Docker from an Operations perspective
Jan 02, 2019
Ever since the Docker hype-train took off, something kept me from hopping on board. Here's my view on Docker and containers in general, from an operations perspective.
Will 2019 be the year of the Linux desktop?
Dec 18, 2018
Over the past decades the business desktop was dominated by Microsoft operating systems. First MS-DOS was near-ubiquitous on office workstations, only to be supplanted by Windows in later years. How about the alternatives? Apple seems to be making some inroads recently, but how about Linux?
Should your next project be hosted serverless?
Dec 10, 2018
The internet contains a zillion articles on serverless computing, and a fraction of those focus on hosting websites in this way. Now that the hype on serverless is winding down, let’s have a look at what this hosting paradigm can do for you, and what its pitfalls are.
Five years of Agile, a retrospective
Dec 06, 2018
Over the past twenty years I’ve worked in IT under one guiding principle: don’t do it yourself if the machine is intrinsically better at it. As it turns out, the machine is a lot better at many things than I am and it keeps improving. I’ve intrinsically been doing agile and DevOps since before they were “things”. Over the past five years agile methods crept into my work environment. Here is something of a retrospective of my experiences working in such environments.
Reliably host your own FreeBSD PKG repository
Jun 20, 2018
As promised, this is part 2 in a short series centered around using FreeBSD on Raspberry Pi and similar small systems. The first part explained how to go about building your own set of up-to-date, customized binary packages on your big x86 PC. In this part I’ll show you one possible option for hosting these precious packages online, so your Pi can easily access them. There are other options, some cheaper than what I’ll be showing here, but my setup is hard to beat on reliability.
Poudriere builds FreeBSD packages for your Pi
Apr 18, 2018
So you want to try out FreeBSD on a Raspberry Pi? Go right ahead, installation images are available straight from the FTP sites. However, binary packages? Not so much. And building them on the Pi itself is not just slow, you’ll also quite likely burn through your SD card while doing it. This article introduces a way for you to use your much bigger Intel PC to build a custom package mirror for your humble Pi.