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The State of Munich's Ongoing Linux Migration

rackserverdeals Re:A success? Some people disagree... (203 comments)

Now maybe, in your opinion, that's criticism, in mine it's trolling

Bah! The issue of trolling seems stupid when you consider the title of this submission claims it's an "Linux Migration".

The linux migration part is a flop so far but people don't want to admit it and the linux crowd is riding the coat tails of OpenOffice.org and Mozilla trying to get some credit. This is a successful open source migration. It's just that while OpenOffice.org and Mozilla showed up and were the belle's of the ball, linux got drunk, started talking shit and just embarrassed itself.

Maybe instead of dropping the GNU in GNU/Linux, we should drop the other part.

I don't like bashing linux but if half the people that claim it's better than windows on the desktop put their efforts into improving it instead of talking about how great it is, things would be different.

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AT&T's Bad Math Strikes MythBusters' Savage

rackserverdeals Re:Lucky for them (305 comments)

It's not the fans.

You don't mess with people that blow stuff up for a living.

Even if they're nerds.

more than 5 years ago
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Frank Herbert's Moisture Traps May Be a Reality

rackserverdeals Re:And this is news how? (226 comments)

Solar hydroscopic water extraction dates back to at least the '90's.

Yeah, stupid scientists working on solving a problem that's already been solved and people in these climates are only milking this "we don't have clean water" deal to get their less than a cup of coffee a day money from us. I mean a solar powered optical device that can view below the surface of water should have solved all these problems. Or did you mean hygroscopic?

I mean, really, I was making a light-hearted joke

If a joke falls in the forest and nobody laughs was it really a joke?

Don't be one of those guys that is wrong and then winds up looking even more foolish trying to prove that he wasn't THAT wrong. Or start a collection to buy a whole lot of cups and take your troop out to the desert and start generating the water for people to drink and grow crops because the world isn't getting any bigger and while the number of people living on it is.

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Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFS

rackserverdeals Re:Larry effect again? (361 comments)

I'm thinking they didn't put enough resources into ZFS?

From http://zfs.macosforge.org/trac/wiki

Where is .zfs? I can't find my snapshots

Your snapshots are there and working correctly there's just no .zfs directory yet since I'm still porting that functionality. You can use 'zfs clone' to work around this for now if you'd like to browse your snapshots. You can see an example and get more info off of the Known Issues and Features page

Even the BSD folks have more than one developer working on the ZFS BSD port. Although I must commend him for not using "we" to make himself sound bigger than he is.

We thank you for reading this comment.

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Frank Herbert's Moisture Traps May Be a Reality

rackserverdeals Re:And this is news how? (226 comments)

I'm glad that people are focusing on answers for people in underprivileged parts of the world, but it's not some sort of magical discovery.

You must have read the wrong article. They never claimed it was magic.

P.S. Claiming you haven't read the article doesn't absolve you if you make a mistake.

more than 5 years ago
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FSFE President Urges Community To Strengthen Open Source As a Brand

rackserverdeals Re:The Meaning Of "Free" (152 comments)

I think it's more than just the brand. It's also the marketing. Saying "free as in freedom, not free as in beer" turns off a lot of potential customers because their proprietary software vendors provide them with free beer and strippers.

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Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

rackserverdeals Re:Forgive my ignorance WAS:re: Garbage collector? (587 comments)

what is getting allocated, exactly? It looks to me like that would be 10 million bytes of memory, but according to you, apparently it's not. Please enlighten me as to what it is being allocated, exactly, then?

An object that can hold that many bytes. You're not allocating anything directly. The JVM handles that.

Right. There's only references, which do... what, exactly? How do I get from the b above to the 10 million bytes of memory that I just allocated?

You don't get to that memory, you get to that object. It just happens to be stored in memory but it could be stored on stone tablets if that was possible..

or some other way to prevent pointers from pointing at something that they shouldn't be pointing at

As a java developer, you don't have pointers, which you keep going back to. You have object references. Behind the scenes there are likely pointers but you don't get access to them. You're arguing that it was done for security instead of ease for the programmer which is missing the point. Keeping your code secure by preventing memory leaks and illegal memory access is difficult and time consuming. By fixing one, you get the other. Which was the motivating factor is only something Gosling can answer.

The point is in Java applications, you can still have "memory leaks". The difference is in Java, those leaks result in poor resource management and bloated programs. What you don't get is the security risks that poor memory management in C/C++ can give you.

