Posts Tagged ‘HPLinux’

A great KernelRecipes 2015 last week


KernelRecipes is not like other Open Source Events.

First it’s friendly. I’ve been invited to talk about the interactions between a hardware manufacturer such as HP and the Linux community. And honestly, not being a kernel developer, I think I was more invited because of my firendly relationships with the organizers of the event, rather than for my relevance to the event. Hopefully, I’ve been able to bring some appropriate info anyway.

Then it’s remaining a small event, gathering around 100 people, all very committed to Linux kerel development. Small but highly focussed. To be honest, again as I’m not a kernel developer, I had a hard time following most of the conferences once they started digging into some aspects of the kernel.

And it’s great because of the high quality of the speakers present on stage (myself excluded). Look at the schedule, and realize that it was near a Kernel Summit as it can be without being one ! And I only attended day 2 and 3.

We had first David Woodhouse from Intel on Device Tree and ACPI. Typical session where I understand only parts of the talk, not being involved in embedded world. For the dummies on this topic like me, I’d recommend Thomas Petazzoni’s presentation as a starting point.


He was followed by the star of the event Greg Kroah Hartman, fellow at the Linux Foundation and who is after Linus the one devoting the most to the kernel especially on stable branches. And as for every great speaker, you can give them whatever topic to cover, they make it interesting. Even more when they have chosen it, and didn’t make that talk since a couple of years. It was brilliant. With live publication of two RCs and an official stable kernel release named … “Kernel Recipes” of course :-) That talk was really inspiring and lively as you can see:


And Greg was talking, as well as all other speakers in a very nice room (Lended by the Mozilla Foundation) completely full ! And I think most people were like me impressed by the level of git+mutt mastery Greg showed, as well as the automation he developed to help him. I couldn’t have thought it was so “easy” to publish 3 different branches of the kernel while explaining everything in parallel in a 50 minutes talk !!!


William Dauchy from the french registrar Gandi was then on stage to explain their network usage (large layer 2 LAN spread across DCs with TRILL).


In the afternoon, we had a talk from Eric Leblond on packet filtering and the Suricata IDS. Pretty clear again and a deep knowledge on this topic.


And then François Romieu explained his practice around Ethernet drivers development. I must confess I had difficulties following that talk, which I fuond less well architectured with probably too much digressions, while being very comitted.


An auction was then organized in order to support La Quadrature du Net in their activities. It was an excellent idea IMO, and was lead y Erwan Velu who suceeded to generate great interest from the audience. I didn’t won an auction, but I’m anyway a sponsor of La Quadrature.


I had time to pass the evening with my older daughter (and we enjoyed a great concert at the Philharmonie de Paris with a fabulous Stabat Mater of Rossini, the choirs lead by Lionel Sow in particular)


The 2nd of October, the organizers had as many key kernel contributors as I described for the second day !
We started with Jan Kara to explain IOs, followed by another kernel major actor, Jens Axboe, working now for FaceBook and who was extremely didactic in his way to explain storage scalability aspects. Again an excellent talk to recommend.


Mike Turquette was then on stage for explaining driver framework followed by an active contributor to the event by his questions and feedback, Willy Tarreau, who again made an excellent presentation on stable kernels, maintenance of these and which one to choose to build products, such as what he does in his company around HA Proxy.


I had to leave before the end of that day, but I was impressed by the quality of the event, the level of the speakers, the ability to gather so many big names in the same place, and also the active participation of the audience, and the fact that speakers stay in the room to listen to other talks and contribute back. That’s how events are the most efficient IMO.


So very honored to have been invited, many thanks to the organizers (especially Anne and Erwan) and I hope next time HP will accept to sponsor this very valuable event for the Linux kernel community.

OpenStack meetup and Kernel receipes next week


While I’m involved this week in the delivery of an OpenStack fast track training, we’ll have our 7th Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne OpenStack Meetup next Tuesday in Lyon where we’ll talk about deployment method for OpenStack, covering ansible on the HP side. I’ll then be in Paris for the 2015 edition of Kernel Recipes talking about Hardware Manufacturer and Linux kernel relationships, based on my HP background.

