Video: LFNW2015 - MariaDB New Features

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Michael "Monty" Widenius, CTO of the MariaDB Foundation, discussed new features in MariaDB 10.1.

Video: LFNW2015 - Linux Troubleshooting

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Alex Juarez, Rackspace's Principal Engineer Linux Support, discussed troubleshooting beyond ps and top.

Video: LFNW2015 - Let's Encrypt

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Seth Schoen, Senior Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, discussed the upcoming Let's Encrypt project... fast and free SSL/TLS certificates for your servers.

Video: LFNW2015 - OpenVZ, Virtuozzo, and Docker

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There are a few bad spots in the video that I attribute to an SDcard going bad... and yeah, there is some hiss in the audio (internal mic rather than a wireless one)... but overall, very watchable. Enjoy!

Looking forward to LinuxFest Northwest 2015


Wow, I haven't posted anything new in a quite a while. Been working on remixing Fedora 22 since slightly before the Alpha was released. The Beta was released today. Been remixing EL6 and EL7 (CentOS, Scientific Linux and even OEL)... but enough about that.

This post is to state what presentations I plan to attend at the upcoming LFNW in Bellingham, WA (this weekend). How many LFNWs in a row have I attended? I can't recall.

10:00 - 11:00 AM - G-103, Linux Troubleshooting: Digging Deeper and Understanding the Data
11:30 - 12:30 PM - G-103, Thinking in Git
1:30 - 2:30 PM - G-103, The Dark Arts of SSH
3:00 - 4:00 PM - CC-236, OpenVZ, Virtuozzo Core, and Docker

10:00 - 11:00 AM - CC-114, Introducing new Features for MariaDB 10.1
11:30 - 12:30 PM - G-103, Alan Turing & Friends
1:30 - 2:30 PM - Haskell 104, The Bare-Metal Hypervisor as a Platform for Innovation
3:00 - 4:00 PM - CC-115, Let's Encrypt: A Free Robotic Certificate Authority

I hope to record all of those presentations (presenters willing) and make them available shortly after the event.

There are five of us going this year. One from Glendive, two from Billings, and two from Bozeman. It should be a lot of fun. I've got all of the directions / maps printed out... yeah, I'm old. :) Oh, wait... there is a third person from Bozeman but he is taking a plane and staying with his family... as opposed to driving with us in one vehicle with shared lodging.

Video: FOSDEM 2015 - What's new in systemd

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Quite a bit was written about this talk when it was first given (Feb 1st, 2015) but the FOSDEM folks just released the video today as a non-streamable MP4 file. They say a webm file will come later. I downloaded it and uploaded it to YouTube but they still haven't converted it to webm yet either. Update: They have webm'ed them now.

Anyway, here's a lower quality (not much to see) webm for you.

Video: Raspberry Pi 2 Hands-On


Just in case you haven't seen it yet:

They recommend a power supply that can deliver 2 amps.

Update: I ordered one a couple days after the release from Newark. I just got an email the other day (Feb. 19th) saying that it has shipped. I ordered a case later but I think it is coming from the UK and will take a bit longer. I also found a way to get Fedora 21 running on it.

Update 2: See also this.

Video: systemd as a sitcom from Canada


I just discovered this sit-com from Canada done by CTV... who obviously don't mind sharing their show on YouTube because they have (at a quick glance) every episode of all six seasons posted. Watching the first episode of season 1... for some reason I was reminded of systemd. Have a look for yourself. Enjoy, eh? :)

Oh, and... you're welcome!

Videos: UNIX and Linux Ancient History

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I'm a sucker for history videos... and I enjoyed the trip back in time that these were. While I was aware of the feuds that existed in UNIX-land and UNIX-GUI-land back from the early days I didn't witness it personally... so the first two expose some of that. The third video shows what moving from Windows 95 to Windows 98 was like... including the Linux alternative with an interview with Linus himself. Enjoy!

The Computer Chronicles: UNIX (1985)

The Computer Chronicles: UNIX (1989)

Computer Chronicles: Windows 98 and Linux

Video: Citizen Four Documentary Playing in Bozeman

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I stole this from a press release.

Over the past ten years, documentary film has undergone a renaissance, and the art form is more vital than ever. Hosted and curated by local award-winning documentary filmmaker Jason Burlage, The Bozeman Doc Series aims to bring the year's best films from around the world to the Emerson Center, from environmental dramas to political profiles to intimate personal films.

On Thursday, January 22nd, the Bozeman Doc Series will present the most highly acclaimed documentary of the past year, Citizen Four. A real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, Citizen Four gives audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Citizen Four places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will impact their lives and all of those around them.

The film not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance - it makes you feel them. After seeing Citizen Four, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.

The New York Times calls the film "Tense & frightening... a primal political fable for the digital age."

One of Time magazine's ten best movies of 2014, Citizen Four is a rare snapshot of history in the making.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the films begins at 7:00. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at, where you can buy season passes and 7 film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will continue on Thursdays through April with one screening every two weeks. The Bozeman Doc Series. Real people. Real life. Come see the world.

I just wanted to mention that a lot of the information gathering done by the NSA is also done by commercial entities like Google and other advertising and tracking networks. I'd like to see a documentary film about that too. And now the trailer.

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