Creating your own OpenVZ Template

Following my previous blog post, I will now explain how to create your own template for Proxmox/OpenVZ. This might be useful in several cases. Let’s for example say that you are offering special types of VM’s to people with preinstalled software. I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t like to install it over and over again. You could off-course use software like puppet to push the software. Or, in case you’re using OpenVZ, you could just create a template and roll this one out over and over again. As I said before, in my previous blog post I wrote about Debian Testing as Container, you can do this with any other container as well. Just make sure that you clean the stuff that needs to be gone.

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WMII: a tiling window manager

As this is my first post I’d like to start by thanking Yorkim for this opportunity to write for his, in my eyes, very successful blog. I hope that the articles that I write can be of some use to you, the reader.

Let’s kick off with a short history of the tiling window manager to illustrate that the concept is actually quite old.

The first tiling window manager dates back to the beginning of graphical user interfaces with CEDAR, developed by the infamous Xerox PARC and was first released in 1982. Ever since that date many installations and iterations of the concept have been created (Windows 1.0 was also a tiling window manager) and used by several companies. Sadly nowadays it’s a nice product that only a handful of people use, there is a very good reason why this is so.

A tiling window manager does what it’s name states: it manages windows by tiling them on your screen, and that’s it. There is no file-browser, usb-automount, computer settings screen and so on available by default. This gives the tiling window manager a slight learning curve since the largest part of your Linux machine has to be configured by the CLI. This might seem like a daunting challenge, but if you are OK with a very basic configuration then the challenge is easily overcome.

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We have a new writer onboard!

I’m really happy to announce that we have a new writer onboard for this blog! Diederick is a person who is truly passionate about Linux and in more depth Debian.

He will be writing on various topics just like I do. Right now he’s working on some tutorials on how to setup your Debian system as an awesome home computer.

Besides this we also started to work on a server migration and we’re going to start working on some cool things again that we can do with the website like load balancing it etc. Expect more to come.

Diederick has studied applied computer Science at the Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen in Belgium. I will ask Diederick to introduce himself and create a page like I did.


Site2Site VPN with OpenVPN on Proxmox server

Everyone has a reasons why a site2site vpn might be handy (Maybe not everyone but at least the guy’s that actively searched for this topic and landed on my blog). You might want to create a site2site between your home and remote server or you might need it to connect 2 (or more) physical work places with their own network.

I’ve been working on this tutorial for a couple of month’s now. Not because of the hardness, but because of my time management ^^. Honestly, I screwed this one up a bit.

Enough about my personal life, let’s start the tutorial

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Raspberry Pi, Raspbmc Media center, including Spotify

Updated: 28-04-2013, added information on version 4 instead of beta version 3. I reinstalled my PI today with the XBMC (I bricked it yesterday :-( ) And I noticed that some of the things I wrote are out of date

After my previous blog post about the Raspberry Pi I waited for a while before testing something out again with the little device. I did some smaller things like setting up a vpn-connection etc. But no big things anymore, until today.

Today I installed my Raspberry Pi again with the Raspbmc operating system. As some of you might recall, I wanted to install the pi with this OS and use it as my media streamer. I ended up with a total different setup. If you like you can read all about it over here.

The reason that I’m writing today is because I have done some testing and I came to some important conclusions. First of all, my internet connection wasn’t fast enough to deliver the content which I asked before. Secondly, the pi can’t decode DTS, so if you have an active receiver who can do this for you, you should be fine. Otherwise  you will still be able to use the pi but you will need to watch out a little bit more.

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