[CentOS] Strange Kernel for Centos 5.5

Fri Feb 11 16:27:00 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 2/11/2011 9:58 AM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> Be careful with saying such things.  A lot can be said about Windows as an
>> operating system and Microsoft as a company.  But be very careful about
> Yes, there can, and has been, a lot said. A *LOT* of it has not been
> positive (at least since WinDoze 95). I can go on for a while, though it's
> OT, as to their *lousy* design decisions, and then there's all the
> lawsuits that they lost, where they paid to cut out competetors.

But those have next to nothing to do with their current products.  If 
you go back to '95 and look at the security/design flaws in shipping 
Linux products it is not pretty either.  Pretty much everything had wide 
open holes in required network services like bind/sendmail/ftp as well 
as the kernel itself (wade through the changelogs on any of the programs 
if you aren't convinced).  I do agree that pre XP/SP2 versions of 
windows were badly broken and still resent the trouble they caused, but 
it's probably time to forget that.

>> talking about its users, you do not know the reason why they run another
>> OS than those which you love.
> Lack of knowledge and/or choice.

Or lack of problems.  Since MS started enabling a firewall by default 
and supplying regular updates it mostly just works.  I still run XP on 
my work laptop, close it to sleep with running apps, open to wake up (in 
seconds) on a different network, bouncing between wired/docked and 
wireless undocked transparently and it runs for months at a time. 
Another laptop at home does the same with Windows 7 (minus the dock). 
It has been much easier to use windows running the NX client with freenx 
on Linux than to keep working video drivers for native X on linux.  I 
can boot into Linux on my work laptop, but why?  The only real reason is 
if I want to access an ext3 formatted disk via USB and that turns out to 
work just as well under vmware player, keeping XP's more agile network 
management and leaving my other open apps running.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com