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System Admins Should Know How To Code

mdhoover Re:Ah, age. (298 comments)

Oh for some mod points...

more than 2 years ago

How To Thwart the High Priests In IT

mdhoover Re:Wow, what a stupid post (417 comments)

Let me guess, no-one wanted to provide support for the authors ipad or his shadow infrastructure sitting under his desk on 3 year old unsupported equipment.

Some hints for the articles author

Provide a damned business case for the toys (yes, they are toys) and how they are going to improve efficiency/save costs for the organisation as a whole.
Hell if your business case is good Management and IT may agree to supply and roll out the toys.

more than 3 years ago

Some Of Australia's Tubes Are About To Be Filtered

mdhoover Re:Just boycott the asses pleases (339 comments)

Who do you think you are kidding.

Senator Steve Fielding (Family First) has a big hard on for filtering out internet porn.
Senator Nick Xenephon (Independant) wants online gambling filtered.

Myself I cynically believe this is a point scoring exercise to get the senators that hold the balance of power in the senate on the governments side.

Why else would you push ahead with something absolutely nobody wants.

No doubt down the track the government will call in this favour

more than 5 years ago

Best FOSS Active Directory Alternative?

mdhoover Re:Sun Java System Directory Server (409 comments)

Proxy account wont stop DoS due to excessive lookups by a malicious person on systems configured to use the service on the local network. They will just be performed by the proxy user.

True you have extra potential for anybody from any host to perform lookups and abuse the server (generally the ldap servers are not public to world though), but in my deployments it has been a requirement for free internal access to the information provided.

With a good spread of hub or read-only consumers behind ldap proxies this can be alleviated somewhat.

In my experience the biggest DoS has been due to account lockout settings... but you get that regardless of authentication backend...

about 6 years ago

Best FOSS Active Directory Alternative?

mdhoover Re:Sun Java System Directory Server (409 comments)

Dont use a proxy account for authentication from linux (you need the proxy account on solaris though so ldaps/tls works...).

Ensure that userpassword is readable by no-one (including the proxy user), and use pam_ldap for authentication.

On linux anonymous access is sufficent for NSS lookups, authentication is performed via pam_ldap, which performs an ldap bind as the user that is authenticating.
This also frees you to use any password storage scheme you want.

about 6 years ago

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

mdhoover Re:so? (369 comments)

I hear you, the radeonhd driver is coming along nicely, but the 3D support ain't gonna be there for at least 6 months (best case) or more...
For the moment its nvidia closed source or nothing with newer hardware...

more than 6 years ago

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

mdhoover Re:Goodness me, what FUD (369 comments)

Some facts: - Windows 7 is taking Vista and putting it on a diet while not fundamentally changing the architecture.

So Windows 7 is basically Windows server 2008 with some more shiny shiny?

more than 6 years ago

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

mdhoover Re:so? (369 comments)

Driver support in linux is pretty damn good nowadays, and most vendors do either provide code or at least help the kernel team with drivers.

That being said, gaming is pretty much not gonna happen on a linux box without using nvidia hardware and the closed source nvidia drivers...

Thank god at least some gaming companies DO do a linux port, such as ID (Wolf, ET, Doom3, QW:ET) and EPIC (ut*), but for the rest it is the pain of wine/cedega/etc...

For gaming it still means keeping a windows partition around for the most part...

more than 6 years ago



mdhoover mdhoover writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mdhoover (856288) writes "OK, you guys are the wordsmiths, so you can come up with a blurb if you think this is newsworthy...

I can't recall seeing this before on slashdot (did cursory search on authors name and article title but it didn't pop up) though it was published mid april on the JemReport by Radu-Cristian Fotescu

As my friend described it to me in an email, a "Poorly argued yet highly accurate assessment of the state of F/OSS"
I tend to agree

Here's the link (to all 25 pages of it)
http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/309 /122/

It's bound to inspire debate...."

mdhoover mdhoover writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mdhoover writes "OK, this is a blatant plug, but there is some good news for folks out there that feel the need to roll their own GNU/Linux OS from scratch, particularly those with multilib capable systems.

Announcing CLFS 1.0.0 Final Release — The "Bender" release

The CLFS Development team is pleased to announce the final release of CLFS 1.0.0, code-name 'Bender'.
This release features Glibc 2.4, GCC 4.1.1, Binutils 2.17, and supports the x86, x86-64, SPARC, PowerPC, PPC64, MIPS, MIPS64, and Alpha, including multilib on those architectures that support it.
Cross-building is also supported, even from non-Linux host systems such as Solaris, *BSD, and OS X.

You may view the book online at:
and downloadable versions are available for most arch's at:

This release is tagged in SVN at the following location, if you wish to render it yourself:
http://svn.cross-lfs.org/svn/repos/cross-lfs/tags/ 1.0.0/

We thank you for your support!
The CLFS Development Team
Jim Gifford — CLFS Co-leader
Ryan Oliver — CLFS Co-leader
Jeremy Utley — CLFS 1.x release manager
Joe Ciccone, Justin Knierim, Chris Staub, Matt Darcy, Ken Moffat, Manuel Canales Esparcia, Nathan Coulson

mdhoover mdhoover writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mdhoover (856288) writes "Australia have lost yet another icon with the death of Peter Brock, champion touring car driver and 9 time Bathurst 1000 winner, in a rally accident during the Targa West Tarmac Rally in Western Australia.

From SBS World News
The back end just slid out and that was it, it was all over. The car didn't roll, the back end just slid out from behind him and slammed straight into a tree and it got him right in the driver's door ... Peter Brock would have died within "maybe two minutes of impact" and that "not a thing" could have been done to save him.

A very sad day for all Australian motor racing fans, he will be sorely missed"



Cross-compiled Linux From Scratch 1.0.0 Released

mdhoover mdhoover writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well after 2 odd years, several glibc/gcc/kernel version increments and much hackery and pain, we have released Cross-compiled Linux From Scratch v1.0.0 on an unsuspecting public

See http://trac.cross-lfs.org/wiki/news for the announcement

I sure hope the servers will survive the inevitable battering that is ahead ;-)

A huge round of kudos needs to go to Jim Gifford for turning the huge stinking pile of shell scripts I laid upon him into a very readable book form, without him this would never have happened (indeed the project would not exist if it weren't for Jim stepping up) and I am eternally grateful and will be forever in his debt for him pulling this off

Congrats and much thanks to all who have made this possible, and continued with the job seeing it through to the end while I have been sidelined by massive work responsibilities.

The honor role
Jim Gifford
Jeremy Utley
Joe Ciccone
Justin Knierim
Chris Staub
Matt Darcy
Ken Moffat
Manuel Canales Esparcia
Nathan Coulson

Missed from the release announcement was Alexander Patrakov, who has been sidelined himself... here's hoping he comes back to help us out with i18n support, he will be sorely needed

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