Posts Tagged ‘LinuxCon’

Soon back in the air and on the roads…

2014/04/17

There will be possibilities to meet with me in some exotic places (at least for me as I never travelled there before in May !

I’ll first be in Wien, Austria, early May but that’s to celebrate somewhere my 50th birthday (half a century as my kids like to call that ;-)) and during vacations so won’t talk something else than early music or rchitecture and pictures of the nice building over there !!

But after that, I’ll attend the UEFI plugfest in Seatlle again, and be in charge of managing the interface between Linux distributions and HP. So if you plan to attend, and want to test your Linux distribution on nice shiny UEFI hardware platforms, feel free to contact me so we can organize that meeting over there.

The week after that I’ll be in Japan to present again during a LinuxCon event ! I’m very lucky first to be retained as a presenter to talk another time about Mageia. And then to be sponsored by our VP & Deputy General Counsel, Cloud Computing and Open Source Eileen Evans who is leading HP’s Open Source Program Office and allowing me to attend.

So feel free to drop me a mail if you want to chat about any topic I can decently talk about such as Disaster Recovery and Imaging or Continuous Packaging and some other surely HP related !

See you there.

First UEFI PlugFest for Linuxers

2013/10/31

After the 3 days dedicated to LinuxCon US 2013 in New Orleans, it was time to contribute to the UEFI Plugfest organized for the first time as a co-located event.

So what is a UEFI plugfest ? Well it’s a place where hardware manufacturers and software producers meet to check the compatibility of their implementations with regards to UEFI. So Every hardware manufacturer brings some systems, sometimes early units or prototypes, and try them with the latest operating systems available to find out potential issues, some other bring cards to see whether their UEFI driver works fine on computer manufacturer and operating system producers want to try their latest version on these often brand new systems.

UEFI PlugFest

I think it was a brilliant idea to mix the 2 populations for multiple reasons:

  • UEFI members were for sure impressed by the technical knowledge floating around, and employed in such an open fashion, which is not the standard way of working of this standard body.
  • Linux kernel members could exchange with manufacturer representatives of UEFI systems which definitely helped reducing all the FUD around this technology, in particular Secure Boot. They also had the opportunity to test some not yet available hardware platform to ensure their distributions/drivers/tools were working fine or fix them if that wasn’t the case

UEFI PlugFest - Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud, HP

So in the HP area, under the lead of Dong Wei who is UEFI Forum Vice President and HP Fellow, we tried with 2 colleagues various Linux distributions (and even Windows, but not me !) on the 4 systems that were around. And some findings were interesting !

UEFI PlugFest - Dong Wei, HP

  • Debian 7.1 had grub issue at boot and we were not able to install it
  • Mageia 3 has no UEFI support yet and we were not able to install it easily. However, support is planned for Mageia 4, and some info have been published recently to detail how to perform UEFI based installation.
  • Ubuntu 13.10 provides all what is needed to install in a UEFI compliant environment, thanks to their documentation. We were also able to test SecureBoot with success with their version of Matthew Garrett‘s shim bootloader, signed by Microsoft. They are also working on an interesting tool: FWTS aka Firmware Test Suite, which should be adopted by all distributions IMHO in order to have (for once !) a single tool able to perform firmware compliance tests for a Linux environment. Easy to use, pretty comprehensive, reports lots of useful info. Too bad that they are not providing their certification tools online anymore :-(
  • OpenSUSE 12.3+ again has what is needed for UEFI support. Same mechanism with a shim bootloader, but this time signed multiple times by Microsoft and SUSE. However, this requires a more recent implementation of the UEFI specification, which wasn’t the case on all our system during this event. SUSE provides in particular an excellent documentation on UEFI support, including the possibility to sign its own kernel with pesign in order to use it with SecureBoot.
  • Fedora 19 provides mostly all what is needed. Install worked in UEFI mode without problem. We used the updated version of the shim and shim-unsigned packages from Fedora 20 in order to avoid some issues. However, the multisign issue met with OpenSUSE was also encountered here. More over, Fedora doesn’t provide a good documentation yet for signing your own kernel, which was reported upstream and could benefit from this article. Also the usage of mokutil is broken and should be fixed for Fedora 20.
  • UEFI PlugFest - Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud, HP

    We also got visited by two Kernel Maintainers Greg Kroah-Hartman and James Bottomley who even tried some of his tools on our systems.
    UEFI PlugFest - James Bottomley, Parallels - Neill Kapron, HP

    Note that Some USB keys even correctly formated didn’t boot correctly on some platforms so if you encounter this issue, try using another USB key.

