May 14th, 2010



I took a trip once in Saudi Arabia to dig up desert rose. We knew about where we were going, and figured we'd follow the signs along the way.

To make matters worse, the town name was spelled differently on each subsequent sign, and multiple times gave conflicting directions just like the example above. Its a wonder we made it at all.

RedHat Enterprise Linux is dumb and probably the single reason corporations stick with Big Iron operating systems. In other words, the sole reason corporate America eschews linux is because of RedHat and RedHat's asininity. Who chooses "officially sanctioned" linux distributions and what the fuck do they base it on? I have two "unofficial" involves a crack pipe, and the other vendor gifts exceeding $25 in value. Or maybe a blindfold and a dartboard for a more passive, less gross-negligence approach. The whole goddamn RedHat "Users Manual" reads like a Dr. Seuss book, "Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze. That's what made these three free fleas sneeze." What. The. Fuck. Think I'm making this up? Think I'm exaggerating? Check this out:
1The kickstart installation must access an installation tree. An installation tree is a copy of the binary Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD-ROMs with the same directory structure.
So what went wrong? I followed the directions, that's what:
2This problem occurs if the directory holding the ISO images also contains a partially unpacked installation tree (for example, the /images directory from the first ISO). To prevent this error, unpack trees only to directories other than the one containing the installation ISO images.
WHAT??? Were you to "copy" the "binary Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD-ROMs" with the "same directory structure" (i.e. follow the instructions exactly) you will end up with an "/images directory" form the "first ISO" every single time, which apparently breaks it.

Think I'm overreacting? Thing this is a singular oddity? Think again. RHEL requires a license to use. Easy enough, yes? No! Check out the following:
3RedHat customers can generate activation keys through the RHN website. These keys can then be used to register a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.
Easy as pie. That page even includes a link on HOW to register your system once you've generated an activation key. That is, once you've already installed the system. Sadly, the only thing they say over and over on the numerous pre-installation pages, is,
4Specify an installation key, which is needed to aid in package selection and identify your system for support purposes.
Not a problem! Wait - what's an installation key? Is that the same as an activation key? I DON'T KNOW! Let's see what RedHat's Knowledgebase says about it:
5A subscription number is sometimes referred to as a registration number or installation number.
But not an activation key or installation key?

NO ONE KNOWS! Its like that trip I took in Saudi Arabia.

And while we're on the subject...

LOGICALLY, I understand that processes change, people quit, new people are hired & trained, sub-contractors win & lose bids and we live & work under constant flux of minute variation.

STATISTICALLY, myself and THREE THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE have been getting our badges renewed ON AN ANNUAL BASIS for something like TEN YEARS. Given the numbers, on any single day of any week in any month of any year, you're renewing ten badges. Ten badges daily. 3000 a year.

DEPARTMENTALLY, you have an entire staff dedicated solely for the handling and creation of badges and badge paperwork.

EMOTIONALLY, why is it every. single. time. I have to get my badge renewed, you proceed as if its the first time you've ever seen one, and appear genuinely surprised at the process involved? IT COULDN'T POSSIBLY HAVE CHANGED THAT SEVERELY SINCE LAST YEAR, AND IF IT DID, I EXPIRE IN MAY WHICH MEANS YOU'VE ALREADY PROCESSED NINE HUNDRED BADGES BEFORE ME!!!


And to add injury to insult, I think I broke my little toe while performing spinning back-kicks yesterday. Not the toe on the foot which was striking, rather the one which was spinning. I spun, my little toe did not.

I'm glad its the end of the week.

Except I'm working Sunday at 0300. In the morning.