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Salacious Maneuvers

Posted on 2008.11.26 at 18:00
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I'll be the first to admit that Blastwave's pkg-get (for Solaris) and Debian's apt-get have spoiled me rotten. With the issuance of a single command, the pre-compiled binary of your whim is automatically paired with its dependencies, checked against already installed programs, and installed, along with any other necessary packages if need be. Seconds after hitting 'Enter' the program is already auto-configured and ready to use, or in applicable cases, the daemon is already not only running but sitting in your init.d directory as well.


Gone are the days of meticulously pouring over patchsets which affect your particular environment as prudent security practices now dictate frequent and massive patch 'bundles' be installed to thwart any suspected threat. I love it, I really do. And while I was one of the last people on earth to jump aboard the linux bandwagon, I now sing its praises aloud to the people from its platform. Timely GNU ports to Solaris and...vise-versa? Previously unheard of a decade ago, yet here we are. The winds of change have constructed very exciting times for the likes of us, and I plan to stick around awhile and see how it all plays out.


There are those ancient monoliths which remain with us to this day. Large, imposing proprietary systems whose very name is spat from the lips as if a curse: SGI. (less so since they went linux, but since they have no concept of marketing...) AIX. HP/UX. While their 'unofficial' GNU binary sites were, once upon a time, on par with http://sunfreeware.com many packages have not been updated, or worse - removed. But in SGI's defense, I will say this - installing packages directly from the webpage was freaking awesome!. Mind you, all the same dependency woes were there...actually, I can see that being much easier now with tabbed browsing, but I digress.


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galinda822 at 2008-11-27 01:13 (UTC) (Link)
You lost me at....I'll be the first to admit that. lol

Regardless, sounds like you're having a blast with your new learning curve.
ehowton at 2008-11-27 01:51 (UTC) (Link)
heh, its more like frustration. Imagine if you couldn't go to windowsupdate.com to patch your system, rather, you had to sign in and possibly pay for them? Then download them one by one for individual installation. teh sux0rs.

Enjoy your day tomorrow!
ehowton at 2008-11-27 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
Blastwave is the New World Order. Sure I still do the odd 'pkgadd -s' but coupled with Sun's new Online Management Tool, you'll never have to download another patch bundle again!

Life is good.

And I no longer run Irix. I have a single Octane I haven't messed with, but I guess I'll keep it around for the same reason I kept belanna. You just never know where life will lead you.

Happy Thanksgiving, dude.
(Anonymous) at 2008-11-29 16:57 (UTC) (Link)

My friend Peter's first job at Lockheed Martin was to port all HP-UX programs to Linux. And this dysfunctional maintainability is one of the reasons they chose to do so, among others.

And I agree, when it comes to building a stable core server, Debian has had it down pat for years now. I'm still a little bitter they dropped support for Sparc32 though.

ehowton at 2008-11-30 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
And I'm quickly learning that PA-RISC 1.1 is in that same boat. 32bit and just not real well supported anymore. I got rid of all my Sparc32 boxes awhile ago - I just had so many I couldn't justify keeping them any longer.

Great to hear from you!
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