Fri 11 September 2020
Mon 07 September 2020
Today I replaced the last spinning root disk in the house. The media server still has 4x3TB spinning disks, but the old 120GB spinning boot disk has been replaced by a cheap 1 TB SSD. Boot times improved dramatically, and the database access for various things now feels instantaneous.
Process follows, but it’s nothing extraordinary.
Sun 26 January 2020
Tue 25 June 2019
Via Rick Thomas on the Debian Users mailing list:
In any case, the solution I came up with is
apt-get --purge install -y sysvinit-core dbus- glib-networking- libgtk-3-0- apt-get --purge autoremove
Note the trailing minus-signs on dbus- glib-networking- libgtk-3-0- These packages need to be deleted in the same pass as sysvinit-core …
Tue 22 January 2019
Sat 15 December 2018
The HP Envy 13z is a lightweight, reasonably high-performance laptop with a relatively low price tag - under $600 for the 1080P 13" touchscreen, flip-hinge to tablet, backlit keyboard, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD, Ryzen 2300U four-core system weighing a little over two pounds.
(Those were the specs.)
It generally compares favorably …
Mon 22 October 2018
Several people have asked me recently what hardware I would buy today for use as a home firewall.
- Partaker N3050 B5
- N3050 CPU
- no RAM (1 slot DDR3L up to 8GB)
- no SSD (room for mSATA + 2.5" SATA disk)
- 2 x gigE + wifi 802.11 b/g/n
- 2GB DDR3L RAM
- 2GB RAM
- Kingston 120GB mSATA SSD
- 120GB mSATA SSD
for a total of $176, including shipping. Links were accurate as of October 22, 2018.
This gets you a tiny box, similar in size to random commercial house router/firewall/wifi access points, which can run a standard Linux operating system with a complex firewall running at 1 Gb/s in and out, more RAM than strictly necessary, and an SSD which is both very large (and therefore can last a very long time) and boot the system quickly enough that you can do a reboot without losing TCP sessions.
I would also recommend a medium-sized USB thumb drive to set up as an emergency booting and backup device. Call it another $15 or so.
Mon 09 July 2018
Someone on the
debian-user list just discovered that
gpt partitioning allows you to put 128 partitions on a disk. They got really excited at the granularity that would allow. They weren’t thinking about the exciting maintenance procedures that would inevitably follow – not enough space here, too much space there …
Wed 28 March 2018
Sun 12 November 2017
Wireguard is a new open source VPN system being initially developed on Linux. I have two major use cases for such a thing: site-to-site protection, and backhauling traffic from a laptop or phone to my house.
Small codebase, because there are very few options. For example, there …
Mon 15 May 2017
Sun 02 April 2017
Fri 13 January 2017
Thu 15 January 2015
Tue 18 November 2014
Let’s quote a Debian Developer, who I will not name:
“Oh, and by the way, systemd bloody works on my system. I can’t even remember when I switched to it. It Just Worked.”
The problem with systemd is that he’s got one system, not five hundred, and he somehow thinks that makes it a representative sample.
I don’t have any such confidence.