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Yes, I’m Still Alive

Posted on | February 19, 2009 | No Comments

Its been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I was actually tickled to get a few e-mails from readers asking me if I was still alive and well. I’m alive and kicking, the last month and a half has been extremely busy.

There are some new goodies, however! Gridnix is finally launching, projects that it depends on have finally advanced to the point where stability is in the near future. I won’t go into Gridnix in this post, read the site.

I’ve also been working on a Nagios style daemon (with built in soft watchdog) to run on paravirtualized Xen guests. All information is conveyed to the privileged domain via Xenbus, allowing the privileged domain to set up watches on guest activity and take action. I’m calling it nexgent (thanks, Gary!), its still very alpha but might be fun to play with. It includes a modified version of Brendan Cully’s ‘xsfs’ (xenstore file system), a FUSE mount that lets you explore the store much like you would /proc.

HelenOS recently released “Sinister Valentine” (as it was close to epoch 1234567890 and also a Friday the 13′th), the basic shell that I contributed has some slight improvements but I’m still not happy with it. Anyway, grab the image, fire up QEMU and take it for a spin!

Finally, after a year of waiting, GNUPanel is soon to release its next version. This includes a ground up re-write of the PHP internals, a new plug in system, multi server support and more. The project has also re-vamped its web site (gone to WordPress) though we have not had much time to update the content.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t really free software that has been keeping me busy the last month and a half :) A wise person once said, life is what happens when you’re making other plans.

In any event, its nice to have some time to finally update my blog. I’m also glad to see my fellow diggers enjoy the most magical of all UNIX epochs, 1234567890 :) A post I wrote a year ago suddenly becomes popular, go figure! Since that epoch happened to fall on Valentine’s day, Moddr was inspired to write a little love poem:

Roses are red, violets are blue, all my base are belong to you!

This could be the only time in history that geeks looked forward to Valentine’s day, I’m glad to see so many enjoy it.

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