Ken's House Cleanup

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Warren, Bohdi, Scott, and DonnieWarren, Bohdi, Scott, and DonnieDonnie Lunder and Warren Sanders (both from the BillingsLUG) picked me up about noon on their way to Helena. The reason we went so early, given the fact that the service wasn't until 6:30PM, was because we had a mission: 1) Gain access to all of Ken's computers, see what they are running, and save anything that needed to be saved, and 2) Go through all of Ken's computer related stuff and help get rid of everything so the family doesn't have to.

News about Ken Dyke

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KenKen DykeUpdate: A memorial service for Ken was held in Helena on Friday November 2nd. 2915 Country Club Ave., Helena.

Ken passed away Monday morning, October 29th. Please read comments for more information. See also this comment from Ken's brother.

A comment was posted early Sunday morning to the BozemanLUG book section of this site. Please have a look.

Ken Dyke founded the BozemanLUG back in the Spring of 2001. He also frequently attended BillingsLUG meetings.

Ken moved to Helena in 2005 and started up a HelenaLUG... and continued to drive to Bozeman each month to host the BozemanLUG meetings until I moved to the Bozeman area (Sept. 2005) and he handed over the reigns of the BozemanLUG to me. He has been attending the BozemanLUG meetings on and off since moving to Helena.

New: Found some additional pictures from an old website of Ken's archived by the Wayback machine.

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Missoula LUG November Meeting

Nov 1 2007 - 6:00pm
Nov 1 2007 - 8:00pm
  • When: Thursday, November 1st, 6:00pm
  • Where: Sean Kelly's, Back Half of Restaurant
  • Topic: TBD

Jon Corbet and the Linux Kernel Report 2007

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This is a little dated (January 2007) but I just ran across it today. It's yet another glimpse into the Linux Kernel Development process. I haven't watched it all yet so I'll leave additional comments for later.

NYT's David Pogue on the OLPC

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If you didn't read the article, David put out a video.


What Andrew Said About Containers

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Kir posted a blog entry regarding Andrew Morton's keynote from the LinuxWorld Expo 2007 keynote (from August as seen a few items below) wanting to get a transcript of what Andrew said about containers and OpenVZ... so I spent about 30 minutes making it so. Here's what Andrew said:

"The one prediction I am prepared to make... is that over the next 1 to 2 years there'll be quite a lot of focus in the Linux kernel on... the core of the Linux kernel... on the project which has many names. Some people call it containerization... others will call it operating system virtualization... other people will call it resource management. It's a whole cloud of different features which have different applications.


October MissoulaLUG Meeting

Oct 11 2007 - 6:00pm
Oct 11 2007 - 8:00pm

The October meeting for the MissoulaLUG will be held downtown at Break Espresso on Thursday, October 11th at 6:00pm.


Learning Linux-VServer

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While it is obvious that I've been using OpenVZ for some time now, a lesser known fact is that I've also been using Linux-VServer at work. Linux-VServer is a lot like OpenVZ only different. Huh? Well, Linux-VServer is also a form of OS Virtualization but rather than the term "container" the Linux-VServer folks prefer the term, "security context".

From a feature and operational perspective, Linux-VServer and OpenVZ are very similar but from a design and implementation standpoint, they are quite different. The Linux-VServer setup I've been using at work pre-dates my employment there and it is quite old (based on the Linux 2.4.x kernel)... but it has been running flawlessly so I haven't seen the need to update it. As a result, I've really fallen behind with Linux-VServer's development and how it has changed, matured, and added features over the last couple of years.

Two Great New Technical Videos

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Ken Dyke asked me at the BozemanLUG meeting the other evening... if I had found any more good technical videos on Google. I usually search every day... but somehow hadn't found anything worth sharing for a while.

Practical MythTV by Michael Still, Aug. 16, 2007

The second video is about DTrace which is the kernel debugger for Sun's Solaris... but given the coverage on LWN in an article entitled, On DTrace envy which talks about DTrace vs. Linux's SystemTap kernel debugger... more info in DTrace is probably a good thing.