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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

hitmark Re:The very first thing out of his mouth (551 comments)

Apple would perhaps grok it, if they where at all interested in corporate IT. But they are a fashion boutique sidelining in IT.

Google and MS are software houses, as such they need the version churn to stay afloat.

Frankly the pure software house it a pox on the IT world.

about a week ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

That both the pid1 binary and that overall project is called systemd may be fueling the 4th point.

about a week ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

hitmark Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

One reason i was told for them getting Moblin going originally was that Microsoft was unwilling to provide Windows support for a x86 chip without PCI device enumeration. Intel had removed that from their more mobile oriented Atom to save on overall battery drain.

I am not quite sure why Intel and Nokia partnered up, but Moblin1 had a fair bit of overlap with Maemo at the time (Both Debian based etc). By the time Meego had been formed Intel had moved to a RPM base for Moblin2 however. And things seems to have gone wonky from that point on.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

hitmark ugh... (241 comments)

Really hope not, as the last thing the world needs is another locked up portable media player with a mobile network connection.

I had high hopes for Around 3.x/4.0, but since then Google has bent over backwards to placate big media while trying to pass the changes off as security improvements.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

hitmark Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

I was recently corrected on the connection between Meego and Tizen. Apparently Meego was abandoned fully upon the foundation of Tizen, and the only connection between the two was that Intel was involved with both (tough they seem to have since pulled out of Tizen).

In essence the only remnant of Maemo/Meego is Sailfish, the continuation of Mer.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

Yeah, except it started as a init. And the init binary is still called systemd. End result is that there is a logical confusion between systemd the init and systemd the project. A confusion that the proponents don't make any effort to clean up, and sometimes appear to even leverage as a cheap way to make opponents look bad.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

But then the script backs away. Systemd comes with a massive warning that any changes done outside of systemd's toolchain will be overwritten by systemd. Meaning that once systemd has assumed control over your firewall, do not for one second attempt to adjust iptables directly.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

I got the impression that the idea of only having a single cgroup manager has since been reversed.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

but it require that a very specific process runs as pid1...

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

Not yet, but it will take over tty duties soon.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

hitmark Re:Fuck Me (553 comments)

Systemd has long since surpassed launchd in terms of "features"...

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

hitmark Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (159 comments)

Or they have taken Nixon's mad man thesis to the logical endpoint...

about three weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

hitmark Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

Also likely makes it that much harder to use smuggled in hardware to reach the outside world.

about three weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

hitmark Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

The /8 part may be a stretch, but it would not surprise me if they run the nation on the 10.x.x.x range (or at least the public facing stuff).

they can still nest the B and C ranges inside that, and you have to know your stuff to reach the outside world via smuggled in equipment. And such attempts probably sticks out like a sore thumb to the uniforms operating the national firewall.

about three weeks ago
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Forget Stuxnet: Banking Trojans Attacking Power Plants

hitmark Re:Are they after Diebold? (34 comments)

Complete with giving said mules a one time code over the phone before the cash comes out.

This way they don't get any fancy ideas.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

hitmark sure hope not... (437 comments)

The storage management on 4.4 is a mess, and 5.0 fixes "most" of it. Thought still wish i could give the mediascanner database and the storage access framework the middle finger, as it fixes none of the issues Google claims it fixes...

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

hitmark Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

Echo that. I keep noticing "lifestyle ads" that indicate that to be "a proper person" you should spend half your day at some food market talking to the sellers about the aspects of the perfect head of lettuce etc, then the rest of it cooking up a late evening meal for your friends. Its like work don't exist.

But then it also seems like various upper class people have kids these days to show off how much free time they have to spend with them...

Also, "work" seems to involve hammering numbers into random spreadsheets and chatting up clients via phone calls. something that can be done anywhere with a power outlet and a cell signal.

