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.

Video: Yes, I'm Linux. Are You?

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This was released by the Linux Foundation yesterday and I thought I'd share. Enjoy!

Video: Security Features in systemd

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Lennart Poettering gave a presentation for NLUUG on Nov. 20th, 2014 entitled, "Security Features in systemd". I think veteran system admins would be interested in this stuff. :) Enjoy!

Direct download link: 5_Lennart_Poettering_-_Systemd.webm

Video: FreeBSD - The Next 10 Years

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Jordan Hubbard... should need no introduction but if you don't know who he is, look him up... anyway, Mr. Hubbard spoke recently at the MeetBSD 2014 conference giving a presentation entitled, "FreeBSD: The next 10 years".

One thing I want to point out is his section on the init system. Here's a direct link to that section that I couldn't figure out to get to with the embedded video. Anyway, in the embedded video feel free to move the play head to about 27 minutes and 32 seconds into it manually if you don't want to watch the whole thing.

So FreeBSD may very well be moving to an init system modeled after Apple's Mac OS X's launchd... and since systemd also borrowed some ideas from launchd (as well as a few other systems)... systemd haters can move to FreeBSD... but how long before it also changes in ways they don't like? Oh, and I like the way Mr. Hubbard refers to systemd. :)

Here's some choice bullet points from one of his slides:

  • We need to be open to fundamentally new approaches and ruthlessly cull what is no longer demonstrably useful to the 99%
  • We need to be willing to shamelessly steal^H^H^H^H^H adopt things that are working well for others
  • We need to take on some big-picture challenges that will appeal to the next generation of hackers (where's the next mountain?)


Videos: LinuxCon Europe 2014


Here's Linus with Intel's Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, Dirk Hohndel on the next 12 months of the Linux kernel:

Here's a kernel panel hosted by LWN's Jon Corbet featuring Grant Likely, Linaro; Borislav Petkov, SUSE; Thomas Gleixner, linutronix GmbH; Julia Lawall, Inria; Frédéric Weisbecker, Red Hat.


Video: Q & A with Linus Torvalds at DebConf Portland 2014

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We watched this last night at the BozemanLUG meeting. I believe it was recorded last Sunday (August 31st) at the DebConf Portland 2014 event so Linus is talking to a room full of Debian true believers. This is one of the more interesting Question and Answer sessions I've seen with Linus because in it he goes into quite a few controversial topics. On a few occasions he crosses over the line and realizes it and has to walk some stuff back. Is there anyone who agrees with Linus on everything? If so, I'm not one of those people. There are about 4 or 5 things he talks about in the video that I'm on the other side of but I won't bore everyone with what those might be. I didn't go with VP9/OPUS for this one so it is webm with VP8/OGG inside. Enjoy!

Video: Fedora mentioned on TNT's Major Crimes series


I ran across this on Monday night. Anyone else watch Major Crimes? Enjoy!

Video: Docker Container Security

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Red Hat's Dan Walsh is *THE* SELinux expert. He gave a presentation on Docker container security at the recent DockerCon 14. If you have any interest in containers or Docker, this is probably worth viewing. Enjoy!

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