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[#] Fri May 13 2011 10:54:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It makes sense, and is in production use, for shops that already have a mainframe.
They're paying for it and it allows them to leverage that investment further by consolidating what they can onto it.

So yeah, it's a perfect fit for Attachmate, because they specialize in integrating different generations of technology together.

I doubt anyone's buying Z mainframes just to run Linux on them. That doesn't make much sense. You buy a mainframe when you need a locomotive of a computer that's going to just keep running. Z/OS is designed for that kind of workload.
Linux, although it may be the very best microcomputer operating system available, simply is not designed for that type of operation. And that's why we still have mainframes.

[#] Sat May 14 2011 09:33:11 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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The mainframe shops I've interfaced with, have run z/OS and, unfortunately, WebSphere MQ. (cue Ford.) Mainframes are still a very big deal at many airlines; the Sabre system originated at IBM.

If you'll pardon the internal IBM ra-ra link,

http://www.ibm.com/ibm100/us/en/icons/sabre/

(Core systems like that are why people run mainframes; the gateways aren't running Linux either, they're often running some Java stack or other that a legion of IBMers hacked together in a weekend...)

[#] Mon May 16 2011 18:10:52 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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unfortunately, WebSphere MQ. (cue Ford.) Mainframes are still a very

What are the chances. I swear totally out of the clear blue a friend of mine sent me an email today:

Have you done any JMS or worked with ActiveMQ or equivalent?


I swear, just today.

[#] Mon May 16 2011 18:11:01 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Wanna see what I wrote him back?

[#] Mon May 16 2011 19:35:45 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I suspect it's imaginative and possibly laden with several invectives of a nasty nature.

So, yeah, I wanna see the response.



[#] Mon May 16 2011 22:20:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Nat Friedman quit Novell a little over a year ago. I wonder if he
knew this was coming. He probably did, because I'm sure that he and
Miguel still receive Microsoft paychecks.

Well, the other shoe has dropped:

http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2011/May-16.html

Miguel de Idiot has created a startup called "Xamarin" (sounds like Ximian) and his hiring back all of the Mono developers. I'm sure if you "follow the money" through a string of hard-to-track investment companies you will find that Microsoft is (still) footing the bill for this little operation.

[#] Tue May 17 2011 05:34:52 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Yea, a quiet obvious step. I wonder why attachmate didn't let go the ximian brand while there was time to get some money from it... (as he writes they've been planning to get out of novel for over a year now)

I also wonder whether SuSE is going back to KDE as their primary desktop, since nobody liked gnome there anyways...



[#] Tue May 17 2011 15:38:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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With any luck, SuSE will be spun off completely and will have a chance to recover from the past eight years.

Meanwhile, the idea that Xamarin is being funded by Microsoft is becoming more plausible all the time:

$ whois xamarin.com

Registrant Contact:
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent ()

Fax:
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
C/O xamarin.com
Bellevue, WA 98007
US

For those of you who don't know your Pacific Northwest geography -- that's about three blocks away from Microsoft headquarters.

[#] Wed May 18 2011 07:50:26 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Di Mai 17 2011 15:38:32 EDT von IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored Betreff: Re:
With any luck, SuSE will be spun off completely and will have a chance to recover from the past eight years.

Meanwhile, the idea that Xamarin is being funded by Microsoft is becoming more plausible all the time:

$ whois xamarin.com

Registrant Contact:
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent ()

Fax:
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
C/O xamarin.com
Bellevue, WA 98007
US

For those of you who don't know your Pacific Northwest geography -- that's about three blocks away from Microsoft headquarters.

hm, seems to me like a whois agent that hides away your real address from spammers?

I guess locating the companies postal address (its gotta be registered as an inc) will give you the real address.

otoh:

http://twitter.com/#!/schestowitz/statuses/70464798688690176

'

.com registered for just one year. So much of a future, eh? (for comparison, I registered schestowitz.com for 10 years in 2004)

'

 

but these are also your opinnion:

http://techrights.org/2011/05/17/angel-funding-for-mono/



[#] Wed May 18 2011 23:20:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah, he goes into a bit more detail. Good old Roy.

Hey, does anyone have a good source for *cheap* Linux/Tux stickers? It seems a bit outrageous to pay nearly US$3 for a single sticker; they ought to be under a buck.

[#] Thu May 19 2011 08:46:59 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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reading the 'who bought who' for attachmate over at the register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/18/attachmate_suse_business/

suggests that attachmate might have similar problems as compaq did...



[#] Mon May 23 2011 17:28:05 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hihi...

