On my home machine I have been running Gentoo for years. Using Gentoo has been a real good, if some what painful way to learn how Linux works deep down inside and how open source applications come together to provide a complete solution . Over time though the productivity drain has just become too much. After my last kernel recompile my audio went. The latest alsa drivers would not work, so I thought - stuff it. Time to switch the last remaining computer to Ubuntu. Now I can have bleeding edge without the pain.
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When telkom screws your Asterisk server
Sometimes you get a call for Asterisk support and you are told by your client that their Asterisk server suddenly stopped working which is weird because once Asterisk, or any Linux application, has been setup it just runs.
Recently we have been working on an existing mobile application for one of our clients, mobiguide. The original app, which we completed, was written for the cldc 1.1 and midp 2.0 api. We got reports that there where problems with the Sony Ericsson P900/P990 phones.
Recently we had to migrate a Scalix installation from Fedora to Xandros Server and at the same time upgrade from 11.0.1 to 11.3. The site had over 200 user accounts. At first I thought this would be a difficult task but it turned out to be relatively simple thanks to the fact that, being a minor version upgrade there was no major changes in the database and file structure.
Sometime solutions that are obvious are difficult to see because you image the solution must be much harder than it really is. Recently I had to recover a forgotten root password for a virtual domain, DomU, on a Xen box for one of our clients.
If you have ever visited the Java Developer Journal web site you have had to contend with their annoying popup ad that blocks the whole screen until you click "close window". Whilst I support the need for sites to make money from advertising the lengths that sys-con go to is just a darn right abuse of Internet users. In fact its the whole of the sys-con.com and its subdomain that employ this type of spamming.
Recently one of our client's old AIX boxes, which had been reduced to being a server for some old Sunix dumb terminals, after its heyday as the financial system server, died on them leaving their warehouse without computer access.
Recently I have had to assist two friends with systems that were borked to the point of no longer being bootable. In both cases there had been warning signs that there was impending doom, like the machine spontaneously rebooting, or having to cold boot the laptop several times to get it to the windows login prompt.