Thoughts

Summer 2005

Wasted talent

Site News / August 1st

In a blatant portrayal of spending time poorly, I have added a tracker to my metrics page that displays the number of days since the last update and a running average. I took the raw day tally for the last five years and dumped it into Excel, where I put trend analysis on it to determine how it's going, then created a worksheet for Mike's page for comparison, though I had to add that data manually. I'd figure it out for Eriq or Matt B, but that would be even more time spent unnecessarily for a silly purpose.

Average days between updates

Warning: general geekery follows

Computing / July 11th

The ongoing litany of server configuration woes continues. I have Fedora Core 4 installed, which seems largely ok, except that I can't seem to get X Forwarding to work because I don't know what I'm doing. I also can't seem to use the keyboard or mouse much of the time, and despite getting some very basic configuration figured out, it still isn't "clicking" for me. I think I was actually farther along with FreeBSD, which is very, very sad. I must now either resist the urge to try something else and press on, or install Debian or CentOS or something.

It seems strange to me that no one has come up with a distribution of Linux intended to be a fully functional server out of the box. Things like OpenLDAP, ACLs, and Samba are never preconfigured to just work unless they are charging you $799 or better for it. Sure you can get Apache preinstalled and ready to go, but that's about the easiest thing to install anyway. That's one reason to try CentOS is it is essentially a free version of Red Hat Enterprise Server, so it may have some of these things ready to go. Of course, none of the various distro web sites have much information on how they are set up. The best you can hope for is the versions of included packages.