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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

angryfirelord Re:Huh? (290 comments)

You can search for them here: http://openports.se/

The only problem with OpenBSD in regards to 3rd party apps is that updates are only build against -current. So, if you run a release, you don't get any package updates, not even for security vulnerabilities. Only apps in the base install (like ssh and nginx) get updates. FreeBSD's ports tree, by contrast, is not separated by development branches, so you can always get the latest ports tree as long as the release is supported. The same tree that works for -current also works for the supported legacy release.

about 5 months ago
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OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

angryfirelord Server distribution? (277 comments)

It seems that (judging from the picture) Theo keeps everything in one spot. I don't know how Debian and Gentoo distribute their build servers, but they spread it out among multiple developers and entities. Has Theo considered listing a university for help? I know OSU helps out with some Linux distributions.

I don't think what Theo proposes in his e-mail is going to garnish any sympathy from a business. A company isn't going to want to offload his costs onto their books with no strings attached.

Personally, I'd say they should cut down on some of the architectures that are supported. Some of the older ones (like VAX) aren't the most energy-efficient architectures nowadays. Running a few new x86 servers is going to be better for the electric bill than running a bunch of discontinued platforms. Bitrig is only focusing on x86 and ARM and that's allowing them to do things such as making clang the default compiler instead of having to stick with GCC 4.2.1 forever.

about 6 months ago
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Book Review: The Digital Crown

angryfirelord Report spam (69 comments)

Where's the report spam button when you need it?

about 7 months ago
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Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

angryfirelord Re:Make mining useful (213 comments)

I've had the same thoughts as well. If it was incorporated into something like Folding@home, you could get "paid" for completing so many work units.

about 8 months ago
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DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

angryfirelord Re:Platform (429 comments)

Must be an oracle database.

about 9 months ago
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Red Hat Confirms GNOME Classic Mode For RHEL 7

angryfirelord Re:Fonts (192 comments)

Red Hat doesn't include anything that could potentially infringe upon patents. The reason why fonts in Windows and OS X look good is because a lot of man-hours went into developing them, so companies like Microsoft got a patent for things like ClearType. That said, if you need better Linux fonts, look into Infinality.

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

angryfirelord Re:This is a good idea. (678 comments)

I agree. I'm not sure why the top 50 comments are all complaining about it since it's already a requirement for most states that retailers have to collect sales tax. It seems the groups that are complaining about it are the companies who are out of compliance with the law and the internet libertarians who think that paying taxes is literally communism.

about a year ago
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Microsoft CFO Quits

angryfirelord Re:Why? (295 comments)

Larry Ellison?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

angryfirelord Re:Debian (573 comments)

gNewSense depends on outdated Ubuntu repositores and as far as I know, isn't being developed anymore. If you want a "libre" distro, either run Debian with only the main repository enabled (the Debian kernel doesn't have the nonfree firmware files unless you add them) or run Trisquel.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

angryfirelord Re:If you're interesting in an IT career (573 comments)

Actually, there's a customized spin of CentOS called Stella Linux which is more desktop-focused. It has some external repos enabled for things like flash. I haven't tried it, but it looks interesting. http://li.nux.ro/stella/

about a year ago
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Minecraft 1.5 "Redstone" Released

angryfirelord Re:Ah yes... (95 comments)

Also, if you're a Linux user, you can use the OpenJDK packages as well if you don't want to use anything Oracle related. Minecraft runs fine with OpenJDK on my Slackware 14 setup.

about a year ago
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Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer

angryfirelord Cash for Gold (111 comments)

See, everything works out fine.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

angryfirelord Simple (347 comments)

You don't go to college to learn a trade. You go to college to learn the fundamentals and become a well-rounded individual. There's certainly an argument that college is overpriced, but it will certainly help you in the long run. As someone once said, an employer may not care that you have a degree, but they will care if you don't have one.