You don't need a garbage collector for the type of security you're talking about. Java could have had a free operator that would point all references to null and handle the security issues, but it would make things difficult for the developer.

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Burglar Nabbed By Backup Program

rackserverdeals Re:Getting to be a cliche (98 comments)

I mean, how hard is to reformat a pc?

And how was he going to get windows back on it? Just because he's a thief, doesn't mean he's a pirate. :)

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Secret EU Open Source Migration Study Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Why do we let Gartner Continue? (311 comments)

A customer is someone that pays you for goods and services. Not someone that sends you an email.

If you want to ignore everything this "customer" asked and just answer what you think he asked you can make up anything you want. Just like you did.

more than 5 years ago
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Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

rackserverdeals Re:Title title is wrong (550 comments)

It doesn't matter. Biden was probably wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

rackserverdeals Re:The main reason (1365 comments)

Some things in TFA make me wonder though, like "Enterprise: no standard way of software distribution". How hard is it to set up a local repository(-ies), from where workstations get updates?

In an enterprise desktop environment, you don't want to have a repository where users can pull software updates, you want a system where you can push them onto user desktops. I think there are some now but they've only come to market recently. IBM could have helped out by coming out with Linux support for Tivoli provisioning manager much sooner.

For a majority of enterprise users, just having a good office suite, web browser and groupware would be sufficient but only 2 out of the 3 were available in a working state until recently.

The big boys in groupware were Outlook/Exchange and Notes/Domino. Exchange quickly ate into Domino's market and by the time IBM started supporting Linux with Notes clients it was too late. If Linux does get more adoption in corporate desktops the groupware they'll be using will likely be Zimbra or something other than Domino or Novell's products.

Sun's Java Enterprise System could have worked since it was web based, but they didn't have the resources to come into the market compete with two already large players. Plus there's a general anti-sun sentiment in the Linux community.

That's just for regular office workers. When you mix in others that might need other special software, you can run into problems.

Most people don't care about the OS, they only care about the applications they interact with. If the applications aren't there it doesn't matter if you have the most perfect OS that has ever or will ever be written.

Linux became popular on edge servers because it could provide services through applications (Apache server and other ASF stuff, MySQL, sendmail, Samba, ftp, etc.) that run on it

Those applications brought open source into the business world and Linux came along for the ride. Then once Linux was in the corporate data center, other ISVs started releasing version of their enterprise server software for it.

There hasn't been enough ISV support for desktop Linux. It's also more difficult because desktops tend to run a variety of software, unlike servers that are commonly deployed with a limited software stack for one application.

I'd like to see it happen, but it's not quite there yet. It's good to see that open source desktop software is making it, but Linux hasn't been invited to this party yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Secret EU Open Source Migration Study Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Why do we let Gartner Continue? (311 comments)

No, I see it, and your bolding, but I don't see the focus of the question being one of a site that has specifically done a migration.

I don't know how much clearer it could be.

'It' can be read as a migration, the thing they just mentioned, or everything, as in run a different OS, run different apps, migrate clients from one to the other, etc.

Yeah... why assume they're asking for what they mentioned? Why not just assume they mean something other than what they said.

No, because people are interpreting that as one site that is 11k+ desktop computers, using OpenOffice, which all migrated from Window NT.

Doesn't have to be 11+k could be anywhere around that number. How about 5k? Can you find any Win/Office to Linux/OO.o migrations for regular government office workers at that time?

Sure, the flat answer is no. But that's sort of lazy.

The email was a follow up question to the study. The guy wasn't being hired as a consultant or analyst to create a detailed analysis to find answers to his question.

. The better answer is, here's a list of sites doing things that are like you'd have to do and a bit about what you could learn from examining each.

And that's what he did.

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Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Let me be the first to say: (341 comments)

he perfect example of how MS bloat comes about

You can't blame people's stupidity on MS.

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Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Let me be the first to say: (341 comments)

Would you mind posting examples of your OO.o network diagrams? I was looking for examples a while ago and couldn't find any good ones. Also, do you just use generic shapes or have you found a set of images that work together?

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Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Let me be the first to say: (341 comments)

On that note, would you mind telling me what it is that Visio does?

Visio network diagrams are the currency used in many IT procurement departments.

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Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Let me be the first to say: (341 comments)

He could have. But I don't know of many people who type into their Office application of choice rather than just their browser or a lightweight pad when posting.

Ugh. That just reminded me of all the times I'd open up a word document that was sent as an email attachment that just said something like "Project meeting today at 2:00."

