Mauriat Miranda     mjmwired

Change of Direction

In certain scenarios I am a little skeptical of Linux and open source applications as worthwhile competitors for closed source or proprieraty alternatives. This is not to say I do not think that there is any lack in potential. In my opinion I do disagree with some choices made by open source projects or linux distributions. In any event the point of this post is not to argue any of that.

Wikipedia Migrates from Fedora to Ubuntu

The admins running Wikipedia are almost complete in migrating their servers from a mix of RedHat and Fedora to Ubuntu. The primary reasons behind the switch, according to Brion Vibber (Wikimedia CTO), were personal preference, Ubuntu availability on the desktop and better support/stability compared to Fedora. As a server, one might think that an enterprise option like RHEL or CentOS might make for a better choice, however both of these lack the appeal of Ubuntu and the flexibility in support.

Firefox SSL Certificates

Using Firefox 3. Very simply, I know that Redhat’s main website ( works perfectly fine. However when I exclude the “www”, and go to the same website:, apparently something is wrong? I see Secure Connection Failed. (Should I be concerned???) So I click the “add exception link…” … which turns into button … So I click the “Add Exception…” Button … which opens a dialog So I click the “Get Certificate” Button So I can enable the “Confirm Security Exception” Button, so I can click on that.

Fedora Mailing List Annoyance

I joined the Fedora users/group mailing list ([fedora-list]( in April 2005, after being on Usenet since the late 1990’s. I somehow always assumed mailing lists were of much higher quality than the “anything goes” attitude of Usenet. Since then, I really haven’t asked too many questions. For the most part I try to only answer questions that others miss or when I think I have a better response than what is posted or to correct obvious technical errors.

Fedora Makes a Terrible Server

… for me. I am finally giving up on Fedora as a server. I find it just too unreliable. I have been using Fedora since FC1 (and been on Redhat since RH6.0), but for the most part I only used it as a desktop operating system. When I was using FC3, I found it very helpful to mirror my website(s) on my local machine. This worked great, however with each new Fedora release I found more things breaking with my scripts and setup.