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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kthreadd Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (419 comments)

Arch, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, RHEL, Ubuntu have all either migrated to Systemd or are in the process of switching to it. They are the big ones that most people use.

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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kthreadd Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (419 comments)

I'm in the process of migrating a couple of AIX 5.3 systems over to AIX 7 and is almost impressed of how little has changed between those. So by all means, if your vendors suggest that you switch to AIX I think you should do it. Would love to get my hands on some POWER8 hardware though.

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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kthreadd Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (419 comments)

- More than half of my companies preferred vendor applications will not run on systemd (some of which will never support it)

Then those apps will effectively not support GNU/Linux going forward since more or less everyone is jumping on the Systemd bandwagon.

- Majority of in-house scripts need to be rewritten

I don't know about how you write scripts, but I find it amazing that a majority of them has to be rewritten. What are you guys doing really? But if this really is such a problem all I can say is that you should really look into making abstraction layers, because whatever you're doing is so low-level it's going to break no matter what changes.

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.

So, what alternative are you looking at?

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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kthreadd Re:Hear, hear. (419 comments)

Are there any statistics on how often users actually install Debian from a CD? My guess would be that installing it from a USB stick is getting more and more common.

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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kthreadd Re:What a fitting name! (419 comments)

We have quite a lot of GNU/Linux workstations where I am. I would say most, at least 95+ % of all users, from newcomers to experts, run GNOME 3. I occasionally find someone using Xfce or even Fvwm, but most people seam to be just fine with GNOME.

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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

kthreadd Re:Boycotting RHEL7's uselessd (419 comments)

OK, so you have to learn Systemd. But what is it that you can't do anymore? If you want ext4 then use ext4. If you want MySQL then use MySQL. If you want the old network interface names then use them, it's just a kernel parameter you pass with grub. And everything is now in /usr? Big deal. If you want GNOME 2 then sorry, things changes; we don't have GNOME 1 anymore either. Things change. New features come, old features go. That's how it is. Learn to live with it!

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kthreadd Re:Not a boycott but a confirmation (419 comments)

But when the systemd developers started trying to embrace, extend and extinguish other things like syslog, core dumps, etc. then systemd jumped the shark.

But why not? It's all essential system software that can benefit from being developed under the same roof.

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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

kthreadd Re:4 digits = impossible? (503 comments)

Or switch to a pass phrase, which can be of any length.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

kthreadd Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (503 comments)

The pass code is limited to four numbers, but you can switch it to a longer pass phrase which may include any number of alphanumerical characters.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

kthreadd Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (379 comments)

I know some people who actually used to call it GNU/OpenSolaris. In the end I think it's up to each community respectively to decide what to call it.

Mac OS X is moving away from the GNU userland, using either outdated versions or switching to equivalent BSD tools.

5 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

kthreadd Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (379 comments)

I'm not talking about the kernel, I'm talking about the operating system often referred to as GNU/Linux. Systemd has nothing to do with the kernel, except that it uses its functionality.

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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

kthreadd Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (379 comments)

You don't have to. If you really want your old way then just have journald pass everything along to syslog and it's back to normal.

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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

kthreadd Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (379 comments)

That's not the complaint. The complaint is that the process at PID 1 should be simple. You people running around screaming about a bunch of different processes are only compounding the proof that you do not understand Unix. It's not a problem to have many processes.

We all stopped using UNIX long ago, it's GNU/Linux now and it's only somewhat inspired by UNIX. What the UNIX people did 30 years ago is interesting from a historical perspective, but is not in any way the only right way to do things. I say did because that's now even how modern unices work. Solaris has for example been running on SMF since 2005 and they are doing just fine.

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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

kthreadd Re:well said! (379 comments)

Not really. His argument lost some credibility when he compared a system level utility to a graphical application.

What's the difference? Both are complex systems.

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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

kthreadd Re: Apple not in my best interests either (182 comments)

I use both, actually I use a couple of others as well. I often find interesting edge cases and bugs just by running my code through as many compilers as possible.

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Scientists extract RSA key from GnuPG using sound of CPU

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 9 months ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In their research paper titled RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir and Eran Tromer et. all. present a method for extracting decryption keys from the GnuPG security suite using an interesting side-channel attack. By analysing the acoustic sound made by the CPU they were able to extract a 4096 bit RSA key in about an hour. A modern mobile phone placed next to the computer is sufficient to carry out the attack, but up to four meters have been successfully tested using specially designed microphones."
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GNOME 3.10 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.10 of the GNOME software collection has been released. New in this release is improved support for Wayland, the upcoming X replacement. The system status menus have been consolidated into one single menu. Many of the applications in GNOME now features header bars instead of title bars, which merges the titlebar and toolbar into a single element and allows applications to offer more dynamic user interfaces. GNOME now also includes an application for searching, browsing and installing applications called Software. Several other new applications have also been added to GNOME including Music, Photos, Notes and Maps."
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FreeBSD 8.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The FreeBSD project has released version 8.4 of the free operating system with the same name. Highlights of this version is GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.10.1. In this release focus has been put on improving stability and storage capability. The ZFS filesystem has been updated to support feature flags for ZFS pools, asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets, LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimization. Also, support has been added for all shipping LSI storage controllers."
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MongoDB exposes user-triggable NULL pointer dereference

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "A slightly upset bug report has been submitted to the MondoDB project about certain problematic sections in the source code.

