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iFolder appliance updates

Yes, its been forever and then some since I’ve messed with this stuff.  I’m finally trying to make sure that I get some work done on this.  The first item of business is the new iFolder appliance project page being hosted on google code.  This is where I’d like to post updates, release notes, progress, errata, the how to, fixes, workarounds, etc.

The next thing I want to mention is that I’ve started to work on an openSUSE 11.2 based iFolder appliance that will include, as of right now, iFolder 3.8.  I’ll be posting links to the test images for anyone that would like to help test, comment, contribute, etc.  Please feel free to post bugs to the project page and I’ll do my best to fix them.

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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.

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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.

Links:

32 bit:

vmware /  disk image /  Live image /  xen image

64 bit:

vmware /  disk image /  Live image

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iFolder appliance 0.0.8

Well, the packages finally built and I was finally able  to build a new appliance.  So, the changes:

I’ve added the iscsi packages to the images.  This includes the yast packages making it really easy to add external storage through iscsi.

Updated mono core to be 2.4.2 preview 1.

Updated ifolder packages which made our patches obsolete and closer to just working with the next version of mono (2.4.2).  I’m not sure what all of the updates were to be honest.

I’ve also generated more formats of images and archs (huge thanks to Nat on the suse studio team)

As a disclaimer I haven’t really tested these much more than the default setup, my scripts in /root/iFolder, and logging in.  Please let me know if there is anything you want to see changed, added, or fixed!

So, without further delay here is the list of images.  I did exclude the xen image, but if you would like it please just drop me a comment or email.

32 bit:

vmware (works in VirtualBox just fine)

disk image

Live image – Let me know how this works out if you try it 😉

64 bit:

vmware (works in VirtualBox just fine)

disk image

Live image – same deal as the 32bit live 😉

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iFolder on openSUSE 11.1

Just recently my work team took a week off for Innovation Time Off (ITO).  Our team split up into 3 groups to work on various non work related open source projects.  As you can tell the project that I choose to work on was iFolder.  As some might know it went through a period of silence.  However, it has recently had a big code dump in svn, a community manager added, and a revived community around it.

For those of you that don’t know what iFolder is it is a really cool toy/tool.  It allows you to sync data between multiple machines.  There is a client for Linux, Mac, and Windows.  The great thing about this is that both the client and server are open source so you can run your own instance of it on a local server.  There is more info about it on the iFolder site.

Unfortunately, it has not kept up with mono and has been needing some love to work with mono 2.4.  So as part of our project we setup a repo with the latest mono 2.4 branch and added a couple patches (currently for openSUSE 11.0, openSUSE 11.1, and SLE 11).  This allowed us to get to our goal of creating an iFolder Server appliance based on openSUSE 11.1. (Huge kudos to suse studio)

If you want to use the appliance, all you have to do is download it.  It is a vmware image, but I have only tested it on Virtual Box.  The root password is novell so, I’d change it if you are actually going to use it in production.  Once the VM comes up and you have logged in there are 2 scripts in /root/iFolder.  The first script is BuildSSL.sh which will build all of your certs and push them out.  The second script, BuildiFolder.sh will run the configure apps.  Once those are finished and assuming all went well you are ready to go.  Just pull up a browser and go to http(s)://server/admin and http(s)://server/ifolder.

If there are any bugs with the appliance please let me know:  sshaw {at} decriptor dot com.  If there are any bugs in iFolder please file them at http://bugzilla.novell.com/.  There is also the #ifolder irc channel on freenode