Foresight Linux Product Definitions

I have been working on the product definitions for Foresight Linux repositories which will help the different versions have a common set of details.

I will try to blog as much as possible about this so that everyone knows where I am at.

I am currently setting up a test definition on my playground repo so that I can test my changes and clarify with everyone that they are what is needed.

I will be using the gnome-media group fromthe Foresight Linux repository to create the tests against. I have hit a small issue cloning the group into my repository but I hope to fix this asap.

I will post again when I have finished the group clone

Over 7000 Downloads

This evening Stu Gott dropped a bombshell on me, not literally but it had a similar impact. The guys at rPath have run a report on our little project and I was shocked to say the least when I found out that the Bongo appliance has been downloaded 0ver 7000 times. I seem to remember thinking this is a nice small project for me to help the Bongo-Project with, it will never take off as much as the packages that Andrew and the others are creating but will allow me to do my part.

Well to say the least I was sceptical as you can guess but then he pasted these stats for me to look at.

+——————+
| ReportforProject |
+——————+
| Bongo            |
+——————+
+———–+—————–+
| Downloads | ImageType       |
+———–+—————–+
|   2917    | INSTALLABLE_ISO |
|      4    | LIVE_ISO        |
|   1002    | MICROSOFT_VHD   |
|      1    | RAW_HD_IMAGE    |
|   1090    | VMWARE_ESX      |
|   1891    | VMWARE_PLAYER   |
|   1040    | XEN_IMAGE       |
|      1    | XEN_OVA         |
|   7946    | NULL            |
+———–+—————–+
+———–+——-+——+
| Downloads | Month | Year |
+———–+——-+——+
|     15    | 08    | 2007 |
|      4    | 09    | 2007 |
|     40    | 10    | 2007 |
|    384    | 01    | 2008 |
|    821    | 02    | 2008 |
|    732    | 03    | 2008 |
|   1048    | 04    | 2008 |
|   1249    | 05    | 2008 |
|    938    | 06    | 2008 |
|    961    | 07    | 2008 |
|    812    | 08    | 2008 |
|    634    | 09    | 2008 |
|    308    | 10    | 2008 |
+———–+——-+——+

I had to add up the totals myself as I could not believe it was that much. But true to form the total was 7000 which is a great achievement.

I cannot continue on without mentioning the guys who keep this project going I am not going to mention names as I my memory is so bad that I would forget someone. THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!

I feel like I have won and Oscar or something like that.

This has not been a chore to do as I have been learning as we have gone along and without Stu Gott’s help I am sure I would still be pulling my hair out. What shocks me more is that people are downloading us even though we say that it is not quite ready for use yet.

I am sure we will break all types of records when we release version 1.0 and it is something I look forward to. There is still many hours of programming and packaging ahead of us and we will continue doing what we do best looking after our baby as it were.

I almost forgot to add that I want to that all the people who have downloaded The Bongo appliance and also the other packages for being interested and also for trying us out. We are getting better and better.

I have run out of words to say………

Thanks

Vmware Server 2

I have been running the release version of VMware Server 2 and I must say I am impressed. the only problems I had were with existing VM’s and upgrading the tools on them. And also VM’s that have open-vm-tools installed.

After updating the tools the systems all have been functioning just fine over the last few weeks and the host system has been under less load with more vm’s installed.

I might create a post on how I did it , but work is taking a load of my time and so that will have to be later.

I did try the new ESXi server but my hardware is not supported and I don’t have the cash to buy new stuff.

Looking to virtualise at home

Ever since vmware made ESXi a free download I have wanted to install and run it at home so I can P to V my systems at home. And save money on electricity. And before you ask I have looked at the Xen and Virtualbox and Kvm solutions but have found them not quite ready fro my prime time.

I had been running vmware server in the past with reasonable success.

I downloaded an iso of the ESXi installer and dutifully copied all my VM’s to an external disk. When I tried to install esx it complained about not finding a device to install the image on-to.

I initially thought it was the SATA problem so installed an IDE drive to see if that would help but it did not.

I even tried a full ESX3.5 install CD but that also did not work.

So I downloaded Opensuse 11 mini and installed that and vmware server 2 which is actually quite decent and the new web based management is actually quite usable.

I will continue my quest however. But it looks like I will have to get some new hardware. The prerequisites for this is that it must be quiet as the machine stands in out lounge next to the TV and the missus does not want to hear it. I also need 64bit support as I do some dev work for foresight and need that for packaging.

We will see how it goes.

The links below are the ones I currently have looked at. And will add more to the post as I find them or they are suggested.

http://vinf.net/2008/01/14/vmware-esx-v35-on-cheap-pc-hardware/

http://www.theinquisitivegeek.com/2006/11/esx-on-whitebox-as-many-of-you-know-i.html

http://www.techhead.co.uk/building-a-low-cost-cheap-vmware-esx-test-server

Came off my bike today

Well I knew it would happen and it eventually did.

I was going to work this morning and I had to swerve for a black porche and my bike dropped.

I landed on my right hand side and slid down the road. I have a few bruises and bumps and will be seeing the doctor tomorrow morning. The bike is in the shop at the momentg I will find out what the damage is later.

I am just greatful I am alive and nothing is broken.

Posting Silence

I have been scarce lately as I have been working down in Plymouth on a short contract for a Art school.

it was fun and I did more that I anticipated doing which is good.

Hopefully I will be able to get back to my Opensource stuff soon.