RIP Ian Murdock…

An incalculable loss to the Linux community.  The ‘ian’ in Debian.  A humble giant of intellect in a community that often finds individuals very full of themselves with more than it’s fair share of ‘Prima Donnas’.  Mr. Murdock was the antithesis of this and will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Rest in Peace Ian.  You are already sorely missed… read more

Debian Decides; systemd vs. Upstart

OK, my .00002 cents worth. (sorry for the lengthyness of this post, it touched a nerve maybe or something close)
First, what is the problem with sysvinit?  OK, so systemd will do a complete userspace boot-up in 900ms.  So what?  Having personally tried systemd with VSIDO, I saw no ‘great’ benefits. OTOH, I have never tried Upstart.  (does using Upstart mean using Mir/Unity?)
Second, when you mention Upstart, all that I can think of is “we’re Shuttleworth’d”…
And third, why do we have to have one, or the other?  There are multiple choices now.  (As Digit so aptly mentions above)

Back to boot speeds, I read one posters comment, (on one of the other forums) and I’m paraphrasing here, if my system takes 3 to 5 minutes to boot, but once booted it remains solid and has no issues, then I don’t care.  Personally I think that the boot speeds that most people are talking about these days have more to do, generically, with UEFI than systemd. (yes, I know systemd drastically can reduce boot times, and have seen that with my own eyes) But, UEFI passes the boot off from the BIOS (read; slow) and directly to hardware, which, if your using an SSD, can seem instantaneous.  So, in a server environment, IMO, boot speeds tend to be irrelevant.  On a desktop (laptop) this becomes even more irrelevant. (unless of course, your James Bond, the earth is getting ready to explode, and you have to save the read more

The Pictures…

If anyone was wondering, all of the photo’s you see here were taken by me.  I have a Nikon D70, and switch between a 50mm f1.8 lense, and a 70-210mm f2.8 lense.  I’m no pro, but when you have half-way decent equipment it makes a difference.

If you want to use any of the photo’s on the site, please contact me first.  Depending on what you are doing with it, I’m pretty easy to get along with.

For my family, just so you know I think facebook is the bane of the internet!  I’ll try to post my photo’s here on the site in such a way that it is easy to view them.  I know mom keeps getting on me wanting to see new pic’s of the kids.  I’ll try to have some new ones posted over the week-end.

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