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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

GPLHost-Thomas Not enough choice! (611 comments)

Last time I checked, there was only between 40 and 50 window managers available in Debian. Probably that's not enough choice for our users? :)

about 4 months ago
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Job Postings For Python, NoSQL, Apache Hadoop Way Up This Year

GPLHost-Thomas Re:And still they won't hire (52 comments)

If you think you can learn no-sql, python and the cloud in 2 weeks, you're deeply mistaking. It took me months to get up to speed with OpenStack, and I still learn every day after years doing its Debian packaging. Sure, as it's something new, companies should take into account that their future employee will have to learn and wont know all of this. However, it isn't a reason why not posting needed skills for the job.

about 5 months ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

GPLHost-Thomas Re:And yet... (144 comments)

Please define "as quickly as desired". Debian was fixed on the 3rd of March which is the date of the Debian Security Advisory, that's pretty quick to me. I wonder exactly why this article pops up now, when it's been a long time we've been all patched.

about 6 months ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Real question (144 comments)

Anyone who can't get into the trap of the OpenSSL non-advertising licensing issue which is not compatible with the GPL license.

about 6 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

GPLHost-Thomas cloud and freeness (480 comments)

Hi, Richard!

In the debian-cloud list, we had a long discussion about wordings, which I also think is very important. It stroke me that you felt cloud was in essence non-free, and that you wanted everyone to stop using the word "cloud" which you (rightly) thought was too vague. But since there is also private IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), I do think we may have fully free cloud systems.

I never knew if I was able to convince you that a completely free IaaS software was very important to keep our freedom, and would like to know what is your current feeling about it.

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Whats wrong with init? (279 comments)

OpenRC is in Debian: https://packages.debian.org/ex...

And I will upload it to Sid soon.

And by the way, there has never been a declaration that Debian will support *only one* init system. Just that systemd will be the default for Jessie. Nothing more, nothing less. Anyone willing to help the Debian OpenRC team is welcome to do so (by developing OpenRC, testing it in Debian, writing runscripts, etc.).

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

GPLHost-Thomas Re:I agree (279 comments)

Stay with Debian, and install OpenRC on it. I will do what I can so that it will be ready for Jessie. Tests and feedback welcome. FYI, it already works on both kFreeBSD and Hurd, so it cover all Linux and non-Linux ports of Debian.

about 7 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

GPLHost-Thomas Re:no (262 comments)

Well, I do find it extremely useful. Especially in Debian & Ubuntu, we have multi-arch support. For some specific workload using interpreted languages, it just reduces the memory footprint by a half. For example, PHP and Perl. If you once ran Amavis and spamassassin, you certainly know what I mean: it takes double the amount of RAM on 64 bits. Since most of our servers are running PHP, Amavis and Spamassassin, this would be a huge benefits (from 800 MB to 400 MB as the minimum server footprint), while still being able to run the rest of the workloads using 64 bits: for example, Apache itself and MySQL, which aren't taking much RAM anyway compared to these anti-spam dogs.

about 9 months ago
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France Broadens Surveillance Powers; Wider Scope Than NSA

GPLHost-Thomas Re:The Start (169 comments)

Is there still a lot of people like you believing in this stupid left-right paradigm? We're well passed that, aren't we?

about 9 months ago
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France Broadens Surveillance Powers; Wider Scope Than NSA

GPLHost-Thomas Re:European Union flag (169 comments)

As an EU citizen you could try to change the institution.

Are you one of these scumbags paid by the European Parliament to troll on forums? Of course one can try though with the current system, it's doomed to failure.

BTW: France is part of the EU as much as Germany or the Netherlands, therefore it is only fair to summarize all these countries with the EU flag, just like US states are all summarized by the US flag. Yes we are not that one country as the US is, but it is very close.

This is not the united states of Europe. Nobody wants that in Europe (I mean, as in, the people doesn't want this, at least anymore). There's more and more sovereign movements raising, and they will get even stronger as time passes. So, it has never been, and never will be fair to replace the flags of individual countries (did you notice I didn't use the word state?) by the European flag.

about 9 months ago
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Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update

GPLHost-Thomas Lesson not learned (331 comments)

This is why users should use open source software and run their own web sites.

