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Comment Tried it, it didn't work (Score 1) 362

I test out quite a few Linux distros and even though I'm a systemd fan, I thought I'd give Devuan a try as a KVM virtual machine... something I would expect a lot of Linux users to do considering that KVM has been the native Linux kernel hypervisor since 2007. Anyhoo... no matter that I did, the partitioner would allow me to partition /dev/vda but when making the mount points it couldn't see anything because it was expecting /dev/sda. Wha, wha, what? Doesn't seem ready for prime time.
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Japanese Olympic Champion Racks Up $5,000 Bill Playing Pokemon Go in Brazil (theverge.com) 113

An anonymous reader writes: A Japanese Olympics star has blamed Pokemon Go after being hit with a 500,000 yen (about $5,000) bill in roaming charges from his carrier. Artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, who won gold at the 2012 Games in London and is the reigning world champion, said he only downloaded the game after arriving in Sao Paulo to train for Rio, but quickly got hooked despite not having arranged a flat rate for data roaming. Uchimura "couldn't believe his eyes" when he saw the bill, according to the Kyodo news agency, with teammate Kenzo Shirai saying "He looked dead at the team meal that day." Even though Pokemon Go isn't particularly heavy on data and there were likely other culprits -- the game only officially came out in Brazil today, though Uchimura may have been playing the Japanese version -- roaming charges can rack up extremely quickly when you use your phone abroad for pretty much anything online.

Comment Graphical access to your Linux VPS (Score 1) 303

I'm a long time OpenVZ user. I don't know if your "VPS" is a container or a full-blown VM running under KVM or Xen... but if you want graphical access to a desktop environment I'd recommend using xrdp. xrdp is an RDP service for Linux. xrdp uses VNC underneath but it is transparent to the user who uses any RDP client they like. Many distros package xrdp.

I've used xrdp on physical systems, KVM virtual machines, and inside of OpenVZ containers and it seems to work equally well.

If you have a very limited set of packages installed, you'll probably have to install a desktop environment first. Get to know your package manager from the command line... rpm/dpkg or yum/apt-get.

Comment Depends... end user or server? (Score 1) 1134

The command line is still the preferred way to do things in some environments. Period. This is especially true in servers. In fact the next release of Windows Server supposedly has a non-GUI aka command line oriented interface by default. Linux is becoming more like Windows and vice versa. As someone else said, some command line tools offer features that just aren't available from a GUI... and again... vice versa. I say use the best tool for the job... even if it is a command line tool. I still prefer to run package managers from the command line even when there are reasonable GUI front-ends for them. The command line isn't always a failure, it's a feature.

Submission + - Nintendo explains 3DS price cut and take pay cuts (nintendo.co.jp)

dowdle writes: "As as been reported all over the net and on here, Nintendo dropped the price of the 3DS from $250 to $170 in the US. Nintendo executives announced in a Financial Results Briefing that they are taking a significant pay cut as a result of the poor sales performance of the 3DS. How much of a pay cut? It is rumored (anyone have a solid source?) that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata makes the equivalent of $2 million US in salary and he has taken a 50% pay cut. Several other Nintendo executives are also taking pay cuts but not as large as Iwata's.

I wonder what percentage of US companies as successful as Nintendo have presidents that make around $2 million and how many of them would take a voluntary pay cut? My guess would be a single digit approaching 0. My respect for Nintendo has greatly increased."

Comment Re:I don't see the problem (Score 1) 184

I don't think Red Hat puts logos or branding in the kernel. This was talked about earlier in the week on LWN.net and the patches ARE still available but for RHN (Red Hat Network) subscribers... and they modified the RHN service agreement to include a clause that makes it a violation to share the individual patches. While that might seem like a violation of the GPL, it isn't because they do make the entire thing publicly available (no RHN subscription required) in the new (no separate patches) kernel package release.

Comment Packt Publishing Website has eBook version on sale (Score 1) 85

I really wanted this book since I'm a Druapl user and want to find out about the upcoming changes / features in Drupal 7. I found out that the Packt Publishing website has a special going... and I was able to pick up the electronic release for $9.99. I bought myself a copy. They let you download a PDF that has your name and address embedded in the footer of each page. I like to have printed copies so I fired it off to the laser printer. Great value. Of course you can order the print version, or the print / ebook combo from them too if desired.