As usual if you want to meet and talk about anything related to Open Source or Early Music, feel free !

Everything you want to learn about UEFI will be discussed at LinuxCon EMEA


During the upcoming LinuxCon Event HP’s VP and Fellow Dong Wei, Chief Executive of the UEFI Forum will host a UEFI mini-Summit the 7th of October (in Dublin) from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. This is free to attend and will cover “how to” guidance, implementation options, and firmware tools and resources available for successful ARM and x86 platform integration using the UEFI ecosystem. Details are available at

Feel free to come for this technical deep dive with experts from HP, Insyde, Intel which will help with your transformation to adopt that key HP ProLiant Gen9 technology.

Contact myself if you want to organize specific additional sessions (especially with HP customers) around UEFI or Redfish with Dong Wei. And feel free to drop me a mail if you’re around and want to talk of these topics, Linux on ProLiant, MondoRescue, or whatever you would find interesting to discuss with me while I’m attending the event.

I hope to meet you there.

Time to meet again at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit !


For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit in Dublin from the 16thth to the 19th of June, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

  • UEFI: what, why, when, how and the rest Breakout 49 – Tuesday 16th of June 2015 – 5:45PM-6:35PM
  • HP Helion OpenStack in action – Breakout 175 – Wednesday 17th of June 2015 – 8:30AM-9:20AM
  • UEFI Hands-On Labs (François Donzé) – Lab 4 – Wednesday 17th of June 2015 – 11:00AM-12:50AM
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 value add on Linux (Hands-on Lab) – Lab 16 – Thursday 18th of June 2015 – 2:00PM-3:50PM
  • HP REST API for iLO Lab (François Donzé) – Lab 6 – Thursday 18th of June 2015 – 4:30PM-6:20PM
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 value add on Linux – Breakout 48 – Friday 19th of June 2015 – 12:00AM-12:50AM

And you should be able to meet the Geeks on Wednesday afternoon, myself included.

For those of you wondering why and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint ;-) Even if I made some progresses recently I also need to document !

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

Time to Meet at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit !


For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit on Barcelona from the 2nd to the 6th of February, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

  • UEFI: what, why, when, how and the rest Breakout 101 – Wed 2014-02-04 9:30-10:20 AM
  • HP Helion OpenStack in action – Breakout 124 – Wed 2014-02-04 2:00-2:50PM
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 value add on Linux – Breakout 99 – Thu 2014-02-05 9:30-10:20 AM
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 value add on Linux (Hands-on Lab) – Lab 16 – Thu 2014-02-05 2:00-3:50 PM
  • UEFI Hands-On Labs – Lab 19 – Thu 2014-02-05 4:30-6:20 PM
  • Running Enterprise Linux distributions on HP ProLiant Gen9 – Breakout 100 – Fri 2014-02-06 9:30-10:20 AM

And you should be able to meet the Geeks on Wednesday afternoon, myself included.

For those of you wondering why and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint ;-) Not speaking of the next event in March, TES, where I’m part of the Event team this time.

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

HP MyRoom on a 64 bits Linux


Well, HP is now promoting a new solution for webinars called HP MyRoom. And even if they provide rpm (and deb) packages, these are not working out of the box on my Mageia 64 bits distro, of course. That was already the case with HP Virtual Room previsouly.

But nothing you can’t make work, as long as you have the source don’t you ? So here is the receipe:

First install all the required dependencies that are not correctly mentioned in the rpm:

urpmi lib64xtst6 libxtst6 lib64xscrnsaver1 libxscrnsaver1 jpeg-devel lcms-devel lib64pulseaudio0 libpulseaudio0

Then add an additional library which was not even part of Mageia when I started this post ;-)
Get it from Cauldron where I uploaded it:

urpmi libmng1-1.0.10-1.mga5.x86_64.rpm libmng1-1.0.10-1.mga5.i586.rpm

Then finally download HP MyRoom for a 64 bits RPM system and install it with:

rpm -ivh --nodeps hpmyroom-

and launch it !