Plus, the web development field is rather saturated as everyone else thinks they can make web pages. If you want to be a freelancer, you'd better be a good salesman (or woman) too.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 18 Release Slips Another Week

angryfirelord That's fine by me (68 comments)

Personally, I think 6 months is way too short of a time to iron out bugs plus insert new features (and then fix those bugs). As we've seen with Ubuntu, the bugs don't get fixed until at least 1-3 months after release. Slackware, for instance, does yearly releases and that seems to work well for them. The openSuSE guys are also considering (although not officially) yearly releases after the QA problems they had with getting 12.2 ready.

about a year and a half ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

angryfirelord Re:Sick leaves (670 comments)

Exactly. Until vacation time is put into law as a mandatory requirement, then people will come in when they're sick in order to ration the few days that they have off. Employers will only give the bare minimum that doesn't make them too unattractive to employees and most employers lump vacation time with sick time.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Makes Red Hat Kernel Changes Available As Broken-Out Patches

angryfirelord Re:If it wasn't for Oracle Unbreakable Linux (104 comments)

I can see what you're saying, but the problem with that comparison is that Red Hat does contribute back in other ways to the community. They're one of the largest contributors to the Linux kernel and they've also paid developers to create their own projects, such as with the nouveau driver. Meanwhile, Oracle seems to go in the opposite direction, such as the recent moves with MySQL. So, from an ethical perspective, Red Hat is a hell of a lot higher compared to Oracle or other companies.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Makes Red Hat Kernel Changes Available As Broken-Out Patches

angryfirelord If it wasn't for Oracle Unbreakable Linux (104 comments)

Red Hat wouldn't need to start obfuscating their patches in the first place. You'd think with all the billions of dollars Oracle and its consultants mooches off of companies that they would at least be able to develop their own Linux distribution instead of relying on something else.

about a year and a half ago
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Faculty To Grad Students: Go Work 80-Hour Weeks!

angryfirelord Find a job that doesn't require it (454 comments)

Unfortunately, any beefing up of labor regulations and vacation time would be decried as socialism, so the only thing you can do is find a company that has a good work-life balance. Those are rare however and anyone in IT will tell you it has been that way for some time.

about 2 years ago
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They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

angryfirelord That's a bit a problem (285 comments)

Because that would require management to do their job instead of trying to justify their 6-figure salaries. Personally, I'd say the reason why labor is exploited for overtime is because of the exempt salary provision in the law. Remove the exempt portion of it so all employees are covered by the overtime rules and such. That way, if managers think you need to be there beyond 8 hours, they'll pay you for it. Right now, if management tells me that I need to "work until the job is done", they are free to do so without providing anything extra for it.

about 2 years ago

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Novell helps users migrate to Vista

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord (1082111) writes "Recently, Novell has put up some tips (must be registered to see them) about migrating to Vista.

We've created this migration and management resource center to help you plan, manage and execute a successful migration including: analyst reports, best practices, web seminars and white papers.
It doesn't appear to be a "here's-how-you-install-vista-guide", but it's clearly another example of what's really going on between Novell and Microsoft."

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KDE 4.0 arrives

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord (1082111) writes "
The KDE Community is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of KDE 4.0. This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4 era.

The KDE 4 Libraries have seen major improvements in almost all areas. The Phonon multimedia framework provides platform independent multimedia support to all KDE applications, the Solid hardware integration framework makes interacting with (removable) devices easier and provides tools for better power management.
The KDE 4 Desktop has gained some major new capabilities. The Plasma desktop shell offers a new desktop interface, including panel, menu and widgets on the desktop as well as a dashboard function. KWin, the KDE Window manager, now supports advanced graphical effects to ease interaction with your windows.
Lots of KDE Applications have seen improvements as well. Visual updates through vector-based artwork, changes in the underlying libraries, user interface enhancements, new features, even new applications — you name it, KDE 4.0 has it. Okular, the new document viewer and Dolphin, the new file manager are only two applications that leverage KDE 4.0's new technologies.
The Oxygen Artwork team provides a breath of fresh air on the desktop. Nearly all the user-visible parts of the KDE desktop and applications have been given a facelift. Beauty and consistency are two of the basic concepts behind Oxygen.
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Lenovo delivers SUSE Linux-based ThinkPads

