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[#] Thu Oct 19 2017 13:46:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have all of my sessions set to handle resizes the old way (which is fine).
Guacamole has changed the way I use my computer. My main monitor is a 24" 1920x1200 (16:10) screen. It now has a browser maximized on it all day long.
I used to have to switch back and forth between the browser window and my terminal window. Now I've got HTML, SSH, RDP, and VNC in one contiguous set of tabs. And since I'm at 1920x1200, I can view a remote 1920x1080 screen without scaling it down, in those cases where the server won't size to the client's screen dimensions.

Text windows are 190x56, which is a *little* excessive, but not so much that I want to shrink them. Nobody writes code in 80 columns anymore, except maybe COBOL programmers.

Obviously this isn't going to transform everyone's workflow, but it's working great for me. Nearly everything I do is on a remote computer somewhere.

[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 07:38:30 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Whenever someone else thinks, "None of these really start my services how I'd like them started... I think I'll make another one," an angel has its wings ripped uncermoniously out of their torso in agony.

Just Fucking Stop It Already.

[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 07:46:23 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Oh, that's a gem:

"Note that when openrc-init is used, it must be paired with openrc-shutdown, and *not* the shutdown or reboot commands from other packages, otherwise you will encounter errors."

So not only have you introduced yet another monstrosity for people maintaining setups to ensure, but you're imposing on system administrators who have developed muscle memory for shutdown/reboot a need to remember the oh-so-much-shorter command "openrc-shutdown" because your system is that much better.


[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 11:35:02 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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OpenRC is probably the dependency-based system I had in mind that predated systemd. I remember trying gentoo years before 2007, and some of this rings a bell from back then. It might be a new name, but the framework guts must have existed back then.

[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 11:36:20 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Yep, WIkipedia confirmed it -- initial release of OpenRC as a distinct product is in 2007, systemd came only in 2010. So, really, you should be outraged at systemd for being "yet another" init.

[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 13:24:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It seems as if there was a largely held consensus that sysvinit was aging and had become a liability, since so many different parties have built replacements for it.    I guess I'm one of those heretic type people, because I actually like systemd.  So I simply hope that eventually we reach a point where systemd becomes the category-killer sysvinit replacement and we can count on it being there.  For all practical purposes, ISV's who actually produce software instead of rolling craft beer distributions of Linux in their spare time, only care about Fedora (CentOS, Red Hat) and Debian (Ubuntu).  Since both of those lines have already moved to systemd, the debate is essentially over.

Also, I still consider Pluto a real planet.

[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 13:55:19 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I kinda don't care what system is used, as long as I don't have to write a ridiculous amount of code to cover all of them.

[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 13:56:09 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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(Although, upstart earned a place in my spleen for really making things difficult when it was semi-released before being quite ready).

[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 19:13:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah, well, Ubuntu has tried a bunch of different things to make themselves non-standard.  Most of them (Upstart and Unity are two examples) have failed.

It seems they're now making the switch from X11 to Wayland in the current version.  Let's see how that works out.  It should be interesting.

[#] Wed Nov 01 2017 07:49:15 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh... I guess they want to be trendsetters, but lack the credentials.

[#] Wed Nov 01 2017 11:00:17 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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there.  For all practical purposes, ISV's who actually produce
software instead of rolling craft beer distributions of Linux in
their spare time, only care about Fedora (CentOS, Red Hat) and Debian


CoreOS might be much more common soon

[#] Wed Nov 01 2017 13:14:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok well ... from the CoreOS web site: "Within Container Linux, you will almost exclusively use systemd to manage the lifecycle of your Docker containers."

So not only does CoreOS use systemd, but they have leveraged it as the framework for initializing and running containers.

It seems there's no additional problem here if CoreOS does become more common.

[#] Tue Nov 21 2017 00:06:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Tonight I stopped procrastinating, and got a home server running again. I used my old netbook. :) With a basic Linux install and some extra disks attached to it, it seems to be doing the job well.

My requirements are few:
* Offsite backups of my primary servers, which sit in a remote data center
* DLNA server, to serve audio and video to devices around the home
* Periodically update my dynamic DNS (my router doesn't support

While installing the OS, I was reminded how much I liked netbooks so much more than tablets. And when I booted up the 2009-era Linux that was previously installed on it, I was reminded how much better the GUI's were before *everyone* collectively decided to make everything ugly and unusable.

The netbook was a good choice because it has a low-power processor (an Atom), and I already had it so the cost was $0. Previously I was using a Raspberry Pi, but it kept crashing for some reason. I'm still not sure why.

[#] Thu Nov 23 2017 00:01:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I missed this when it was announced a couple of weeks ago.

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Recent moves by Amazon suggest that they are preparing to ditch the Xen hypervisor and move to KVM.

The new hypervisor was mentioned in the release notes for a new "C5" instance type which is powered by Intel "Skylake" processors. (Read notes here: [ ]). They go on to mention that "going forward, web'll use this hypervisor to power other instance types."

Although Amazon is bad, Amazon using KVM is good. The KVM hypervisor is really, really good. It's less cumbersome than Xen, makes more sense in the way it allocates resources using existing Linux facilities, and still manages to be a Type 1 hypervisor even though it shares memory management and other functions with the host OS's userland.

It will be interesting to see if Xen withers and dies at this point.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2017 13:59:30 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Amazon will have to continue using Xen for many years to come, because they are committed to supporting paravirt-based images on most of their existing instance types.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2017 15:00:30 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Perhaps. pv-ops was designed to be hypervisor agnostic (even VMware supports it!) so they could port things over if they really wanted to. More likely they will just deprecate the old instance types though.

[#] Tue Nov 28 2017 16:42:19 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I don't think we're talking about the same thing. Amazon is committed to supporting what they call PVM-based AMIs, which as I understand it are Xen-based paravirt kernels that predate pv-ops and don't have the ability to boot as HVM, bare-metal, dom0 etc (all of which are supported by recent pv-ops) or else there would be no point to any distinction between PVM and HVM AMIs

[#] Fri Dec 01 2017 10:02:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yes, that is a bit different.  I still think they could shim it out and make it run under KVM if they really wanted to, but it's probably easier for them to just cap those instance types and let them age out.  In the hosting business we generally don't upgrade customers who have already paid unless they are ready to pay us again.

[#] Fri Dec 01 2017 12:53:43 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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it gets a bit tricky because all of EC2 Classic has to "age out"... tht might eventually happen but the entire world has to migrate off first

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