And now enjoy exchanging from Linux as well as from Lynx but without the hassle to use Windows ;-)

Bdale back home ;-)


I had the “primeur” of the information during LinuxCon US, but couldn’t share it till it was official. But as of today it is !


$ ldapsearch -h -x -b "" -LLL "(cn=*garbee*)" | grep -iE 'uid:|status:'
hpStatus: Active

Yes ! you’ve got it ! Bdale Garbee is back. And he is now a fellow, even if I can’t give a precise link to proove it … yet. Bdale will work in the CTO Office for Martin Fink. Well deserved !

I’m sure he will soon update his page to reflect this new status.

Welcome back home Bdale, and hopefully new opportunities to work together on Open Source and Linux activities ;-)

Speaking at LinuxCon EMEA 2014


I received confirmation and support for my travel at LinuxCon EMEA 2014 which will be in Düsseldorf, Germany from the 13th to the 15th of October. I’m pretty proud to have up to now presented in all the european LinuxCon events since 2011.

I’ll again animate a round table on FLOSS Governance. I’m now contacting potential panelists for this one and should announce them soon.

But I’ll also have a technical session in parallel on a subject I’m working on at the moment, and should get interest as it is docker related: Multi-OS Continuous Packaging with Docker and

Ok, so now I need to go back to my source code to make it work and publish it before the conf don’t you think so ? :-)

Last day at LinuxCon NA 2014


Today the keynotes were dedicated to Openness and Hardware. The first was from a company, Makerbot, which spoke a lot about Openness, but that I saw more as trying to sell their 3D printers, rather then anything else :-( I even learned later from an attendee that they even tend to block innovation with their patents ! So maybe the LinuxFoundation should take care of not “giving” opportunity to such actors to speak to an Open Source audience if their state of mind is nearer from the closed source business. Having a community sharing 3D design doesn’t sound sufficient to me.

Jonathan Kuniholm

The second keynote was on the topic that even is 3D printing is such a hype at the moment, disallowed people still have a hard time finding useful prothesis, modern ones, les expensive ones, or building their own. I really encourage you to listen to Jonathan Kuniholm (the keynote doesn’t seem to be online, but TED provides one very similar). This was puzzling for me to see how few technology is helping people like him :-( So I think that if you have time, you should look at helping his initiative at rather than inventing yet another piece of software just because the existing one doesn’t happen to please you.

IBM Keynote

Finally we had the “usual” IBM keynote, showing how Linux on Power was great, and presenting the foundation built around it. But if you look at uses cases, you see that most of them are academics, where probably the hardware was given so it weakened the talk IMO. Of course, I’m working for a competitor, so I’m not completely neutral here. Anyway having a portable Linux is extremely important, but I think it will reveal its capabilities on x86 (well it has of course!) or ARM. It had on Itanium or Sparc or Power (Linux can enable them) but the problem is that market doesn’t want such high-end platforms anymore, as they were representing a closed approach even if that has changed since. Openness is what allows mass distribution today (in processors as those mentionned, or software as Android and hopefully Linux on the desktop ;-))

UEFI Summit

After the break, I passed my day in the UEFI mini-Summit. The goal was different from last year PlugFest during LinuxCon. Instead of targetting developers, the goal was to expain the technology to potential and existing Linux sysadmin or devops. And I think it went pretty well with regards to demystifying how UEFI works woith Linux, including SecureBoot and brought back the discussion at a technical level rather than an emotional one.

An introduction talk by Dong Wei, HP served as positioning the UEFI Forum, the various groups in it (with the inclusion of ACPI), the history of UEFI, current status, and helped put everybody at the same level.

Q&A session

After that we had a (always too short IMO) round table were the audience was given the possibility to ask questions to the panelists. And there were very tough questions asked around the usefulness of UEFI, the lockdown brough by SecureBoot, … and everytime clear and honets answers were given showing why UEFI is useful, why SecureBoot help increasing Linux security without restricting users possibilties and control over their platform. All in all a lot of myths were just addressed during that Q&A session which was really interactive.

