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Screencast: vzpkg2 & pkg-cacher

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Robert Nelson released an updated version of vzpkg2, pkg-cacher as well as OS Template Metadata packages for Fedora, CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. In all there are 48 different OS Templates that can easily be made using this software and I'm wanting to get more people in the community interested so I made a screencast.

If you want the full-quality version, right-click on the following URL and save as. It is an Ogg Theora video and recorded with gtk-recordMyDesktop:

vzpkg2-screencast.ogv (69MB) (Right-click, Save Link As...)

Creating a local Synaptic Repository using ad-hoc wireless (PCLinuxOS)

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I created a tutorial of sorts for creating a local repo for synaptic, it is written for PCLinuxOS (RPM) but the same process could be used for DEB repositories for any system that uses the Synaptic Package Manager. You can find it here:
http://www.pclinuxos.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=26&topic=51168.msg401208#msg401208


A review of "Little Brother"

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A few months ago I was listening to a pod cast that was covering some books. I was hearing good things about this book. Personally, I have never been a big fan of a "tech thriller", it always seems that the tech that is in these type of books are (a) impossible or (b) poorly explained. Not really so in this book. The tech could happen, and the stuff that seems a bit over the top are quickly explained out in layman's terms not to lose the average reader.

To quote the Authors site about this book....


Interview: vzpkg2 and pkg-cacher creator Robert Nelson

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Robert Nelson seems to have come out of nowhere with an update to vzpkg. Before we get started let me briefly review what vzpkg is.

An OS Template is what OpenVZ uses as install media so you may install a Linux distribution into a container... since you cannot use a traditional CD-ROM / DVD nor .iso disk image. An OS Template is a .tar.gz file that represents a somewhat stripped down version of an installed Linux distribution as you would find it installed on a disk filesystem. So, if you want to create a CentOS 5.2 i386 container, you need to find an CentOS 5.2 i386 OS Template.

There are a number of recipes on the OpenVZ wiki for building OS Templates for various Linux distributions but the general process takes several steps and is quite a bit of work. Any tool that can simplify the creation (and updating) of an OS Template is a welcome addition. OpenVZ comes with vzpkgcache (part of the vzpkg package) which is designed to facilitate OS Template creation for Red Hat based distributions.

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edit: excellent blog feed functiong.
now when my blogs disappear or get messed with i've always got mah cache. of the titling.
and stuff ala redhat inc. ty redhat.


Things are calming down

Well now that school has started and things are starting to fall into a rhythm I'm going to be able to post a bit more now. Going from new baby to school starting was rough. So lets see what trouble I can get into now.


My distro!

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I know most here are Ubuntu or Fedora, for the most part. And Bodhi is the MAN! as far as I'm concerned, but,

This article pretty much sums up how I feel about my distro of choice:
http://linuxgeeksunited.blogspot.com/2008/09/just-wth-is-up-pclinuxos-anyway.html


Bryan takes care of a baby?

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I think this video speaks for itself.

A response to "The Fedora-Red Hat Crisis"

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As seen on Slashdot and elsewhere is the Bruce Byfield article entitled "The Fedora-Red Hat Crisis".

I'd put this response as a comment to the article on the place where it was published but the site doesn't appear to have a comment system... but given all of the ads there, perhaps I missed it. Anyway... Bruce is inaccurate in a few points that I feel must be addressed.

Perhaps I should have done a better job with my references and as time passes I'll try to improve this... but I wanted to get it out there ASAP.


Qumranet Joins Red Hat - Lots of questions

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As has been reported elsewhere, take the front page of Red Hat's website for example, Red Hat has "acquired" Qumranet Inc for a little over $100 million. In a presentation a month or two back for the BozemanLUG meeting... I played some demo videos of Qumranet's Solid ICE product and discussed KVM. Just in case you weren't aware, Qumranet is the company that sponsors the development of the Kernel Based Virtual Machine which got merged into the mainline Linux kernel starting with version 2.6.20. KVM requires hardware support for virtualization to be present in the CPU (Intel VT / AMD-V).

Doesn't Red Hat already use Xen in RHEL?

Yes, Red Hat does use Xen in RHEL although they prefer the term, Red Hat Virtualization. Fedora added support for KVM some time ago... and Red Hat has been working hard to help KVM get to the point where it is mature enough to become a replacement for Xen. They have also been funding a number FOSS virtualization related projects (see oVirt for example) several which support KVM.


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