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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

armanox Re:Download links updated to all OSes (103 comments)

There is a good chance that I can get Solaris to build (especially Solaris 11). I'm not sure there is much interest in me porting to IRIX.

9 hours ago
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

armanox Re:Download links updated to all OSes (103 comments)

I'd consider using it if there was a Solaris build. One of the things about Open Office when Sun had it was the cross platform support (I have OO on my Solaris workstation (SunBlade 1500) AND on my IRIX box (SGI Octane)

9 hours ago
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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

armanox Re:Not just Ubuntu... (103 comments)

Actually Fedora and Red Hat are the only one that matters. If you haven't noticed, what Red Hat does, everyone else does too.

9 hours ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

armanox Re:libressl-2.1.3 (96 comments)

I was referencing libressl in particular on this one. MIPS Pro, when set to c99, seems to handle most code that isn't bound to GCC with some exceptions. I'm building everything 32-bit here, so I can't speak for the 64 bit quirks. I'm also using GCC 4.7 for libressl, among other things that won't build right (php-5.6 and httpd-2.4 being the big ones on that particular box, I've built a lot of things on IRIX to bring stuff up to date though).

4 days ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

armanox Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (96 comments)

Windows yes. I haven't seen anyone submit patches for OpenVMS, and I don't have an OpenVMS system to even try on. It does, however, support OS X, Net and Free BSD, HP-UX, and Solaris. I used to have it working for AIX and IRIX, but changes in the 2.1.x release have broken them for now, and I'm not sure that I'll ever get IRIX working again.

5 days ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

armanox Re:libressl-2.1.3 (96 comments)

I forgot Solaris in the supported list! Tested on Solaris 10-11.

5 days ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

armanox Re:libressl-2.1.3 (96 comments)

Actually, libressl supports OS X and HP-UX as well. Some groundwork is in place for supporting AIX and IRIX (I no longer have access to AIX to continue porting, and I'm not sure IRIX will ever work right). If you really wanted it to work with MSVC, you could write, test, and propose the patches to make it work. I'm all for eliminating GCCisms (the areas I've been poking at the code I'm not trying to eliminate GCCisms, not my priority).

5 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

armanox Re:Why do they take so long to load? (148 comments)

Sounds like the wait is mainly HDD related, if I had to take a guess. That's the only explanation I can give for why they are so similar.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

armanox Re:Why do they take so long to load? (148 comments)

I just timed loading Office 2011 for Mac on my MacBook Pro (MBP 1,1, 2.1GHz Core [1] Duo, 2GB RAM, OS X 10.6) - loading and hitting Open Apple + N, and waiting for the new window to open took around 16 seconds.

about a week ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

armanox Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

Apple and Microsoft are far behind in terms of support from what I see.

SGI IRIX 6.5: 1998-2014
Solaris 10: 2005-2021
Solaris 11: 2011-2024
If I want long term support, I know I'm not going for a Windows systems or a Linux box. Know where to go for it (I'm sure that IBM and HP have some long lifecycles too....but I'm less versed in AIX, i, HP-UX, and OpenVMS)

about a week ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

armanox Re:Solaris (79 comments)

I think the pkg command was the single greatest change in Solaris 11.

about a week ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

armanox Re:Job security... (79 comments)

You'll have wait for us to add that to the Nessus plugins! I'm looking forward to all the tickets coming in tomorrow (We need package xxx from Oracle for Nessus plugins...))!

about a week ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

armanox Re: Perpetual motion. (156 comments)

With that kind of logic, Windows is not the OS to be running. Maybe try Solaris, IBM i, or IBM AIX, all of which have much longer support cycles (SGI IRIX did too, but finally ended in 2014.)

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

armanox Re:a better question (592 comments)

There are some things I really like about the Precisions. I have a M4500 for myself and a M4700 at work. The Quadro graphics is a nice touch. But none of mine are anywhere near as light as the MBP (haven't touched any of the M6xxx yet, we have some M3800s that are pretty lightweight). The main thing I like about my Precisions over the MacBooks (especially the retina based) is that I can easily replace components. It's a shame that I actually like OS X much better then Windows (or Linux, with the political mess it is becoming).