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord (1082111) writes "
PC vendor Lenovo has promised ThinkPads with pre-installed Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for some time now; however, Lenovo will deliver the goods the week of Jan. 14. Lenovo will release pre-installed SLED 10 on its Intel Centrino processor-powered ThinkPad T61 and R61 14-inch-wide notebooks. In February, Lenovo's pre-integrated Novell Linux offering will expand to include some Penryn-based ThinkPads. The starting price for this system will be $949, $20 less than the same laptop with Vista Home Premium.
Patent deal or not, I'm happy to see that another major PC manufacturer is putting the effort to pre-install Linux."
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ATI Catalyst 7.11 released

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord writes "A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release is a bit special, as it includes support for Ubuntu 7.10. Moreover, starting with this version, the ATI Catalyst software suite does not support the Linux kernel 2.4, XFree86 4.3 software and workstation hardware.

Issues resolved in this release:

-Launching a new terminal in RHEL5 32bit version no longer results in inconsistent background colors appearing each time the window is minimized and maximized
-The kernel module is now working on kernel version 2.6.23
-An error message no longer appears during installation if dash is used as /bin/sh

Known issues of this release

-There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode.
-Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video when using dual-display mode.
-A black screen may be observed on some hardware when switching to the console or leaving the X window system when a vesa framebuffer console driver is used.
-An error message appears during installation if dash is used as /bin/sh.
-Several distribution-specific packaging scripts are not up-to-date in this release. In particular, packaging for 64-bit Ubuntu versions is known to be broken."

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KDE 4.0 RC 1 released

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord writes "The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate for KDE 4.0. This release candidate marks that the majority of the components of KDE 4.0 are now approaching release quality. While the final bits of Plasma, the brand new desktop shell and panel in KDE 4, are falling into place, the KDE community decided to publish a first release candidate for the KDE 4.0 Desktop. Release Candidate 1 is the first preview of KDE 4.0 which is suitable for general use and discovering the improvements that have taken place all over the KDE codebase."
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Microsoft's Looking Glass Clone

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord writes "360Desktop is a startup that reorganizes the standard Windows desktop into a panoramic, revolving pane of glass thousands of pixels long. 360Desktop is due to debut Wednesday at the DemoFall 2007 show in San Diego. While not for everybody, this reorganization of the desktop opens the door to many additional user interface elements beyond the stack of icons currently found on a typical Microsoft Office desktop, Evan Jones, CEO of the Melbourne, Australia, firm, said in an interview. 360Desktop does not replace the Windows user interface. It overlays and redefines it so the viewing area can be extended, Jones said. He envisions numerous Web resources being added as the user scrolls through what is meant to feel like a continuous pane of glass, instead of just a screen. He said it also will be a highly personalize-able environment, with some users perhaps using a favorite street scene in New York or Prague as their backdrop as they move around the desktop. As you reach the end of the scene, you keep going, starting around again. The company offers an an artist's graphic of such a desktop on its Web site."
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First U.S. GPL lawsuit filed

angryfirelord angryfirelord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

angryfirelord (1082111) writes "For the first time in the U.S., a company and software vendor, Monsoon Multimedia, is being taken to court for a GPL violation. Previously, alleged GPL violations have all been settled by letters from the FSF (Free Software Foundation) or other open-source organizations, pointing out the violation.

The SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) announced on Sept. 20 that it had just filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) on behalf of its clients. The group's clients are the two principal developers of BusyBox. BusyBox is a small-footprint application that implements a lightweight set of standard Unix utilities. It is commonly used in embedded systems, and is open-source software licensed under the GPL version 2."

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