Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[2]: Comment by ssokolow
by Brendan on Wed 8th Jun 2011 19:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ssokolow"
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I can quite happily say that is mostly an (x)ubuntu issue. I have seen more upgrades break Ubuntu than any other distribution (Fedora being a close second, but at least Fedora outright says that it's a testbed for new technologies) Personally I've been suggesting just Debian Squeeze for normal people. Though I do the initial set up. It's just simply more stable and you don't have to sweat it screwing up grub or something every time the user sees the update notification.

I'm not sure about other distros, but I've been running Gentoo for a long time and watching stuff break for a long time.

The last update I did (yesterday actually) I upgraded to Gentoo's new "OpenRC" init system, which deleted my "/etc/net.eth0" script. With this script gone the computer had no networking, and because this computer is the LAN's DHCP server it took out my entire LAN. It's funny how seriously screwed you are when you can't google for answers. I had to (temporarily) configure a different computer for static IP before I figured out what happened. It wasn't the only problem either - mysterious "unknown policy 'ne'" and "unknown facility 'menone'" messages from sysklogd (I gave up and switched to metalog instead), a few quirks (fixed with revdep-rebuild), and some other warnings (relating to the removal of HAL) I think/hope can be ignored for now.

It's not Gentoo's fault, or the fault of any of the maintainers for any distribution - they do amazing work trying to hide the symptoms of an insurmountable "herding cats" problem.

The real problem is a cultural problem - the idea of "choice is good" (until you're the poor sucker that has to deal with an unlimited number of variations) and "better is better" (if you don't consider global effects and the cost of changing from "existing/established" to "different but slightly better in theory").

All this aside and being a bit off topic, but I don't see iCloud doing anything except for those iFreaks that think that iApple can't make any iShit.

In my opinion "cloud" is an apt metaphor - rising on hot air, and likely to blow away when the wind changes.... ;-)

- Brendan

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