After that, we had more formal presentations:

  • UEFI Secure Boot – Strengthening the Chain of Trust – Jeff Bobzin, Insyde Software & Kevin Lane, HP
    This session was mainly about how Secureboot is working from a technology perspective, and the various solutions existing with Linux and its boot loaders to use it, benefit from it as it really increase security by providing a chain of trust from firmware up to the kernel+intrd booted, with either standard UEFI keys or its own ones.
  • Jeff Bobzin & Kevin Lane

  • UEFI Test Tools for Linux Developers – Brian Richardson, Intel & Alex Hung, Canonical
    This session was on FWTS from Canonical which provides a UEFI firmware and ACPI test suite, used alot by manufacturers to check the conformity of their platform with the UEFI and ACPI specifications. Chipsec and LuvOS were also covered which provides other areas of test with regards to respectively security and an integrated Linux distribution calling all these tools and more, both developed by Intel.
  • Brian Richardson

  • Building ARM Servers with UEFI and ACPI – Dong Wei, HP & Roy Franz, Linaro
    This session was to give a status on UEFI support for ARM architecture, and was pretty interesting for me as I had no clue on where we are on this domain. And it seems they are catching up with Intel Architecture now and should be at parity very soon. ACPI is still less advanced, but will be there for ARM servers as requested by customers, whereas device tree will probably remain what will be used on nn server platforms.
  • Dong Wei

  • Self-signing the Linux Kernel (the hobbyist approach) – Zach Bobroff, AMI

    This last session was IMHO the best of the serie, because it was demo oriented (and I like demos !) and more over, it just worked !! The goal was to show how to register its own key used to sign its own kernel with SecureBoot, and rebooting a machine with and without key loaded to demonstrate the increased security brought by that mechanism. Was very clear and illustrative of what was described during the first session of the mini-Summit by Jeff and Kevin. Zach did an excellent job explaining each step and provided great details on how all that works, and finally showed to the audience that we shouldn’t be afraid of the feature, because we have the possibility with the shim bootloade to use our own keys without issue.
  • Zach's pres

You can listen to all these presentations at the UEFI web site. And I think it’s worth doing so for those who still have questions on the SecureBoot topic, as it will enlighten you and remove and barrier you may still see there.

UEFI Summit end

The event was then over, so it was time to benefit from my speaker gift, which was the possibility to use a boat and have a cruise around Chicago, which I did with Dong and it was a very good idea from the organizers to offer that gift. Hope the pictures will give ou a good idea of how we enjoyed it.

Second day at LinuxCon NA 2014


Well I missed the first keynote this morning, not on purpose, even it was a Cisco one ;-) As Chicago climate was “foggy” I think I didn’t missed anything.

S. Hykes keynote

The second I didn’t want to miss was made by Solomon Hykes on Docker (which, as he rightly said, is the word you can’t miss on the Internet nowadays)
His topic was Docker explained through the ground reasons of its creation perspective. It was interesting to see his ability to step back and have a clear look on all the ways people are using his software, identify them through clear use cases, and looking forward on what his community still has to do in order to cover all the use cases he mentionned. I was pretty impressed by his vision, his humble but decided attitude, his optimism. I think our FLOSS ecosystem as clearly a new star here.

Solomon Hykes

And that’s probably among the reasons why the project is so successful. As I wanted to share my my HP colleagues how much I was impressed, I asked to him after the keynote whether he would accept to be one of our TuXTalk speaker for our FLOSS Profession, and to my surprise he accepted right away. Staying as accessible as that is for me another proof we have a new great flagship thinker. I really look forward listening more lenghtly to his thoughts and of course working with docker as such a clever person has for sure created a clever project ! My revelation of the week.

The last Keynote was from Dirk Hohndel from Intel. He stand up instead of the original Intel speaker who had an issue, and didn’t reused his material but used the 20 minutes of the talk to freely talk about two subjects: IoT and the Cloud (that being warned the day before).