Step 8. REALIZE I CAN CRASH 99% OF ALL WEB 3.9 SHIT-TASTIC WEBSCALE MONGO-DEPLOYING SERVICES WITH 16 BYTE POST

The bug has been confirmed and is actively investigated."
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Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Debian project has released version 7.0 (codename "Wheezy") of their popular free software distribution. A major new feature in this release is multi-arch support, simplifying installation of packages for different architectures on the same system. The installation system has also seen a lot of improvements; it now allows Debian to be installed using software speech. It also supports installation on UEFI for the AMD64 architecture, although not yet with "Secure Boot." The Linux kernel has been upgraded to version 3.2 and the FreeBSD kernel is available in both version 8.3 and 9.0. Most packages has also been updated to newer versions."
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GTK+ 3.8 Released with support for Wayland

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.8 of the GTK+ GUI framework has been released in version 3.8. A new feature in GTK+ 3.8 is support for Wayland 1.0, the display server that will replace X on free desktops. Among the other new featurs are improved support for themeing, fixes to the geometry management and improved accessibility. There is also better support for touch, as part of a long going effort in making GTK+ touch-aware."
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Minix 3.2.1 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD."
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Red Hat has just released version 6.4 of its enterprise Linux distribution. According to the release notes the new version contains full support for parallel NFS and guest support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization among other things. KVM users will also benefit from the inclusion of virtio-SCSI, which makes it possible to connect directly to SCSI LUNs and offers better scalability compared to virtio-blk."
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Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Luis Villa has an interesting discussion on the topic of not licensing at all, what he calls POSS or Post Open Source Software. With a flood of new hackers flocking to places like GitHub which doesn't impose any particular requirements for hosted projects, the future of Open Source may very well be diminishing. Skip licensing, just commit to GitHub. What legal ramifications will this have on the free and open source community going forward?"
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CentOS 5.9 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 derivitive CentOS version 5.9 has been released just 10 days after its upstream provider. According to the release notes a number of changes have been made. New packages available in CentOS 5.9 includes for example OpenJDK 7 and Rsyslog 5. Several drivers have also been updated in the kernel which has been updated to version 2.6.18-348, including support for Microsoft's virtualization environment Hyper-V."
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Yet another Java zero-day exploit

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Looks like there's yet another exploit for Java available on Pastebin. It affects the latest version of Java 7, whch is Java 7 update 10. An example exists that launches calc.exe on the victim's computer. Disable applets in your browser if you have Java installed."
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GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In a relative long blog post IgnorantGuru describes how projects like GNOME, GTK+, Unity and KDE have stopped focusing on the user and what repercussion that has on the Linux desktop.

I have never gotten into the KDE vs GNOME debates, so this is not GNOME bashing, nor, as you’ll soon see, are these systemic development problems limited to GNOME. Yet what I’m hearing is that with GNOME v3 the goal is to promote their “brand” and make it dominant, in part by greatly limiting what users can change on their own systems, and partly by breaking or simply removing whatever support they’re no longer promoting as ‘The Way’. The reach of this selfish and narrow-sighted development goes beyond GNOME and affects GTK apps in general.

The Linux desktop has for long been composed of several interchangeable and combinable components. This means that every Linux desktop does not necessarily look and feel exactly the same, giving the user the choice to optimize the desktop to his or her preference.

Getting in deeper, not only are GNOME devs content to break their own desktop, but they want features removed from apps simply because GNOME no longer supports them!

It can be argued that Linux is not about choice and that backwards compatibility can not always be preserved. Hackers are free to use their time to do what they want to do, but when some of the most important projects prioritize their brand higher than the user it is time to think about what we are loosing as a community."
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Apple Fires VP of iOS Software After Mapgate

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Scott Forstall, the senior vice president of iOS software is leaving Apple due to the the massive problems with the Maps app in iOS 6. Forstall has been a key figure at Apple since the iPhone first appeared in 2007, known for his eager personality and resemblance to Steve Jobs. However the recent debacle around the iOS 6 Maps app was one misstep too much. This is a good opportunity for Microsoft and Google, both likely to hire the man with the insight into the future of iOS."
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GNOME 3.6 released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Mostly bug fixes and improved translations. New applications include Clocks and Boxes. Clocks is a world time clock, which allows you to keep an eye on what the local time is around the world. Boxes allows you to connect to other machines, either virtual or remote. For developers there's the new GtkLevelBar widget in GTK+, and GtkEntry can now use Pango attributes."
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Man moves to US and is told to repurchase all apps

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Andreas Fredriksson describes the downside of app stores when moving between countries:

I recently moved from Sweden to the US. Now that my bank is here in the US, I switched my Apple account over to the US region.

Doing so made everything under “Purchases” and “Updates” disappear in the Mac App Store. After a long frustrating email exchange I was told by the App Store support that apps are tied to a region, so if you have downloaded an app in one region it’s forever tied to that region. Their message was: You have to keep your account in the Swedish region to receive updates. Note that this applies even to free stuff like Twitter!"

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Google acquires Sparrow

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kthreadd writes "The makers of the popular Mac and iOS email client Sparrow just announced that they have been acquired by Google. This will likely mean that better email handling will go into Android."
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GRUB 1.99 released with support for ZFS and BtrFS

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "GNU GRUB has been updated to version 1.99. Among the many improvements are support for two new filesystems, BtrFS and ZFS. For Linux users this means that it's now possible to move to BtrFS entirely and not use it only for non-bootable volumes."
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LLVM Debugger Subproject Sees Light of Day

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The LLVM project is now working on a debugger called LLDB which is already faster than GDB and could be a possible alternative in the future for C, C++ and Objective-C developers. With the ongoing success of Clang and other LLVM subprojects is the days of GNU as the mainstream free and open development toolchain passé?"
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