Fun with Linux server migrations, part 2

Seeing progress of a long-running Linux process During the server migration mentioned in part 1, i wanted to see what a long-running rsync process was doing.  Because we had done several presyncs of the data before the outage window, there was...

Fun with Linux server migrations, part 1

Server migrations with file system structure changes Last night i completed a P2V migration of a 2 TB Linux file server.  It was running on an old IBM x306 server with cheap SATA disks, and we were migrating it to a VMware environment with a...

Ridiculously obvious shell function for Quagga users

The response to my recent tweet about trying to run Cisco commands on Linux got me thinking: why shouldn't i be able to type show run on my Linux routers?  For those of us who switch between Linux & Cisco (and possibly others) a lot and use the...

Secure wiping of tapes on Linux

At one client site, we've recently moved from tape to disk for our offline backup storage medium.  We debated what to do with the old tape loader and tapes, and concluded that we would never go back and so should get rid of them entirely.  I was...

My essential Ubuntu applications

A few times recently i've had to think about the essential applications i use on my desktop.  The latest was Anthony Burke's tweet, but the recent churn in the Linux desktop world and my unhappiness with Unity means that i need to be prepared for...

Debian versions infographic

Debian Project News recently linked to a helpful infographic of Debian versions. It doesn't include anything about backports, volatile/updates, or contrib, main, and non-free, but it's a great resource nonetheless. The main point i would disagree...

Bizarre error message with Novell Certificate Server

It must be the week for stupid error messages.  I just tried to create a private SSL certificate for one of our server VMs from our Novell eDirectory iManager server.  The CSR was created by OpenSSL on the command line on the Ubuntu server, and i...

A strange rrdtool error; Linux conntrack documentation

Last week i made some fairly significant changes on a client's production firewall/routing cluster during our maintenance window.  The next morning there were reports of file server drives not connecting correctly and inaccessible web sites. ...

Back to the future for the Ubuntu desktop

The Register has a review of the Ubuntu 11.04 beta release which suggests there are some rocky times for existing Ubuntu users ahead.  The part the article that stuck out to me reads: The highlight of the current launcher is the plethora of...

Getting Adobe Digital Editions to work in Ubuntu

Today we have a guest blog post from my wife Angela.  She is an avid Ubuntu user (in fact, so are our kids) and a great web researcher in general.  She wanted to borrow digital editions of books from our local library; however, the books are only...