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Early November 2003 Edition

The two back trees have dumped almost all their leaves. I stuffed them into lawn bags and left them for the street department. Now the front maple, too, is dropping its load of green and yellow leaves.

The weather has been kind so far this autumn: no really frosty weather, no flurries, no ice. Today is so warm and pleasant.

Halloween was really wet: There was a steady rain that night. That did not stop the trick-or-treaters, though, because the night was warm and mild. Nor did it stop me from walking to the folks' house to get my treats or to fix the DSL connection on their computer's end.

That DSL connection was lost for two days on the last weekend of October. I examined my equipment closely and could find nothing wrong. It turns out DSL connections were down all over Frontier's networks because they were knocked out by a big solar storm that Saturday.

I lost my eyeglasses on the next-to-last Thursday of October, and had to go through the day without them. Then I found them under the living room window near the TV, where they dropped the night before. Stupid, ĉu ne? No matter: It gave me an excuse to get my eyes checked on Halloween, as it's been two years since the last exam.

Elections are coming up for town council. I found a bag of goodies from the Republicans on my door, and a bright yellow flyer from the sole Libertarian candidate. The Democrats have dropped off nothing. That's not a good sign for them, now, is it?

I have spent Sunday evening digging up old versions of this page from 1999 and 2000, and posting them here. I was in fact looking for other files from old storage CDs, but that's how it worked out. These old pages are in the archives under the heading Pre-2001.

work

The new workstations at work are all but distributed. The two that remain I am holding until their departments settle on who will sit at those desks where the workstations will go.

Our company president retired on Halloween after thirty-three years at the Company, including nine as president. He got a big sendoff the last Saturday in October, which I could not attend because I lost my glasses and did not dare drive at night to get to it. But I did get my picture taken with him on his last day.

The process to get a fifth person in my department has begun with a pro forma posting of the new position. The position looks like something I am qualified for, and the pay is better than I am getting now. But I will not touch the post: My record at the Company is too spotty for any hope of success. That, and I'm probably not supposed to apply, anyway.

the end of red hat

It looks like I will be kissing Red Hat goodbye next year, according to the e-mail I got from them:

Thank you for being a Red Hat Network customer.

This e-mail provides you with important information about the upcoming discontinuation of Red Hat Linux, and resources to assist you with your migration to another Red Hat solution.

As previously communicated, Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 as of December 31, 2003. Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 9 as of April 30, 2004. Red Hat does not plan to release another product in the Red Hat Linux line.

I have no recent record in my mail that this was coming, but others have confirmed this. That basically means that Red Hat is forsaking the desktop PC market it tried so hard to capture with Red Hat 9 and its impressive visual interface. I do not know why it is doing this unless it has to do with the SCO fiasco. (Another opinion on why Red Hat is dumping the hacker market is given at Ars Technica.)

For me it means that there will be no Red Hat maintenance at all after April 2004, and no future Red Hat Linux unless I become either a business with hundreds of dollars to throw around, or a hacker on the Fedora Project with a fat data pipe. That's too bad: It did a good job to gain my patronage. I was willing to pay $40 for a new version and a subscription fee for the errata and updates. Now I'm getting dumped. Foo!

I am not the only one who's angry, too. In one of my few visits to Slashdot, I found that a lot of hackers are just as pissed. It appears the consensus is that Red Hat was aiming for its foot but nicked its femoral artery instead, whereupon it will slowly die. Its enterprise Linux products are more expensive than what is on offer by Microsoft, of whom the business world is still its willing galley slave. The Fedora Project will go nowhere since it is just one of many such open-source projects; it will have minimal support and no real guidance; and hackerdom is so annoyed at Red Hat that it will likely avoid it for other Linux works.

Even worse, this is a kick in the teeth to the idea that Linux can compete on equal terms with Windows for the average computer user. Red Hat has just proven the falsity of that idea, at least for the fedora folk.

Perhaps I'm just angry at being dumped. There are other Linuxes available, including Debian, SuSE (newly bought by Novell, perhaps in preparation for Red Hat's demise) and Mandrake.


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