On Tue, 27 May 2008 14:47:15 -0700, The Ghost In The Machine wrote:
> This is probably going to open a large 55-gallon drum of worms, but I'm
> 7. I'll admit to some curiosity as to how to set up a standardized
> method (RPM?) to allow a non-superuser to install software, with a
> password prompt for him to become superuser.
sudo, and it can be a security nightmare.
> 10. Somehow, someway, Linux needs to find its way and its niche.
> Briefly, Linux has no set direction -- this may not be a bad thing, but
> that doesn't mean it'll get anywhere.
Of course "Linux" doesn't have a direction. Neither does Microsoft or
Apple, but at least Windows has Microsoft, and Apple has OS X. There is
no one entity deciding the direction for OSS.
> It has found a nice hiding place in the server arena,
Yes, it has. It has also found found its place on my business and
Hmmm ... note to self... try gain to get the admin to switch from W2k to
PCLOS or Ubuntu ....
> but FreeBSD has notions (and may be a better fit
> for some); also, Microsoft is an excellent server solution for those who
> can afford to buy it, the hardware hosting it, and the surrounding
> technology/software to keep the viruses out.
Why should they go out any pay so much more when they can use OSS?
> Perhaps I'm being overly harsh in some areas, and missing others
> completely (I use older hardware, for example, and have no idea about
> the newfangled gizmos). In any event, opinions welcome, relevant
> comments tolerable, inanity generally ignored, flames routed to
> /dev/null, etc. ;-)
.. and you' get some flames... :-)