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SUSE Studio Launch!

Its not every day something this cool is announced and released: SUSE Studio is finally ready to go live.  For those of you that don’t know what SUSE Studio is, it is a web based appliance builder.  It allows you to take either Novell’s SLE11 (Enterprise Server or Desktop) or openSUSE 11.1 as your base OS and customize it however you want.  With any image base, one could completely build a custom appliance from the bootsplash to software to the last character in a file.

This will enable communities and companies alike to deliver an image with their software already installed, provide a demo, or use it however they want using various formats.  Some of the current formats are disk image, live cd/dvd, vmware, and xen with more to come. (Both 32 and 64 supported)

A couple of the really cool features that I really like are the ability to add custom repositories, add mysql and upload my db, add custom files, the suse studio API, and maybe one of the coolest is test drive.  What test drive allows you to do is test your appliance in the web browser without having to download it first!  You can even customize files in test drive and save those changes out for the next time you build your appliance.

There are just too many cool options and features that I can’t do it justice and therefore I will give out invites to those, until I run out, that comment on this blog post!  Remember to leave your email or I can’t seem you an invite.


Basic iFolder howto… finally!!!

As promised, I have finally created a quick howto for setting up iFolder.  This is a really simple get your feet wet instruction set.  It runs through the basics and includes SSL, but doesn’t show you how to set up LDAP of any kind.  Someone else is going to help out with that howto.  This should be posted to the iFolder community site in the next week or so as time permits.

If anyone has something to add/change please leave a comment!

Steps to setting up iFolder

– Boot image of choice
– Log in as root (password: ifolder, please change this 🙂
– cd iFolder
– sh
— Enter a pass phrase for server.key: (enter a pass phrase)
— Verify – Enter pass phrase for server.key: (verify the pass phrase)
— Enter pass phrase for server.key: (this is the pass phrase you just entered)
— Fillout information for certificate request (with your own data)
— Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]: US
— State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]: UT
— Lacality Name (eg, city) []: Provo
— Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgets Pty Ltd]: Novell
— Organizational Unit Name (eg, section)[]: SLED Accessibility
— Common Name (eg, YOUR name)[]: Stephen Shaw
— Email Address[]:sshaw{at}decriptor[dot]com
— A challenge password []: (I just hit enter, correct me)
— An optional companyname []: (I just hit enter, correct me)
— Enter pass phrase for server.key (this is the pass phrase from above)
— Enter pass phrase for server.key (the second time, this is the pass phrase from above)

That’s it for

– Sh
– Server’s Data Path? [/var/simias/data]: (use default)
– Server Name? [Host1]: iFolder1 (up to you)
– SSL?[SSL]: (use default)
– Public URL? [http://ipaddress/simias10]: (use default)
– Private URL? [https://ipaddress/simias10]: (use default)
– Slave Server? [N]: (use default, unless it is a slave)
– System Name? [iFolder]: (use default)
– System Description? [iFolder Enterprise System]: (use what you want)
– Use Key Recovery Agent? [Y]: (use defaults if you want to be able to recovery forgotten pass phrases)
– Recovery Agent Certificate Path? [/var/simias/data]: (use default)
– Use LDAP? [Y]: N (for a simple setup we won’t use LDAP)
– System Admin? [admin]: (use default)
– System Admin Password? [novell]: (you will probably want to change this)
– Configure Apache? [N]: Y (make sure you do this)

– Web Alias? [/admin]: (use default)
– Require SSL? [Y]: (use default)
– Require SSL? [Y]: (use default)
– iFolder URL? [https://localhost:443/]: (use default)
– Redirect URL? []: (use default)
– Accept iFolder Server Certificate? [Y]: (use default)
– Web Alias? [/ifolder]: (use default)
– Require SSL? [Y]: (use default)
– Require Server SSL? [Y]: (use default)
– iFolder URL? [https://localhost:443/]: (use default)
– Redirect URL? []: (use default)
– Accept iFolder Server Certificate? [Y]: (use default)

– delete the commented line out of /usr/lib/simias/webaccess/iFolders.aspx around line 84

Testing the setup
– goto https://ipaddress/admin (user: admin pass: novell, unless you changed it)
– You will very likely have to add an exception for the cert
– create a user
– Change the Home Server and don’t forget to hit save at the bottom

– goto https://ipaddress/ifolder (use the user you just created)
– login

– download the client and see if you can connect.

Congrats, if you got this far then it should be working


iFolder Appliance 0.0.9

Well, its been a month.  I figured its about time to push out another iFolder appliance with the latest and greatest.  The change log information since the last release on the iFolder Release Stuff page.  There are only two changes in the appliance: The latest packages of ifolder and I changed the version of the 64bit images to match the 32ibt images.


32 bit:

vmware /  disk image /  Live image /  xen image

64 bit:

vmware /  disk image /  Live image


The new Mono UIA Status page

We just added a new site to our server.  Our new site is very similar to the Mono team’s status pages.  In fact its running the same software!  The link you ask? Well, here it is the Mono UIA team’s status pages.  This allows you to see the Mono UIA team’s progress with respect to porting the assemblies over to Linux.

We are currently working on fixing bugs, adding support for moonlight 2, and building out the client side.  So, if your company writes software that takes advantage of UIA we’d love to hear from you!


openFATE: Now with more open

It was just announced that openFATE, openSUSE’s feature tracking system, will now be open to non openSUSE members.  What this means anyone can submit new feature requests.  For more info: openFATE – Adding New Features Now Open for Everybody.