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2014-04-08 15:59 - 1 hour 54 min ago
I’ve had a lot of travel lately and I’ve had some time to think, when you take a step back and look at technology you realise it’s always changing always developing updating and adding new features.  It got me thinking, I should also keep updating my knowledge bank. It’s all well and good to talk […]

2014-04-07 08:22 - 1 hour 54 min ago

Recently, Fedora's Copr service was launched which lets individuals create personal repos and build packages on Fedora's servers for a number of Fedora and EL versions (similar to OBS and PPAs).

I've set up a couple of repos under it, and one which contains builds of various gems as dependencies for librarian-puppet. Setting up and tracking RPM builds is made quite easy with git and tito, which lets you set up a simple directory structure in your RPM repo, track specs and source binaries (.gem files), tag and release changes to Copr:

$ tree . |-- |-- rel-eng | |-- packages | | |-- rubygem-...

2014-03-24 13:59 - 1 hour 54 min ago

PDFTK – The PDF Toolkit

I have long been a keen user of pdftk, the PDF Toolkit, but am frequently surprised when people have not heard of it. True, it is a command line tool, but it is easy to incorporate into service menus, scripts etc and doubtless there is a GUI front-end for it somewhere (in fact there is one linked to from the above page).

Clearly a blog post is called for, but, whilst you wait for a post that will never arrive, here is a link to some examples that should open your eyes to what is possible with pdftk.

To get started on a Debian-based system:

$ sudo...

2014-03-21 13:20 - 1 hour 54 min ago

One of the (many) challenges with creating a new mobile platform is that of bootstrapping app developers. The Ubuntu SDK – based on well known tools like Qt & QtCreator and supporting HTML5, C++ & GL – we can run our applications both on mobile devices and standard Ubuntu desktops.

With our convergence plans being a core component of Ubuntu over the coming releases, we can take advantage of this when testing mobile apps.

Developers can create & users can test applications without having to commit funds to a dedicated Ubuntu mobile device. Of course in the future Ubuntu mobile devices will be ubiquitous but for now we can support those users, testers and developers right now to use Ubuntu mobile apps on the desktop.

So with the...

2014-03-21 12:26 - 1 hour 54 min ago

Hack Days are back!

On March 25th – 27th 2014 from 09:00 – 21:00U UTC we’re having another round of Core Apps Hack Days as we Sprint towards the final Ubuntu 14.04 release in April.

This time we’re concentrating our focus on 6 main apps, but we welcome new contributions to all the core apps. We’re identifying all the bite-size bugs which would be ideal for new developers, and we have some more chunky work for more experienced developers looking for more of a challenge. Getting involved is really easy and it’s fun and friendly.

Music & Reminders will be the focus on Tuesday 25th.


2014-03-18 19:41 - 1 hour 54 min ago

Anyone who has enjoyed the dubious benefits of working with IPSEC will find OpenVPN a delight, but what do you do with your client.ovpn file once you have it?

If you spend most of your time in a terminal anyway, then I would suggest just putting all your client.ovpn files into ~/.openvpn, renaming them in some appropriate way, and then using them simply by typing:

$ sudo openvpn client.ovpn

If, on the other hand, you live in a more graphically orientated world, then you might like to integrate them into Network Manager. Sadly, the Import feature in Ubuntu does not work, at least in the versions of Ubuntu that I have used, and you have to make a few changes first.

Firstly, I would always create a hidden...

2014-02-19 21:45 - 1 hour 54 min ago
Before Christmas, I  announced that MongoDB was planning to celebrate its own version of “March Madness” called MongoDB March Madness, an event featuring 27 of our European MongoDB User Groups.  This is the second annual March MUG Madness, and we’re thrilled that the number of requests to take part has only continued to grow. March […]

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