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Linuxfest Northwest 2008 Prelude

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The Linuxfest Northwest 2008 show is quickly approaching - April 26 & 27 in Bellingham, Washington. It happens to be the closest Linux show to Montana that I'm aware of. Last year Warren, Donnie, Ken and I went. It was a blast. Check out my report from last year if you missed it.

Anyhoo... several of us are going and I've even signed up for a presentation entitled OS Virtualization vs. Hardware Virtualization. I haven't put together the presentation yet but I have done about a half dozen related presentations over the last two years. I think with this one though, I'm going to concentrate less on specific products and more on how OS Virtualization has been making its way into the mainline Linux kernel (called CGroups or control groups).

If anyone is interested in attending the conference, please let me know ASAP. We currently have one vehicle going and one room... but we could easily expand that if need be.

Warren and I have attended three different Linux conferences in the past: Linux World Conference and Expo (once last year), Colorado Linux User Expo (twice back in the 90s - now defunct), and the Linuxfest Northwest (last year). Of the three LFNW, is the only completely free one and as such it has the strongest community feel to it. The schedule has been finalized... so check it out to see just how many things interest you... and don't forget about the exhibits either. There is a LOT there!


A need for a good mail server.

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I have been asked to show my supervisor what a Linux mail server would look / run like. He doesn't want to spend the money to buy Exchange or the massive rebuild of our network to get Exchange working. Here is what he is looking for:

1) global address book
2) easy user management
3) imap accounts
4) easy backup of all accounts, settings, and boxes

If anyone has a good site for a howto or a recommendation for a mail system that would be great. This is a bit over my head so I hope that some one around here can point me in the right direction.

Thanks


Some SSH & RSYNC help

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Hey everyone,

I am in need of a little help or a point in the right direction with some SSH & RSYNC stuff I'm trying.

Using CentOS 5 I am trying to automate some rsync tasks through ssh. I have CentOS5 on the destination too. I have a DSA and RSA key generated and scp'd onto the destination server. Essentially I am trying to do a host authentication to get around the password. The destination server is a production system so I can't lax much on the security or this would be much easier.

I have been trying to use some instruction from the rsync site as well as linuxquestions but I'm not making any real headway. The usernames are different for the source and destination systems but that shouldn't really matter for RSA/DSA authentication, should it?

Any help or refernces you could give me would be hot!

On another note, eventually I'll get to one of the LUG meetings. At least this month I made it to MSO but forgot my directions to Sean Kelly's. 8^p

Doyce

"only the strong of heart can win to the place of the Vision!"

IN GHOSTLY JAPAN


BozemanLUG March Meeting Canceled

My wife is sick and will probably be hospitalized for a few days... so I won't be able to make the meeting tonight... so it has to be canceled. Sorry about the last minute notice but it is the best I could do. See you next month.


a bit of personal news...

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Well most of you didn't know but I have a wonderful family. A beautiful and wonderful wife and a very smart (to smart for my own good) son. I also have another one on the way. My wife is 7 months along and every thing has been going well until today.

Today we found out that she has gestational diabetes. Now this isn't that bad of news but she was at a elevated risk to start with so this just adds one more thing to the table. We will be finding out more tomorrow.

Here's to wishful thinking!!!


The Importance of FOSS and Open Standards

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What to know why FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and open standards are important? South African Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi does a wonderful job explaining in her opening remarks for the Idlelo African Conference on FOSS and Digital Commons. A text version of her speech is also available.

Let's hope that more politicians and decision makers around the globe become as informed as those in South Africa.

Just a Few Clarifications

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The Objective Observer wrote an article entitled, "Penguin Suicide Bombers: The Terrorism of Open Source". The article is quite inflammatory although along the way the author tries to justify his handle. In any event, I thought it important to give the author the benefit of the doubt and to try my best to set the record straight... or my version of it anyway... in as positive a way as possible. What follows are the two, somewhat quick emails (please forgive any typos) I sent in response to the article... oh, and I'll be happy to include any responses I get back from him if any.


Proposal for Fedora@Home

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I saw this first mentioned on LWN... but an employee from Red Hat named Bryan Che... who just happens to be the Red Hat product manager for a new Red Hat product, Red Hat Enterprise MRG... has made a request to the Fedora Project Board. The proposal is quite interesting... and given the last couple of sentences, perhaps you have figured it out already.


Something for a fed user

http://fedorasolved.org/

This site should be in any fedora users bookmarks. It covers everything that is needed to install and configure fedora. When I was trying out the newest version of fedora I was unable to get java up and running and the guide that is up there I was able to get it to work on the first try. I ended up not liking fedora very much but I still find myself dropping by there weekly and seeing what is new and anytime that I find myself forgetting something simple. It's a wonderful site that is well designed and easy to move around on. Check it out.


Paid IT support and revenge

I've recently had some very bad experiences with paid technical support and I'm wondering if anyone else shares my dismay.

I'm responsible for about 40 servers which support services for approximately 15,000 people so you might imagine that good 24x7 technical support is fairly important to me. The last several months of dealings with two companies in particular have my blood pressure way higher than it need be.


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