Container management and landscape

July 17, 2015

Back at the end of April I gave an internal presentation laying out a high level overview of the container and container management space.   I pulled this together using public info.

Needless to say big things have happened since I created it,  most notably the announcement of the Open Container Project.  That being said it I feel it still offers a good general feel for the players and how they fit together.

Extra-Credit reading

  • OPEN CONTAINER PROJECT.ORG
  • Announced today under the Linux Foundation banner, the Open Container Project has the backing of the major forces in cloud and containers, including Docker and appc. – ZDnet
  • New Open Container Project Helps Define the Future Data Center – Jim Zemlin’s blog, the Linux Foundation

Pau for now…


Updated Developer Edition Knowledge base: XPS 13 and M3800

July 15, 2015

Once again we want to thank the entire community for your posts containing feedback and questions to the Dell TechCenter forum and this blog regarding the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 and M3800 developer editions.

Last month we posted links to four knowledge base articles addressing:  wireless drivers, keyboard repeat, suspend/resume and cursor freezes.   Today we are adding three more that have been hot topics recently: creating recovery media, OOBE crashing, and 15.04 UEFI install.  So we have all the articles in one place I have also included the previous ones below.

Knowledge Base links:

How to create recovery media for the XPS 13 9343 and Precision M3800 Developer Editions:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/HOW10851/en

Dell-Recovery Utility May Crash During Out of Box Experience:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN298209/en

How to install Ubuntu on a Dell XPS 13 (9343) developer edition configured for UEFI:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN297060/en

Trackpad cursor freezing issue:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN297219/EN

May not resume from suspend running 14.04:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN297551/en

Unwanted keyboard character repeat

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN297563/en

How to Install Broadcom Wireless Driver on XPS 13 9343 from Ubuntu 15.04 Install Media:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukbsdt1/HOW10806/en

Leverage your support contracts

Remember, in addition to posting your feedback here, we encourage customers to utilize their support contracts and contact the included Dell support (either Consumer Support or ProSupport, depending on whether you purchased it from the Consumer or Small Business sections).  This will help us to officially track issues and tackle them systematically.

How to reach ProSupport:

Please continue to give us your feedback on the Developer Edition systems.

Pau for now…


John Willis of Docker – DevOps Days Austin

July 10, 2015

Last but not least here is the final video from DevOps days Austin featuring the one and only John Willis aka Botchagalupe. John gave the closing key note using an intriguing comparison to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel.

Take a listen:

Some of the ground John covers:

  • John’s DevOps background
  • From Socketplane founder to Docker employee
  • The convergence of data gravity, containers and microservices – The new guns, germs and steel
  • How John got involved with the Docker folks back in the dotCloud days.
  • Containers vs VMs

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

 


Cameron of Gartner talks DevOps – DevOps Days Austin

June 22, 2015

Last month at DevOps Days Austin I did a series of interviews with a variety of speakers and attendees.  One of the attendees I chatted with was Cameron Haight of Gartner.  For the past five years Cameron has been writing about, and advising clients on, DevOps.

I caught some time with Cameron to get his thoughts.

Some of the ground Cameron covers:

  • How Cameron came to cover the DevOps movement.
  • What changes has he seen in the community over the past five years.
  • How does Cameron see DevOps evolving as it moves into the mainstream and where it fits within the larger transformation enterprises are undergoing.

Stay tuned for the final interview in this series starring the one and only John Willis.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Value Ubuntu systems available for consumers in US along with high end XPS 13 developer edition

June 8, 2015

In the last few weeks Dell has expanded its consumer line up with additional Ubuntu machines:  both the economical Inspiron series as well as the high-end, XPS 13 developer edition.

The new economical Ubuntu laptops are made up the Inspiron 14 Inspiron 14 3000 Series Laptop Ubuntu Edition3000 and Inspiron 15 3000 (14 & 15 denote the screen size) which each offer four configs.  All configs of both the 14 and 15 are non-touch.

Here are the specs:

Inspiron 14 3000 + Ubuntu 14.04 SP1

  • Celeron/2GB/500GB: $219.99
  • Celeron/2GB/500GB + optical drive from SAPP: $259.99
  • Pentium/4GB/500GB: $279.99
  • Pentium/4GB/500GB + 2 year mail in service (the above all come with 1 year mail in service): $329.99

Inspiron 15 3000 + Ubuntu 14.04 SP1

  • Celeron/4GB/500GB: $249
  • Celeron/4GB/500GB + optical drive from SAPP: $279.99
  • Pentium 4GB/500GB: $279.99
  • Pentium/4GB/500GB + 2 year mail in service (the above all come with 1 year mail in service): $349.99

XPS 13 developer edition

The smallest 13-inch on the planet with the worldThe XPS 13 developer edition, which in the states has been available only to businesses, is now available to consumers as well.  The four consumer configs are a bit different than those in business:

 

Check them out, you may find one just right for you.

Pau for now…


Developer Edition Knowledge base: XPS 13 and M3800

June 2, 2015

Update June 26:  How to Install Broadcom Wireless Driver on XPS 13 9343 from Ubuntu 15.04 Install Media

http://www.dell.com/support/article/uk/en/ukbsdt1/HOW10806/en

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We want to thank the entire community for your posts containing feedback and questions to the Dell TechCenter forum and on this blog regarding the XPS 13 and M3800 developer editions (Ubuntu).

In response to your feedback, here are the first three Knowledge Base articles focusing on the hottest issues.  This post and the Knowledge Base will be updated if new issues crop up.

  • Trackpad cursor freezing issue:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/SLN297219/en [to be promoted to the Dell archive hosted by Canonical – stay tuned].

  • May not resume from suspend running 14.04:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/SLN297551/en

  • Unwanted keyboard character repeat

http://www.dell.com/support/article/SLN297563/en

Remember, in addition to posting your feedback here, we encourage customers to utilize their support contracts and contact the included Dell support (either Consumer Support or ProSupport, depending on whether you purchased it from the Consumer or Small Business sections).  This will help us to officially track issues and tackle them systematically.

Please continue to give us your feedback on the Developer Edition systems.

June 3, update: How to reach ProSupport:

 

Thanks!

The Dell Sputnik team


Fixing your org by continually breaking it – Devops Days Austin

June 2, 2015

Here is the third post in a six part series focusing on  DevOps Days Austin. Following Cote’s presentation, next in the line up of speakers on day one was Paul Read of Release Engineering Approaches.

Paul’s talk tackles the “importance of continually breaking your organization with experiments, some surprising examples, and how to do it in such a way that you aren’t left with a broken organization.”

Take a listen, and check out his awesome tie! (also see his slides below)

Some of the ground Paul covers:

  • Learning from Toyota Kata
  • The culture of continuous learning and experimentation/improvement
  • Making “the pain visible”
  • Where Paul sees DevOps going in the future

Still to come

  • Cameron Haight – Gartner
  • John Willis – Docker
  • Barton George (Sputnik ignite talk) – Dell

Extra credit reading

Pau for now…


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