ENOBDFL

As anyone who’s spent more than 10 minutes around me knows, I’m fascinated by software and by the development and management of the infrastructure that surrounds it. While I’m usually more interested in the machinery and software that surrounds projects I work on, the human machinery is also fascinating, especially when it breaks down. When I joined the Void project I started out managing the Kansas City mirror, and configuring it with Ansible and other tools.

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Faster Than Light - Ansible Mitogen

Ansible is a configuration and systems management tool from RedHat. The general idea is that you express in Ansible the state you would like the machine to be in, and then when you run Ansible against a host the state will be applied. For example, you don’t say you want to restart a service, you define its state as “restarted” and then Ansible will ensure that this happens at some point.

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A Side Project...

For about a year now I’ve been working on a side project. After working at UTD and having run LDAP and Kerberos, I thought it would be very nice to have something like those services, but much easier to stand up and operate. Thus NetAuth was born. If you’d like to find out more, NetAuth lives at https://netauth.org.

Bringing a new platform to Void

When you download an image for your Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone or other SBC do you ever pause to think about how that image came to be? Installing the system for a single board computer rarely involves booting into an installer, indeed it rarely looks like an x86 system until well after the system is up. Why is this? To answer this I’m diving into what it took to add the latest hardware support to Void Linux: the Pogoplug Mobile (v4).

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Very Old Void System Updates

I have a lot of computers in my collection from machines I’ve wanted or otherwise picked up over the years. Some of these machines were aquired as projects and spend a lot of time in the off state. One of my oldest Void machines has been off for around 2 years now. With October fast approaching I decided I wanted to try and project a halloween scene into my window. I had the projector already along with some video clips that would work for this.

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