[sf-lug] Consumer & admin (was: Possibly interesting data point on jobs postings)
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed May 17 00:08:44 PDT 2006
Quoting Sarah Mei (sarahmei at gmail.com):
> Actually, it can be fully automated without so much as a confirmation
> dialog, if you want, on Windows 2000 and later, I believe. Would I
> personally want it so? No, but I set it up that way on all my
> relatives' computers. :-)
Trivial to do on Linux, too: E.g., on Debian, just have a tiny cronjob
that runs that same command I mentioned, except with the "-q" (quiet,
which implies "-y" = answer yes to all questions) option. Ill-advised,
but fully automated.
Anyone who tells you it's both possible _and_ a good idea to fully
automate maintenance of a general-purpose operating system is trying to
sell you something (my opinion, yours for a small fee and disclaimer of
> Sure. Well, my question's been answered: modern distributions by and
> large all have some approximation of this feature. The last time I
> installed Linux, lo these many years ago, this was not the case.
Ja. About 2000, all the distros started picking up semi-automated
maintenance regimes of one sort or another, e.g. in the now-discontinued
Red Hat Linux series starting with v. 7.0 (September 2000).
> And lastly, while I appreciate your input, if you don't find this
> discussion about a specific feature of Linux meaningful or useful, you
> always have the option of just not participating.
If I've said something that offended you, I regret your (apparent)
perception, but none such was intended -- and I'm rather unclear on what
specifically you're referring to, here.
Above and beyond that, if I didn't consider making my comments a good
use of my time, rest assured that I wouldn't do it out of any mere sense
of personal obligation to strangers. Instead, I do it because (a) I
find it interesting and/or (b) I do it in hopes of helping build our
body of collective understanding of the subject (i.e., Linux).
But I do thank you for your solicitous concern.
(Sorry if that isn't very California-culture-high-context-sensitive of
me: I was raised in Hong Kong and went to college in New Jersey, so
you're welcome to regard me as suffering from auslander influences
that make me barbarically direct and plain-spoken.)
 ...but cannot in good conscience apologise for...
Rick Moen "Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor."
rick at linuxmafia.com -- Elizabeth Tudor
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