Jon Corbet and the Linux Kernel Report 2007

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This is a little dated (January 2007) but I just ran across it today. It's yet another glimpse into the Linux Kernel Development process. I haven't watched it all yet so I'll leave additional comments for later.

NYT's David Pogue on the OLPC

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If you didn't read the article, David put out a video.


What Andrew Said About Containers

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Kir posted a blog entry regarding Andrew Morton's keynote from the LinuxWorld Expo 2007 keynote (from August as seen a few items below) wanting to get a transcript of what Andrew said about containers and OpenVZ... so I spent about 30 minutes making it so. Here's what Andrew said:

"The one prediction I am prepared to make... is that over the next 1 to 2 years there'll be quite a lot of focus in the Linux kernel on... the core of the Linux kernel... on the project which has many names. Some people call it containerization... others will call it operating system virtualization... other people will call it resource management. It's a whole cloud of different features which have different applications.


October MissoulaLUG Meeting

Oct 11 2007 - 6:00pm
Oct 11 2007 - 8:00pm

The October meeting for the MissoulaLUG will be held downtown at Break Espresso on Thursday, October 11th at 6:00pm.


Learning Linux-VServer

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While it is obvious that I've been using OpenVZ for some time now, a lesser known fact is that I've also been using Linux-VServer at work. Linux-VServer is a lot like OpenVZ only different. Huh? Well, Linux-VServer is also a form of OS Virtualization but rather than the term "container" the Linux-VServer folks prefer the term, "security context".

From a feature and operational perspective, Linux-VServer and OpenVZ are very similar but from a design and implementation standpoint, they are quite different. The Linux-VServer setup I've been using at work pre-dates my employment there and it is quite old (based on the Linux 2.4.x kernel)... but it has been running flawlessly so I haven't seen the need to update it. As a result, I've really fallen behind with Linux-VServer's development and how it has changed, matured, and added features over the last couple of years.

Two Great New Technical Videos

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Ken Dyke asked me at the BozemanLUG meeting the other evening... if I had found any more good technical videos on Google. I usually search every day... but somehow hadn't found anything worth sharing for a while.

Practical MythTV by Michael Still, Aug. 16, 2007

The second video is about DTrace which is the kernel debugger for Sun's Solaris... but given the coverage on LWN in an article entitled, On DTrace envy which talks about DTrace vs. Linux's SystemTap kernel debugger... more info in DTrace is probably a good thing.

LinuxWorld Expo 2007 Keynotes I attended

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I attended two of the keynotes at LinuxWorld Expo 2007 and here they are as nicely recorded by the LinuxWorld folks. If only these videos were downloadable.

I put the second one on the full story page. It is a talk by one of the founders of VMware about the future of virtualization technologies.

MissoulaLUG to rise from the ashes

Who: A gathering of those interested in forming and participating in a Missoula Linux Users Group.

When: Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 6:30PM

Where: Break Espresso 432 N Higgins Ave, Downtown Missoula

Why: To meet with, learn from, and share knowledge with other Linux users in the Missoula area, promote the use of Linux, and tell jokes.

Additional information at: Ubuntu Forums - Missoula users

Users of ALL distros are strongly encouraged to attend.

Note: This meeting will probably focus less on using Linux than it does on just the dull bureaucracy of getting the LUG off the ground. So, if you don't currently use Linux but are interested in doing so, you'll probably be more interested in watching out for meeting #2, possibly in early October, maybe earlier, or later. Honestly, we don't know yet.


Interview: OpenVZ Project Manager Kir Kolyshkin

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I had the opportunity to be part of the OpenVZ booth at the recent LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco where I met the OpenVZ Project Manager, Kir Kolyshkin. He was kind enough to answer some questions for me via email.

About the OpenVZ Project

ML: Please tell me a little bit about yourself... education, hobbies, family... what jobs did have before SWsoft / the OpenVZ project?

Kir KolyshkinKir KolyshkinKir: I graduated in CS from Ukhta State Technical University, it's in the city where I was born and lived, somewhere 1500 km north from Moscow, the capital of Russia where I live now.

While in the university I had a chance to work and play with not only boring DOS/Windows, but also OS/2, HP-UX, SCO, Novell Netware, and some other operating systems, including Linux of course. My first Linux distro was some ancient version of Slackware, I only remember it came with kernel 1.0.9 and the CD also contained patches for up to 1.1.50. I immediately fell in love with Linux and free software model.

Before I became the project manager for OpenVZ, I worked at a few companies, including positions at Deutsche Bank and at the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. As for SWsoft, I did a few projects there -- a search engine (ASPseek, now mostly in oblivion), a few projects for Virtuozzo (lead development of vzctl, then kernel testing, then template tools).

Screencast: OpenVZ Live Migration

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I just recently started playing around with installing desktop environments inside of a VPS. It takes a little work as you really don't want to accidentally replace your vzdev package with a distro's stock udev package. Anyway, the video below was resized for embedded flash playback and there is no sound. If you want a MUCH higher quality video, you can can right-click and save as: openvz-via-vnc-with-migration.ogg.

Read the full article for the embedded video because I didn't want it to stretch out the front page.