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Old 01-23-2009, 01:03 AM   #16
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Wherever I need "Slack" time to do as I please rather than for me to spend that very same or equivalent amount of said time working on that or any particular Slackware box.

Slackware sets you free.

I built a CentOS 3.x box as desktop for friends. It ran flawlessly for them for upwards of seven years until its Pentium III machine both its power supply also then its motherboard went out, stopped, no longer work. (the O.S. was still ready to keep on running, going).

Back at start of that, when I first built that box, I knew Slackware admin. almost enough, I *very* nearly did Slackware on it instead of the CentOS 3.x

It could have gone either way, really, either with CentOS 3.x or Slackware. I probably did wrong by that I went not with Slackware.

But, bird had tweeted which I used as [the GO, do it] signal (and, sys admin seem somewhat akin to: faster, faster, faster -- more fires to run around and put out -- cut the chase -- keep to less complexity given less time to build and setup -- they need *something* within reason -- there is a myriad of choices -- perfection is in the eyes of the beholder.

Well, my friends were flabbergasted by the history of that Pentium III Linux box (compromised Win XP had been their previously or earlier XP_erience).

Slackware 12.2 is on their new desktop box now, ***running flawlessly for them ever since the release of 12.2***

It's on there for as to why I put it on there. I did not put it on there for me to work on it.

Any bets anyone? I bet that it at least equals or surpasses the aforementioned greater than seven year box.

I'm planning on seven years worth of security updates support for Slackware 12.2

Have fun being free.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 01:10 AM   #17
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I don't think it prudent to give names of organizations, but I'm aware of several U.S. Government agencies using Slackware for various purposes (including forensics, primary DNS, ssh portals)............
Yup, I am aware of a few myself. ; - )
 
Old 01-23-2009, 11:30 AM   #18
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Thanks for your responses everybody! Good to see Slack being used effectively



My own systems are all running Slack or FreeBSD. I tried a LOT of other distro's, but I always seemed to get along great with Slackware.


These days, because I work in a Windows environment, I'm wondering whether to switch to a more *nix based environment. I was just thinking how big the chances are that I come across something Slack based in the enterprise. So, I understand, there is hope
 
Old 01-23-2009, 11:59 AM   #19
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I have been trying to do the same thing. Unfortunately, however, there are no 3D CAD/CAM products available for Linux, which limits me to Windows for work tasks.

The closest that I can come to a a product like SolidWorks, for POSIX systems, is BRL-CAD, but it more closely resembles Blender than a "proper" mechanical design environment; not failing to mention the documentation offered on the project's website is atrocious.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 01:18 PM   #20
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I have been trying to do the same thing. Unfortunately, however, there are no 3D CAD/CAM products available for Linux, which limits me to Windows for work tasks.
Ah, you're in design?

I'm more into 'doing stuff' and such... I got this job in a Windows environment as I thought it would be invaluable to know a little thing or two about how things are handled in Redmond. I don't care too much. I've got great colleagues and I do hardware mainly. But ever since I said I wanted more server tasks. I've got more server tasks now, and things are getting on my nerves. It may be point and click, but it's manual labor mainly. click click click...

Today I astonished my boss. He had ~50 html output files he wanted data from in a single excel sheet. That's a couple of thousand data points, hand calculated and typed into a spreadsheet. All cuz excel can't import this type of html...
I fired up the helpdesk laptop (Slack in dual boot), and wrote a 7 line script that outputted the exact data in the exact format he wanted. It was just a sorry little bash thingy, some for loop doing a cat|grep|awk combo. Took me 10 minutes to get the right data reliably, and another 10 minutes discussing and tweaking the output format. During my cigarette brake I devised a scheme, and now the little script outputs a html table that color codes the entries depending on certain thresholds. Not even 10 minutes work. So I did in half an hour what would have taken me hours, I didn't make a single mistake, I didn't get annoyed and I even added color coding (green, blueish, yellow and red). And still they think /dev/me@ is a bit weird


But I have hope now. Thanks everyone!
 
