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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

kolbe Re:For friends and family, I want to be there. (69 comments)

How is this any different than saying goodbye when they are alive?

My uncle recently passed from Parkinson's and he had his death on Skype...

Yes, that is correct, his last few hours on this earth were streamed over a Skype call. I thought it was a good way for family to say goodbye to him though and he said mumblingly that it felt like most of the family was there in his final hours, which was his final request. The Skype thing really helped get more people "there", particularly the ones unable to fly to him due to monetary or personal requirements.

2 days ago
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Fedora 21 Released

kolbe Re:dropped that fool and the systemd it rode in on (106 comments)

Solaris = /export/home

To this day, I still use a dedicated /var, /var/www, /var/lib/mysql or /var/log filesystem (depending on application) as it helps ensure that the fs doesn't get overrun by logs/data. The whole idea of a "one size fits all" lvm configured rootfs makes me shudder in horror.

about a week ago
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Fedora 21 Released

kolbe Re:dropped that fool and the systemd it rode in on (106 comments)

> "It's readily apparent you haven't even used Fedora in years."

Actually, I've been grumbling about it since Fedora 15, but I just never gave up grumbling about it because I am forced to use it for my work. I currently run F20 on a workstation for managing various systems both in the cloud and managed in a local series of VMWare clusters. I use Fedora because it helps me maintain a step ahead of the stuff coming "down the pipe" to Redhat.

> "but at least for enterprise distros like RHEL, standard syslogs are pretty much required"

Rsyslog is quite literally the ONLY reason several of my customers can even run RHEL7... It's amazing how many Developers/Engineers/Admins base their scripts, reports, monitoring and other functions off of log output.

In the end, I am just waiting for the market to "speak" as to whether they accept RHEL7... I am required to give it a year to know for sure. If I had my way though, I'd go back to Slackware or FreeBSD, but that's not my sole choice. As a closing, fvck deps... that is what I feel about anything from 0pointer.

about two weeks ago
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Fedora 21 Released

kolbe Re:dropped that fool and the systemd it rode in on (106 comments)

> "While it's not impossible for journald'd logs to get corrupted, it's no more likely than most other files in the filesystem."

*cough* BULLSHIT! *cough*

- Laptop failure to resume from suspend = corrupted logs
- Power loss or hard off on systems = corrupted logs
- Too long a log retention = corrupted logs

From an amazon cloud server running RHEL7 last couple of weeks:
File corruption detected at /var/log/journal/2dd5724e1e1542fc9a4aa75nov26cc150/system@f0282a3cd24344648a0bbe3a801ead66-000000000001b5d4-0004cfd1dbb89d83.journal:191117416 (of 233118464, 82%).

journalctl absolutely needs to be improved to handle corrupt logs better... maybe something to repair them instead of switching to "clean" them?
 

about two weeks ago
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Fedora 21 Released

kolbe More Dependencies! (106 comments)

Hurray! More 0pointer dependencies that need rpm -e --nodeps on!

If it weren't for stable RHEL6.X and XFCE, I'd have dumped Fedora back in version 15, but this latest version 21 (codename /dev/null ) is really making me contemplate it again.

Anyone got a suggestion for a distro without so much dep crap?

about two weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kolbe Re:It was a no-win vote (581 comments)

Sounds like the Redhat/Fedora boys...

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

kolbe Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (581 comments)

It's my understanding that the app maintainers do not want to maintain both initd and systemd compatibility at the same time... Extra work for little reward.

I, like many other sysadmins out there who do some level of coding to maintain large swaths of servers dislike the change to systemd on the premise that this wasn't a "phased" implementation. The rebuttal on the systemd camp is that it cannot be phased in and too bad, so you have to rewrite a few scripts and make a "few" changes to your administration processes. They do not realize it is more than just a few changes for many though and I think that's where much of the anger lay boiling... lack of empathy on either side.

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

kolbe Earhart Click Bait (94 comments)

Everything in this article is based on presumption and speculation.

about a month and a half ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

kolbe Re:Why? (171 comments)

Pfft... I just use webferret from 1997, it bundles up all those fancy search engines into one!

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

I am not a security adviser, so I cannot say for sure which ones they were referring to and the only info they gave me was a list of about 13 x US-CERN, NVD and Canonical advisories regarding the exploitation of systemd through various methods. These were not noted as "fixed" either and 4 are listed as "Medium".

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

That list was FROM Redhat, not a troll of any kind... just a list. Sheesh.

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

We dropped $2.2M on 2 half populated IBM Power 7 780's (redundant VIOS with IBM's tailored 42U cabinets) in 2012 and are running approximately 239 AIX 6+ & 7.1 LPARs for many of our Financial and Business Continuity Applications. LPAR isn't quite as advanced as VMWare, but it is getting there (no more stupid 4 lines of lpar commands for simple resource management/adjustment). Compared to what we spent on the p5 series years ago, we paid 40% less for our Power 7's. Power system prices have come down A LOT over the last 3 years though and I would professionally recommend checking them out if you need some SystemV style stability.

