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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Wheely Re: Seriously considering leaving Linux for good. (774 comments)

Me too.

Remember when we moved from a.out to elf executable format? That was a lot of work but we all could see the benefit and although software would break, everyone would know why.

I think I'm with you on this. Compared to Solaris, HPUX and even Aix, Linux has no place in an enterprise looking to keep costs down.

about two weeks ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

Wheely Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

Good job nobody called or those seconds might have been forever lost.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Wheely Re:same boat for a lot of Linux users. (533 comments)

Are using a UI for "date" as your argument?

Admittedly, setting the timezone is pain these days but thats because of the same thinking i.e make a simple thing as complex as possible.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Wheely Re:Slackware (533 comments)

Me too, but then I never left :)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Wheely Re: How does it affect me? (533 comments)

At the same time, not critical devices can't block startup.

But all these systems do exactly that too and its harder to find out why when they do.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Wheely Re:Hmm (533 comments)

I dont have three, I have four but Im very much with you on this.

Linux with systemd is finished for me at home and at work, well thats tough to change but I have started the debate.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Wheely Re:Accept, don't fight, systemd (533 comments)

One thing that made me thump my head against a wall with SMF was when a system booted but I couldnt ssh into it. sshd was not started because utmp was not "enabled" because mounting the filesystems failed because a single file system didnt mount. Ok, its fixable but sshd ran perfectly if started manually and it delayed getting production systems up by a few minutes. We get journalists knocking at the door if our systems are down.

I hate this stuff, none of my admins remember where the damn log files are because they play with it so rarely. A load of scripts run in sequence can easily be followed, however rusty you are.

about 6 months ago
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EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes

Wheely Re:No. (106 comments)

Geography is not altered by your political affiliations.

about a year ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Wheely Re: Really? (362 comments)

Never heard of init?

about a year ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Wheely Re:Ugh (362 comments)

Its good for me.

I might recommend Slackware in a professional environment as its the only Linux distribution I am aware of that is truly knowable and stable. However, it needs a good architect to design and develop the systems and procedures in order to keep it in tip top condition. If you have those resources then yes, I would recommend it. It wont break stuff.

With regards to Patricks Volkerdings conundrum, he has made good choices in the past and Slackware has the stated aim of being a real Unix :) However we will see I guess.

about a year ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Wheely Re:Go home Debian, you're obviously drunk (362 comments)

Who in their right minds ever relies on a PID file? I never have in nearly thirty years.

about a year ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Wheely Re:Uh... (362 comments)

Nothing is stopping you running your init scripts in parallel if you need it.

about a year ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Wheely Re:Ugh (362 comments)

This makes no sense.

Can you explain how SYS V stops you having an implementation that is consistant across all installation any more than say, systemd or svcs does?

Roll out your base image and then your configuration management tool automatically builds all the other cruft on top of it. Cant see the difference

about a year ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Wheely Re:Ugh (362 comments)

Absolutely, 100% agree.

It a complete distaster and addresses a problem that wasnt even there. rc.d or init.d were universally understood and even the dummest sys admin could get something in there. On Solaris for example, nobody ever remembers how to do it or how to check when something hasnt worked so you find people shoving re-start scripts in cron instead or using some config management tool.

With a Unix system you used to be able to follow the boot process from start to login just by looking at inittab and following the trail. This was great for newbies and great for finding out why things were not happening as they should.

systemd is the one of the worst thing Ive seen on Linux (apart from recent updates to su silently breaking any script that does su - username from root and then attempts to write to /dev/stdout) but it did get me back to my old friend Slackware after many years.

about a year ago
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British Police Foil Alleged Mall Massacre Copycat Plot

Wheely Re:British police rarely carry weapons (292 comments)

If I were a criminal in the US entering a home where the occupant could likely have a gun. I think I might be predisposed to shoot said occupant on sight and save myself some trouble.

1 year,9 days
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Wheely Re:It was a myth (986 comments)

I have a smilar experience and I would agree that there is a central theme running through European culture most of the time. We are more similar than we like to think.

about a year ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Wheely Re:It was a myth (986 comments)

I know you cant really mean that you think America is the worlds oldest democracy and that this is a joke but just in case you believe it is, it isnt.

America is the oldest country to have a completely American style democracy as well as being the only one. Many countries have had the principle of a government elected by the people for far, far longer. The Greeks, for example had a form of it 2500 years ago.

You could, I guess, argue that not everyone was allowed a vote in the older democracies but then, in the United States, women were only allowed the vote around 1928 whereas in Norway it was 1913.

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Wheely Re:Give me some Slack (627 comments)

Me too.

At work I have to deal with Red Hat and SLES but I have a sneaky Slacky box here and there and they cause far less trouble!

about a year ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Wheely Re:not a fan (514 comments)

I guess it depends on your age. My perception is that originally star trek was indeed about flying around, shooting the crap out of things and being faintly rude to each other.

It was next generation that started all the peace missions and transporting elderly statesperson from planet a to planet b stuff as well as the "well we have this horribly beweaponed space ship thing but it hurts us more than it hurts you if we have to use it for anything other than being serene". Jeeez, they even had a councillor! on the bridge!! That would have turned kirks blood green.

Frankly I donÂt need a cheesy sci-fi TV to be my moral compass so I am happy to see trek return to its roots.

For too long Trek has been doing the "boldy go where no man/one has gone before" at the start of each episode while actually mostly going to places healthily populated by people who know who they are.

about a year and a half ago

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Something suspicious over at vmwaRE

Wheely Wheely writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wheely (2500) writes "A few days after a very successful IPO with all the free advertising that entails Vmware's download site is down and it is currently not possible to buy their software. We are being asked to not submit orders over the web though e-mail orders will be dealt with "as soon as possible". The reason given is for "user improvements and site upgrades". This seems a particularly careless time to be maintaining their site. Suspicious, unlucky or just plain dumb?"

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