Posts Tagged ‘ubuntu’

I feel like I’m taking a big personal risk writing this, even though I know the internet is large and probably no-one will read this :-). So, dear reader, please be gentle. As we grow – as people, as developers, as professionals – some lessons are are hard to learn (e.g. you have to keep […]


I’ve transitioned to a new key – announcement here or below. If you’ve signed my key in the past please consider signing my new key to get it integrated into the web of trust. Thanks! —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—– Hash: SHA1,SHA256 Sun, 2013-10-13 Time for me to migrate to a new key (shockingly late – […]


I’ve been hitting the limits of gigabit ethernet at home for quite a while now, and as I spend more time working with cloud technologies this started to frustrate me. I’d heard of other folk getting good results with second hand Infiniband cards and decided to give it a go myself. I bought two Voltaire […]


Recently I’ve been doing my personal development SSH’d into my personal laptop. I found that launchpadlib (which various projects use for release automation) was failing – the gnome keyring API threw an error because the keyring was locked, and python-keyring didn’t try to unlock it. I needed a workaround to be able to release stuff, […]


My laptop has somewhat less than 1/2 the grunt of my desktop at home, but I prefer to work on it as I can go sit in the sun etc, very hard to do that with a mini tower case :) However, running everything through ssh to another machine makes editing and iterating more clumsy; […]


While some folk look down on fakeraid (that is BIOS based RAID-until-OS-takes-over) solutions, I think they are pretty neat: they let a user get many of the benefits of dedicated controller cards at a fraction of the cost. The benefits include the usual ones for RAID – more spindles to handle IO, tolerance of disk […]


Ok, so micro rant time: this is the effect of not taking things upstream: hardware doesn’t work Out Of The Box. Very briefly, I purchased a Vodafone prepaid mobile broadband package today, which comes with a modem and SIM. The modem is a K3571-Z, and Ubuntu *thinks* it knows how they work (it doesn’t). So it […]


So, we wanted to move a Hudson CI server at Canonical from using chroots to VM’s (for better isolation and security), and there is this great product Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC – basically Eucalyptus). To do this I needed to make some changes to the Hudson EC2 plugin – and thats where the fun starts. […]


Scott recently noted that we don’t have Klingon available in Ubuntu. Klingon is available in ISO 639, so adding it  should be straight forward. Last time I blogged about this three packages needed changing, as well as Launchpad needing a translation team for the language. The situation is a little better now: only two packages […]


Bzr build-deb is very nice, but it can be very tricky to get started. I recently did a fresh debianisation of a project that is in bzr upstream, and I thought I’d record the recipe to make it work (at least until the various bugs making it hard re fixed). Assuming that the upstream uses […]



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