2009-01-04

"What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting"

Excellent New York times article about cell carriers and the true cost of text messenging. As usual with telecom: the customer is getting robbed.

Almost there

The ogo-meta package now almost installs on CentOS5 except that we don't have the ogo-environment or the ngobjweb packages. OpenSUSE 11.0 and 11.1 have some problems building anything beyond ogo-gnustep_make; OpenSUSE 10.3 builds up to the same point as CentOS5.


$ yum install ogo-meta
...
---> Package ogo-meta.i386 0:1.1-6.7 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: mod_ngobjweb for package: ogo-meta
--> Processing Dependency: ogo-environment for package: ogo-meta
---> Package postgresql.i386 0:8.1.11-1.el5_1.1 set to be updated
---> Package postgresql-libs.i386 0:8.1.11-1.el5_1.1 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Missing Dependency: ogo-environment is needed by package ogo-meta
Error: Missing Dependency: mod_ngobjweb is needed by package ogo-meta

2009-01-02

From 72 to 56

A default minimal install of CentOS5 leaves you with a fairly busy box. If you just login on the console you'll find about 72 running processes. This includes what I consider to be some pretty oddball stuff like "rpcgssd" and "rpcidmapd". How many sites actually make use of these services? A simple run through of:


chkconfig irqbalance off
chkconfig isdn off
chkconfig portmap off
chkconfig rpcgssd off
chkconfig rpcidmapd off
chkconfig sendmail off
chkconfig yum-updatesd off
chkconfig cups off
chkconfig gpm off
chkconfig mdmonitor off
chkconfig nfslock off
chkconfig smartd off
chkconfig autofs off
chkconfig bluetooth off
chkconfig acpid off
chkconfig pcscd off


- leaves one with 56 processes after boot and allot less open ports. Some of these make sense (like acpid) but I'm running in a VM so I don't want those either. Would be nice if the default state of CentOS5 was a little cleaner.

2009-01-01

OpenGroupware Package Repositories

Currently working on getting OpenGroupware (and related GNUStep-make, SOPE, & ngobjweb) packages built of the Novell Build Service. Repositories at:

Not everything working yet, but getting there.