Wish list [was: Social Meeting this Thursday, 8th June @ The Founders Arms]

Dominic Mitchell dom at happygiraffe.net
Thu Jun 8 21:41:37 BST 2006

Sue Spence wrote:
> Dominic Mitchell wrote:
>> Sue Spence wrote:
>>> I had a quick look at solaris 10 before I shut down my ultra 5 for 
>>> the last time last year, and it looked very much as though it had 
>>> morphed fairly completely into linux.
>> You'd think so, until you're reminded that tar still doesn't take a -z 
>> flag.  How many years?
> I work for a company which at one time had shedloads of Sun gear which, 
> as it goes EOL, has been steadily replacing same with RH linux. This has 
> not been a completely uncomplicated migration, but overall it's working 
> out very well.
> However, well before we got to this stage, our kind sysadmins put gnu 
> tools where we can easily find them at the same time that they install 
> multiple versions of Perl and a vast array of modules. There is no need 
> to suffer.

Oh I don't disagree -- I spent inordinate amounts of time packaging 
software in a previous job, all to make up for basic deficiences in 
Solaris.  But the fact that it has to be done doesn't make it any less 


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