Anyway, we WERE hoping to move away from AIX to RHEL so we did not need to have two separate UNIX SysAdmin groups, but RHEL7 kinda threw that out the window for us sadly. Personally, I am less bemoaning of systemd than I am over the plethora of other MANDATORY changes they decided to dump on the customer all at once. It affects me and my team directly whereas the systemd thing effects my vendors and their applications.

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

A lot of what I listed was directly from the RHEL Customer Portal article and it was intended to illustrate the number of changes, but none with any particular order of importance or grief.

For my team, the grievances begin with the slurry of ctl command changes like (but not limited to the following off the top of my head):

rhn_register > subscription-manager
system-config-* > gnome-control-center (Who installs gnome on a server?!?!)
chkconfig/service/runlevel/init/shutdown/halt/inittab > systemctl
system-config-date > timedatectl
vi /var/log/ journalctl
parted > gdisk
ifconfig/network/hosts/dns/eth > nmcli
netstat > ss

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:launchd (469 comments)

And Apple Xservers were SUCH great performers... /sarcasm

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

>>So, what alternative are you looking at?

Our vendors who have explicitly stated they will not support systemd in any way (due to +Priv, DoS and bypass issues/concerns) have stated that they recommend either staying with RHEL6 & Oracle Linux 6 until it is no longer supported or switching to AIX or FreeBSD. Two of these vendors are financial software suites, one is a Point of Sale system and the other is a CRM Suite that "may support it in the future". What the other vendors plan on recommending is still TBD for them. Simply put though, many companies are more invested in their applications than any flavor of *NIX.

>>I don't know about how you write scripts, but I find it amazing that a majority of them has to be rewritten.

Have you not seen the number of changes in management, monitoring & configuration commands made within RHEL7? Seriously, it borders on being a completely new distro the way everything has been retooled. Many of our SysAdmin scripts are written in Perl & Bash with remote get for everything from deployment to monitoring and analysis (netstat? gone. ifconfig? redirected. iptables? gone. lsof? switches changed. chkconfig? redirected. So many more...).

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

> What can't I do anymore?

Let me see, the top 3 I cannot do anymore include:
- More than half of my companies preferred vendor applications will not run on systemd (some of which will never support it)
- Majority of in-house scripts need to be rewritten
- Kickstart now REQUIRED since they removed "Full Custom Install"

The growing list of complaints are raising flags in my company so much so that we are looking at outright dumping Redhat and we have been a dedicated Redhat Enterprise customer since 1997. RHEL7 has ZERO TCO for everyone I've spoken with... Retraining, retooling, reconfiguring and reorganizing are absurd.

about 3 months ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kolbe Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (469 comments)

I have no idea why Redhat made so many changes in their most recent release, but it is so vast that it may as well be a completely new distro. To name a FEW:

  Anaconda RHEL installer completely redesigned
  Legacy GRUB boot loader replaced by GRUB2
  Procedure for bypassing root password prompt at boot completely different
  SysV init system and all related tools replaced by systemd
  ext4 replaced by xfs as default filesystem type
  Directories /bin, /sbin, /liband /lib64are now all under the /usrdirectory
  Network interfaces have a new naming scheme based on physical device location (e.g., eth0might become enp0s3)
  ntpdreplaced by chronydas the default network time protocol daemon
  GNOME2 replaced by GNOME3 as default desktop environment
  System registration and subscription now handled exclusively with Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM)
  MySQL replaced by Mariadb
  tgtdreplaced by targetcli
  High Availability Add-On: RGManager removed as resource-management option (in favor of Pacemaker)
  ifconfigand routecommands are further deprecated in favor of ip
  netstatfurther deprecated in favor of ss
  System user UID range extended from 0-499 to 0-999
  locateno longer available by default; (available as mlocatepackage)
  nc(netcat) replaced by nmap-ncat

Systemd is pain to use for me and feels backwards... I find troubleshooting processes with it to be more frustrating than anything else Redhat has done in the past 20 years... Well, almost.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

kolbe Re:Where's the link? (100 comments)

Nope! Nothing to hear since it was "an artificial atom". Meaning, they were not really even listening in the first place, but rather determining if it could be done.

about 3 months ago

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Average gamer is 37 years old

kolbe kolbe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kolbe writes "A new study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) suggests that a majority of gamers today range between the ages of 37 and 41 years old. If true, does this mean that game studio's should be adjusting their demographics accordingly, is Generation X the next "baby boomer" market for the gaming industry?"
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