    Finally I made some tries with MondoRescue on the Last Fedora distribution installed. I thought the work done to support EFI on Itanium would be sufficient, but there are some detection problems for the boot loader in mindi need to be solved and are now tracked upstream as well.

    And on top of all what I was able to learn working with my 3 colleagues, I was pointed to a very instructive article from Ken Thomson on Trusting Trust, I hadn’t read before (and I encourage you to read it), following discussions on Secure Boot. And we had a very nice dinner downtown, a walk through Bourbon Street
    Bourbon Street

    followed by a real air of New Orleans Jazz.
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    That was the end of a very rich US week. More to come on other more recent travels later.

LinuxCon North America 2013: an air of Jazz

2013/10/13

It was really great to be able to attend LinuxCon in New Orleans in September. I’d like to thank again HP’s OSPO team and in particular Eileen Evans, VP leading it, to sponsor my travel there. HP is also a Platinum sponsor of both the Linux Foundation, CloudOpen & LinuxCon events.
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As I arrived in the afternoon of Monday, I missed the keynotes and presentations that day, but could join the HP booth where HP was presenting HPcloud:
Stand HP

and also demonstrating the new Moonshot converged system there:
Stand HP - Moonshot

This event is always attracting lots of people from various background and the booths area was crowded
Pingouin
as well as elsewhere in the hotel
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Jeanne, who was coodinating the event for HP was even interviewed by the Linux Foundation team
Jeanne Colon-Bonet

Cocktails (nice hurricane !) and a light dinner were provided to the attendees during the booth crawl session which allowed me to talk with some of my US colleagues to learn the latest news
Stand HP - Jonas Arndt, Scott Lamons, Scott Jameson

I started to feel the effects of the jet lag, and went to my hotel room (couldn’t help make some mail !) and rest thinking I was singing Renaissance music just some hours ago !

Speaking of the hotel, this was a very nice venue, with futurists elevators with no button in them ;-)
Hotel

Second day was more active, and I attended all keynotes and sessions I could.
Among the most interestong for me I was able to see, there was the keynote of Kevin Kelly who talked about the notion of “Technium”, this idea that 7 billions people all connected all together all the time, with the latest technologies available will create a new entity he called the Technium and described. Not entirely convincing, and this is good, as it’s also a bit frightening. I consider and hope people will keep enough independance to watch this type of evolution with distance and won’t become a big brother type of system managing itself.
Kevin Kelly, Wired Mag. on the Technium

Then it was time for an OpenStack refresh with Thierry Carrez who did a great job explaining that a release manager is not just working 1 day every 6 months ;-) I can’t agree more with him ! (even if I have much smaller projects to deal with). Thierry also covered the various sub projetc and how to manage coherency in such a project. When you think about it: 3 years ago nobody was talking about OpenStack and now they have as many company and contributors as the Linux Kernel had in roughly 20 years ! Quite amazing.
Thierry Carrez, OpenStack
Then James Blair continued on a related talk explaining the continuous process pushed to the extreme set up in the project with the development of ad-hoc tools such as zuul. I must admit it really gives incitation to look more closely at it, gerrit, jenkins and take what could be relevant, even for a small project.
James Blair

After the lunch, it was time to go back to keynotes, which were a bit less interesting than usual for me, even if the concepts brought by Candy Chang to revigorate a neighborhood was original. I decided to continue with Cloud and look at what Red Hat had to propose around openshift. In complement to their RDO (sort of Red Hat OpenStack distribution), they have this offering which exists for some time, but seems now to grow in activity. Diane Mueller presented well the offer, the various aspects of the project, but I definitely lack a demo or a more detailed explanation of the technical aspects of this PaaS offering. Worth digging later on with my Red Hat EMEA friends :-)
Diane Mueller, Red Hat