Dirk Hohndel

He made a pretty funny talk, gathering easily the devs and devops in the room saying that “The Internet was made of things way before marketers get hold of it” or putting emphasis on us as a community rather than on corporations, or ditching the wireless network of the vent (which BTW was flacky indeed). He used that trick to made it easier for him to have adhesion of the audience, which he got. But at the end he passed few messages: one around the need of an Enterprise Group for OpenStack which was created, and another one around Intel promoting a new open standard and open source implementation for discovering and managing devices part of the IoT. More at But don’t expect too much, as there is only 5 companies involved for now. I’m a bit afraid it could become like wimax in the past. But ok, it was an entertaining talk, and rather good due to the lack of preparation.

I then attended a talk from Linda Wang, Red Hat on Docker usage in Enterprise. I was rather disappointed as it remained a high level presentation without too much concrete. I’d have expect more here. The only interesting aspect was the analogy of docker with appartments in a building vs houses for VMs (cgroups being control of electricity, water, …) and the mention of Kubernetes, a container orchestration & management tool from Google.

Anita Kuno

As I had appreciated Anita Kuno’s talk at LCA this year I then chose to hear her again talking this time about OpenStack Technical Governance.

And while I knew already quite a lot, I leanred some interesting details about the roles and mechanisms around +1, +2, PTL, Technical Comitee, ATC, the election procedure and its Condorcet method. In particular she explained very well the difference between an OpenStack project (git repo) and an OpenStack program (entity recognized by TC, with a PTL, a mission statement)

With some examples around the theoritical definitions, this will become a very good talk people interested in FLOSS governance should listen to. And to stay around OpenStack, after the lunch, I then passed the rest of the afternoon in the HP Helion Workshop, delivered by Mark Dunnett from HP and coordinated by Sisi Chen from HP.

HP Helion Workshop

While I knew already quite a lot about the topic, I learned some additional details that I wasn’t aware of, which was the goal for me to attend, as well as to network with my Helion peers !

Mark passed in my opinion a bit too much time on the reminders around OpenStack, especially for the audience around.

He then detailed precisely the differences between HP Helion OpenStack Community and HP Helion OpenStack (why are our marketing guys making it so difficult to just understand stuff by not adding Enterprise to the last one is out of my understanding, and out of the one of many customers I’m interacting with). He thus underlined in the Community edition vs the Enterprise edition the support of KVM vs KVM + ESX (vCenter needed), the 6 weeks release cycle vs Quarterly release e.g. He also talked about the VXLAN support, Icinga addition and ESX proxying in the enterprise version (again my terminology, not HP’s). And our work on the TripleO and Ironic Programs (thanks Anita !), and their usage in all HP Helion OpenStack versions.

Mark Dunnett

He introduced a new component called sirius for the deployment of our storage systems, I ignored (and thus isn’t in the slideset referenced earlier yet). And explained more precisely than my slides how the HA environment is done with ha-proxy and keepalived added in overcloud controler, longside XtraDB for MySQL and RabbitMQ cluster.
And he contrates with the role of the Overcloud management controler which provides in addition some nova, ceilometer and sherpa services (in non-HA mode).

Finally he gave details on the embedded applications provided such as

  • the Distributed Virtual Router (DVR) for ovs available to ease east-west traffic between VMs, solving a performance issue and dependency on the network controller, being a SPOF. The DVR will also ease north-south traffic for floating IPs.
  • The L2 Gateway which adds mapping between VXLAN and VLAN (which are not able to communicate otherwise) using HP Network switch 59xx

The workshop should have contained a demo which would have made more concrete and real all the concepts seen and show the added value thatHP brings here by making the installation and preconfiguration of all these components just an easy task that every devops or sysadmin can perform to have a quick OpenStack distribution running. However, the demo had an issue and we weren’t able to go very far. Too bad as this is IMO key in such a workshop. Hopefully next version won’t have that issue.

Anyway A very good entry point for understanding our OpenStack based cloud offering, and I look forward working with them to replicate it in EMEA for our customers.


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