Comment Internet as artist content delivery, dead (Score 1) 450

I'm a long time Prince fanatic. I *LOVE* Prince's music but the stuff he says when not performing music, not so much. I'll admit that in many areas, Prince is a nut. Aren't most of us?

Anyway... I think his point about the Internet is that, generally speaking, there aren't a whole lot of artists making money off of their works by distributing them over the Internet. There are a few monopoly sites / services who are getting the Lion's share of the money. Yes, there are a number of free music systems, or donation music sites where you can donate or pay what you want, but not really what Prince is looking for.

As many of you already know, Prince was an early Internet pioneer... creating several music clubs online to distribute his music. I think his main reason for stopping those is that people have very little control / discipline when it comes to pirating his music. With a later iteration of his online music club DRM was added but what a major pain that was for the end user (speaking for myself). Music without DRM gets pirated too much, and music with it is painful.

While I believe media piracy acts as a superior form of marketing, I'm guessing it would be hard to convince Prince of that.

So, from one aspect... online media content distribution has become just as corrupted as the pre-online... with only a handful of players making most of the money and to a certain extent, dictating the terms... and I think that is what Prince is talking about... and I agree with him... although I am encouraged by many of the free/donation type sites. I think Prince should be one of the first major artists to distribute content via some of our preferred services that are primarily independent music... to see how it goes before he calls it quits. I mean, giving away your CD in a UK newspaper is going to help your sales (compared to non-DRM Internet-based, easily pirated delivery) how?

I think if Prince gave his fans a chance, they'd be happy to donate... and just maybe he'd do as well or better as those efforts from Radio Head and Nine Inch Nails.

Comment How about a container for each student? (Score 1) 261

Here is what I use for the classes I have run (two so far): A server running an OpenVZ kernel with a public IP address that can be accessed from on or off campus. Then I recommend making a course container with a public IP address and give each student a user account on that container.

Then create a container for each student with a private IP address. A simple iptables line will allow you to NAT the containers with a private IP address through the host node so each container can reach the outside world.

To access their containers students would just ssh into the course server and then ssh from there to their containers. Containers don't take up a whole lot of resources nor disk space compared to a full virtual machine.

That will provide you with a virtualized environment for each student where they have full root access, can install software, and if they screw it up somehow, you can easily repair or replace it. You aren't limited to what Linux distribution you can run in a container so if you want to give them access to multiple distros, you can.

Of course that only gives you a command line only environment which is suitable for a sysadmin type class (what I teach). If you absolutely need a GUI environment, you can easily install one or more desktop environments in your containers which would be accessible over the LAN with VNC. Routing private IPs over a LAN isn't too difficult, you'd just need a static route to the host node.

Of course you could do the same thing with KVM on a server but it would require a whole lot more resources.

If that still will not meet your requirements because they turned down a server-based solution, I'd recommend external USB hard drives. You can get a fairly large one for about $80 and you'll have way less problems than with LiveUSB media that tend to mess up easily. Then you can either run a regular OS from it OR uses it to store disk images for VirtualBox or whatever virt solution the students would have to use on their personal computer.
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux Foundation has (fake) Linus using Mac OS X? (linux.com)

dowdle writes: "Ok, the Linux Foundation is sponsoring some promo with four fake Linus Torvalds bloggers. Sounds good. They made an great rap music video to go along with it... BUT... the computers in the video are Mac laptops and the OS on the screen is Mac OS X? This is how the Linux Foundation promotes Linux... by showing Linus using Mac OS X? WTF?!?"

Comment Re:See new screens from OLPC's Mary Lou (Score 1) 263

Yep, I definitely meant olpc... darn fingers. You don't think they are coming anytime soon? I don't have any inside information but I'm guessing within a year or less. Why? Because as Mary Lou points out, unlike many new technologies, her design doesn't use any new materials nor require any new manufacturing process... as they use existing materials and can be made in existing plants. They are going to be inexpensive too... and available on netbooks initially I would guess. What more could you want?

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