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Used Software Can Be Sold, Says EU Court of Justice

rodgerd Re:Absolutely amazed by this decision (385 comments)

Not necessarily. In the short term, I'm guessing Oracle will just make support, patches[1], and so on contingent on having a new-from-them license. Other "enterprise" vendors will do the same.

For stuff like Windows and whatnot, sure. But the business model Oracle were suing to prevent isn't that hard to cripple.

[1] Not that Oracle actually do meaningful security patching, e.g. TNSpoison.

more than 2 years ago
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Running ZFS Natively On Linux Slower Than Btrfs

rodgerd Re:They Why ZFS? (235 comments)

LARC is a huge benefit in the Solaris world, where the comparison is UFS. Solaris UFS is unbelievably primitive, and the reason why job 1 in many SOlaris shops is to buy a third-party filesytem for any serious work.

In the Linux world, where aggressive use of caching has been standard for over a decade it compares a lot less favourably.

That said, btrfs management is a shit sandwich. ZFS's management tools actually let you, you know, use the advertised features of the filesystem.

more than 3 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

rodgerd Re:Well... (500 comments)

I wonder how long it is before Canoncial make their own fork, claiming to be contributing code back to an upstream no-one's heard of.

more than 3 years ago
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Some Windows Apps Make GRUB 2 Unbootable

rodgerd Re:LILO is immune to this. (429 comments)

I failed to see what the big benefit of GRUB was in the first place. It adds a huge amount of complexity for standard Intel boxes, minimal benefits, and when it was first jammed into distros, regressed all sorts of use cases (such as booting from broken software RAIDs).

Much like the Linux audio subsystems, it's a tail of throwing out something that works for 90% of users, replacing it with something of dubious virtue, and then declaring the remaining problems too hard to solve and moving on to the Next Big Thing (GRUB 2 in this case), while giving you a pile of new and insane problems to deal with.

about 4 years ago
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Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads

rodgerd Re:Oh, good Lord. (202 comments)

I've dealt with RedHat, and their support has been superb for the most part, working through weekends for crticial problems and shipping us kernel patches for feature enhancements when we've needed them.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

rodgerd Re:Casual games like Plants vs Zombie have low pir (375 comments)

I'd like some evidence that you actually have more understanding of how to run a profitable game company than the people you're flinging poo at.

more than 4 years ago
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"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

rodgerd Re:One of Many (396 comments)

They've certainly got a better track record of getting stuff into the mainline kernel than Google, of late, and I'd hope nobody from Ubuntu-land was throwing rocks at them, either...

more than 4 years ago
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"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

rodgerd Re:One of Many (396 comments)

Most likely. But RedHat are now driving a decent chunk of Java business (making more from JBoss than RHEL these days, I believe).

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

rodgerd Re:Well... (375 comments)

Boy, I guess it's just as well that "Windows" covers one operating system with one API for writing games with, not DX9/10, XP/Vista/7, and multiple additions of each operating system release, plus multiple processor and GPU architectures. That would be a nightmare.

more than 4 years ago
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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

rodgerd Re:I feel sorry (392 comments)

No, SunFire V440s and V490s, which have been an exercise in terrible since they were new - long histories of kernel panics on memory errors that only go away after motherboard+CPU swaps.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

rodgerd Re:Why would we want to make a video game? (375 comments)

They are focusing on the people who pay money for their games: console gamers.

I don't expect that reality to make the freetards happier, but whatever.

more than 4 years ago
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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

rodgerd Re:So fork it. (392 comments)

That's based on David Boyes' endorsement of an anon comment in an interview here. Given David's spearheaded the System Z port, I assume he knows what he's on about.

more than 4 years ago
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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

rodgerd Re:I feel sorry (392 comments)

YMMV. We have more problems with our Sun hardware than we ever do with our HP Lintel boxes. Hell, we had an M5K dead within a week of delivery due to a single point of failure with a fan stopping and frying a backplane. And let us not speak of the 4xx series machines, whose memory controllers appear to be made from components eMachines rejected as too crappy.

more than 4 years ago
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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

rodgerd Re:So fork it. (392 comments)

If you read more closely, you'll see OpenSolaris is poisoned by dependencies on key closed components (including libc) that Sun never released, only providing binary builds for. That fork's a non-trivial task.

more than 4 years ago
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Wear Leveling, RAID Can Wipe Out SSD Advantage

rodgerd Re:Little Flawed study. (168 comments)

ceph, XIV, and other distributed storage controller models are available today, and avoid controller bottlenecks.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Reaches 1.0

rodgerd Re:One device? (198 comments)

Microsoft is more my friend than Apple, yet they seem to escape such suggestions in the free software world.

more than 4 years ago
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SourceForge Clarifies Denial of Site Access

rodgerd Re:Failure of thought (396 comments)

If it's that big an issue for you, I'm sure you'll be happy to stand up for those ideals; set up a hosting setup and provide SourceForge quality hosting to anyone, irrespective of local laws.

C'mon, you love freedom, right?

more than 4 years ago

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