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

armanox Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

I complain about it violating Rule 4: Choose portability over efficiency, 5: Store data in flat text files, and 7: Use shell scripts to increase leverage and portability. It is not portable. It aims to break compatibility with other Unix OS's.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

armanox Re:pfsense (403 comments)

Then maybe they should have tried using SMF or launchd.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

armanox Re:No rant from Theo (84 comments)

He doesn't always have a long rant. Actually, the patches I submitted to libreSSL merely got marked approved, no rant attached at all.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

armanox Re:Win7 is the new XP (640 comments)

Also note, if you are running a 32 bit version of Windows Win16 is still there.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

armanox Re:Win7 is the new XP (640 comments)

Where do you think the cheapskates go? Linux changes much faster than Windows does. No one in today's world does better binary compatibility. Apple? Much higher prices and even faster forced migration.

Sorry I don't agree at all.

Linux binary compatibility seems to work fine - if your programs are well written (and linked...). And Windows sucks just as much at compatibility (better hope your old program doesn't use any Win16 code on x64...). You want to see legacy code run? Try UNIX platforms - HP-UX on IA-64 will run the RISC binaries, I've installed stuff for Solaris 7 on Solaris 11. Or go with something that really hasn't changed, like VMS or IBM i (AS/400 for the older people).

about two weeks ago

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Slackware 12.2 Released

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

armanox writes "The Slackware Project gives us a release for the holiday season. From the announcement:
"Yes folks, 'tis the season to announce a new release of Slackware. With a shiny new kernel, many package updates, and the newly added ability to install from a Samba share, we bring to you the latest in the stable Slackware 12.x series. Slackware 12.2 ships with the 2.6.27.7 Linux kernel, the Xorg 1.4.2 X server (with many driver, library, and application updates), Xfce 4.4.3, KDE 3.5.10, simplified wired and wireless networking with wicd in /extra, package upgrade management with slackpkg moved into the main tree, support for non-usb-storage digital cameras through libgphoto2, pm-utils (tools to support suspend and hibernate through HAL), and much, much more. This release brings the system up-to-date without compromising stability or compatibility with the 12.x series. More details may be found in the official announcement."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "At long last StarCraft 2 has been announced. The website promises a single player campaign to pick up were BroodWar left off, more units, 3d gameplay, enhanced returning units, enhanced Battle.net, and a fitting motto: Hell, It's about time."
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armanox armanox writes  |  about 8 years ago

armanox writes "I always said that I would install Microsoft Office when I could get it for free. Well, now everyone can, just by listening to Microsoft's new release (Vista and Office) features! From Microsoft's Launch Tour site:
"Receive a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional and Microsoft Office Grove 2007 when you attend a Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Microsoft Office Exchange Server launch event near you!"
Now, getting free software is certainly a powerful incentive!"

Journals

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The state of Modern Graphics

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I've been thinking recently about modern monitors and graphics cards. I just purchaced a desktop with an nVidia 7150 in it. An integrated GPU in a desktop in today's day and age. Sad. Forunatly that will change when I drop a 9800 in it. But, shared memory for the GPU and CPU? That's a terrible idea. Whoever came up with it should be banned from computer engineering.

Another issue I have these days. It's hard to find a laptop with a high resolution display. I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 with a Pentium III in it that has a display of 1600x1200. My two most recent laptops, a Celeron M and a Turion 64x2 (Toshiba A105-S2071 and HP DV6636nr) both had displays at 1280x800. At work we just purchaced two Thinkpads (Core 2 Duo) with a 1024x768 display. Why have displays gotten worse over time for laptops? I don't mean that they need to be 1900x1600 or something like that, but, for a widescreen laptop wouldn't 1600x1024 (or whatever fits the WS aspect ratio) be nice? Or have 1600x1200 standard for 4:3 screens?

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2071. The HDD is failing, that battery is useless, and would cost me a bit to replace the two. Now, I'm wondering, is it worth buying the parts? Or, for a little bit more money, should I just replace the laptop? I just added 1GB of RAM (DDR2) to the system, so if I did get another laptop, I could skimp out on the RAM and add the 1GB stick to it. Thoughts? UPDATE: I've replaced the Toshiba with an HP Pavillion dv6000.

