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Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Steve on Tue 17 Nov 2009 at 09:02
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For a ten minute period yesterday afternoon debian-administration.org was the 16th most looked up domain on the Bytemark nameservers. That's pretty impressive considering how infrequently new things are posted to the site.

In some ways things have stagnated because I've been busy but there is also a minor feeling that "everything is done".

For example I lookup the simple introduction to working with LVM at least once a fortnight for my own reference. There are a few other pieces I consistently point people at too, kinda my own personal "top ten" list of articles.

There are times when I think "I should write about Apache2", but then recall I already did that a couple of years ago. Granted things have changed, but they've not changed terribly much.

In conclusion I do feel that a lot of the things I'd like to document or writeup for myself have already been done here, and re-posting things would be both tempting and a little bit of a waste of time.

New topics are always interesting, and I guess a few small pieces on t-prot, etc, wouldn't go amiss. Not earth-shattering tools, but still moderately useful and helpful.

 

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Anonymous (85.145.xx.xx) on Wed 18 Nov 2009 at 11:16
I find the site an excellent quality peer-reviewed base reference for research, covering most stuff that a sysadmin needs. Some of the stuff is a bit old (etch era) and getting obsolete. Some stuff could be redone or done in a new and cleaner way to fit with the new releases. I think I'll do something like that for a couple of suitable pieces.

PJ

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Grimnar (62.16.xx.xx) on Wed 18 Nov 2009 at 17:34
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Make a weekly poll to discuss what articles is "needed". That could help writers to come up with something :)

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Anonymous (71.241.xx.xx) on Wed 18 Nov 2009 at 23:42
OK how about ATI driver setup.
I have various older boxes with onboard ATI video and even a Visiontek 9250 (ATI) PCI card, and a Radeon 7000.
All of which "can't hold a candle" to my old Nvidia NV18 using the legacy drivers.
The Nvidia is the best GL card I have but it still is not enough for Compiz desktop effects. Barely enough for Unreal tournament.

I am sure that I am doing something wrong with the drivers.
Do I have to compile the ATI drivers or is there a ready made Lenny solution?

Thanks for a Great site Steve!

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by eric (192.54.xx.xx) on Fri 27 Nov 2009 at 15:50
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You should look at the Debian wiki http://wiki.debian.org where you can find information about both free and proprietary ATI drivers.

:eric:
http://blog.sietch-tabr.com

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by mar (90.183.xx.xx) on Tue 24 Nov 2009 at 09:31
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This is great site. I use it as a knowledge base -- Debian is a conservative system, so any information once published is valuable for some time. There is no need to overwhelm this site with news and "hottest" content. Keep it as it is. Thanks.

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Wayne (82.144.xx.xx) on Wed 25 Nov 2009 at 23:11
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+1 as for using it as a knowledge base.

It's worth updating the articles if the default configs have changed between releases, I don't think we need another howtoforge where each new release of every main distro get a new "perfect server" or "perfect desktop" article or howto install apache, php and mysql for every new release

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by eric (192.54.xx.xx) on Fri 27 Nov 2009 at 16:03
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I too often use the debian-administration website for references (just today, for certificates generation...) and recreating similar articles just for fun... is not really fun :)
Maybe one thing which can be interesting is to have different versions of the same article: image author XY write article about LVM for etch. The lenny comes maybe squeeze too and most of the informations are still ok but some things are not, then it could be interesting to have an article (linked to the first) specifically for squeeze. Maybe that even another author could write.

:eric:
http://blog.sietch-tabr.com

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by ajt (195.145.xx.xx) on Wed 2 Dec 2009 at 14:33
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I'm sure this is a discussion we've had here before. Old articles do gradually get out of data, but it's a pain to update them.

I must confess that when I want to know something and ask Google, it usually responds with an article here, sometime my own...!

I still own an article on ikwiki, it's been written for ages I've just not had my better half edit it yet, which makes it useful.

I'd also say that a lot of stuff is arriving as weblogs rather than articles.

--
"It's Not Magic, It's Work"
Adam

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Anonymous (81.70.xx.xx) on Mon 7 Dec 2009 at 21:18
Why not write something about vserver? It's the best technology since sliced bread!

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Re: Popularity vs. stagnation
Posted by Steve (2001:0xx:0xx:0xxx:0xxx:0xxx:xx) on Mon 7 Dec 2009 at 21:20
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I've never used it - and have no interest. If I wanted to use virtualisation I'd want the guests to be independent, not sharing the same kernel..

Steve

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Linux containers
Posted by shristov (93.155.xx.xx) on Tue 8 Dec 2009 at 15:44
Well, no longer ... from the kernel team:
vserver
+++++++

This feature will be present in squeeze but will be marked as
deprecated and a migration path to Linux containers investigated.
The containers are really better, IMHO. For example, they allow for full network stack isolation (no more redundant configuration for network services to listen on just some IPs, for example), and more importantly - LXC are in mainstream kernel, so you don't depend on third parties. In a nutshell: you get everything you used to with vserver, but done slightly better. I just finished the heavy part of transitioning my vservers to LXC, and I am quite satisfied ... unfortunately, my English isn't good enough to write a review, but I could help, if someone is interested

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