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[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 12:09:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Choosing not to use KDE or Gnome for a reason? Or are they just not available?

[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 18:43:46 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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I switched my netbook to openbox. Probably my primary box is soon to follow.

Its compatible with some of these opendesktop standards...

plus... you also could use xfce?

/ME also realy likes rox-filer as filemanager (if not bash ;->)

[#] Sun Mar 01 2009 21:17:10 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Choosing not to use KDE or Gnome for a reason? Or are they just not

not easily.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 17:38:03 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Okay, splain me lucy.

I got asked about a problem about a job that didn't run at 2:30am when the ydid the time change.
I told them, no way, cron is smart it can deal with that.
Then I looked at man cron on linux and it does.
Then I looked at man cron on solaris and it does not.
What the fuck. IT's 2009, and they haven't worked that out yet?

[#] Fri Mar 20 2009 09:26:49 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's one of the reasons why many Linux systems (particularly Red Hat derived ones) prefer to run jobs using anacron instead of cron. When the interval is more important than the exact time, anacron gets the job done.

As for regular cron ... little things like that are where open source is a huge advantage. Someone had the same problem, contributed a patch, and everyone benefits. Sun would have had to wait for one of its own customers to complain loudly enough to get a Sun programmer to address the issue.

[#] Sun Mar 22 2009 18:18:22 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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yeah, but even in my own systems, I fix stuff and add features without people asking me. I get yelled at later, but the fact is the feature gets in.
I can't believe nobody else does this.
and that cronis so old and nobody's bothered.

[#] Sun Mar 22 2009 22:20:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's just the way it is. Standard unix utilities tend to be more robust in the open source versions. Vixie Cron is no exception.

[#] Mon Mar 23 2009 09:40:19 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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which exact solaris version were we speaking about? one of the more recent 10.x releases? opensolaris?

[#] Mon Mar 23 2009 21:25:23 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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sunos 5.10 sparc.

[#] Mon Mar 30 2009 14:24:28 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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question. I have a grossly underpowered celery (errr. celeron) which I plan to keep in use for watching dvds/stuff I download from bittorrent

I need to use it for firefox, bittorrent, vlc, and a vid player.

What distro do y'all recommend?

[#] Mon Mar 30 2009 14:26:53 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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brilliant... vlc and a vid player... i meant something that'll handle the dvds I rent at the video store... ugh. I need more coffee.

[#] Mon Mar 30 2009 14:49:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You might consider Xubuntu, which is designed for low-spec computers but has the entire Ubuntu software repository available in case you need something specific.

[#] Mon Mar 30 2009 23:10:53 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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that's cool. Gotta get me some of that.

[#] Wed Apr 01 2009 12:22:01 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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You might want to check out DSL (Damn Small Linux) or it's slightly larger cousin DSL-N (Damn Small Linux Not). Puppy Linux or Slax might be candidates too.

[#] Wed Apr 01 2009 20:13:12 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Sad day today, as Rackable Systems bought what's left of SGI for $25 million.

I've always been a big Sun fan, but I've always liked something about SGI....

[#] Mon Apr 20 2009 08:59:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, they gone and dunnit, folks. Oracle is buying Sun.

"Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Sun
Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced today they have entered into a
definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock
for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at
approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and
debt. 'We expect this acquisition to be accretive to Oracle's
earnings by at least 15 cents on a non-GAAP basis in the first full
year after closing. We estimate that the acquired business will
contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle's non-GAAP operating profit in
the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year.
This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share
contribution in the first year than we had planned for the
acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft
and Siebel combined,' said Oracle
President Safra Catz."

I have a lot of thoughts on this but I need to head out (to attend a
funeral -- is this apropos?) ... begin the discussion and I'll be back

[#] Mon Apr 20 2009 10:07:18 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I like it better than IBM.

[#] Mon Apr 20 2009 11:48:45 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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oracle is probably the best candidate arround. its big enough, and the numbers of products common to both is verry low, while at IBM it would have mostly been the same as HP/COMPAQ/DEC:

N different OS'es all customers want to stay with, if you discontinue it, customers will take the same decision from start, the new solution you prevent to them is equal weighted with any other migration plan one of your competitors offers to them.

pro'lly mysql will fit in nicely between oracle & sleepycat.

Solaris has been primary Oracle development platform for 10 years, after VMS, before they switched to linux.

so this is probably fine here.

we'll see what happenes to sparc. maybe they're sort of in the Apple situation: deliver an OS with the complete hardware and application stack to your customers, most probably less driver problems.

Maybe this could be the start of *nix on the desktop again...

[#] Mon Apr 20 2009 17:48:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm hoping that Berkeley DB once again becomes a fully supported, first tier backend for MySQL. That would be cool.

And I'm happy to know that is now in the hands of someone who hates Microsoft as much as I do. They'll support it, develop it, and push it forward.

That's true for Java too ... Java is the lingua franca of business logic, and without Java the datacenter would fall to .Net (and therefore Windows).
I think I'd have to change careers if that happened.

Sun is a badly run company with great products. Oracle is a well run company with mediocre products. If this merger is executed well, they will can all of the morons in Sun management, drive the hardware hard in the marketplace, and maintain a good rapport with the open source community on the software side.

[#] Mon Apr 20 2009 19:56:10 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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doesn't hp advertise runs oracle better than oracle or something like that?

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