Fosdem 2008

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As so many people already posted bits and pieces of their visit, here also a short overview of my visit to Fosdem 2008:

On Saturday I went to see the opening talks, I was really impressed by the “tux with shades” presentation, it was nice to hear that movie studios are completely switching over to/are running on Linux for creating special effects in movies. In the afternoon I attended a very enlightening presentation about SElinux on CentOS, I had already worked with it a bit, but never really had time to look how it exactly works. I had a short stop at the Mozilla dev room – dubbed sauna.fosdem.org because of the heat!- with a presentation about Thunderbird and to end the day a presentation about Dstat which looked also very interesting to monitor various server performance issues.

On Sunday I did the whole main track about virtualisation, the xen one was not that interesting since it did not go very technical and I had already seen a more in depth one last year. The virtualbox presentation gave a nice overview of the buildup and future development of the software and the openQRM presentation was interesting because it was my first encounter with the software, like Wonko already mentioned definately worth a look. In the afternoon I attended an LVM2 novelties presentation. Afterwards I attended the webscarab presentation: a proxy which enables you to inject code in GET and POST parameters in realtime. I will certainly test this one as security is also part of my job. And to end the day I attended the presentation of CentOS 5 virtualization – which contained actually more topics like how to fastly deploy virtual machines and maintain several of them at once. I had a very nice discussion about this afterwards with some CentOS developers which actually encouraged me more to try out puppet in the near future (not really in the talk, but according to what I read and they told me one of the best tools for mass-maintaining a lot of servers) .

I met a lot of acquaintances (and then to say some years ago I knew almost nobody there) and also got to know a few interesting new people. I’d like to thank the organisers of Fosdem for making it again a splendid event!


Epson ALC1100N on Ubuntu Gutsy A64

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Since we have such a printer and it was not working anymore since I installed gutsy I started searching for some solutions. The answer I found largely in this post, however the deb files were not available on that location. So I asked someone with a i386 system to alienate the rpm’s to deb format for me (You can find them here). And the instructions are like this:

  • download the above deb files somwhere
  • sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i epson-alc1100-filter_1.2-1_i386.deb
  • sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i epson-alc1100-filter-cups_1.2-1_i386.deb
  • add a new printer throug: system ->administration -> printing and select for driver the newly added alc1100
  • All done!


Driving slower for the environment?

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Monday and tuesday there is again a smog-alert in Belgium. Due to the fact that there is no wind the concentration of fine dust is peeking and so everybody -in Flanders at least- has to drive 90 km/h on the freeway. As Jan already mentioned this looks more like an excuse from the government and its short time thinking. Some other points on this matter:

  • the Belgian post for example used to transport the larger shipments between the 4 main buildings (Antwerp, Gent, Brussel, Charleroi) by train, the last years they do it by truck. Also 10 years ago i heard stories about our country having to promote more boat-transportation inside the country, never heard from it since. The Belgian government rather promotes road transportation!
  • isn’t driving 90km/h in 4th as much poluting as driving 120km/h in 5th gear? Pointless ruling!
  • company cars are usually chosen by looks, not by polution standards and a lot of them drive a big poluting car with a single driver, shouldn’t these cars be discouraged more if they are not needed for example through extra taxes (unless you can really prove you need it for work/family)
  • last year there was a lot of talks about a taxation -in the form of a vignet- for foureign people to drive through our country, the Netherlands were against this and easily persuaded our government to give up on it, even though they come each year through our country pulling “houses on wheels”, giving more exhaust and so more polution … Why is our government giving in so easily?


Fosdem 2008

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Yes, I will be there!


FOSDEM is a two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of Free and Open Source software.