New version of the best OS in the world.

I raise my hat, and pay all respects due to the developers of Debian version 8, codename “Jessie”(see note 1). Two years in the making and yet again all those volunteers have created fantastic free software that is easy to install and, most importantly, stable. I’ve been running Debian on all servers I deploy for over ten years now. I’ve never had a server crash, I’ve never had a service go down, it’s been faultless, I don’t hesitate in recommending Debian, it’s the only Linux I install.

Over the years I have tried other distros, my first Linux was RedHat, installed from the free disk that came with PCW magazine, version 5.0 “Hurricane” IIRC. Since that nervous foray into the unknown I’ve tried (in no particular order) Slackware, Linux From Scratch, Knoppix, Mepis, Gentoo, Mandrake, Caldera, SmoothWall and tomsrtbt. Apart from the couple of special purpose distros named (SmoothWall and tomsrtbt) I’ve always found some reason to come back to Debian.

While I’m grateful to RedHat for introducing me to Linux, these days I don’t like it, it’s gone all corporate with expensive support contracts and different “flavours” of the OS. It may be great for the corporate world, but from a small enterprise view point I find Debian ideal.

I’m really happy to see that in this latest release Debian have brought their Perl version startlingly up-to-date. In the past Perl has sometimes been a little behind current in the release, but someone has been working hard and I appreciate that.

Other notable updates: Apache 2.2 to 2.4, Postgresql 9.1 to 9.4, and a major Samba upgrade from 3.x to 4.x, which could prove interesting when I upgrade there (I’m not even thinking about the potential issues Debian have mentioned WRT the Apache upgrade – maybe now is the time to migrate to NGINX).

So, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses to those hard-working, dedicated volunteers ceaslessly coding for us all to have a better operating system, and say a big “thank you, we really appreciate your work” to them all.

1. see this link for the reason behind the codename(s).

Simple grafitti

This is brilliant, to see Snoopy’s dog kennel in the shadow and then add Snoopy… and it only makes sense if you see it at night, when the street light opposite is on.

UK General Election 2015

It’s that time again, another general election is just around the corner. There is no point voting because we always get fucking politicians.

The ballot paper needs a “None of the above” option for those who don’t vote, not out of apathy or because they don’t care but because none of those standing offer anything the voter wants. They would be able to register the fact that they do care, and wish to take part in the process, but there isn’t a suitable candidate &mdash here’s my vote, but it ain’t for any of you useless wankers.

vote for nobody

Career politicians have killed democracy in the UK. All that matters is being in power and they will offer any policy you want just so they can remain there.

Let’s give those bastards a Cinco de Mayo they won’t forget and remind them that it is we, the electorate, who are in control. They are our puppets, to do our bidding and we are not in need of their nannying.

Viva La Revolución!

Nelson Mandela’s pre-sentencing speech

The speech made by Nelson Mandela before they sentenced him..

How to prepare kiwi, not everyone knows how to do it right.

So here’s pictorial directions so you can be sure to get it right.


All the aces (of spades)

That’s some poker hand.
All the aces 1.
All the aces 2.
I found them on a site that is definitely NSFW – do not visit if you are offended by photos of naked ladies… or motorbikes. Basically, if you’re offended by the site name, Fuck Yeah don’t visit!

Things that make you go hmmmm…


Visit Banksy Street Art for more interesting art.

The Duke of In Hospital

Gotta love the Daily Mail. Not that I read it myself, my wife surfs the site for the “humorous picture stories”, yeah, right.

Anyway, the headline on this story has a great typo.

The Duke of In Hospital

The Duke of In Hospital

For anyone thinking of sending this to the News Quiz on Radio 4, I’ve already done it.

Errata, Paintings on a Canvas of Books

I like this.

Errata, Paintings on a Canvas of Books.

Let me tell you about Nate

Nate is a guy, and Autralian guy, who is travelling slowly around the world in no particular direction and he’s in no hurry. He’s visiting wonderful, off-the-beaten-track destinations. Places most of us would probably avoid. But in travelling his way he’s meeting people in those places and he’s finding they’re much the same as the rest of us, they just live somewhere we’ve never heard of.

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