Finding unpatched “features” in distro packages

I generally expect baseline distro packages to be “old” by some measure. Even for more forward thinking distros, they generally (mis)equate age with stability. I’ve heard the expression “bug for bug compatible” when dealing with newer code on older systems. Something about the devil you know vs the devil you don’t. Ok. In this case, […]

On expectations

This has happened multiple times over the last few months. Just variations on the theme as it were, so I’ll talk about the theme. The day job builds some of the fastest systems for storage and analytics in market. We pride ourselves on being able to make things go very … very fast. If its […]

Raw Unapologetic Firepower: kdb+ from @Kx

While the day job builds (hyperconverged) appliances for big data analytics and storage, our partners build the tools that enable users to work easily with astounding quantities of data, and do so very rapidly, and without a great deal of code. I’ve always been amazed at the raw power in this tool. Think of a […]

Systemd and non-desktop scenarios

So we’ve been using Debian 8 as the basis of our SIOS v2 system. Debian has a number of very strong features that make it a fantastic basis for developing a platform … for one, it doesn’t have significant negative baggage/technical debt associated with poor design decisions early on in the development of the system […]

And this was a good idea … why ?

The Debian/Ubuntu update tool is named “apt” with various utilities built around it. For the most part, it works very well, and software upgrades nicely. Sort of like yum and its ilk, but it pre-dates them. This tool is meant for automated (e.g. lights out) updates. No keyboard interaction should be required. Ever. For any […]

new SIOS feature: compressed ram image for OS

Most people use squashfs which creates a read-only (immutable) boot environment. Nothing wrong with this, but this forces you to have an overlay file system if you want to write. Which complicates things … not to mention when you overwrite too much, and run out of available inodes on the overlayfs. Then your file system […]