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Hostname Delema

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago Computer system names
Hmm....I've run into a problem. I've exhausted the naming scheme that I've been using for the past several years for my computers. The scheme, based upon the game I half way wrote in BASIC years ago (abandoned due to me realizing that the gameplay really sucked, and that 16 bit DOS programs had no future), has been seen in my through my sn, Armanox, who was the main character, and through anyone whose visted any of my servers or other systems(Armanox, Anorock, ashere-laptop, Taloron (Still up at armanox.no-ip.org!), Anaton (my desktop for the past two or so years), apharian, Artarias, and Talarias). Since I never finished writing the game, I never finished all of the characters (many were designed, few were named), and thus had a short name list to use. With the laptop that I'm currentlly using, I need to find a new naming scheme to use.

Ideas: Norse mythology. Have the DHCP server be Yggdrasil, which would be the server that connects all of the others. And I could name an antiVirus server Thor, and have it send a message to the system it cleaned of a virus like "The hammer of Thor has come down upon your system." Might be a cool idea. But, who would trust a system called Loki (That can be a Windows Box.....)

Mental Afflictions. The Linux group has officially adopted this one, so I'm not going to use it at home.

STDs. Humourous, but probably not a good idea. Can you imagine people spreading something from the Herpes server?

Okinawan Martial Artists. Fun idea, but kinda obscure. After all, when I tell people that my laptop is called matsumura, they're really gonna think I'm nuts

Beowulf Characters. I love the epic of Beowulf. But I'm saving the names for Beowulf clusters.

Shakespearean characters. Another interesting idea. but, who would trust the MacBeth server? And poor Juliet will die after Romeo does....

So I ask you, reader of my journal, to comment and leave ideas for me to use. Thank you for your time.

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One OS is not for an entire location

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago I intern at a location that is 99% Windows. The 1% that is not is the three Linux boxes that I run and one Solaris server (that really isn't my company's anyway). Several weeks ago a Worm (W32.Tenga.A) infultrated the network with Admin access, and quickly began infecting systems, including the servers. Now, the Worm only effects Windows 95-Me and Windows NT 4-XP, but the company does not have any systems running Vista at this time. While the rest of the IT department began trying to clean up the infection, which Semantic AntiVirus mis-identified, I started mounting the C:\ of the servers and the workstations via my two laptops and running ClamAV to start the clean up. Now, due to Semantic and ClamAV's scouring tactics, we lost a lot of exes, inlcuding the install exes on the servers, but, thanks to having two Linux systems, we were able to start the clean up using a system that was impervious to the worm. Now, I'm not saying that running an all Mac, Linux, BSD, or other *NIX shop is the way to keep everything running, just that diversity is important to keep everything running smooth.

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Computer Collection

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Decided to make a list of my running systems.....

Type - Make - Processor - Mem - OS

Desktop Gateway P4 1.7GHz 384MB XP Pro, Slackware 10
Desktop Dell P3 1.0GHz 256MB Ubuntu 6.06
Desktop PackardBell i486SX 22HMz 1MB DOS 6.22
Laptop Toshiba Celeron 1.7GHz 512MB XP Home, Ubuntu 6.10
Laptop AST Pentium 90 MHz 8MB Windows 95
Uber SGI 2xIP30(64bit,446BogoMIPS) 1GB Gentoo

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Stupid Cetifications

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago Once again the age old problem has arrisen - people lack faith in my skills with computer repair for the simple fact that I'm not certified, when I can present several person's who'd testify in court that I put many certified individuals to shame. Damn.

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A Gateway for A Gateway

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago So.... over the summer, I did some computer repair work for the Church. They were working with a P4 gateway that I had cleaned up in Feburary. For some odd reason, it refused to work there. Noticing that it was to replace a x486, I offered to trade them another Gateway with a P2 and 32MB ram for it. They made the deal. I brought it home, and have had no problems since. Oh, and it runs Fedora Core 4 very well...

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Best $25 ever spent

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago Flea market Saturday:

Compaq Deskpro:
Celoron @ 400 Mhz,
320 MB Ram
Matrox Productiva G100 Video Card

So, while the HD needed some, replacing, its most likly the best thing $25 ever spent

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 10 years ago En taro Adun... I am Armanox, sent by the Conclave to serve and to concoule

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