Jun 01 2005

openMosix 2.4.26-om2-pre available

I've uploaded the first beat of openMosix 2.4.26-om2 , thats the version with migSHM patched into the openMosix three.
http://www.x-tend.be/~buytaert/downloads/openmosix-2.4.26-openmosix2-pre/
migSHM is not enabled by default however. We'll be testing this release for a couple of stress tests during the next couple of days/weeks.
Feedback is appreciated. Please note that this build is based on the vanilla 2.4.26 kernel. You might run into problems with SATA based devices.
We also plan on providing RPM's with libata support available, and RPM's with MigSHM enabled.

Please send us feedback on your experiences !

May 29 2005

Guadec !

Even while I`m not in Stuttgart this weekend, a couple of collegues are, I`m not missing anything from Guadec, most of the talks are being streamed from http://stream.fluendo.com/guadec/
We have at least 3 belgian speakers there .. Wim Taymans (GStreamer), Thomas Vander stichele (Flumotion) and Damien Sandras (GNOME Meeting - VoIP).. Streaming quality is superb :)

I have to thank Miguel and Wim to be the first ones to prove that my iMac is fully capable of playing realtime fullscreen video at normal speed ! :)

May 29 2005

A new old buildmachine

While working on the 2.6 testing and building I upgraded my Build environment to a Fedora Core III server.
Since the 2.4.26-om2 release wasn't building on that platform anymore I had to recreated a new old build machine with RH9.
This basically means tht 2.4.26-om2 with MighSHM is just around the corner :)

May 28 2005

New Toys

I`m slowly settling in my new home office. the paint is dry since about 5 months now , the rack is fully operational and my cluster test environment is almost up and running.
My TuxScreen is finally being used for what it was designed, making phonecalls. And my Imac has been turned into an Ubuntu machine. But I needed some new equipment , Jacke could spare me an old Cisco 2945 swich that could replacy my old 16 port 10Mb hub and another temporary 8port 100Mb switch and he also had a spare KVM.
Altough I`m used working with a 2950 on my desk at the office, having a 2945 in my rack at home is different, it makes a hell of a noise. I`m wondering if I can just pull out 3 of the 4 fans in there , anyone experience on that ?

I've also finally ordered my new HTPC machine, should be arriving next week, more fun time coming up.

At the office our Asterix Developers Kit has also arrived , so more fun time there also :0

May 26 2005

Not Everything is a Fscking DNS Problem

Filip Sneppe just pointed me to TCP over WAN Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting in that document it is claimed that the three most
common causes for TCP performance problems, are
Too small TCP window size; Fast Ethernet duplex mismatch; Bad patch cable.
If those those 3 togehter really are responsible for about 80% of the TCP performance problems it's an - educated guess, going out on a limp here - that as the other 20% will be fscking dns problems we will shortly solve all the tcp/ip related network problems around. Still we'll have to solve al the UDP problems. :)))

May 23 2005

Getting strange phonecalls.

I just got the strangest phonecall, An older woman (I guess) looking for contact information , a phonenumber of one of my old bosses (Rudy Hageman).
Apart from the fact that I used to be listed as dns contact for RealSoftware nothing could actually lead to my mobile phone number as the primary point of contact.

She first asked me if I knew him , off course , but I haven't seen the man since I left his company about 5 year ago. Then she asked if I had his phone number , but even if I had one it would have been an old one. I suggested she called 1207 to get his phonenumber telling her she should look around Edegem/Kontich since that where he lived. I know his private address but I wasn't going to give that to anyone. She then asked me If I could give her contact information for RealSoftware, I replied that since he doesn't work there anymore , she should rather try to contact him at his new company.

She was surprised that I knew all those things, to me they were general knowledge, everyone who follows our local IT economy even from a large distance knows these things. Anyway I told her the name of the new company and had a look at it's homepage while spelling it. And guess what I found in the contact section .. exactly , a mobile phone number and an address. I made a woman really really happy :) Little does she know that I now have her name, address , phonenumber

Wasted 2 minutes of my time, and had a good laugh afterwards Afterall, it probably was just a fscking DNS problem :)

May 22 2005

A really short summary of Belgian OpenSource Contributions

But far from a complete one :(

Looking at the Linux Kernel, who doesn't know people such as Peter p2-mate De Schrijver and
Geert Compu Uytterhoeven who are both active in different area's of kerneldevelopment

Looking at webapplication frameworks we have both Drupal and Dokeos that are the most used applications in their areas.

Destkop wise we have both Gstreamer and Gnomemeeting

Clusterknoppix was made in Leuven and is the nr 1 openMosix instant Cluster CD around.

Early work on porting Java to Linux was indeed done by people that live in our country
I haven't even started mentionning all of the other Java stuff , that would probably take me at least a week to list everything :)

Last one for today is the world's favourite LDAP Gui, GQ was even menttionned by Tridge it during his LCA2005 talk .

I only spend 5 minutes writing this down .. so I really must have missed a lot of them :)
Do you know others ?

May 22 2005

Is Belgium Active in Open Source ?

Everybody seems to think that we live in an extremely small country and therefore nobody is doing relevant stuff within the open source world.
I`ll prove you wrong. Belgian people are doing lots of open source work, we just don't brag about it enough :)

May 22 2005

Bizzie Lizzie

resto.be allows restaurants to decide wether they can have comments or not.
We went to Bizzie Lizzie a couple of months ago and they made a hughe mistake with the coffee.

Can you imagine a restaurant that serves cookies from the cheapest store in town (Aldi) and doesn't even bother to
hide it ?

Must be a hell of a reason for Bizzie Lizzie not to allow people to post comments on the resto.be site

May 21 2005

Finally :)

I`m wondering how long google will take to pick up my blog. I finally decided on a blogging tool , it 's dotclear. It needed a bit of translation (lemme know If I missed something).
But it was quick to install and to get started with ..