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Save a tux in enterprise, I need your advices !

Mon, 2017-03-27 15:58

Hello ! :)

We are a little (~20 people) association. We use Linux every day at work. All our SI and workstations are on Linux.

Our enterprise will merge with another who work ONLY on Microsoft solutions (Windows and Office).

The IT guy in this enterprise just sent a mail to my boss, trying to explain why it’s a shame to use Linux on workstations.

I just need advices and « fact checking » from the reddit community to find good arguments for my boss again this kind of lettre. (Prices seems to be good as we are an association and we have special prices).

I’ll translate here his letter (sorry for my English) :

Here is our justification for the choice of Windows in ou futur structure :

Fact : Vulnerabilities ( : * 4354 with the keyword « windows » * 3451 with the keyword « linux » Exemple of recent vulnerabilities : * Badtunnel for Windows (2016.03) * TCP vulnerability in the linux Kernel (2016/07) Desktop market share : * 90 % for Windows * 2 % for Linux Full market share (mobile, etc. included) : * 20 % for Windows (declining) * 80 % for Linux (growing) Hackers concern (hacking as « pirate interest») * Stable for Windows * Growing for Linux Ease of developing a malware : * Same for the two plateform. Application market : * Very high, big concern from software editors * Low, not enough concern from software editors

Link with our situation : We both have professionnal software who needs Windows. In your actual configuration (Linux), it forces your structure to : - Use an emulated (KVM) windows on some of your Linux workstation (you have to pay a licence for this virtual machine). You have to pay the electric consumption too, linked to the emulation of a guest system. I saw that you had to install a physical workstation for Adobe pack, which cost you approximatly 150$ of electricity a year.

Windows solution cost 35$ / month / user, including windows updates, Office and antivirus (less if we use a free antivirus). The fact that viruses are not on linux is a myth. We also find malwares on linux (more on servers and mobile devices (Android) ).

With the use of linux, we will highly complicate our information system. I know that it’s a IT concern, but the time spent on this kind of administration will greatly increase time needed for IT. Extra cost needed will go far over amount saved on software licences.

With all this arguments, adopt a linux strategy for our workstation will force us to constantly accomodate our choices for software solutions. We also have to adapt all our work tools for our linux environment.

The purpose of an information system isn’t to constraint of a particulare software because of the operating system. The operating system must adapt himself to the tools we choose.

Our big concern is : The computer system must adapt himself to the user. The user would not have to adapt his habits because of the constaint of his operating system. To resume : Windows have a better adaptation to user, which is not the case for Linux on workstation.

Citations : « You have to keep in mind that the more an IT system is complicated, the more it is hard to adminitrate, despite the competences of people who manage it.

This way, the foundation of the information system could be call into question. submitted by /u/boulate
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Manjaro more popular than Ubuntu on Distorwatch

Mon, 2017-03-27 14:09

Yes, it's just Distrowatch, but still, I remember Manjaro being on the 20+ spot and now it's 3rd. That's an incredible achievement and a lot of work. Congrats to all people from the Manjaro team for the great work!

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Hannah Montana Linux

Mon, 2017-03-27 09:38

Long time I think this is a joke of geeks and developers who talk about Hannah Montana Linux (HML) about a eyecandy GUI. But now I seee this distro realy exist. HML is it a Joke or a Distribution for young girls to wake up heres interests on tech (computer)?

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Microsoft now uses GIT

Mon, 2017-03-27 08:50

What happened to Linux Device Drivers 4th Edition?

Mon, 2017-03-27 06:40

I've been searching, and the book "came" out, but I can't find it. For example, on the amazing amazon the third edition I can buy, and I can find the fourth edition which is not for sale, or is for sale for a ludicrous cost.