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Office 2010 Technical Preview Leaked

rackserverdeals Re:Let me be the first to say: (341 comments)

Have you tried Dia as an alternative to Visio? I've used Visio myself in the past, but it seems that Dia does just as much as I ever did with Visio.

It would be nice if there was a visio replacement in openoffice.org.

Dia comes pretty close in functionality but it's biggest drawback is the lack of great looking shapes for different lines of work.

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Letting Time Solve the Online News Dilemma

rackserverdeals Re:Parasitic Google? (188 comments)

It's more like "Google has to pay for the privilege of displaying content creators freshly created content next to Google ads."

There are no ads on the Google News homepage or the Google home page or even the iGoogle homepage so I don't see how they are using ads with other people's content in your case.

Without you using Google, those news sites wouldn't get the 10% of clicks you generate.

If newspapers don't like it they can use their robots.txt file to block googlebot. Even worse, Google News has become more of an opt-in crawl where you have to request it and meet certain crtieria. You even need to include a unique numerical id in your urls for google to include you in the news index.

Newspapers could opt out of google news but it would be the equivalent of providing newsstands with front pages that contained no headlines or stories. People walking by wouldn't see the attention grabbing headlines that might cause them to buy the paper and see the advertisements contained.

more than 5 years ago

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IBM invests in EnterpriseDB to counter Oracle/Sun

rackserverdeals rackserverdeals writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rackserverdeals writes "IBM's partnership with EnterpriseDB, the commercial backer of the open-source PostgreSQL database, to embed EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server technology into IBM's DB2 9.7 database product. EnterpriseDB's technology basically allows applications written for the Oracle database to run on EnterpriseDB's PostgreSQL...and now IBM's DB2."
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WebHostingTalk Hacked CC Numbers Posted

rackserverdeals rackserverdeals writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rackserverdeals writes "WebHostingTalk.com is down again. Going to the homepage shows a status message from the parent site, iNet Interactive. At the end of March, WebhostingTalk had their back up servers compromised and at first it seemed no credit card information was obtained by the hacker that used the compromised backup server to get into the database. It seems now that the hacker has posted credit card information that was obtained from the intrusion online. Not every one's credit card information seems to have been stolen."
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A look at Sun's Legacy

rackserverdeals rackserverdeals writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rackserverdeals writes "Quentin Hardy, Forbes' Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, put out a video feature about Sun's Legacy. Including their open source roots, powerful workstations, servers, Java, public-key cryptography, etc.

"Sun played a key role in the growth of the internet... not just for the hardware. The Java software language, first popular code that worked independent of any particular hardware or operating system came out of Sun. Without it, it's almost unthinkable that we could have the myriad number of machines that make up the Internet we have today."

It was neat to see clips of Andy Bechtolsheim demoing some of Sun's first workstations. His return to Sun to develop the new line of x86 servers, including the first 8 socket Opteron server seemed promising. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to save Sun as commodity hardware ate into their market. While some people just think of Sun as the company that hates Linux, it's going to be sad to see them go. If there is a merger, hopefully it won't be the disaster some other large tech mergers have been."
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HP's BladeSystem smokes out the competition. Sorta

rackserverdeals rackserverdeals writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rackserverdeals writes "The register has a report on a smoking power supply that forced evacuation of the building.

The data center at online brokerage house TD Ameritrade in Jersey City, New Jersey handled more drama yesterday than the usual ups and downs of the market, after a smoking power supply in a blade server caused fire suppression systems to kick in and the building to be evacuated.

This is not a situation that any IT vendor likes to get any press about, of course, but a spokesperson from TD Ameritrade's home office in Omaha, Nebraska confirmed that a server in the Jersey City facility overheated and started smoking around 3 PM on Thursday. The server, which according to people familiar with the data center (and not confirmed by the company), was an HP BladeSystem blade box.

The machine was unplugged, but not before the smoke had kicked off fire suppression systems in the data center. So IBM, Fujitsu, Sun Microsystems, and EMC, which all have their own gear in the TD data centers, are having a good laugh at HP's expense this morning. And IBM is particularly relieved, since the Jersey City data center has a mix of HP and IBM blades.

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Why did Sun have to sell?

rackserverdeals rackserverdeals writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I posted some thoughts and speculation on why Sun had to sell. The way I see it, it wasn't about SPARC or Java or Solaris, it was about Notes!

You can read my blog post on Why Sun Had To Sell.

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