I attended then the openVswitch presentation from Jesse Gross, but again was a bit disappointed as I was expecting a more concrete presentation of this important tool in todays cloud environments.
Finally, I attended a session on storage management I already attended last year, by Ric Wheeler, which is always interesting, and allowed me to see which progresses were made on their way to storage unification, and principally what remains to be done !! I particularly think to the global architecture they try to put in place, which would be really great to have but is not there yet.
Ric Wheeler, Red Hat

The business day was then over, and it was time to move to the VIP party.
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Of course, it was time for my first air of Jazz as well in New Orleans. And even if that’s not my preferred style of music, it was pretty good that night, as well as the buffet !
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Lots of VIPs were there of course, which allowed for entertaining discussions
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The inside was worth the outside !
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The atmosphere was nice, and I stayed there till 10:00PM but wasn’t alone
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Some mail, some sleep and I was ready for day 3 ! Which as usual started with a Keynote (the “usual” Dirk Hondel talk)
Dirk Hondel, Intel
and the session the most expected by the audience I think, the Kernel Roundtable.
Ric Wheeler, Redhat - Sarah Sharp, Intel - Tejun Heo, Red Hat - Linus Torvalds, Linux Foundation - Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux Foundation -
This time, they had invited Sarah Sharp, Intel (I like her clarity) / Tejun Heo, Red Hat (I discovered his enthusiasm which was great)
Sarah Sharp, Intel - Tejun Heo, Red Hat
Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman, both Linux Foundation.
Linus Torvalds, Linux Foundation - Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux Foundation
The panel was moderated by Ric Wheeler, Red Hat.
Ric Wheeler, Redhat - Sarah Sharp, Intel - Tejun Heo, Red Hat - Linus Torvalds, Linux Foundation - Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux Foundation

The room was as usual full, and laughed frequently on Linus or Tejun jokes.
Assistance de la kernel round table
The most amusing part was probably when Linus was asked if he had been contacted to introduce backdoor code in the Linux kernel and when he replied “No” doing “Yes” with the head ;-)

After the keynote, Linus passed 20 minutes with fans who wanted to take pictures with him, always nice, even when the camera wasn’t working (and cound’t resist to hack it !). Maybe next time, I’ll also have the courage to ask one picture, even if I diserve none having nearly never worked at the kernel level myself. I will never thank him enough to have created an ecosystem which allows me to earn my life and still have fun at work and at home :-) This is a great man !
Linus Torvalds, Linux Foundation
As this was the day of my own presentation on Mageia, I didn’t attend as many sessions as the previous day.
The OpenDaylight one was interesting for me, as it was my first exposure to the ecosystem. Mostly it was an overview of the multiple components. The project is young, but deserves to be followed, as it could become as openStack on the SDN side, despite what some people say. Also the UEFI presentation was very interesting, in particular in preparation of the UEFI plugfest which was the 2 following days.
Vojtěch Pavlík, SUSE

And of course, it was my pleasure to have a 15 people choir to sing “Happy Birthday Mageia” during my session this afternoon ;-)

And the day ended with … Blues, not jazz this time ! At the house of blues of course.
House of Blues
With Voodoo art inside
House of Blues - art Voudou

This event is organized for all LinuxCon participants, so there are multiple threaded buffet to satisfy the appetite ;-)
House of Blues

The blues band was great, really (they even had a pinguin, look closely !)
House of Blues
I think it will be part of the memorable dinners organized during LinuxCon as it gave everybody energy for the rest of the week
House of Blues

I really enjoyed this event again, made new relationships, learned and hopefully transmit to some the fantastic beauty of Open Source. Hope to have the same pleasure end of this month in Edinburgh. But for me the week wasn’t finished as I attended the UEFI plugfest as said earlier, but that’s for another article.

You can see more pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcornec/sets/72157636383786144/with/10184624874/

Attending OWF and LinuxCon EMEA in October

2013/09/28

I just know it since yesterday, but I’ll be attending Open World Forum 2013 in order to have multiple customer and press related meetings next week near Paris. If you want to talk about Open Source at HP, Linux related topics such as continuous packaging or disaster recovery, you should find me on the HP booth. Won’t speak this time but will also surely be around the governance track.

