Bongo 0.4 Development Images

Bongo 0.4 Development Images.

As promised I have published the Bongo 0.4 development images. To the rPath site.

This release will be quite a big step as we are upgrading the images to the rPath Linux 2 version.

These are the development branch of the 0.4 bongo source I have included Spamassassin and clamav in this build so these option should now work in bongo as well.

Could you please test them and let me know if there are any issues. So we can fix them.

I know that this is a bit late but I want to be prepared for the release of 0.5 which should be soon.


This release does not have a working Webfront end so if you use this upgrade at your peril.

Please backup your data before doing this upgrade.

As was pointed out to me I had not added the link to the downloads. HERE IS THE LINK

Work on the Bongo 0.4 appliances

For some time now I have been asked why I have not released the Bongo 0.4.0 packages to the Bongo rPath repo.

The reason I have given is that the webUI bits for Bongo have been broken in Bongo after some major work was done on the store area of the project. The other agents we have e.g. SMTP, IMAP, POP, ANTISPAM and ANTIVIRUS are all still performing very well and I use the code on a server at home running about 4 domains.

This work has improved the performance of the store and also fixed quite a few niggles that had crept in while we were removing old Novell code. We were going to focus on the web UI once we had a stable 0.4.0 version of the store. Things have developed quite a bit further and we are now close to a 0.5 release. This does not mean that we are going to have a working webUI for this release as the work that has gone on for the webUI will need revisiting. We have had discussions about what we want to do with the webUI and perhaps where we want to take it. It is not quite as simple as one would think.

The reason I am rambling on about this is that I want to now work towards releasing a version of the Bongo appliances that does not have a webUI installed. This WILL break any 0.3 install of Bongo so when I do release it. It will be on your head if you lose your webUI.

So my next few weeks will be aimed at getting 0.4 ready for roll-out.

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………


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.

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.

Careerbuilder – DO NOT use their Website

If you intend searching for work do not use

Since adding myself to their system I have recieved so much spam from gmail accounts using the details I added to their site.

I will be remioving myself asap.

Positive Thoughts

You all know I have been a very pessimistic South African for a very long time and well I had my reasons for being like that.

This morning I received a e-mail from someone I know who sent me a link to this site.

And also 2 links to some stories on the site

I have read these and some other stories on this site and I feel differently about the way things are in South Africa and how the people are starting to take back their land from the Crooks and corrupt politicians.

This does not mean that I am going to jump on the next plane to Cape Town with my family as there are still some concerns I have about what is going to happen in the next 2 years with regards to the court cases that are due soon and the outcome from that.

What it has done is planted a seed in my brain that things might get better as long as the politicians do what is right for the country and not just right for themselves.

I will be posting this on my blog

if you want to point people to the stories.

Thanks for reading this my friends and I hope you don’t mind me sending it.