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More changes at simulakrum.org

Simulakrum moved from OpenBSD’s OpenLDAP 2.3 to a fancy CentOS’ 389 DirectoryServer. Let me know if your account is not working.

Password manager is upgraded to a recent snapshot of 1.8, and there is no more a possibility of self-served adding to the LDAP.

Owncloud moved from ownCloud 8 on Fedora 22 to Owncloud 9 on CentOS 7. Let me know if there are things missing.

Enjoy

Again, a few servers are downed at simulakrum.org!

Today, another wave of electrical power spikes, probably due to the activities of the electro-distribution company in close neighborhood, successfully burned another of my hard-disks, this a time a model I have no spare for at the moment – a Western Digital Raptor.

The part of the development suite we were using here went with the disk, gerrit.simulakrum.org and jenkins.simulakrum.org in particular. Some of the IRC services for ircer.simulakrum.org used that disk, too.

I won’t be able to recover those from backups for at least ten days, and I hereby apologise to users for this unpredicted annoyance.

Digitally communicating from Bosnia once more proved to be a task that is not easily and comfortably accomplished.

Fedora 21 and the spirit of changes

While the infamous systemd brought into the Linux community through the gates of Fedora is in its peak of sowing, yet another sensitive detail regarding Fedora was recently brought to my attention: bitlord from LUGoNS noticed a supposed behaviour for 21 that he soon reported to the tracker:

https://fedorahosted.org/fesco/ticket/1337

To me, the most interesting part of the thread was the initial reaction of many of the community members, derogating the issue of a program (NetworkManager) pinging the world in a pretty conspirational manner.

Binding GNOME3 so tightly to fully linux-centric systemd (and vice-versa, making reserved space for GNOME3 manoeuvring inside systemd space) was an obvious demonstration of the force, but it was an open one, clearly visible from all points of interest. “A pinging service” within the NetworkManager is far less obvious, so if it becomes a model of incorporation of novelties for Fedora, it will become a very bitter vector of equally bitter change.

As Peter Mlakar once read for Laibach, I too do not like moralities and surely even less like to preach about moralities, but the ideas that becomes obsessed with moral values (and the distros that take the leadership away from technical persons just to give it to the lawyers) is now forcing me to do so.

Or I can quietly and completely switch to something I still consider sane, like OpenBSD…

livemocha.com crusaders

I have not seen one of these crusaders for at least ten years, until today, when I wanted to find out more about a site apparently helping you learn foreign languages; once I tried to enrol and subscribe to whatever they are offering, a bizarre message welcomed me:

“Livemocha is not supported on Linux”

Screenshot from 2014-10-04 10:50:09

Furthermore, livemocha.com suggests that I should use a Mac or a PC (I guess they thought I came there using a mainframe and a teletype, or what?) because they can’t wait to see me there?!?

Makes you wonder if they can actually help you with anything, if they cannot adopt an agnostic approach to own service, deep in the XXI century. I haven’t seen such a crusade since the days when Microsoft was a serious contender on the scene.

Livemocha, you are a catastrophe!