With the community of users and partners getting more and more active and involved, we felt like it would be good to pick a new name for FhGFS.
P.S.: Although we were rather thinking about bees as nice and busy animals that work together as a swarm when we picked it, the new name seems to refer many people to a famous boy group from the 1970s – which is also not completely wrong, as BeeGFS will do everything it can to keep your data stayin’ alive…

FraunhoferFS (FhGFS) is an high-performance parallel file system from the Fraunhofer Competence Center for High Performance Computing. Its distributed metadata architecture has been designed to provide the scalability and flexibility that is required to run today’s most demanding HPC applications.

using graphical software on Ubuntu as root after you’ve logged in remotely


Sometimes I find myself in the situation of having to lauch some graphical software like synaptic, gedit, baobab while already using the server as root from the command line. I do not want to ‘exit’ my session and use the previous methods of which I’ve written in the past.

This is how I did it.

koolinus@localhost:~$ ssh -Y
koolinus@remote:~$ sudo -i
root@remote:~# touch .Xauthority
root@remote:~# xauth merge /home/koolinus/.Xauthority 

And that’s all. Now I can launch the needed program without interrupting my root session, for example:

root@remote:~# baobab &

the Internet of Things is scary


We simply have to fix this. We have to put pressure on embedded system vendors to design their systems better. We need open-source driver software — no more binary blobs! — so third-party vendors and ISPs can provide security tools and software updates for as long as the device is in use. We need automatic update mechanisms to ensure they get installed.
Bruce Schneier –

via The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable

Matt on Joomla


Matt’s appearance at the Joomla World Conference has inspired WordCamp Miami organizers to invite Joomla users and developers to come to their event next year to share experiences.

As someone who came from Drupal to WordPress, I love to see this kind of connection across open source projects. Exploring ideas and philosophy with other developers who have a different history can be a valuable experience. This is especially true with open source projects as similar as WordPress and Joomla. We’re not in competition with one another. Matt’s keynote address at the Joomla World Conference is a reminder that we’re all working together to make the web a better place.

Sarah GoodingWordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg Keynotes Joomla World Conference

Be professional


One of the discriminations against open source software is its lack of professionalism and so no matter how you help with open source projects make sure you are professional about it. Raising the quality of the project starts with its users. Make sure that you act in a professional manner when discussing projects with others and create quality output when you use open source software.
Dunkan McKeanHow non-programmers can contribute to open source projects

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) released


Fwd: Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) released

The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 13.10 for Desktop, Server, Cloud, Phone, and Core products.

Codenamed “Saucy Salamander”, 13.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Ubuntu 13.10 introduces the first release of Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu Core for the new 64-bit ARM systems (the “arm64″ architecture, also known
as AArch64 or ARMv8), and improved AppArmor confinement. In addition to these flagship features there are also major updates throughout.

Ubuntu Server 13.10 includes the Havana release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when
deploying distributed applications – whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server
technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features.

Maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 13.10 for 9 months, through July 2014.

To get Ubuntu 13.10

In order to download Ubuntu 13.10, visit:

getting packages info on Ubuntu


Recently we’ve decided to move all our CentOS 5 server installations to a more modern, and bioinformatics friendly, environment. So the choose was on Ubuntu, in it’s 12.04 LTS version.

Some commands are different, especially those for exploring packages, their releases and such.

For example to see what packages install $something now I do a:

sudo apt-file search $package

while to see a package’s details, for example nano, I give a:

sudo apt-cache show nano

Package: nano
Priority: standard
Section: editors
Installed-Size: 604
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers 
Original-Maintainer: Jordi Mallach 
Architecture: amd64
Version: 2.2.6-1
Replaces: pico
Provides: editor
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.11), libncursesw5 (>= 5.7+20100313), dpkg (>= 1.15.4) | install-info
Suggests: spell
Conflicts: pico
Breaks: alpine-pico (<= 2.00+dfsg-5)
Filename: pool/main/n/nano/nano_2.2.6-1_amd64.deb
Size: 194014
MD5sum: ce845269d2dac9b74ab02bd4f874beed
SHA1: 79a41964d1b14a2a0eb700b54e474e00b9d5de08
SHA256: a8dba08696a1ffdfbb15b617880b2b7bbe05ac9f7d690574000fe569b2298efa
Description-en: small, friendly text editor inspired by Pico
 GNU nano is an easy-to-use text editor originally designed as a replacement
 for Pico, the ncurses-based editor from the non-free mailer package Pine
 (itself now available under the Apache License as Alpine).
 However, nano also implements many features missing in pico, including:
  - feature toggles;
  - interactive search and replace (with regular expression support);
  - go to line (and column) command;
  - auto-indentation and color syntax-highlighting;
  - filename tab-completion and support for multiple buffers;
  - full internationalization support.
Description-md5: b7e1d8c3d831118724cfe8ea3996b595
Origin: Ubuntu
Supported: 5y
Task: standard, kubuntu-active

That’s all (for now).

on the ICT not returning money on FLOSS


You can see all this from a different point of view, but what I see is that a lot of value in the current IT industry is provided by open source software, often written in the spare time, or with important efforts filling the time gaps between one thing and another thing you do in your work time, if your employer is kind enough to allow you to do so.

What I think is that this is economically suboptimal, a lot of smart coders could provide an economical boost if they could be more free to write what they love and what a lot of people are probably already using to make money.

AntirezA few thoughts about Open Source Software