FreeBSD jails made simple using BastilleBSD
I wish I had BastilleBSD twenty years ago. I had a part-time sysadmin job - running web servers. PHP started to become popular by the turn of the century. Using jails on FreeBSD seemed to be a safe environment to run PHP-enabled web servers. However, there were no tools yet to work with jails. I had to write many scripts to build and update jails. A bit of history At first, I had a single server.
Fedora, CentOS and me
Let me share my Fedora story with you. Hopefully, it helps you to understand, why I am also promoting AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux, even if I am an active Fedora and CentOS community member and contributor. Before the beginnings Someone suggested me to try Red Hat Linux in 1995 and replace Slackware Linux with it on my university server. I installed it, but I did not become a fan. And when I found the print out of the password file of my server on the wall of the Russian students’ computer lab (see: https://peter.
Watching movies belonging to soundtracks
When I like a song and learn that it is actually a soundtrack of a movie, I usually look it up on IMDB. Often it belongs to a romantic movie, a super hero movie from Marvel or a TV show. In these cases I do not look any further. But sometimes I get curious while reading the plot or watching the trailer. I’ve found many good movies based on the soundtrack.
I love photography. I started taking photos four decades ago using a camera called Lubitel, a cheap Russian knock off of Rolleiflex. I switched from film to digital photography back in 2000, which was quite a bit earlier than most. I always treated mobile photography with strong skepticism (small sensor, too much processing, etc.) and have a dedicated camera with me everywhere. Well, the problem is with the words “always” and “everywhere”.
High-Resolution Audio: is it worth the hype?
Can you hear the difference between a CD and an MP3 file? Most people cannot. But even if only one in ten can hear something, that means hundreds of millions of people. However, even if you can hear the difference, there is a good chance that the recording you love is not available in better than CD quality. Still, this problem is not as big as you first think. Let me show you why!
Celebrating 30 years of Linux - is 2021 finally the year of the Linux desktop?
Celebrating 30 years of Linux - is 2021 finally the year of the Linux desktop? My favorite Linux insider joke is that “The year of the Linux desktop is always next year”. Each year there is a new technology which is expected to achieve breakthroughs. I was asked almost a decade ago to give a talk about this topic. I proved to my audience that the year of the Linux desktop is already here, just not the way most Linux users expect it.
One weekend, two updates: Windows 11 and MacOS Monterey
Most people know me as a Linux and/or FreeBSD guy, and they are right. I use openSUSE and FreeBSD most of my time. However, I am not a fanatic who tries to solve everything using a single OS and I am curious as well. Most other operating systems I use are running in virtual machines, but I also have two computers: a Windows desktop and an old MacBook Pro. Both received a major software upgrade during the weekend.
Openpower Summit 2021
Last week I participated the OpenPower Summit. I enjoyed it, even if I was on sick leave with a fever. There were many interesting talks, ranging from open source and education through Power10 to instruction development. All sessions were recorded. Hopefully recordings will also be shared, as I did not have the strength to visit all the sessions I wanted. And, as usual, some of the interesting talks were given in parallel.
Speakers from my life
As you might have already noticed from my blogs, I am a music maniac. One of the factors influencing your music listening experience is what speakers you use. I was lucky right from the beginning, my parents are music maniacs as well. In this blog I introduce you to the speakers I listened while living at my parents, and three pairs of speakers I bought myself. I must admit that I never did a really thorough research about speakers and acoustics.
Virtual Conferences: a love-hate relationship
I love conferences. Now, that most conferences are either virtual or hybrid (both virtual and on-premises), people often say that it must be heaven for me. I can visit many more conferences and give many more talks. Well, it is not just this simple. Virtual conferences are a love-hate relationship for me. Of course, there are some advantages, but also disadvantages. Giving virtual talks Yes, I could give more talks. Even overlapping conferences are not a problem any more: I can give a talk at a European conference in the morning, and give another talk at a US conference in the evening.