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Comment Re:Update & security responsiveness (Score 1) 666

Canonical offers paid support for every Ubuntu release. The difference between releases is only how long there will be security and bug fixes.

Ubuntu is supported (in terms of bug fixes) for 18 months for non-LTS releases. On an LTS it used to be 5 years support for Server and 3 years for desktop. 12.04 LTS will have 5 year engineering support for both Server and Desktop editions.

Comment Re:So this is why RedHat jumped (Score 1) 33

Since when is Gluster an OpenStack project? Gluster is merely one way people can store their EBS volumes. I expect plain old iSCSI to be one of the most common ways. Or you can use gluster, or ceph. None of these are official OpenStack projects.

And if you look at the feature set and roadmap of HekaFS (a Red Hat project which rides on top of gluster) it's pretty clear that if anything Red Hat will guide the development of gluster in ways that will make it even more suitable for an OpenStack deployment than it is now. They are adding things like multi-tenancy, stronger authentication, encryption etc.

Personally I'm more excited about ceph, but gluster just got more interesting for OpenStack, not less.

Comment Re:Switch to KDE (Score 1) 729

128 pixel icons, fat borders

Also, these can be configured as well. If by borders, you mean the fat drop shadow, that takes a little manual theme hacking:

cd /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1
sudo $EDITOR metacity-theme-1.xml

Search for:
shadow radius=”45.0"
And change the shadow radius to a smaller number.

Like auto-hide, the size of the icons can be configured in CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm).

Comment Re:I predict more are going to jump ship from Micr (Score 2, Informative) 480

Here's one example:

The article is a little stale (they are running over 7000 Ubuntu desktops today) but in terms of OOo, they migrated across the board from MS Office in 2005. We're talking well over 50,000 users, iirc.

Comment Re:Suse Linux Enterprise FAIL (Score 1) 96

a) my understanding is that newer versions of powerpath will detect kernel updates and recompile/reinstall themselves. don't know for sure. not a big fan of PP.
b) yeah, how come Novell doesn't support EMC's software? what creeps.
c) ocfs2 will be fine it's in the kernel.
d) best solution: drop powerpath and use native linux mpio and never have to worry about that kind of shit again. the performance gains that powerpath provides are marginal in most scenarios. afaik, it really comes down to "true load balancing" (according to EMC) vs. "round robin". Usually not a an issue when most loads wouldn't saturate one HBA, much less two. For most cases, multipath is really more about failover. So why add the extra layer of support confustion?

Comment Re:Big jump (Score 1) 96

Are you seriously using 11 on production servers? We've yet to upgrade to SP3 of 10. 11 breaks a lot of things. Where did HA go? Replaced by some proprietary package.

HA was not replaced by a proprietary package at all. It was moved out of the default SLES install into an "add-on product" called SLES 11 HAE (HA Extension). It's still based on 100% open source components. Of course, it's an enterprise release and subscriptions are licensed separately. That's really the big difference, it's not included with SLES any longer. I believe this is the same model RHEL/RHCS uses. For what it's worth, she HAE actually one of the best improvements in SLES 11. Now based on OpenAIS instead of HeartBeat and is much more functional and configurable compared to SLES 10 HA (or Red Hat Cluster Suite for that matter). And I'll just add that RHEL still doesn't offer a supported DRBD implementation.

Will VMware tools work with the 11 kernel? Nope, sorry.

VMware tools work fine with the 11 kernel. I can't tell you how many SLES 11 images I have set up with both VMware Workstation or ESX, dozens at least, and I installed VMware-tools on all of them. I have seen an issue with some ESX 3.5 tool package builds. It doesn't happen in every case, if I recall, but when it does you'll see an error enabling the "paravirtualized scsi driver". One fix for this I know will work is to update your ESX to version 4. I believe this only happens with certain builds of 3.5.

We've yet to upgrade to SP3 of 10. 11 breaks a lot of things.

On the subject of stability, you shouldn't be waiting to update your SLES 10 to SP3. Many stability improvements in SP3. Honestly 11 seems pretty rock solid to me, but it's hard to tell since a lot of customers wait for the first SP to be released and tested a little before deploying to production.

Comment This is simply horrifying (Score 2, Interesting) 324

Whenever I had to admin a windows network, this is the one goddamn key I wish my users would have hit before picking up the phone.

And now they won't because they don't want to get virus?

I mean, I don't really care any more since I support Linux, but, shit man, I feel bad. That's just not right.

Comment "IT workforce" != developers (Score 1) 599

Good article, but it does one thing totally wrong in the title and throughout the article. Something thankfully the Slashdot title and blurb actually gets right. It's not a big deal, but I get tired of reading articles about "tech workers" and "IT workers" when they are about programmers. I sure a shit would love to know how this stuff applies to Admin, tech support, sales engineers, consultants, etc.

Don't get me wrong it's a minor--and essentially off-topic--point, but the article is riddled with phrases that equate IT with software development. No offense to programmers, I love you guys too, but damn it's annoying.


Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."

Comment Re:PS3 will go Disc Free in Late 2010 (Score 4, Informative) 213

Yup. NetFlix dances around the issue (see: ). But it's pretty obvious this is the reason why.

I don't think firmware QA is the primary reason here. It's an app. There's not much difference between QAing an app loading from local storage vs. an app loading from disc.

Actually at this point, PS3 Netflix streaming is superior to the Xbox solution... you might need to put a disc in, but you don't need to fork over $50/year for an Xbox Live Gold membership.

Seems like a decent tradeoff.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 369

Disabling telnetd is not the same thing as "disabling telnet".

You are correct that telnetd is almost never enabled on servers. That just means a telnetd server that allows insecure login isn't running on port 23.

You can easily use the telnet client (even on Win XP) to connect to services on other ports, like port 80. Just as was suggested above.

When I admin or support mail systems, I use telnet all the time to connect to port 25 to simulate a SMTP session.

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