1 year,18 days
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Linux 3.11 Released

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Let me, let ME! (98 comments)

Without reading any of the previous comments

Yeah, right... You are only the 32497234th person to do that joke because of not reading previous comments...

1 year,20 days
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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

GPLHost-Thomas Re:So basically (329 comments)

Certainly not the first. China, Iran, North Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam comes to mind. Though in these countries, there's no opt-out option. And I'm sure I forgot many other countries though.

about a year ago
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Can OpenStack Avoid Fragmentation In China?

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Developers in Beijing, Summit in Hong Kong??? (42 comments)

I do agree with all of your points, and the fact that Beijing would have been a much better place, but I don't agree that plane ticket price is the blocker. There's also the high speed train from Beijing to Guanzhou as an option btw.

about a year ago
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Can OpenStack Avoid Fragmentation In China?

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Developers in Beijing, Summit in Hong Kong??? (42 comments)

Of course that will not work. Very few people who live and work in Beijing are going to fly down to Hong Kong to attend some stupid Summit. Hold the Summit in Beijing and you might have some impact and get some participation. Hold the summit in Hong Kong and you cut that to 1/10.

Ah, finally, a good post. Mod this up!!!

It's a 3 hour flight down and a 3 hour flight back, air tickets cost about 2 weeks worth of wages for the average IT guy.

There, you got it very wrong. The cheapest flight I can find on english.ctrip.com is about 2700 RMB (including air port taxes, one way). If you decide to go through Shengzhen (which is next to HongKong, connected with a very cheap train), it drops to 1300 RMB. A decent salary in the IT, and especially if you are able to work on Openstack, would be about 10 times this amount. So, that's probably half a week of work that we are talking about. That's affordable. Plus a lot of the Chinese OpenStack community is in Guanzhou. I agree it should have been in mainland for other reasons which you stated below (and facilities for such an event, in both Beijing and Shanghai, are much better as well)

And you need a special travel document which most people in China don't have, so they'll have to apply for it. And if you don't have a Beijing ID then Chinese people need a visa to travel to Hong Kong. And the hotels in Hong Kong are $100 minimum per night. Hotels in Beijing are as cheap as $25 per night.

Who planned this?

about a year ago
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Can OpenStack Avoid Fragmentation In China?

GPLHost-Thomas Re:China is still communist. (42 comments)

As if the Chinese gov. was able to fork such a project as OpenStack. Lots of laughs reading this over here reading this.

about a year ago
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Can OpenStack Avoid Fragmentation In China?

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Motive? (42 comments)

I wonder how you heard about this WiFi story. Everyone uses pretty standard WPA2 over there. This might have been yet another thing that the government failed to impose.

As for the fragmentation, well, I don't believe this will happen. People in China just need to get their hands on OpenStack, and that's far from done. Yet, being able to fork is beyond what I think is possible.

about a year ago
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Can OpenStack Avoid Fragmentation In China?

GPLHost-Thomas Re:Motive? (42 comments)

What both HP and Rackspace have experienced shows the exact opposite thing: getting out of the safe path of the trunk can be a very costly choice that you are going to regret later on. They both reported on this fact.

about a year ago
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Can OpenStack Avoid Fragmentation In China?

GPLHost-Thomas Re:what is OpenStack? (42 comments)

RedHat just announced their own OpenStack distribution, and several others like Canonical (Ubuntu), Nebula, StackOps, Piston, Rackspace, etc, they all have their own distributions of OpenStack.

You forgot about Debian. As the maintainer of the packages (working full time on them), I would really appreciate if you try to remember me! :)

They are all trying to make "easy" the installation and customization process.

...especially since I consider my packages the most easy ones to install (thanks to debconf things)!

about a year ago

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Megaupload busted!

