propose they do that? Microsoft is an American company, not a European one. MS can easily ignore any judgments in the EU.

Like it or not any company has to abide by the laws of the country they market their products in. Sure Microsoft could try to use heavy-handed tactics on the country they sell their products in but they risk all their in-country assets being frozen with possibly an embargo put on all Microsoft products. Also something like this would start a diplomatic row but trying to threaten countries in the EU would only isolate the US in the eyes of the world.

Remember Microsoft is the dependent one, without continued sales they disappear.

How's that a problem? No one in the US is going to stop using their software, no matter what. And in the EU, it's pretty simple: pay up, or else. Having all your critical IT systems shut down makes it pretty hard to run a company or a country.

Do you honestly think that Microsoft could shut down all critical IT systems? If this was tried all Microsoft's assets in the country would be frozen and there would be a massive switch to alternative operating systems and applications around the world (yes you read correctly "the world"). You may not realize this but there are quite a few very smart IT people not living in the USA.

Comment Re:program manager (Score 2) 110

I thought Microsoft got rid of program manager 20 years ago.

It sounds like Microsoft is going to use Delta Updates which is kind of strange since Microsoft were one of the first companies to actually use this methodology in Windows XP. Forcing a 4GB update (as per article) is just plain lazy.

I have been using Fedora (stable version) for years and from 2009 most updates come in the form of "deltas" such that over a month I would probably download less than 1GB and anyone who has used Fedora would know that updates are very common on that Linux distribution, which for me is less than 9GB in overall size and includes 2,200 packages. Unfortunately, some packages don't support deltas and Google Chrome (approx 40MB to 80MB) I am looking at you.

Note: Even though I do get allot of updates I rarely have conflicts and if I do I can just lock out the offending package or just don't update until the issue is fixed which on average is one or two days.

BTW. Debian supports optional debdelta but Ubuntu dropped this in 2011.

One nice thing with updates on most Linux distribution is the fact they can be automatic (you control the times) or if manual can be controlled by GUI or command line. In all cases, updates don't impact what you are doing unless you really do have a very old computer then you should not update until after you have finished what you are doing. No matter what method you choose you are totally in control.

Microsoft is calling delta updates "Unified Update Platform (UUP)" which I suppose for them is more "hip". Still, unless you write software that can support deltas and this applies to all packages and operating systems then the methodology is useless.

Comment Re:More like... (Score 1) 275

Tell that to certified software.
You know, the kind of software where the results are certified to stand up as legal evidence in court, provided the OS is a set version?

Err Linux and Unix!

The kind of software used in mission-critical laboratory work around the globe?

Over 99% of all supercomputers on this planet run Linux. As for mission critical, I suppose you haven't heard of cluster's that run Unix or Linux although most mission critical systems are normally run for business where outages can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

The kind of software that in order to be re-certified (if the OS should change, for one example) takes years and costs many hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Ah! you've got me there. I think I would rather have an OS (ie. Linux and Unix) that you customize your updates across different platform groups that only takes a few minutes to setup although getting the change requests approvals may take a few days or weeks. It takes me less than an hour to install the latest version of Redhat from media or a few minutes across multiple (hundreds/thousands) platforms using Kickstart.

That kind of software that only runs under Win7.

So according to Microsoft, you like running your software on an obsolete operating system?

Comment Re:WHAT ABOUT MEMORY USAGE!!! (Score 1) 137

Once someone opens a PDF in chrome on linux that memory usage increases a LOT and doesn't reduce when the tab is closed. The same goes with some other plugins. I've had a few people on 8GB go into swap until they close chrome but each time they may have had that instance of chrome running for a couple of months.

I am using the QupZilla browser to reply to you on this.

When I start Chrome my memory utilization goes from 2.3GB to 2.5GB
Start four tabs and open up some large (3 over 4MB PDF's - one was 35MB). Memory utilization now at 3.38GB.
Remove the four tabs that contain the PDF's. Memory utilzation now at 3.2GB and is still dropping but very slowly.
Close Chrome. Memory utilization drops to 2.36GB, which was where I started before firing up Chrome.

I do concure with what you said but I normally close my browser when I have no use for it. Of course other people may prefer to leave their browser up and all tabs open but since it only takes me about a second to start Chrome, approx two for Firefox, a secod for QupZilla and a second for Konqeror I don't care. SSD's on a SATA 3 bus are really quite fast.

I rarely use my Chrome browser to open up PDF's prefering Ocular or any of the other image viewers I have installed on my system such as Geeqie, Gwenview or E-Book Viewer. I can even use The Gimp if I want although I don't.

If I am not using an applicaion I normally close it although there are some applications I always have runing. Since I have been using virtual desktops (my default is four) for well over twenty years I could leave multiple instances of browsers or applicaions up but I do prefer clean desktops. In fact the only icon I have on my desktop is the trashcan. For favourites I have a auto hiding bar and of course my Favorites tab in my application launcher.

This is why I like Linux. If you are a messy worker you can be messy, if you prefer neet you can be that too, but whatever customisations, layouts and styles you are comfortable with, you are in control.

Comment Re:WHAT ABOUT MEMORY USAGE!!! (Score 1) 137

Now what about the real issue, MEMORY USAGE!!!

Chrome, the current Firefox and a few others are designed with the assumption that memory usage is not a real issue while speed is - hence all that stuff in tabs being kept in memory. Yes it sucks if you want to use anything other than their application at the same time or have an older machine with less memory than the maxed out dev machines, but those developers do not care about such a situation. The answer is an older version or a project that has a goal of a low memory footprint.

Having 16GB of DDR4 memory is great except I rarely exceed 4GB of usage even with multiple web browsers and tabs. Most of the time I use Chrome and my overall memory utilization (includes system applications as well) is around 1.5GB to 3GB. Just for your edification, I opened 20 tabs in Chrome and my memory utilization jumped from 2GB to 3GB. Maybe you are running Chrome on the wrong operating system.

BTW. I run Fedora 24 and on login I automatically run Konsole (six shells) , Dolphin, Ktorrent, System monitor and VLC. I actually am running a video at the moment as well as the twenty tabs in Chrome and I have barely gone over 3GB in memory. Of course having a Skylake Core i7 6700 (not into overclocking hence I never bothered with the "K" model) does help.

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