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Red Hat joins the RISC-V Foundation

Finally …

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RISC-V Tokyo

Today (was) RISC-V Day 2017 Tokyo at the University of Tokyo (programme in English, more information in English). My colleague Wei Fu gave a talk on the status of Fedora on RISC-V. I hope it was recorded somewhere. If it appears online I’ll update this post.

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Keeping a work notebook

There has been some discussion on HN of using a logbook or notebook. I’ve used a work notebook on paper for about 20 years. Here are the ones from the last 8 years (minus the one I’m currently using):


Years ago Red Hat even had their own branded notebooks. I nicked one from the office supply cabinet and they seem to have stopped making them:


The older books had blank pages. These notes from 2010 record a list of bugs (tick marks for done/fixed items) and the initial design of guestfs-browser:


Unfortunately unlined pages don’t work well for me because I have pretty terrible handwriting. I’ve moved to using lined notebooks now as you can see by comparing these two pages from 2011 and 2014 respectively:

My ideal notebook is the Oxford Black n’ Red A5 Matt Casebound Hardback Notebook, Ruled 192 Pages, and my ideal pen is the UM-153S Signo Impact Gel Pen:


Most of the pages are scribbled notes from meetings. If you saw me furiously scribbling at the KVM Forum last month, then this is what I was writing.


I find it really helpful to remember the contents of meetings and what to do. Asterisks mean ideas for future research or work. Ticks are items which have been done.

The number of doodles is not necessarily related to the boredom in the meeting!

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AMD previewing Seattle at the Red Hat Summit

The announcement is here, and according to that announcement the development boards will be available in “second half” 2015.

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Restarting squid results in deleting all files in hard-drive

An awful lot of noise and nonsense is being made about this bug. Here are a couple of facts:

  1. The bug was never in any released version of RHEL.
  2. It was caught during Red Hat’s internal QA process. The bug report is filed by a Red Hat tester.

In other words, the system works. Anyone who says this is a bug in RHEL or Red Hat is releasing buggy software that will eat your hard drive is lying to you.

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I just deleted Google Authenticator, and replaced it with the open source FreeOTP Android app (source code), written by Red Hat. Works great!


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Red Hat speakers at FOSDEM 2014

If you’re planning to be at FOSDEM in Belgium this weekend, then do come and see some of the Red Hat folk who are giving talks. The full list is here or use this handy printed guide [PDF].

(Thanks Garrett)

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Brian Steven’s keynote at OpenStack Summit

Brian is Red Hat’s CTO, and hence my boss’s boss’s boss (or something like that). This is a pretty good (and honest) talk about Red Hat’s plans for OpenStack.

Edit: By the way, the thumbnail (the one I see at any rate) is not Brian.

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A timely reminder: Don’t email questions directly

Want help? Don’t email me directly

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libguestfs web seminar – this Friday

Updated x 4

Download this handout which contains slides that accompany the talk.

I’ll be holding a libguestfs live “webinar” this Friday, 18th November 2011 at 16:00 UTC.

To convert the time to your location, do:

date -d '2011-11-18 16:00Z'

The programme will include:

  • An introduction to libguestfs features.
  • Live demonstrations of guestfish, a Python program, inspection, and image resizing.
  • An overview of major new features in RHEL 6.3.
  • The opportunity to ask questions on any technical topic related to libguestfs.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it or if you can’t get Webex working. It will all be recorded and put online in an open format soon afterwards.

This is a Webex conference. See the end of this posting for details on how to get this working on Linux (hint: it’s not simple).

To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: friday
4. Click “Join”.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

To join the audio conference only
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): +1-408-600-3600
Global call-in numbers:
Toll-free dialing restrictions:

Access code:641 248 458

To add this meeting to your calendar program, click this link:

Webex tips:

Try the Webex test meeting: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Webex needs a Java plugin for your browser, but be warned that it’s a trial to get all the extra things you need. In particular if it doesn’t work, go into $HOME/.webex/*, locate all *.so files, and install all the missing 32 bit libraries they depend on, ie:

cd ~/.webex
find -name '*.so' | xargs ldd | grep 'not found'

# the gcj version number may be different in the next line
sudo yum install /usr/lib/gcj-4.6.2/libjawt.so

# This list of libraries is taken from the ones needed
# by webex on my machine.  Some "No package ... available"
# warnings are expected here.
sudo yum install {/lib,/usr/lib}/{libasound.so.2,libatk-1.0.so.0,libc.so.6,libdl.so.2,libfontconfig.so.1,libfreetype.so.6,libgcc_s.so.1,libgdk_pixbuf-2.0.so.0,libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0,libglib-2.0.so.0,libgmodule-2.0.so.0,libgobject-2.0.so.0,libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0,libm.so.6,libnsl.so.1,libpango-1.0.so.0,libpangoft2-1.0.so.0,libpangox-1.0.so.0,libpangoxft-1.0.so.0,libpng12.so.0,libpthread.so.0,libresolv.so.2,librt.so.1,libstdc++.so.6,libuuid.so.1,libX11.so.6,libXext.so.6,libXft.so.2,libXi.so.6,libXmu.so.6,libXrender.so.1,libXt.so.6,libXtst.so.6,libXv.so.1,libz.so.1}

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