Old 01-23-2009, 02:08 PM   #21
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Ah, you're in design?
Yes, I currently work as a mechanical designer, but I am a machinist by education. Linux, programming, and all that is just an off-to-the-side hobby for me. I really enjoy computing, but where I live, it is next-to-pointless to find a decent job with computers (in the Linux-user sense) that isn't soul-sucking. Plus, I enjoy making things...I find it terribly gratifying.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 04:53 PM   #22
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Hi,

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I have been trying to do the same thing. Unfortunately, however, there are no 3D CAD/CAM products available for Linux, which limits me to Windows for work tasks.

The closest that I can come to a a product like SolidWorks, for POSIX systems, is BRL-CAD, but it more closely resembles Blender than a "proper" mechanical design environment; not failing to mention the documentation offered on the project's website is atrocious.
You could try a 'VM' running your M$ OS as a guest on a Slackware host. You could use 'Acad' on the guest OS. I haven't used 'AutoCAD' for years but I think they no longer use a dongle for security. The CPU power available today along with memory would allow you the luxury of both OS on that Power DeskTop.
 
Old 01-24-2009, 05:30 PM   #23
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Thank you for your response, onebuck. The thought of a VM never, actually, crossed my mind.
 
Old 01-24-2009, 05:34 PM   #24
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Hmmm, I dunno if I would run CAT in a VM. Too much can go wrong, although I'm a bit conservative when it comes to VM's and I've never actually had a problem that I blame virtualization for.

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Yes, I currently work as a mechanical designer, but I am a machinist by education. Linux, programming, and all that is just an off-to-the-side hobby for me. I really enjoy computing, but where I live, it is next-to-pointless to find a decent job with computers (in the Linux-user sense) that isn't soul-sucking. Plus, I enjoy making things...I find it terribly gratifying.
My dad's 286 got me interested in computers and I was my dad's companies admin at age 14. Went so far as to use the companies machinery to forge a school rapport card for a friend of mine. Good times We got caught as you may expect, and punished... but it was worth it!
My first moped got me interested in machines. I was not legally old enough to ride it, so I took it apart and tweaked it for months. It went 45 when I got it and had no brakes. It went 75 when I was old enough to ride it, and had no clutch. I went to technical college because of that moped, but ironically, crashing it left me unable to attend college and I dropped out.

Got working in health care, handicapped people, I thought I would hate it but I love it! It's the best career possible. It pays crap, you see a lot of human suffering, filthiness that defies description and it's very very hard work. But it is so much fun. There is so much good you can do with a little humor, a little imagination and an open eye towards ya fellow man.
But it's the bones. I can't do it anymore. Need something else. Pfffff, I'm old, bald and divorced. So I started studying Linux. But, I hate Linux. I think the system is crap. Sorry. I'd be a BSD user if it wasn't that BSD suffers from hardware compatibility problems and have crap support for aforementioned virtualization and some other things (too lazy to make a list). Only Slackware... but Slackware gives best of both worlds. I love it. I love the interface, I love the config files, I love reading about new stuff before I install it.

*oh sigh* I'm ranting again. Last time, promise!

Ya know, GUI tools and package managers with automagic dependency solving seem a good idea on paper, but truth is, when I install something like snort, I read the 130 page manual before I install it. I want to know what it'll do. The art of dependency tracking and writing configs seems so trivial then.
 
Old 01-25-2009, 08:17 AM   #25
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Hmmm, I dunno if I would run CAT in a VM. Too much can go wrong, although I'm a bit conservative when it comes to VM's and I've never actually had a problem that I blame virtualization for.

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What do you think would go wrong running a 'CAD' in a 'VM'? If the machine is setup properly and has ample CPUs, Memory along with storage space then I really don't see a problem with running a 'CAD' program.
 
  


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