Talkin’ APM and AppDynamics – DevOps Days Austin

May 20, 2014

Today, I’m featuring one of the two interviews around Application Performance Management from DevOps Days Austin.

Take a listen to Steve Sturtevant who recently joined AppDynamics as he explains the role AppDynamics plays in the DevOps universe.

Some of the ground Steve covers:

  • Steve’s background and why he chose to join AppDynamics
  • What AppDynamics does
  • The technologies and offerings that AppDynamics supports and integrates with
  • The newly announced Application intelligence platform

Stay-tuned for next time when we learn about NewRelic.

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CFEngine, where its been and where its going — DevOps Days Austin

May 15, 2014

Today’s entry from DevOps Days Austin concludes the series on configuration management tools.  Today’s interview features Jonathan Thorpe of CFEngine, the company that started the whole configuration management thang back in the 90′s.

Some of the ground Jonathan covers

  • Why Jonathan recently joined CFEngine and its role with mobile and embedded
  • A quick history of CFEngine
  • The features of CFEngine 3
  • The companies focus for the next year

Stay tuned next time when we turn our attention to Application Performance Management and listen to folks from AppDynamics and New Relic.

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Pau for now…


Synaptics Touchpad drivers now in Test Kernels

May 14, 2014

Great news, yesterday the i2c Linux kernel drivers from Synaptics made it upstream and are in the proposed repository.  This is relevant for those Sputnik 3 users who have upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to either 13.10 or 14.04 LTS.

If you want to start kicking the tires before the drivers hit updates, you can enable the proposed repository and get to the test kernels by following  the instructions here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed

What the issue was

From 13.10 on there is better i2c support and since there weren’t any drivers, this caused the touchpad to operate in very basic i2c mode, meaning no multi-touch, tap-to-click, scrolling, etc.  Users were either left with a minimally-functional touchpad in i2c mode, or they had to end up blacklisting the i2c-hid modules as a workaround so the touchpad would come up in psmouse mode and operate similar to how it did in 12.04.

Going Forward

Canonical, who has been instrumental in this whole process, is  also doing their best to try and backport this functionality into 14.04 LTS so that users can take advantage of native i2c touchpad support.

Thanks 

I would like to give big shout outs to Synaptics, Canonical and Kent Baxley from Canonical for making this happen!!

Pau for now….


Talking about Chef and Unicorns – DevOps Days Austin

May 13, 2014

Today is the second of three entries focused on configuration management tools.  Today’s interview from last week’s DevOps Days is with Matt Ray from Chef.

Matt did a cool a presentation on the first day about how to introduce DevOps to traditional enterprises (see below) and I was able to grab him on the beginning of Day two to hear about his talk and the latest regarding Chef.

Some of the ground Matt covers

  • His talk about taking DevOps into the traditional enterprise “Helping horses become unicorns” (see presentation below)
  • Recent announcements from ChefCon e.g. Chef Metal etc
  • How they will be participating in this week’s OpenStack conference
  • Some of the traditional enterprises using Chef e.g.  Nordstroms, Target, GE

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Learning about Puppet Enterprise – DevOps Days Austin

May 12, 2014

Last week was DevOps Days here in Austin and I conducted a bunch of interviews.  On Friday I shared an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer who gave the first-day keynote.

The next three interviews I’ll be posting deal with configuration management tools.  Im going to kick off the topic with  an interview with Lindsey Smith who recently joined Puppet labs and is the product owner for Puppet Enterprise:

Some of the ground Lindsey covers:

  • Why Lindsey decided to join Puppet Labs
  • Lindsey’s open source and enterprise background e.g. invis inspector
  • How Puppet Open Source and Puppet Enterprise differ e.g. Event inspector
  • What’s coming up in Puppet Enterprise e.g. manifest ordering, supported modules etc.

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Developers share experiences running Ubuntu on Dell M3800 and XPS 15

May 12, 2014

Back in November when we  launched Sputnik 3, we also announced its “unofficial big brother,” the Dell M3800 Precision workstation and the Dell XPS 15.  This announcement was based on the after-hours work that Dell Linux engineer Jared Dominguez did to test and document the system.

Quite a few developers have referenced Jared’s work, taken the plunge and installed Ubuntu on these beefier systems.

M3800 Precision workstation

Here is a video that Rudy Vissers from Belgium created last month.  Rudy walks us through his new M3800 Precision including touchscreen and graphics.

XPS 15 laptop

Web developer Matt Woodward, who is a Principal IT Specialist for the US Senate and one of the original Project Sputnik beta cosmonauts, decided on upgrading to the XPS 15.  He shared his experience running Ubuntu on the XPS 15 on his blog earlier this month.  Here is an excerpt:

…Once Ubuntu is installed everything works out of the box. The screen runs at the full, mind-blowing 3200×1800 resolution, and even the touch screen works. No issues with sound card, WiFi, or anything else. Awesome…

If you need something a bit bigger and beefier than the XPS 13 developer edition, you just may want to check out either the M3800 or XPS 15.

If you’d like to see these as official products that come with Ubuntu pre-installed add your voice here:  Gathering interest on official Ubuntu support for Precision M3800  No promises but who knows!

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LittleIdea: No true DevOps (but we do have Samurai) — DevOps Days Austin

May 9, 2014

Earlier this week the third annual DevOps Days Austin took place.  Given that it was Cinco de Mayo, and given that it was Austin, as we walked in on the first day we were greeted by a mariachi band.

Also on the first day we were treated to an opening keynote by Andrew Clay Shafer.  Shafer, aka Littleidea, is among other things a DevOps bon vivant and all around muser on concepts and systems big and small.

Take a listen as Andrew gives an overview of his talk and answers questions.  For your reference, his slides are embed below.

Some of the ground Andrew covers:

  • The history of the Japanese Samurai and how this parallels DevOps’ trajectory
  • How will DevOps evolve over the next three years
  • What needs to happen for DevOps to ultimately be successful

Still to come

You’ll want to stick around over the next few weeks as I post 10 more interviews from DevOps days Austin.  I’ll be talking to people from Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, AppDyamics, New Relic, SumoLogic, Rackspace, Pager Duty, Dell Cloud Manager and Cote.

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Pau for now…


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