I’ll also attend LinuxCon EMEA 2013 in Edinburgh later this month. This time I’ll speak about an ITIL Open Source solution stack I’m involved in for a customer, and will explain how you can today, by combining the appropriate tools such as iTop, Centreon/Shinken and OCS/Fusion Inventory set up the bases of an ITIL compliant Open Source management environment, full featured and highly customizable.

Again feel free to come and talk about anything I’m able to reasonably talk (including early music if you want ;-))

Happy birthday Mageia !!

2013/09/18

The 18th of September 2010, Mageia as announced as a new project. So today is a special day, as its the 3rd birthday of my distribution of choice.

More over, it was for me a special day as I was presenting this distribution during LinuxCon US.

Completely unrelated, some of you may know that I’m directing a vocal ensemble.

So combining all 3 elements today, I was happy to have a choir of some 15 people attending my talk sing “Happy birthday Mageia” ! (It was private so no rights issue ;-)) A great personal pleasure !!

And no, there is no recording available but that was done with a community state of mind:-) What you can get are the slides which won’t of course contain that unique moment of art but should motivate you to at least try Mageia.

No next rehearsal planned for our /tmp/choir today but I hope the audience enjoyed it as much as I did.

Interesting end of week

2013/09/13

Quite some activities for this end of week and the next one:

  1. I’m publishing on Friday mindi 2.1.7 in order to fix kernel detection issues for the most recent ones (> 3.9).
  2. I’m going by train on Saturday to Paris to attend a concert made by my daughter Ségolène singing early music with Jean Belliard in Etampes (Eglise St Gilles).
  3. I’ll sing myself on Sunday for the last concert of our yearly Académie in St Sulpice de Favière (come and talk about music !!)
  4. I’ll go back to Roissy to tke the plane on Monday morning to arrive in New Orleans for LinuxCon US 2013
  5. I’ll attend LinuxCon on Monday and Tuesday, and deliver a talk on Mageia on Wednesday, then attend the UEFI plug fest till Friday (come and talk about FLOSS !!)
  6. I’ll fly back on Saturday, arrive on Sunday in Paris pass some hours with my daughter again, and then back home in Grenoble to start working again the day after.

The real question now, is that it’s time to sleep, and I need to make the Mageia presentation for next week. Anne Nicolas Velu helped me a lot with material and pointers, now I need to make the 20+ slides I’d like to have to cover the topic in a nice and entertaining way for the audience. Luckily there is a long flight ;-)

No time to get bored as you can see.

Once more presenting at LinuxCon US

2013/07/27

I’ll be lucky again to be able to present during the upcoming LinuxCon in New Orleans ! I really need to thank the HP Open Source Program Office which is funding my travel there !

This year, I’ll make a new talk with a new subject around my distribution of choice: “What is so special about Mageia ?

Abstract:
Now ranked #2 on DistroWatch, this fully community driven FLOSS distribution is still largely unknown and its merits underestimated. However, it provides unique features for both server or desktop users, based on a rich management, packaging and contribution set of tools, a friendly community eager to deliver the best Linux distribution. While young and born in 2010, Mageia is a full featured distribution inheriting from its Mandrake roots back in the 90′s, but now fully managed by its community such as Debian, or Fedora. However, few people know what makes Mageia so appealing. This presentation will cover in detail deployment with auto_inst, security with msec, SELinux and Tomoyo, package management with urpmi and friends, and the numerous other tools (providing a real choice), or integration tasks or governance model that make it a unique distribution you should test next.

Audience:
Everybody interested by choosing a linux distribution, seeing what others are doing compared to the one they use is welcome to attend in order to understand the specificities brought by Mageia.

Experience Level:
Intermediate

Benefits to Linux:
Distributions are key for the Linux ecosystem. And Mageia, even if young is based on a strong history that makes it robust, adapted to both newbies and experimented linux sysadmin. Its features and the specific tools develpoed around it make an interesting approach that is worth sharing, and hopefully other distribution memebers will take some of thiese tools to also propose them to their user base. For new comers, this also a really well suited distribution, that hopefully will attract more users, more packagers as well, to reinforce the comunity, and globally the Linux community.

