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 New World Of Linux

linuxvswindowsOver the last decade, and especially just in the last two years, Linux has emerged and grown from an OS only a true geek or nerd would use, to a very viable alternative OS for the everyday computer user.  As a matter of fact, in most regards to the ‘average’ user, they are much better suited to using Linux than any of MS’s counterparts in the OS dept.  In my opinion, the same holds true for Mac though perhaps to a smaller degree.  After all, the Mac is now utilizing the Mach MicroKernel and/or the FreeBSD Kernel depending on your sources!  Their prohibitive prices however, still make them out of reach for the regular masses.  Makes you wonder how long before MS wakes up and smells the inevitable scent of Linux dominance in the air.  Their lack of acuity in not realizing this before the Mac and Google crowd is indicative of their refusal to consider that they could possibly ever be wrong about anything.  Consider MS Windows 8.  A miserable marketing failure, as well as becoming read more

Distro Spoiled

 

opensuse raptorFor the last couple of weeks, I have been test driving another Linux distro for fun.  And, it has been fun!  You don’t realize how nice you have something until you throw it up against something else!  The same holds true for Operating Systems.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been driving openSUSE 13.1’s equivalent of SID basically.  It is their same concept as Debian’s with the unstable SID branch.  I do not have a bad word to say about it.  The ISO I used was the KDE live read more

This Years New Laptop Post

The following is the quoted description from the re-seller on Ebay;

The MSI GT60 0ND-250US is a feature-rich notebook that will be your ultimate weapon in the gaming world. This notebook has an Intel® Core™ Quad-Core Processor hiding inside its sleek body, always ready to unleash powerful processing performance to beat any game in the market. It comes equipped with a DDR3 RAM that bolsters computing speed and responsiveness so you can run multiple tasks without slowing down your system. Thanks to its spacious storage drive, you have plenty of room to spare for your important files and documents. You’ll definitely be glued on your seat when its elegant 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare LCD panel in LED Backlight Display starts dishing out brilliant visuals, perfect for movies and games. Furthermore, this MSI GT60 0ND-250US is built with a reliable optical drive that writes and reads various disc formats.

Main Features – Including Upgraded Custom Options:

No Thanks, I have Linux!

As most in the computer field are aware, (unless you live under a snow drift in the Arctic) Microsoft has released the latest version of their OS, Windows 8.  I will state right now, for the record, that I have not tried it and, as a matter of fact, never even saw it in action, save a YouTube video I watched touting it’s features.  I’ve only recently switched to Linux full-time, though I did dual-boot using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit for a couple of years.  (and before that I dual-booted using WinXP and Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, which was my first outing using the Ubuntu distro back in April 2008)  During that stint, the dual-boot was a waste of drive space considering I almost never booted into the MS OS.  Sometime around April or May of this year that all changed with the arrival of a laptop I had purchased in Feb. that I had installed Ubuntu 10.10 on.

The laptop came with a 256 GB SSD drive that, like I said, I installed Ubuntu on.  (I went with 10.10 read more