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Breaking With Conventional Wisdom – Sometimes

Despite standards, industry accepted best practices, free templates for planning networks and even common sense, not everyone can follow conventional wisdom when deploying a cloud. In fact, at least in my experience, the only times I have been able to do it ‘correctly from the start’ have been when I start completely from scratch. Most […]

You May Have Xen – But How About Tofu?

Enough procrastinating. I have been working on a Xen friendly operating system for several years, a lot of the time has been spent waiting to see what happened with pv_ops in mainline Linux. Two years later, we’re still waiting to see what happens to pv_ops in Mainline Linux. Everything else (such as the Xen API, […]

And the package manager debate rages on

If you ask any *NIX engineer what they love or hate the most about their operating system of choice, many will indicate the package manager. For those of you who don’t use a UNIX like operating system, the package manager is the program that lets you install other programs. A small group of developers (me […]

Yes, I’m Still Alive

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 […]

Mad scientist meets lvm2

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to really enjoy what we’re being paid to do. That’s been the case for me this week while working on a replacement for the ‘lvm’ command for control panels and other underprivileged things to use. Most people who write programs that must operate on logical volumes do it in a very […]

A better approach to distributed IPC

There are two golden rules to follow when packaging your own OS distribution: Don’t mangle upstream code Make it work while observing rule #1 When your making a grid OS, its hard not to break those rules. Lets take for instance a scenario where you have two computers and need to live migrate a virtual […]

Can synchronized GNU/Linux releases work?

In short, yes but the quality and originality of the releases might dwindle. Mark Shuttleworth (funder and founder of Ubuntu) wants to explore the possibility of all major GNU/Linux distributions releasing new versions on the same schedule. Major distributions would be Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, etc. The idea looks very good on paper. Software developers […]

Gridnix Resurrected!

A while back, I was working on my own GNU/Linux distro named “Gridnix”, a cluster friendly distro that was not married to any specific kernel, focusing on the ease of virtualization, grids ‘as a service’ and simple scalability. You should be able to ‘spill’ a cluster or utility grid just like you would a glass […]

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