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[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 19:13:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yeah, well, Ubuntu has tried a bunch of different things to make themselves non-standard.  Most of them (Upstart and Unity are two examples) have failed.

It seems they're now making the switch from X11 to Wayland in the current version.  Let's see how that works out.  It should be interesting.

[#] Wed Nov 01 2017 07:49:15 EDT from fleeb

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Heh... I guess they want to be trendsetters, but lack the credentials.

[#] Wed Nov 01 2017 11:00:17 EDT from LoanShark

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there.  For all practical purposes, ISV's who actually produce
software instead of rolling craft beer distributions of Linux in
their spare time, only care about Fedora (CentOS, Red Hat) and Debian


CoreOS might be much more common soon

[#] Wed Nov 01 2017 13:14:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ok well ... from the CoreOS web site: "Within Container Linux, you will almost exclusively use systemd to manage the lifecycle of your Docker containers."

So not only does CoreOS use systemd, but they have leveraged it as the framework for initializing and running containers.

It seems there's no additional problem here if CoreOS does become more common.

[#] Thu Nov 02 2017 12:46:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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...because if you're going to decouple components like that, you ought to do it with CORBA, right?

Amirite?   ;)

Hello, is this thing on...?

[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 15:42:46 EST from LoanShark

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So it is written.

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 10:53:47 EST from fleeb

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So it is done.

[#] Tue Nov 07 2017 10:38:51 EST from kc5tja

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CORBA would be about 400% more efficient. No joke.

[#] Tue Nov 07 2017 13:55:49 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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While somewhat cool, incredibly scary.

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 11:57:42 EST from fleeb

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Oh, now I want to play with this... there's gotta be *something*...

[#] Fri Nov 10 2017 14:56:01 EST from fleeb

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This looks a bit too nifty:

Some Intel chips have an extra MINIX OS built into the chip that allows you to do some entertaining things with the machine.

[#] Sun Nov 12 2017 00:00:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Cool. This type of functionality is of course available on most high end servers which have a BMC on board (Cisco CIMC, HP iLO, Dell DRAC, etc). It is interesting to see Intel building it into the chipset.

Although that article reads like an advertisement for the payware version of RealVNC.

[#] Mon Nov 13 2017 05:58:26 EST from fleeb

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It does, although it was the only article I found (in my not-very-deep search) that provided any practical use for this information at all.

[#] Tue Nov 21 2017 00:06:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Tonight I stopped procrastinating, and got a home server running again. I used my old netbook. :) With a basic Linux install and some extra disks attached to it, it seems to be doing the job well.

My requirements are few:
* Offsite backups of my primary servers, which sit in a remote data center
* DLNA server, to serve audio and video to devices around the home
* Periodically update my dynamic DNS (my router doesn't support

While installing the OS, I was reminded how much I liked netbooks so much more than tablets. And when I booted up the 2009-era Linux that was previously installed on it, I was reminded how much better the GUI's were before *everyone* collectively decided to make everything ugly and unusable.

The netbook was a good choice because it has a low-power processor (an Atom), and I already had it so the cost was $0. Previously I was using a Raspberry Pi, but it kept crashing for some reason. I'm still not sure why.

[#] Thu Nov 23 2017 00:01:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I missed this when it was announced a couple of weeks ago.

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Recent moves by Amazon suggest that they are preparing to ditch the Xen hypervisor and move to KVM.

The new hypervisor was mentioned in the release notes for a new "C5" instance type which is powered by Intel "Skylake" processors. (Read notes here: [ ]). They go on to mention that "going forward, web'll use this hypervisor to power other instance types."

Although Amazon is bad, Amazon using KVM is good. The KVM hypervisor is really, really good. It's less cumbersome than Xen, makes more sense in the way it allocates resources using existing Linux facilities, and still manages to be a Type 1 hypervisor even though it shares memory management and other functions with the host OS's userland.

It will be interesting to see if Xen withers and dies at this point.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2017 13:59:30 EST from LoanShark

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Amazon will have to continue using Xen for many years to come, because they are committed to supporting paravirt-based images on most of their existing instance types.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2017 15:00:30 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Perhaps. pv-ops was designed to be hypervisor agnostic (even VMware supports it!) so they could port things over if they really wanted to. More likely they will just deprecate the old instance types though.

[#] Tue Nov 28 2017 16:42:19 EST from LoanShark

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I don't think we're talking about the same thing. Amazon is committed to supporting what they call PVM-based AMIs, which as I understand it are Xen-based paravirt kernels that predate pv-ops and don't have the ability to boot as HVM, bare-metal, dom0 etc (all of which are supported by recent pv-ops) or else there would be no point to any distinction between PVM and HVM AMIs

[#] Fri Dec 01 2017 10:02:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yes, that is a bit different.  I still think they could shim it out and make it run under KVM if they really wanted to, but it's probably easier for them to just cap those instance types and let them age out.  In the hosting business we generally don't upgrade customers who have already paid unless they are ready to pay us again.

[#] Fri Dec 01 2017 12:53:43 EST from LoanShark

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it gets a bit tricky because all of EC2 Classic has to "age out"... tht might eventually happen but the entire world has to migrate off first

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