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Comment They are digging their own grave (Score 1) 392

Given my current Oracle "Support" ticket (for their database) will go a weeks without them touching it, looking at it, or working it, I see no reason why I should buy Oracle hardware. We buy Dells for Windows servers. We might as well buy Dell for Linux servers. Closing out Solaris, is just another reason-- in a long line of reasons --to switch.

Comment I'd say OpenSolaris (Score 1) 405

Or even Solaris proper. Solaris 10 changed the game from the ground up, much to the point where it's Unix on roids. Run levels have been replaced with milestones, init.d has been replaced with SMF and the contract file system. Dtrace makes life worth living. Look, vmstat is great; but with Dtrace you can recreate vmstat/iostat/mpstat from the ground up! Get the picture of what this tool can do for you?!?! Containers/Zones for virtual hosts. OpenCluster for building and working with an HA cluster. Crossbow, for building whole networks inside your machine.

I think my only complaint about OpenSolaris is packages. After 8 years of Debian apt calls I find *Solaris to be a little too retro-RedHat (before YUM) for dependencies and new software.


AT&T, Verizon Moving Into Gaming 45

Verizon announced today that they are working on a service to deliver games through their broadband service for a monthly fee. The service will begin this summer in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Along similar lines, IndustryGamers reports that AT&T is "investing millions in gaming." In addition to revamping the games section of their website, they are also working on an IPTV service and trying to find a way to unify the gaming experience across mobile platforms, computers, and consoles. "[AT&T's Executive Director of Gaming, Glenn Broderick, said,] 'What we're doing is trying to incentivize [gaming companies] to take some risks by tethering mobile games to console or PC experiences.' ... He continued, 'We're putting a ton of money into back-end systems for both mobile and the broadband site... We're making serious investments in the games space because it's now seen as a huge strategic initiative for AT&T. And before it just wasn't; it wasn't on the executive agenda.' Broderick also is optimistic that cloud-based gaming services like OnLive that provide games on demand will take off in the next 5-10 years, and he sees AT&T and its network as a big player in that."

Comment Workers Unite! (Score 1) 1134

So an individual who vastly outperforms all other workers, and who is solely responsible for making that company money, is kicked out the door because of what? Because others can't read code? Not for work performance, which is what he was hired for, but for smelling bad and having a bad attitude? If that was such a problem why wasn't it in the dress code? I thought we were supposed to tolerate diversity in the workplace? This is another example of the left wing liberal commutarians destroying the individual's ability to function!

Comment no sudo? (Score 1) 904

It depends on what group policies you have and what you want to do? First, don't use Ubuntu, or if you do, make sure to take the user out of the mix for sudo. Remove sudo and root access. Place everyone in LDAP and restrict / grant user access via ldap groups. Make all shells restricted shells. run ssh / vnc and an automated daemon for pushing out policy changes.

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise? 904

supermehra writes "How do you move 300 desktops, locked down with Windows ADS Group Policies (GPO), over to Ubuntu desktop? We have tried Centrify, Likewise, Gnome Gconf, and the like. Of course, we evaluated SuSe Desktop Enterprise and RedHat Desktop. Samba 4.0 promises the server side, however nothing for desktop lockdown. And while gnome gconf does offer promise, no real tools for remotely managing 300 desktops running gnome + gconf exist. All the options listed above are expensive, in fact so expensive that it's cheaper to leave M$ on! So while we've figured out the Office suite, email client, browser, VPN, drawing tools, and pretty much everything else, there seems to be no reasonable, open source alternative to locking down Linux terminals to comply with company policies. We're not looking for kiosk mode — we're looking for IT policy enforcement across the enterprise. Any ideas ladies & gentlemen?"

Comment It's possible, but it's going to depend on things (Score 1) 1123

I don't have a BS degree but I was able to get into the field and work my way up. It was durning the 90's tech boom. But I was originally hired into Operations by a guy who liked to hire non-tech people and train them in the field. I worked into Unix Administration over the years. You will find that 80% of the job is just being able to adapt, remember, learn, and get along with the other people. You will also find that no matter what you do, what qualifications you have, a Sysadmin job is not a Sysadmin job. Each company will approach things differently so your main trick will not to "learn the OS" but to "learn the environment". What they have in place and how each part relates to the other part. Working in a cubby whole will get you nowhere. I've also known people, who don't even have a Highschool degree, get hired into the field. They just had to work at really crap jobs and really work their way up. Start looking for jobs. Start looking for anything that will hire you that's close to where you want to go; study; build systems at home and on your spare time (without google) and be ready to change jobs multiple times. Oh, and don't burn bridges. I don't know where you are but I've found that even in large urban centers the sysadmin community is a small one. You may not know the new guy they just hired in, but odds are good that the both of you know someone in common.

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