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Posted on 2010.05.14 at 09:30
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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" ideas...one 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.


1 http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/RHEL-5-manual/Installation_Guide-en-US/s1-kickstart2-install-tree.html

2 http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/RHEL-5-manual/release-notes/RELEASE-NOTES-x86-en.html

3 http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/satellite/Red_Hat_Network_Satellite-5.1.1/html/Reference_Guide/s2-sm-systems-activation-keys.html

4 http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/RHEL-5-manual/Installation_Guide-en-US/s1-kickstart2-options.html

5 http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-15405


dawaioser at 2010-05-14 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
Ouch about the little toe. :(
Reading the rest was gibberish-techno babble to my brain. Imagine the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons: "Waaah, wah, wah, wah, wah." LOL

Edited at 2010-05-14 02:49 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2010-05-14 14:52 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad its Friday :/
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-05-14 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
I will, to the day I die, continue to quote drax0r on the topic of Red Hat: "Red Hat is an operating system that finds solutions in search of problems."

It's funny you're bitching about Red Hat. Our company is getting rid of it's old boxes, most of which are utter rubbish. However, as whester and I were tasked with D-banning the b0x3n before they went out the door, we also got first pick. I walked away with a 2-chip Dual core Xeon Dell running at 2.7 Ghz w/2GB of ECC DDR2.

Though I initially intended to throw ESXi on the box (as I was told you could download ESXi for freem from VM Ware's site) I've yet to find such a link to click on. The idea was to turn this box into a VM test bed trying different flavors of Linux. Just last night I was contemplating installing Fedora Core 12 as I've been reading about the virtualization Red Hat offers out of the box and presumed that the technology would also be in Fedora. Granted, I was introduced to Red Hat first but every time I've attempted to use it, it has been a pain in the ass so it's something that I've wanted to conquer.
ehowton at 2010-05-14 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
I've been reading about the virtualization Red Hat offers out of the box...
I presume you mean Xen. Or VirtualBox. Its a package; also pre-installed on Ubuntu 10.04 if that's what you mean by "out-of-the-box."

I've yet to find such a link to click on.

http://vmware.com --> Products --> VMWare ESXi --> Download --> (register or sign in) --> Binaries (choose the correct one for your architecture.)

Congratulations on your box! VMware will require Windows to run, so be aware of that, but yeah, you can play with LOTS on that one. I'm putting Fedora 12 Desktop on an old G3 right now (3.2GHz/3GB) to help me...facilitate my work with RHEL.

Edited at 2010-05-14 03:43 pm (UTC)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-05-14 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
Xen is Citrix's virtualization engine. Virtual Box is its own beast which I recall you posting about and not liking. As a side note, whester hasn't had a problem with using Virtual Box to load Windows 7 on his previous-gen iMac.

I'm referring to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor (.pdf warning) What I'm not sure about is if it's only bundled in RHEL or not.

I remember you complaining about having to find a Windows guy recently to adjust your VM settings. Will I need a copy of Windows to manage the VMs I put on top of ESXi?
ehowton at 2010-05-14 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-05-14 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2010-05-14 16:14 (UTC) (Link)
Well, this is GREAT NEWS/SHITTY NEWS! It would appear that the RHEL Virtualization Hypervisor probably won't require Windows to run - HOW GODDAMN REFRESHING! Unfortunately, the only linux distros it will run are its own :(

"Supported guests RHEL3, RHEL4, RHEL5, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows XP"
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-05-14 16:18 (UTC) (Link)
I'm beginning to see a pattern here.
ehowton at 2010-05-14 16:22 (UTC) (Link)
You could run VMWare's ESX and put anything on it at all, or you could run an Ubuntu hypervisor to virtualize all you Ubuntu installs (and Windows), a Suse hypervisor to virtualize all you Suse installs (and Windows) & and RedHat hypervisor to virtualized all your RedHat installs (and Windows).

Makes sense to me.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-05-14 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
But if Red Hat is advertising that you don't need VM Ware's products any more because of their built in hypervisor, yet you can't run any OS or at least the majority of supported OSes that ESX supports, I say they are guilty of false advertising.
ehowton at 2010-05-14 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
VMWare also has a very aggressive de-duplicator and over-allocation system which no other hypervisors (that I've played with) can touch.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-05-14 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for re-stating my thesis.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-05-14 22:31 (UTC) (Link)
In order of topics:

Desert Rose(Gypsum), awesome I love geology.

Non sequitur.

Bureaucrats are stupid. (i.e. anyone that is their job to administer security badges is a bureaucrat)

Ouch, sorry about the toe. I broke mine several years ago and every time for years that I got out of my car I would get a painful nerve twinge. Now it is every now and then. I was born missing bones but it so far is the only one I've broken.
ehowton at 2010-05-15 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah so far it kinda sucks.
thesweetestnote at 2010-05-18 06:11 (UTC) (Link)
***sits back, looks cute and does her nails****

I am not quite sure what it is but I know that what you do keeps America flowing. Kinda like Mr. Incredible.
ehowton at 2010-05-18 12:13 (UTC) (Link)
(cue Giacchino)
thesweetestnote at 2010-05-18 19:05 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2010-05-18 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous userpic orchestration!
kat_rowe at 2010-05-26 21:41 (UTC) (Link)
Okay, that sign is seriously like something out of a Stephen King story (Children Of the Corn, maybe)

And, you right, that manual isn't much better *points to icon*

*points to icon again over the idiots handling the badges*

youch, sorry about your toe, man :( *hugs you* Hope it's feeling better now?

(late reply is late but better late than never, right? *hugs you*)
ehowton at 2010-05-27 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
late reply is late but better late than never, right?

Even on a post four years old. Its the interaction I enjoy, not the timeliness of the response. I get the impression you feel exactly the same way amirite?
kat_rowe at 2010-05-27 05:22 (UTC) (Link)
you truly are *glomps you* one can never have too much of not-quite-likeminded-but-close-enough-to-make-no-difference friends, timely or not :)

you're good people and I've really enjoyed chatting with you since we met *hug*
ehowton at 2010-05-27 11:54 (UTC) (Link)


kat_rowe at 2010-05-27 18:09 (UTC) (Link)

Re: heh

and I still contend that I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't see how hawt Amanda Tapping is.

Exhibit A:
ehowton at 2010-05-28 02:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: heh

As always, you make a strong argument. I've prepared an oral response.
kat_rowe at 2010-05-29 19:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: heh

best kind...
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