I guess it could be considered the modern equivalent of the Victorian gentleman ideal of "retire with competence". Meaning the ownership of properties, stocks, or interest on savings, that has enough profits to cover lifestyle expenses.

about a month ago

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general purpose linux distro?

hitmark hitmark writes  |  more than 9 years ago

do that beast exist? or is it a evolutionary dead end?

sure you can use the same basic distro for a workstation install or a server install. but thats for office use where you have a dedicated admin that you can turn to. a user in a office enviroment have to reason install stuff on their own.

but on the home desktop box this is a diffrent story. 99% of the time the admin is the user and will therefor spend a lot of time trying to set the box up and installing software.

and the last point is where i worry. the thing is that 99% of the problems i see come from people that want to install stuff after they have gotten the box properly set up.

sure they can use the distros install system and wait for the vendors package server or some contrib server to get hold of it. but often this can take time, at times very much time. so what then? install from source? maybe, but its not as easy as it sounds (go away you longbearded assembly reading code-wizards, i know your rant) for someone that may find a electronic version of solitaire a challange.

so maybe they should not install, but thats the office admin speaking. and from my experience they look down on anyone that dont have root (some even look down on anyone they have to share root with).

but remeber that at home the user most often is the admin.

so is there a distro out there that is desktop simple but allso server safe? im starting to think its a engineers dream.

so to all you that look down on the gobolinux distro, have you stopped and taken a look at what its attempting? its not trying to make the next workstation or server distro. they are working on a distro that they themselfs want to use on their desktops, one that give them minimal amounts of trouble when wanting to install something.

one thing that they could maybe do better tho would be to combo in the rootless system that was the basis for the distro. this so that a user can install a app into their home folder for personal use and maybe into a shared folder that dont need root access. oh, wait. just pop the user into the right group and get sudo going, my bad ;)

and why im not doing the easy thing and telling them to go mac os x (even more so after apple have gone intel)?

1) its not a linux distro, its at best a *nix distro :P

2) even with a intel cpu you will still need a specialy chiped motherboard to get the os going on your hardware. and the only company thats going to sell machines with that motherboard is apple.

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micro computer resurrection?

hitmark hitmark writes  |  more than 9 years ago

or maybe turn next gen consoles into it?

lately i have become more and more troubled with the state of the it world.

the os's have become harder and harder to config and maintain.

so how about going back to the days of the amiga or even the c64? basicly instead of having the os stored on a hardrive one stuffs in something like a live cd (or maybe loads it read only from a chip. maybe make the chip a flash for upgrade ability but allso keep a second rom chip arond so that you can re-flash if something tryes to insert something) and then have the user run software from some source or other as self contained ro packages. this will make it very unlikely that a virus can get a foothold on the system.

user data and configs can be stored on a flash device.

every addon to the system (baring memory, or hell, even that) should be inserted into outside ports. and given the size of current firewire and usb ports one can fit a nice number of them on the base unit. even better is that with usbs you can expand the number of ports with hubs, and with firewire you can chain the devices together.

another thing is xen. put a bare bones linux as the base system onto a flash. then boot a secondary system of a xen image onto this. with the right setup one can have the linux system do a mem dump to a external hardrive or something if you tell it to suspend the session and then you can bring the same hardrive over to a diffrent computer and resume the session there.

2 or more users on the same system? seperate xen images. totaly seperate enviroments. no real need for logins (alltho having the ability to password and encrypt sensitive user data is advisable).

application can have full access inside the xen image its living in so basicly its dos/windows 9x days again (simpler for the user that way). only that you cant do anything more then screw up your "virtual" computer. and as the image is read only you can do a virtual reset by having it discard the current state and re-read the base image.

another thing is to keep the startups simple. like autoexec.bat/config.sys simple. the commands and done, one at a time from the top down. want to bring up the network with a special config? insert a line into the boot file that defines the parameters and store it in your user files, bash.rc like. all config files should be ascii and human readable.

ok so there is a way to insert a trojan in this. when it get inside it puts itself somewhere and insert a boot line for itself into the boot file.
still, cleaning it out should be no worse the accessing the user files as a removable media from a controled enviroment (preferably a rescue boot/live cd) and then delete the entry and so on.

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