Monthly Archives: November 2014

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.

The gnupg1 and gnupg2 post-reinstall mess on FreeBSD

Just a brief note regarding a dependency mess for SPAM plugins for Evolution: installing the spamassassin for Evolution in GNOME2 on FreeBSD 11 CURRENT pulled gnupg1 as a dependency on top of already installed gnupg2.

Since I decided to go with the bogofilter anyway, I removed the spamassassin, that in turn removed the gnupg1, but the symlinks were not re-linked after, because there was nothing left in place as /usr/local/bin/gpg once I did “sudo pkg delete gnupg1”.

However, the /usr/local/bin/gpg2 was still there, and symlinking that to /usr/local/bin/gpg was enough for Seahorse, and, consequently, to the rest of the applications that rely on the gnome-session gpg providers.

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…