Jessica Mckellar is the author, and after some Googling I found her github with the Linux Device Drivers 4 source code!, and after reading through some of the Git commits I found that the repository is a clone of LDD3's code, but scrolling through the commit log shows updates / some modernization of certain examples, and some new content being injected into some sections. I found a older twitter post with a link to the books O'Rielly listing. Unfortunately the link she posted has a 404 currently. But I found an archive of that link in July 2015 (it should be out by then). While it is possible to pre-order, the books release date got pushed to November. After that, it got pushed another year. I tried my best to find archives around November 2016, but all I could find thats close is this which states November 2017, and after that the page went 404.

So I bring all of this (perhaps slightly creepy?) research asking where is the 4th edition? Did it get abandoned? It does look like this, but perhaps another author is picking the project up? Maybe I'm really out of the loop, but did Jessica say she stopped working on it? Perhaps people who have Twitter could reach out to her or any of the authors / send this post and see whats the status of the book?

Thanks everyone :)

Edit: Continued looking, I'll broaden my scope beyond Jessica McKellar because upon second glance of the cover there's Alessandro Rubini, Johnathan Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman as authors. I'll look some more and see if I can find anything else.

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Any mnemonics for the meaning of '<' and '>' in diff vs. rsync?

Mon, 2017-03-27 05:23

This has always been on my mental 'mildly infuriating' list -- in diff output, '<' means "this line is in the first file" and '>' means "this line is in the second file"; in rsync -i output, '<' means "the file is being sent to remote" and '>' means "the file is being received from remote" -- that is, it's sort of backwards from diff, depending what you're doing.

How do you keep them straight? Or do you, like me, just give up and second-guess yourself and use vimdiff to be sure?

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Use MOTD to notify me when a file is over a certain age

Mon, 2017-03-27 05:09

I have a file on my PC that require compression with a password. I don't want to do anything in a script that will store the password in plaintext or anything. Is it possible to look for the age of the file with find <path> -mtime +7 and if that returns anything then modify the motd so that I can remind myself when to do this process to back this particular file up?

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What is the correct way to store store multiple programs in your path?

Sun, 2017-03-26 21:58

Hey all,

So for my work, I need to use multiple programs which I store in the /opt/ directory. Every time I install a program, I have been adding the path to that program to my own path, and now, my path is getting to be quite large. I'm thinking that it would more efficient to create a single directory containing links to all programs I need, and only add that directory to my path. However, I'm relatively new to Linux, and don't know if that is the correct way to deal with this issue. I don't want to pick up any bad habits related to file maintenance, so I'd like to know what the correct way to approach this problem is?

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Btrfs: backing up a file server with many subvolumes

Sun, 2017-03-26 20:08

I have a Btrfs filesystem on a backup server. This filesystem has a directory to hold backups for filesystems from remote machines. In this directory is a subdirectory for each machine. Under each machine subdirectory is one directory for each filesystem (ex /boot, /home, etc) on that machine. In each filesystem subdirectory are incremental snapshot subvolumes for that filesystem. The scheme is something like this:

<top>/backup/<machine>/<filesystem>/<many snapshot subvolumes>

I'd like to try to back up (duplicate) the file server filesystem containing these snapshot subvolumes for each remote machine. The problem is that I don't think I can use send/receive to do this. "Btrfs send" requires "read-only" snapshots, and snapshots are not recursive as yet. I think there are too many subvolumes which change too often to make doing this without recursion practical.

Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

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8 reasons to use LXDE

Sun, 2017-03-26 20:06

I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm trying to figure out dual boot

Sun, 2017-03-26 19:54

I want to give Linux a try. So far my only experience with it is a raspberry pi / Retropie.

So I've installed a second hard drive on my pc. Unplugged the windows HD, and put Ubuntu on to the new one without issue. Plugged the windows HD back in and hit restart, go to bios to change boot order. It still boots to windows 10 automatically. So I unplug it again. Go back to Ubuntu, install grub/grub customizer. No difference. Then I try sudo boot repair. No difference. I go back to windows, turn off fast boot. Still no difference.

No matter what I try it goes to windows.

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