We talked about some upcoming changes on the LOPSA website, and I suggested sending a feed to planetsysadmin. Stopped by the LOPSA desk to ask if they’d be interested in helping me at all with my (still vague and nebulous) sysadmin conference for Vancouver. They pinged the IRC channel (horrible mix of metaphors) and said sure, send an email.
OSSummit is a great event in that we get a lot of people that may be either new to Linux, or at least to CentOS, and so we have the chance to teach them. And, in the last week of August, we were at Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver. But there’s also representation from a huge range of industries, and so we get to learn about how CentOS is being used in many different applications.
THere were two things that made this a not-wasted effort: first, apparently Ontario’s privacy commissioner had ruled that email is just not private, so it was okay. So I was surprised to hear that they were giving it another try. This was controversial a while back, when Lakehead University in Ontario tried it; one of the groups on campus (teacher’s union. ) sued because they said it violated privacy restrictions to place their email w/in reach of the Patriot Act. The second is that UofA has invited the Alberta privacy commissioner to participate, so they’re hoping to avoid any problems from the start.
These companies stay current with new releases of the OSS, and update their stacks accordingly as soon as new versions are available. Companies such as TurnKey and Bitnami use their OSS experts to configure and optimize these code stacks so that the software works well together. Some of these companies also offer cloud hosting infrastructures as a paid service to make it even easier to launch and manage cloud-based servers. AWS Marketplace gives software companies that produce combinations or “stacks” of the most popular open source software a location from which these stacks can be launched into the AWS cloud. Preconfigured Stacks Give You an Advantage
While we may take this 1-Click launch ability for granted with commercial software, for OSS, having preconfigured AMIs is a huge advantage.
As an example, one of the most popular combinations of open source software is the LAMP stack, which consists of a Linux distribution, Apache Web Server, a MySQL database, and the PHP programming library. You can select a generic LAMP stack based on the Linux distribution you prefer, then install your favorite development tools and libraries.
The tool even guides customers through the compliance process, providing focused content every step of the way. Allgress RPM is designed to achieve these results by letting customers quickly map their regulatory security frameworks (such as ISO, NIST, and PCI-DSS controls) to AWS services, solutions in AWS Markeplace, and APN technology partner solutions. The name of this new solution is Allgress Marketplace Regulatory Product Mapping Tool (RPM). Allgress designed this tool specifically for customers deployed within AWS who want to reduce the complexity, increase the speed, and shorten the time frame of achieving compliance, including compliance with legislation such as Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, and FISMA.
Youtube-dl is a small command-line tool to download videos. It can save video MP4s and other provided formats or just extract audio tracks. Com, it supports many other video hosters like Anitube, Appletrailers, Archive. Org, ARD, Arte, Blinkx, Bloomberg, CBS, clipfish, CollegeHumor, ComedyCentral, Discovery, dropbox, eHow, flickr, FranceTV, Google+, GorillaVid, Internet Video Archive, justintv, KhanAcademy, liveleak, MTV, MyVideo, NBC, Newstube, novamov Slideshare, SoundCloud, Southpark, Steam, SyFy, Veoh and Vimeo. While it originally and still is used for YouTube.
Aggregation via Multi-link VPN (MLVPN) and Glorytun UDP with multipath support are also supported. OpenMPTCProuter is a solution to aggregate and encrypt (and can obfuscate) multiple internet connections and terminates it over any VPS which make clients benefit security, reliability, net neutrality, as well as dedicated public IP. The aggregation is based on Multipath TCP (MPTCP), which is ISP, WAN type, and latency independent “whether it was Fiber, VDSL, SHDSL, ADSL or even 4G”, different scenarios can be configured to have either aggregation or failover based on MPTCP. Through web-interface or terminal. The solution takes advantage of the OpenWRT system, which is user friendly and also adds the possibility of installing other packages like VPN, QoS, routing protocols, monitoring, etc.
Add, –checkutf8 and –convutf8 options to maildirmake to convert, pre-UTF8 maildirs to UTF8 maildirs, a mandatory upgrade procedure. C (starttls): Set username option for couriertls, libs/imap/pop3login. C (track_find_record): Don’t stop after, finding the E-mail address in the current tracking file, continue, reading the remaining tracking files. Minor feature: Substitution typoes in imapd and pop3d startup scripts. Courier-imap, sqwebmail: update Courier-IMAP to support UTF8 IMAP. Courier-imap: update Courier-IMAP to support UTF8 POP3. Implement blocking of, Unicode messages and E-mail addresses, by default. Sqwebmail: recognize message/global and message/rfc822 attachments. C (main): Add -user option. Mailbot: generate message/global, message/global-delivery-status, and message/global-headers, when needed, when formatting autoreplies. Update, version of the courierpop3dsizelist cache file. H: add username option, used in couriertls_start, to set the child process’s uid and gid. Startup script: remove/set ownership and permsission, on the imap and pop3 session cache fi. Rfc2045/reformime: parse utf-8 address types in DSNs. Update very old login error message that references a long gone-by, era. C (main2): crash if -x or -X is specified, without the corresponding -s option. Dotforward: parse for Delivered-To: only in the header portion, of the message. Convert maildir folders to use UTF-8 for folder names. Couriermlm: Implement smtp prefiltering. Reformime: -m option uses message/global instead of message/rfc822, for UTF8 messages. Courier: implement “utf-8” address type in delivery status, notifications. C (starttls): Set username option for couriertls, imapd-ssl. Dist: Use separate imap and pop3 session, cache files. Courier: implement the SMTPUTF8 extension. Additional, to imap/pop3 startup scripts to have couriertls drop root privileges.
This was a depressing, scary talk about network threats and how they’re driven by very, very successful criminals. I’d heard this before, but the facts and stats he brought in were enough to just crush your soul. Okay, but after that the bitter pill of (FIXME: full name, title) Dmitri.
I haven’t done it well, and I don’t think I’ve got the time to make it good. Last note: I’m seriously considering moving to Steve Kemp’s Chronicle engine. Chronicle looks damn nice, even if it does mean opening up comments via the web againwhich might mean actually getting comments every now and then. Anyhow, another project for the pile. Chris Siebenmann’s note about the attraction of file-based systems for techies is quite true, as is his note about it being hard to do well.
I figure what better place to brainstorm and seek advice than at LISA. Hey, everyone — I’m organizing a BoF at LISA this year on conference organization. For a couple of years, I’ve wanted to create a local conference on system administration here in Vancouver, but I’ve been unsure how to start.