Brauckmann explained that SUSE made this move because “Quite frankly we have to adjust our investments to meet sales and customer demand.” And, there simply wasn’t much commercial demand for Mono.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/where-novell-suse-linux-goes-from-here/8951

 

-> nobody used mono anyways.



[#] Tue May 24 2011 09:36:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What I am hoping is that with the SuSE people back in charge, they will begin to restore SuSE to the type of Linux distribution that it was before they put the spoiled brats from Ximian in charge. They really did a lot of damage.

It never really did make any sense that Novell acquired Ximian and then SuSE from a technical or business point of view. I suspect that there were interlocking boards of investors that directed the details of what ended up being Ximian acquiring SuSE using Novell's money, at least from an organizational point of view.

[#] Wed May 25 2011 10:05:19 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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do you know what came to me the last days?

it was novel to first by ximian (gnome enforcement group) then suse (kde/qt enforcement group, they didn't even realy maintain a gnome desktop before)

and then there was mameo which was a gtk/gnome mobile environment merged with nokia who previously purchased trolltech(qt) which in term evaded the MeeGo GTK/X11 interface to replace it with a raw QT one.

 

both of these are next to done now.

 

Nokia sort of abandoned QT/Meego and it seems as if qt/trolltech are going to be laid off / casted out again.

Novel/Attachmate amndoned Gnome/Mono and laid off all staff, who already re-created their own company.

 

now we have Nokia with Steven Ellops (a Microsoft droid) who wants to migrate nokia to VistaFon and has to migrate all their apps from symbian/QT/C++ to c-carpet wince.

then we have Microsoft, who have real problems to get an app ecosystem which can level up with android/apple/blackberry to ramp up their sales and vice versa (chicken egg problem)

here we have two activities:

- ramp up sales of hardware by sort of buying nokia (well biheading it, and frankensteining its own head onto it)

- make people create portable apps in c-carpet that run on all of these phones, so at least the urgently neccesary "me too" apps like angry birds can be easily created across all of those phone platforms, and at least vista fon doesn't fall behind in that area.

so... if the ellop frankenstein head has some interest in keeping nokia running as an own company and not continuing to drown it into microsoft he should purchase xamarian.

and, most Suse Customers and Employees pretty much hate the gnome UI and want KDE, which after SLES10 led to support of both. If Attachmate is clever and wants to get together stuff they should by / hire the remaints of QT/Trolltech so it can boost the usability of KDE...

 

all in all, Nokia never should have purchased QT, and Novell should have never purchased Ximian, but vice versa instead, and the world would be a much happier place.



[#] Thu May 26 2011 10:56:56 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, so nat friedman joined xamarian.



[#] Thu May 26 2011 16:00:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Of course. Miguel and Nat continue to receive their secret paychecks from Redmond -- they will work wherever they are told to.

[#] Sun Jun 05 2011 12:08:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, evidently this commercial has been out for a while now, but I just noticed it this weekend:

[ http://goo.gl/n8NDx ]

This is a commercial for Froot Loops. Yes, the cereal. Evidently an animator somewhere decided to give Tux the Penguin a cameo appearance. Watch closely!

[#] Sun Jun 05 2011 13:16:58 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, fancy... but cool? probably some nerd who let that slip in?



[#] Sun Jun 05 2011 22:13:47 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh... that's gonna get weird.



[#] Thu Jun 16 2011 13:56:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've been hearing a lot about ProxMox VE lately, so after half a week fighting with OpenStack trying to get it not to suck, I downloaded ProxMox VE to try it out.

I had a machine up and running in ten minutes. I had a four-machine cluster humming in half an hour.

This thing totally rocks. Easy to install, easy to configure.

The reason for this is that I am leading a project to establish an alternative to VMware in our data center due to various non technology related issues.
Sure, we could go with just bare KVM on stock Linux machines, but I was hoping for a central management framework that makes it easy to build a "cloud" (I'm getting sick of that word) on which we can quickly deploy new virtual machines for subscribers. OpenStack looked promising, but I tried several different deployment methods and it's definitely half-baked, not to mention way too complex. And the last thing I need is to deploy something in our data center that nobody understands except me.

ProxMox VE comes on its own install CD, which deploys a Debian-based installation that includes the base operating system, KVM hypervisor, OpenVZ container support, and a web-based management framework. If you aren't doing anything complicated you will never see a Linux console.

There's no separate management package, as is the case with VMware vSphere.
Instead, you just declare one machine a cluster controller, and declare other machines to be cluster members, and it does everything it needs to on its own. If the cluster master ceases to exist, any of the other nodes can be promoted.

It supports shared storage and live migration, too. At the moment I have our intern building a disk system so we can try that out next.

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