Back from LinuxCon EU 2015!

We are back!
Finally caught up on sleep after the busy LinuxCon EU 2015 schedule. There was so much going on we really needed Hermione’s Time Turner to see all the sessions we wanted. Not to mention the conference hall filled with people and booths at all times. It was awesome to see so many projects and technologies flourishing thanks to Linux.

There was so much to do and see, we are still reviewing all of the notes we took over the event. But here is a summary of our favourites:

Dan – Open Storage in the Enterprise with Gluster and Ceph
“Gluster and Ceph are brilliantly powerful tools for distributing file storage. This talk discussed some of the more obscure ways that these tools can be used. One example used two great tricks to use thin provisioning to intentionally allow customers to over commit on their storage as well as virtualising virtualised storage! A complete abuse of technology but always fun to watch”

Alex – Dockerizing your infrastructure with MachinerySlides
“This was a talk about openSUSE’s new software called Machinery, it allows you to take a live bare-metal/vps environment and automatically split it up into docker containers. It can detect what services are running on the original machine and create separate instances for the database and webserver and looks in configuration files to determine what packages and libraries each docker image will need. It’s not currently available for Debian but looks like a really useful tool for testing bare metal to container deployments.”

Rob – Manageable application containerSlides
“Manageable application containers was a great session, initially drawn in by this quote from its description ‘an operating system in a single image which, rather than ever being updated, only gets rebuilt when needed’. It covered updating multiple containers at once with minimal downtime. I can’t wait to play with one of the technologies discussed OverlayFS, it’s really cool letting you mount a directory where any changes made are put into a separate location. I keep thinking of more use cases for it.”

Gary – The Art of Counting Potatoes With LinuxSlides
“Showed the process from going from a bare-metal implementation, to a Linux app with proprietary libraries, to a completely open source stack, showcasing the good and bad of each step. Very interesting how something as simple as sorting potatoes can involve such innovative and intelligent technology. And I like potatoes.”

We all cannot wait to play and explore all of the cool technologies we have seen and implement them in our company. If anyone has a project that needs GlusterFS, Docker, OverlayFS, OpenStack or just a very secure server we are your guys!

We all want to say thanks to the Linux Foundation for organising this event.
Keep up the good work, can’t wait to see you at the next one. 🙂

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Feature image: “Dublin, Convention Center” by The Linux Foundation is licensed under CC BY 3.0

See you at LinuxCon Europe 2015

  • Tickets Received ✓
  • Hotel Booked ✓
  • New Embroidered Polo Shirts ✓
  • New Business Cards ✓

We are ready for LinuxCon Europe next week!  An entire conference dedicated to our favourite Operating System.

We can’t wait to attend as many sessions as possible and explore what everyone else is doing in the community.

We will continue monitoring and patching servers as usual over this period and will always be reachable by email.

More information is available on the Linux Foundation website.

See you there.

Feature image: “The Custom House at sunset, Dublin, Ireland” by giuseppemilo is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Photo credit to Benjamin Ellis -

Over The Air 2015

On the morning of Friday the 25th of September the Dogsbody Technology team set out for the weekend, heading to London for the 7th annual Over The Air event. Over The Air is a combination of a hack day, workshops and talks, giving people the chance to make awesome stuff and learn new things whilst doing it.

Dan (our boss) has attended for the last 5 years, and this year he recommended that we all go along and get in on the fun. We’re always looking to expand and grow our knowledge of anything and everything technology related, and we figured there is no better place than a hackathon! It’s always a good thing to hang out with our fellow geeks, which there was certainly no shortage of, to see what everyone is working on and what they’ve been getting up to.

Friday morning consisted of getting to the venue (St. John’s Hoxton), pitching our tents, grabbing as much free loot as possible (my laptop is now covered in stickers…) and listening to the intro and keynote speeches. The keynote was very interesting with Howard Baker telling us about the BBC’s development of the micro:bit, and making us all very jealous of the year 7 students who will be getting one for free!

The Talks

Over the rest of Friday and Saturday, we all headed off to see some very interesting talks given by some very clever people! From HTML5 to Lego robots, and the Internet of Things to Smart cities, there was just so much to learn. We couldn’t possibly mention all of these talks, so here are each of our favourites…

Alex – The future of mobile identity with Fabric and Digits by Andy Piper -“An independent authentication service that allows people who are new to the internet to have an identity online. It’s completely free and works with 860 mobile operators in countries all over the world. It can even work out where the user is based and send them messages in the correct language!” You can read more about Twitter digits here.

Rob – How To Get New Characters Into Unicode by Terrence Eden – “Because it showcased that something that we take for granted is so complicated, but also very open and community driven” You can read more about Terrence’s efforts here.

Dan – Introduction to the Digital Catapult & our Weightless-N project with Camdenby by Peter Karney – “This new technology gives us the opportunity to put a sensor ~10KM away from a base-station, run it with a 9v battery for up to 7 years, and have it report almost live data. This has massive potential for use with the internet of things…” You can read more about Weightless-N technology here and see the slides from the talk here.

Gary – Ethical design by Laura Kalbag – “With so much data being collected about all of us everyday by so many different entities, this session posed some seriously thought provoking questions on how we can make privacy and security a reality for everyone, and not just the people with technical know-how.” You can see the slides from the talk here.

The Hackathon

Whilst all of these talks were happening, people were hacking away on their entries for the hack day contest. I can genuinely say I’ve never seen such clever things made by so few people in so little time. There were some truly awesome entries in each and every category, meaning there wasn’t a dull moment when it came round to the hack day show & tell. Though I can’t say I’m surprised, given the prizes that were up for grabs. None of the Dogsbody team got round to submitting a hack, so we have nothing to show off. However, you should definitely go and check out all of the categories and prizes that were on offer.

Until Next Time…

To quote Margaret Gold, one of the fantastic organisers of this years Over The Air; “and that’s a wrap!” We’ll (hopefully) be back next year for another 36 hours of awesome code and fantastic discussions. If you see us, come and say hey!

Photo credit to Benjamin Ellis

Campus Party 2013

We’ve just returned from Campus Party at the O2 Arena in London, Campus party is Europe’s largest technology festival and had more than 10,000 guests at the latest London event.

We really enjoyed the event and camped in O2 provided tents. The best talk of the event was from Vint Cerf who talked about how having a unique idea is useless unless you act upon it. You can browse the gallery below of the photos we took during Campus Party.

We hope to see you at future Campus Parties we attend!