GNU Guix launches
Posted Nov 27, 2012 1:35 UTC (Tue) by pspinler
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I'm not really arguing against systems administration policies, but it really baffles me that instead of entertaining and encouraging workable compromises and perhaps loosening the leash on captive users, organisations and developers would rather keep the leash as tight as possible even though history shows that the leash will break as a result.
The issue is what management is willing to pay for. Sure, I can act as issue catcher and general hand holder, but then that takes a lot more of my time and the ratio of sysadmin to machine goes down. Management looks at that and says "what with all this automation, what's the problem?"
Ergo, we took a pretty firm stance what we'd allow users to do on systems we administered, and management, by policy, required that production apps were on systems that were officially administered.
Our compromise was that we still gave people sandboxes to play in where they could do anything to the system. We just took a very strict hands off to those sandboxes, and frowned mightily at using free play sandboxes for serious production work.
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