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Last Days at Novell

Well… I finally received notice of my final day. I was one of the many laid off from Novell last Tuesday. What kind of surprised me was that most of the interns, at least all of the interns that I know, were laid off. In a way it doesn’t make sense to lay off all of the cheap labor unless its a head count issue. Luckily, my manager fought to keep another intern and myself until October 31. Hopefully I will be able to find a new job in the meantime. I will miss Novell and testing XEN as well as the people I was able to work with. Even though I won’t be an employee, I’m still part of the community and will continue to contribute to opensuse and most likely XEN (due to hardware limitations). Another change is that I will no longer appear on bugzilla as stshaw, but will be decriptor.

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OpenSuSE irc xen channel

As I’m doing more XEN stuff, I just want to post quickly about #opensuse-xen on irc (freenode). We are few in numbers, but would love to see more people in there helping and sharing ideas.

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New XEN network script, network-multinet

I started to mention this in my xen networking page and figured since I’ve had a chance to look at the script a little that I’ll blog about it. This is an all-in-one script written by Ron Terry from pronetworkconsulting. The script is called network-multinet. I haven’t looked at his dhcp addition, so I’ll leave that for another post.

First, I’ll show you how to change over to this new script:

Warnings: This is changing and restarts your networking.

1. Download the script from the link above and copy it to:

/etc/xen/scripts

if you are using opensuse 10.3, then just check the version (in the file)

2. Edit /etc/xen/xend-config.sxp around line 128:

change from

(network-script network-bridge)

to

(network-script network-multinet)

3. Depending on your distro you might have to add or edit:

/etc/sysconfig/xend

4. Now to switch over to the new script:

/etc/xen/scripts/network-bridge stop

/etc/xen/scripts/network-multinet start

5. Check to make sure everything came back up:

/etc/xen/scripts/network-multinet status

and check your VMs.

That should do it. You are now switched over to a much newer and cooler script with more features. One of the things that I really like is the fact that you can now start, stop, restart, and status instead of just start and stop.

Running ‘/etc/xen/scripts/network-multinet status’ gives you a lot of information which is very useful.

I recommend looking around at the other scripts. There are some useful ones around the site.

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XEN networking

This was originally going to be an article on networking in XEN, however I just couldn’t find the time to finish it or work on it. Hopefully there is some useful information there as it stands. Even more hopeful that I might be able to finish it one of these days. Until then, my XEN networking page

Or you can also click on the link on my page.

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Graphically display your log files

glTail.rb is a really cool app for displaying your log files graphically using opengl. I finally decided to download it this evening and give it a try. Its really easy to setup, so minimal effort required. All you have to do is install a couple common packages, mod the script just a little, and run it.  This project was started only 4 days ago and has had several new things added.

I have it running against two of my web sites and it looks really cool. I don’t get tons of traffic so mine isn’t as cool as the video clip on the website, but cool none the less. The one thing that I wish it had was a the ability to parse mysql log files. I don’t know ruby, but might look at it anyways.

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Post opensuse launch party

Well, the party is over and hope that everyone enjoyed it. There are several that walked away with some cool swag. If I remember right, there were a few blankets, a backpack, stuffed geckos, 5 ipod nanos, a watch, and a digital camera. So a special thanks to Novell for providing the swag, pizza, and food. Also the OSTC (Open Source Technology Center) was nice to let us use their building.

Here are some photos too:

Photos

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OpenSUSE 10.3 Launch Party

We have a great opensuse 10.3 launch party planned for this Thursday at 18:00 at the provo, UT Novell buildings. Anyone and everyone in the area are welcome to come hang out and enjoy pizza, soda, and installing. We already have a server for network installs, and hopefully some Novell employees to talk about 10.3.

I added a page to opensuse.org for people to list and find other release parties.

OpenSUSE-Community page

OpenSUSE Launch Party Locations

Again:
October 4 @ 18:00

1800 Novell Pl, Provo, UT
Building A (Open Source Technology Center)