GPLHost-Thomas GPLHost-Thomas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GPLHost-Thomas writes "Kartoo and Seek.fr (French, linking also to an anti-SOPA youtube video from the Anonymous group) are reporting that the Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has conducted a major (world wide) action to shut down MegaUpload, a popular file-sharing site widely used for free downloads of movies and television shows.
Justice Department indictment of MegaUpload After receiving indictments from a grand jury in Virginia for racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and other charges on Jan. 5, federal authorities on Thursday arrested four people and executed more than 20 search warrants in the U.S. and eight foreign countries, seizing 18 domain names and an estimated $50 million in assets, including servers run in Virginia and Washington, D.C."

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Oracle not moving from Xen to KVM

GPLHost-Thomas GPLHost-Thomas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GPLHost-Thomas writes "In 2008, Red Hat announced that they would drop support for the Xen hypervisor with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and Fedora 12 in favor of Kernel Based Virtual Machine (KVM). [3 years later] Wim Coekaerts blog, replying to comments made on the 2.12 announcement, provides the following incite to the answer “kvm is unrelated to oraclevm. we ship xen as part of oracle vm and that's that. even if we upgrade to newer kernels for the management domain that's unrelated to kvm. we continue to improve Oracle VM, add features, make it easier and we make sure that what's under the covers is enterprise quality, stable and production capable.” There is no compelling event for Oracle to move from Xen!"
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Bad password: WordPress hacked, source code stolen

GPLHost-Thomas GPLHost-Thomas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "Matt Mullenweg, Automattic co-founder, in a post in his blog, wrote:

We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.

And threatpost.com has comments about it:

This isn't the first time Automattic has found itself in the crosshairs. In March, the company was the target of a large denial of service attack. Wordpress installations hosted on infrastructure managed by Network Solutions were also the target of attacks in April, 2010 that redirected thousands of Wordpress blogs to malware-laden drive by download Web sites.

It is important, in the above article, to notice that it's not the open source part of wordpress that has been stolen, but some not-to-be-disclosed code. And it seems that it is the case only because of the use of weak passwords."
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Skype network down for long hours today: users can

GPLHost-Thomas GPLHost-Thomas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "The Skype network has been down for many users, as reported by Skype itself.


Earlier today, we noticed that the number of people online on Skype was falling, which wasn't typical or expected, so we began to investigate.
Skype isn't a network like a conventional phone or IM network — instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call "supernodes" — they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can't find them immediately (for example, because they're connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.

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The French 3 trikes law now effective

GPLHost-Thomas GPLHost-Thomas writes  |  about 4 years ago

GPLHost-Thomas (1330431) writes "The "Haute autorite pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet" (high authority for distribution of work, and protection of rights on the internet), better known as Hadopi, started last week to send request letters to main French ISPs (article in French) in order to identify subscribers. This is the first step of the "3 strikes riposte" (in French, "riposte graduee"), which will lead in the next following days to sending warning emails. Few ISP (Bouygues, Free, Orange, Numéricable) complained to the "Culture" minister about the fact they wanted to be defrayed, as the "Conseil constitutionnel" advised, and the Iliad group (the one holding Free, the 2nd largest in France after Orange) even said they wouldn't comply if they didn't get an answer to this important question. The high authority said that the 11 million euros they received this year wouldn't be enough to indemnify the ISPs, and even less for the 8.50 Euros per request the telecoms federation is claiming."
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Previous owner of HyperVM kills himself

GPLHost-Thomas GPLHost-Thomas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GPLHost (Thomas) writes "The times of India reports that K T Ligesh, 32, previous owner of Lx Labs, hanged himself. What the journalist fails to notice, is that it is most probable that this is a consequence of multiple vulnerabilities that have been published about one of the key software of Lx Labs, called HyperVM, that was used as a web hosting control panel by many VPS providers. This leaves these many VPS providers in the dark, with their servers hacked (seems to me that hundreds of VPS servers have been hacked since), with most probably no hope of having the control panel fixed. Some VPS providers have even loss totally their customer's data (and might not recover from it)."
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