So, first if you are a Mageia fan, feel free to send me content, idea, slides, anything you’d like me to present during this session. And if you want to talk, then attend the session and come and see me at the end ;-)

Finally time to publish pb 0.12.2

2013/03/01

As you can see with the few messages I had time to post on this blog, the end of 2012 start of 2013 has been pretty busy, and I’m late in delivering the 2 projects I’m leading. So this week, I decided it was time to make a 0.12.2 version of pb, and make it available. Was asked by my colleagues of FOSSology, specially to add Fedora 18 support, so I also build my VMs to make packages on this distro.

BTW, a bit of ranting for Fedora once more: no perl by default :-(, and no ifconfig nor route command either which is breaking MondoRescue of course, and I guess tons of other software around. These guys don’t care about past, but don’t provide compatibility tools either !! So I’ll have to make new patches, just to do the same as what was done, but with another command again. Not to speak of systemd which I still have issues to deal with :-( That doesn’t make stuff go faster !

Anyway, the version is now out, no official bugs fixed, but a lot of small stuff here and there which were desrving a release. No time to test Fedora 17/18 VE yet, so you’ll have to do that yourself if you want. I also had a look at virsh usage in combination with pb, and it’s again not as easy as it could seem to be. Especially port redirection I’m easily using by launching qemu-kvm manually with the -redir or hostfwd option doesn’t seem to be possible with the user mode network through virsh (neither manager nor CLI). Will have to post on their ML to see how they do that, if they can !

And MondoRescue has been very late. I really need to publish a verion, but I still have some blocking bugs I really would like to get rid of: CTRL+ALT+DEL not working anymore during restore, some LVM issues on RHEL, some grub issues on SLES… Hopefully at the end of next week I’ll have made progresses.

Of course patches are much easy to integrate, but I receive more bug reports than them ;-)

And also back to preparing the HP internal TES event, Solutions Linux confs, submitting to LinuxCon, working on an FLOSS ITIL stack, learning more OpenStack, looking at Intel’s TXT…. so many things I’d like to do or learn and will never have time to ! Maybe at least I’ll talk about that another time.

FLOSS governance news

2012/08/31

While at LinuxCon in San Diego, the SPDX working group of the Linux Foundation announced its 1.1 version of its specification. Quite an achievement, and probably the start of its real adoption by Open Source projects … providing enough tool do support it, and help projects in their identification tasks. I hope lots of large FLOSS consumers (HP included) will start contributing SPDX descriptions to upstream projects, helping them adopting it as it brings value on both side.

And one way to help will probably the support of this 1.1 SPDX spec by FOSSology in the future. For now the news around the tool is that a public instance is available, hosted by the Universty of Nebraska. This is a good news for Open Source projects that will be able to assess easily their licenses with it, without having the hassle to install and maintain their own ! Hopfully, more forges (as what OW2 has done) will also provide that service to the projects they’re incubating.

Just be aware that the code you’ll upload to that instance will be available for everybody to see, so do not post non-FLOSS code there, if you want it to remain secret ! If you’re developing closed source software, then install you’re own FOSSology instance instead !

Time to finish my FOSSology presentation update for tomorrow’s talk !

Presenting FOSSology at LinuxCon, San Diego next week

2012/08/21

I always find strange to be accepted as a speaker to LinuxCon on a subject for which I’m much less an expert than the other ones I proposed for which I’m leading the projects ! It happened last year for the EMEA event, and same stuff again this year for the US one.

But I won’t be criticizing here, as it’s my first possibility to visit the US west coast, and also my first time as a speaker to LinuxCon US so Champagne !! So I’ll be talking about FOSSology, the HP sponsored GPL Licenses analyzer tool.

So if you happen to be around, and want to discuss abour FLOSS, MondoRescue, Project-Builder.org, HP and Open Source, or something else such as early music, then feel free to come and talk. Well I’m sure you won’t come to see me, won’t you, but once you’re there to see the stars, just come and say hello ;-)


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