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Good shout out for Proxmox. I used to run it a few years ago, before changing gigs. Excellent product. For all I know the last place is still using it.
But the fact something like Proxmox already exists and is popular & cheap does make me wonder what the point of this Canonical thing is. Maybe I’m missing some point of differentiation, but yet again it feels a bit like Canonical reinventing the wheel (see also: bzr, Launchpad, Mir, Unity, Ubuntu Phone etc).
We briefly looked at snap at work
When it was first released, or not long after. The use case was packaging server-side applications for deployment.
It seemed…OK as I recall. I don’t think anyone was concerned about anything in the tech itself being “proprietary” but there didn’t seem to be a clear story around distribution outwith Canonical-provided infrastructure at the time. I’m fairly sure people said it was possible, but examples of it actually being done were a bit thin on the ground.
In the end I think the effort petered out though indifference rather than any particular objections. We could also solve deployment problems with tools like Ansible.
I ran some variation of an Ubuntu desktop for about 15 years. I finally gave up and moved to Debian stable when I realised most of the things that were annoying me were “value adds” that… didn’t add value.
I sidestepped Mint for the same reason, so it’s not just an Ubuntu thing.
Distro hopping is boring, learning new things for the sake of change is boring. At the end of the day I just want a desktop that’s easy to maintain, stays working in much the same way over time, keeps itself up to date and runs the applications I need. The last thing would be hard to achieve with Debian, but tools like snap and flatpak (my preference) make it easy.
Re: Trollers must be haters...
Agree it may be excessive security-wise for quite a few users.
One user problem tools like snap (& flatpak, and PPAs, and…) *do* solve, though, is “why can’t I get version N+1 of app XYZ on my desktop?”
My desktop runs Debian stable so I’m very familiar with the I’m-running-a-3yr-old-version problem :)
I tend to solve it with flatpak rather than snap mostly because I don’t like all the extra fs mounts snap creates. If flatpak didn’t exist though, I’d probably hold my nose and use snap.
Re: Oh, neat
I have never had to reinstall my system in 10yrs because btrfs had any kind of problem. Maybe I got lucky, maybe I didn’t stray into any corners that would break it, maybe I’m a better sysadmin than some. Doesn’t really matter. Everyone has opinions.
Like I say, YMMV but based on *my* own direct personal experience, people calling btrfs unstable in 2023 are spreading FUD. Though I do still prefer ZFS for other reasons.
The overall point is: given Canonical’s track record on pretty much everything other than Ubuntu (for which they do deserve credit) I’d probably trust something+btrfs before I trusted Snap.
It’s been a while since the last random tech idea from Canonical.
Snap? No thanks.
And YMMV but my btrfs volume has been in use for the last 10yrs or so with no problems. Rumours of its instability are greatly exaggerated.
Mine’s the one with “bzr and Launchpad for Dummies” in the pocket.
One thing I always find interesting (in a good way) is how seriously this sort of thing is taken in safety-critical fields like aviation. There was no harm done, but an incident was raised to AAIB and fully investigated, with some actionable findings.
A lot of places - probably including mine - the most it would've resulted in is a "lesson learned" along the lines of "Oh that's an interesting failure mode of the system, we should document that in Confluence and try not to do it". It might not have even gone that far.
Re: Yes Boris isn't the perfect PM but...
You’re welcome to your opinion. I completely disagree. PR works well.
Source: I’m a citizen of a country widely agreed to have a better-functioning, more diverse & more accountable government than the shower in Westminster, at least some of which is attributable to use of PR. I also vote in the UK, in a safe seat where my vote is mostly wasted.
Re: Share the blame
If NHS X is duplicating functionality, then NHS Digital should have at least been able to make a case for their own capabilities and services.
Well, quite. Why does NHSX even exist?
Oh that’s right, it’s Matt Hancock’s IT boondoggle. It’s interesting how the same names and problems keep coming up over and over.
I don’t use Devuan
But that’s just laziness. Ubuntu hasn’t *quite* annoyed me enough to switch yet, and my distro-hopping days finished a decade ago.
I still leave a torrent running for their ISOs though, and I’m glad they exist. Choice is a good thing, possibly one of the greatest things about this particular ecosystem.
<looks over top of glasses>
Hmm. I see you’re familiar with the game. Well played. Well played indeed.
Of course, Mornington Crescent is only one stop away on the Northern Line. But if we’re on the Charing Cross branch and there’s no step-free access I’m not sure that’s a legal move. I may have to defer to the TMO on this one.
Leeds City Council swallows the Gartner glossary and orders up 'post-modern' ERP in £44m SAP replacement
Re: "it reserved 'the right to make substantive and relevant changes' "
Leeds City Council said in its tender that it required "the flexibility to retire and/or replace any number of the various components of the Solution over the lifetime of the contract" and that it reserved "the right to make substantive and relevant changes that relate to the transformation programme."
Translation: "We want a Big Solution. We're happy it may take 20 years, but even we accept we don't have a crystal ball about our requirements in 2042. So we want the ability to change the scope of the Big Solution at any point. This will not cause any problems, and will work better than letting a shorter contract."
I'm no fan of offshoring, and I used to quite like Rackspace back when I used them. But as a non-US techie (who's admittedly probably slightly jealous of high left-pondian remuneration) I'm not entirely surprised they're decimating their American workforce in favour of somewhere cheaper. I sometimes worry that American tech salaries are in a bubble.
Microsoft has, over the years, pointedly remarked that its Teams collaboration environment has many more users than Slack. The subtext to those jibes is that Redmond is the outfit really driving the future of work and Slack is an upstart afterthought.
I use both (paid) Slack and Teams. Teams is a qualitatively worse user experience in almost every way. Other opinions are available of course.
This should count for something, though of course it often doesn't when it comes to workplace software (oh hi Oracle HR, SharePoint).
Re: Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?
The worst boss I ever had was a big believer in everything that came out of Gartner. I think he used it as a crutch to support his lack of knowledge and experience despite somehow having lucked into a relatively senior position.
I still get annoyed about some of his bone-headed decisions several years later, even the ones that didn't affect me. Mostly they weren't based on Gartner analysis, but Gartner analysis was partly to blame for the thoroughly undeserved confidence in his own abilities.