Archive for July, 2007

Happy Sysadmin Day!

July 27, 2007

SysAdmin Day
Happy Sysadmin Day to all Sysadmins out there.

So, Say thanks to your SysAdmin and if you don’t do it on 27th, you can do it on later days too. They will really appreciate it. You criticize them and call them up for you complains and problems the whole year, but this is the day to appreciate them for their work. Its always sysadmins who make programmers bad and buggy code work on systems and submit bug reports to them so they can fix it.

For more information about this day see:
System Administrator Appreciation Day
System Administrator Appreciation Day – Wikipedia

CentOS 5: Bad Expereinces

July 1, 2007

Finally after many days I am able to get some time out for my little so called blog :). I am gonna write about the experience or bad experience I had today with CentOS 5. Today I thought that I should give CentOS 5 a try. The install process was almost the same as before.

The first bad impression of CentOS 5 was the software was still the same old software i.e FireFox 1.5.x and Thunderbird 1.5.x. I don’t know the reason why these are not upgraded to the new series of 2.x, but these 2 softwares are my mostly used softwares and I can’t go back to 1.5 series without having a good strong reason. Maybe CentOS 5 borrowed this from RedHat 5.

The other very strange problem from the layman point was during installation I thought I should install Virtualization packages and should give it a try. After installation I found that CentOS 5 is somewhat slower on my home machine with 1G of Physical Ram and 2.6Ghz Intel Processor, I thought I should remove the Virtualization packages from my home machine and will try it on some other more powerfull machine. I went to Add/Remove Software and de-selected Virtualization option. The uninstallation was successfull, after uninstallation I thought I should reboot the machine so it will start from the normal kernel instead of the Xen kernel, because when you select Virtualizaiton during installation your CentOS 5 will automatically boot with Xen Kernel (no choice like SLES to boot to the normal or Xen Kernel).

I rebooted the machine and I was surprised GRUB spitted an error on the screen saying it can’t find the xen kernel.

I think CentOS 4.4 still gets my vote for being more stable and reliable then CentOS 5. I wonder about RedHat 5 do they have the same problems too. I Love CentOS 4.4 🙂

Note: The above all comments are from an end user point of view by an individual and does not represent the comments of any company or any other person except me (Hameedullah Khan).