Just noticed this with Mavericks…

After finally installing Mavericks on my older MacPro that I keep around, I was surprised when configuring zsh. I was installing OhMyZsh when the installer balked because I didn’t have the command line Git tools installed. Then a dialog box popped up and asked if I’d like to install the command line tools for me. Pretty neat. I’m not sure if it happens with previous versions of the Mac OS, but I don’t remember it happening. 

Happy Birthday Debian Linux

It’s the 20th birthday for Debian Linux today. I wonder if Ian Murdock had any idea how popular and influential his distro would be after all these years. Without it we may not have Ubuntu and Elementary OS around. dpkg and apt-get is probably one of the coolest pieces of software ever designed. Congrats, and Happy B-Day



Microsoft announces reorganization…

Today Microsoft™, still one of the behemoths of the software industry announced a major new reorganization of the company to “enable innovation at greater speed, efficiency” In the message they detail how the re-org will make Microsoft all things to all people, and even go into how the “dotted lines” of the new organization will make them more nimble, etc… Instead, maybe the Board should have asked Balmer to resign. He is the one who has been making these decisions on where the company has been headed, and that strategy isn’t working in this new mobile based tech world. Their flagship OS, Window 8, has been derided by the Tech community and the non-tech people as bad. Their mobile OS is struggling against Android and iOS and shows no indication that it will catch up. The Xbox launch was handled really bad, giving Sony an opportunity to overtake the Xbox in the next gen console wars. Maybe this re-org was needed, but the biggest change should be at the top.

Edit-  Found this nice  summary from slashdot poster DCnjoe60

Except that Ballmer has been at the helm for most of that time and ultimately responsible for the organization and infighting as it is part of the corporate culture at Microsoft. That is why most boards bring in a whole new management team when such a top down re-organization is required. Most boards realize that you only get one chance to get it right. That’s why you don’t let the fox who has been raiding the hen house be the one who reorganizes the hen house. Leaving Balmmer and the rest of the management team in place means that board believes that management isn’t the problem, but the workers are. That doesn’t bode well for the future of Microsoft as the workers aren’t the ones who have created the corporate culture nor are they the ones who have made the company a shadow of what it once was or could have been.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap

Looking at this article from LWN.net, it appears the default filesystem for RHEL 7 will be XFS. XFS was the default filesystem from Silcon Graphics Irix Unix from back in the day, and I believe one of the first 64 bit filesystems in widespread use. It’s been open sourced for a while and has been included in the linux kernel for a while now. Also, the desktop version of RHEL 7 will default to the Gnome Classic mode, not the newer Gnome 3.0 interface. That should make many people happy who dislike the newer interface. I’d imagine all of the changes will make their way into a future release of CentOS and others.