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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

armanox Re:I think it's safe to say... (160 comments)

There's plenty of legacy code for SPARC, MIPS, and POWER. And a lot of code can be recompiled for a different platform without much trouble (and there's plenty that can't).

4 days ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

armanox Re:I think it's safe to say... (160 comments)

Honest question:

What can you do on x86, that you can't do on POWER or MIPS?

4 days ago
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

armanox Re:Fully loaded 2U POWER8 for $2,000 USD, yes or n (36 comments)

I suppose that would be on the GCC team then, yes? I'm using it myself (v4.8). I suppose they could try LLVM, but I have no idea how viable that is on AIX.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

armanox Re:Open Source sucks. (232 comments)

Operating System - Depends on the use case
Database - Oracle - and what does Oracle prefer it run on? Linux or Solaris
Web Server - Apache HTTPD beats IIS anyday
Server OS? What kind of server? Solaris, AIX, Free/Net/OpenBSD, and IRIX beat Windows anyday.
Compiler? The one that's for the platform you're running. ICC on Intel, SunStudio, MIPSPro, etc. And XCode isn't a compiler - it's an IDE. The compiler is either GCC or LLVM

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

armanox Re:Dump SELinux and systemd, make it easier (232 comments)

Doesn't work that way. For the business world, Red Hat IS Linux. And a lot of things that get pushed in other distros start in Fedora (RH).

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

armanox Re: Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

You mean where management ignores the sysadmin and developer's requests and says you're using this because we paid for it.

5 days ago
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

armanox Re:Fully loaded 2U POWER8 for $2,000 USD, yes or n (36 comments)

Can you buy *ANY* prebuilt, 1U or 2U system, commercial, fully loaded, for that price? I didn't think so.

Also, if you want to cheap out on compilers, GCC is a perfectly valid option on AIX.

5 days ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

armanox Re:Workstations ? (113 comments)

Sun's certainly on that list too! I wish there was a current SPARC workstation.

about a week ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

armanox Re:That ship has already sailed. (113 comments)

They probably will, much to my (any many others) dismay. The supported Linux options will not go over well with a lot of people I'm willing to bet. I'm seeing enterprises shying away from the abomination that is RHEL 7 because of systemd.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

armanox Re:Already? (251 comments)

More like Microsoft keeping to a release schedule? Vista and Office 2007 were way off track, but they've been pretty constant since then.

about a week ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

armanox Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

Except they've been targeting DDoS attacks by request. They've taken down (in the past couple of days) League of Legends, Battle.net, PSN, and I think they hit the XBox network earlier.

about a week ago
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Virtual Machine Brings X86 Linux Apps To ARMv7 Devices

armanox Re:wake me when I can run MacOS on OSX (61 comments)

You'd need classic mode to do that, which was phased out a lot sooner. Rosetta was for running applications that were compiled for OS X on PPC.

about two weeks ago
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Virtual Machine Brings X86 Linux Apps To ARMv7 Devices

armanox Re:Why? (61 comments)

Plenty. Matlab, Maya, Documentum, Cisco VPN client, shall I continue? There is plenty of closed, commercial software for Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

armanox Re:Publicly Funded Governments (159 comments)

If you use a graphics installer for Redhat you are not really using a window manager like KDE, Gnome or even Xfce. Anyway have many users are using RHEL for the desktop? (although you could). As for installers for Documentum, Matlab, Oracle, etc they are specific to the software application and will run under most window managers. Actually you would normally install software like what you just mentioned via client software which could even be on a Microsoft Widows machine.

As for "trying to get people not to use the default GUI" that is the wrong thing to say since if you are the system admin it is very easy to set up particular users to only use a specific Window Manager using "kickstart" (very useful if you want a consistent configuration across all machines). Of course you could do a manual installation as well but that can get very tedious across hundreds of machines.

There are cases where that works, and a lot that it does not. For production environments, it's not hard to pull off. In my case, in a lab environment, it does not work. We are strongly pushing users to avoid default setups for CentOS/RHEL 7, use 6 when possible, etc, but for the lab, it boils down to the users being in control of the VMs.

(Ultimately, I'm still pissed at the GNOME team (and Red Hat) for having a desktop environment that composititing cannot be disabled, and soft renders the whole thing when GPU isn't found. And then believing that it's a good idea! The Linux desktop will be its own killer.)

about two weeks ago

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Slackware 12.2 Released

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 5 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  |  more than 7 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!"

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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 6 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 8 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 8 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 9 years ago En taro Adun... I am Armanox, sent by the Conclave to serve and to concoule

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