Ubuntu – Final Words

Ubuntu, one of the most praised Linux distributions, utterly and completely destroyed itself while doing a distribution upgrade. I had hoped that moving from Gentoo to a more mainstream distro would help avoid exactly this kind of problem, as I am not really keen on spending a ton of time fixing failed package upgrades.

As a consequence the server has now been replaced with Windows Server 2008, which is more in line with me being a .NET developer anyway.

I’ve installed VisualSVN Server in order to provide access to the Gentle and NProf source code repositories. These can currently be accessed at https://code.mertner.com:8443/svn/gentle and https://code.mertner.com:8443/svn/nprof respectively. I’ve migrated no user accounts so if you need/want write access to the repositories, send me an email.

Confluence will also be restored but restoring it has proved to be fairly involved and thus will take additional time. Until then please refer to the PDF export included in the Gentle release package. If you have a specific question, again, feel free to send me an email.

The king is dead! Long live the king!

6 thoughts on “Ubuntu – Final Words

  1. A bit odd, comparing a desktop product to a server product. Ubuntu is mostly praised because it quickly puts eye candy into base, not because it is so great for a serious server.

    I’d rather praise for server use a CentOS or a RHEL

  2. I wasn’t really using any of the desktop features, apart from some occasional package management. Most of the time X wasn’t even running, and at the core Linux is pretty much the same.

    And anyway, it might not be the best for performance or security to run a graphical shell on a server, but my problems were way less luxurious than that. Try “not fucking itself up to the point where it can’t even boot” for starters. Even a desktop distro should be able to manage that..

  3. Ubuntu’s dist-upgrade was never easy.

    For me, going from 5 to 6, 6 to 7 and 7 to 8 involved several iterations going from sudo apt-get to Adept and back – former can fix broken dependencies, which come up a lot, latter can easily show and remove “hold back” flag.
    But it finally worked for me in both cases. Now I’m fine with Hardy.

    OTOH I can imagine what a hell lot of binary dependencies should be satisfied in order to upgrade my distro with several third-party repositories.

  4. I’m using Debian and Ubuntu on Server and Desktopboxes for Years now….and especially in long-term perspektives it’s much more maintainable than Windows…

    I’m active in both world, too, and it’s pretty much the same everywhere….if you do whateveryouwant the right way, it works. the difference is to get this information, and that’s much easier in tuxworld than it is in m$ world.

    just my $ 0.02, what happend to the nprof-pages, btw? :-)

  5. Do you still intend to restore Confluence ?
    I must maintain a website using Gentle (a website I have not created), and I’m quite nervous about not having a reference web site…

  6. Hi, is it possible to access the repositories via svn-client? I’d like to see into latest NProf improvements.
    I hope you keep at this great piece software.

    Greets Tornado

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