The last month of VMware Community Roundtable Podcasts have been really good. Every Wednesday at noon California time (3pm East Coast, 20.00 GMT) we gather for this live anything-goes mostly-technical podcast. We cover the latest news of the week as well as guests from VMware and the greater virtualization ecosystem.
Everyone in the community is invited to join us live, either via the online chat or by dialing-in via a regular or VOIP phone. Callers are especially welcome and it's easy to get your question on the air! The chat runs fast and furious in the background as the interview goes on streaming live over the Internet. Since I conduct most of the interviews, I won't tell you that the chat is more informative than the questions I'm asking, but I will tell you it is often very entertaining! If you can't join us live, you can always listen to the recording, either from the web page or via iTunes.
Topic: 2010 in Review / 2011 Preview with SearchServerVirtualization Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Time: Noon PST / 3pm EDT / 20.00 GMT How: (724) 444-7444 19367# 1# or VOIP & live stream information here.
For each of these podcasts, you can listen right here in the web page, via the mp3 link, or via iTunes.
#117 - Advanced esxtop & performance troubleshooting. One of the best sessions from VMworld 2010 was on esxtop, the performance metrics and analysis tool for VMware admins. It's a real power tool. Krishna Raj Raja, one of the speakers from that session, joined us on the podcast to give us the inside story on esxtop, use cases, and tips and tricks to get the most out of this powerful tool. Krishna is a long-term veteran of VMware and had a lot to share. Listen via the widget at right, the mp3 file, or iTunes.
#118 - Storage I/O Control: Past, Present, and Future. VMware engineer Irfan Ahmad is one of the key drivers of Storage I/O Control, introduced in vSphere 4.1. Irfan joined us this week to give us the inside scoop on this new capability, some of the reasons we built it, some of the design challenges that monitoring and throttling storage I/O across a cluster posed to the engineering team, and we went overtime talking about some best practices and implications for using it now, and where this kind of functionality might go in the future. A highly recommended session. Listen via the widget at right, the mp3 file, or iTunes.
#119 - Alive VM. Most of us first saw the Integrien Alive product at VMworld this year when Steve Herrod announced that Integrien was joining us and demoed their unique monitoring and management tool live at the General Session. David LaVigna from the Integrien team joined us for an hour on Alive VM. Unlike other monitoring tools, Alive VM doesn't use thresholds or other static triggers. Instead, you feed it any sort of time series metrics - from CPU and disk utilization to how many warnings are in your logfiles - and by watching their patterns over the weeks and month, it starts to understand the patterns of your business and it gets very smart about noticing when things get off-kilter. It also has some killer dashboards and visualizations that give you a better overall view of your data center. Listen via the widget at right, the mp3 file, or iTunes.
#120 - vCenter Configuration Manager. George Gerchow dialed in from the Gartner conference where he was presenting to tell us about vCenter Configuration Manager, one of the Ionix products that joined VMware in April. Configuration Manager is a mature product that can automate configuration and provisioning and help you manage compliance across your data center. George shared with us some of the capabilities of Configuration Manager, what people are using it for, how it can help remediate issues. We discussed some of the management, compliance and control issues as you reach higher levels of virtualization and build out private or hybrid clouds. Listen via the widget at right, the mp3 file, or iTunes.
09.04.2008 Aaron Seigo (aseigo): RE: Nine Improvements Needed in KDE, by Bruce Byfield Dear Bruce ..Thanks for trying KDE 4.0.x and then writing about it. It's always great when people try something for a while and then give their honest opinion on things. I'd like to address some of the issues you raise, so let's start where you started:"A more customizable panel": the issues you note, from resizing and moving to not covering the toolbox, are already addressed in svn with the exception of autohiding which is currently partially working in a WIP patch. So this set of issues is more past tense than anything at this point. There remain some burrs to work out, such as not all widge...11.06.2008 Troy Unrau: Checking up on old articles, for shits and giggles; Praise for Polish Linux's KDE articles So today I was reading the Polish Linux article, part of a series that is periodically covered KDE from SVN (to the delight and occasional flaming of many fans) and it reminded me of how I ended up with this Marketing thing in the first place. It's been just under a year since my last Road to KDE 4 articles went live, and for shits and giggles, I thought I'd revisit them to see what has held together through the last year, what ended up as vapour, and so forth -- For my amusement more than anything else, although it might be interesting to some. So I present...The Road [From] KDE 4[.0]My very ...23.01.2009 Alexander Dymo (adymo): KDE 4.2 Review From Inside Out. Part 2: Applications PrologueI didn't expect the previous part of this review to be so popular. Huge thanks to everyone who read, linked and commented it!I know I promised you to write about KDE4 applications, so without further ado, here is the continuation.Table of Contents:DolphinKonquerorKonsoleKMailAkregatorKGetGwenview and OkularGrand ConclusionDolphinI'd like to start my applications review with Dolphin, as it was the most prominent change in the applications area. It was planned to make Dolphin the default file manager since KDE3, but I never tried it then. I got Dolphin with 4.1 and started using it.Proba...14.02.2010 Colin Guthrie (coling): This is the route to hell So I would like to take a few minutes to talk about audio routing in PulseAudio. This is a oft misunderstood topic and it does sometimes seem like black magic and/or broken but, as always, it's pretty simple when you look at it properly. That's not to say it's sensible (I have a several reservations about the current way of working), but the first step to improving something is understanding it, so I'll try to explain here and then say what I think is needed to improve it. This is a rather complex and in depth post, so if this kind of stuff doesn't float your boat, it's a good candidate to ski...04.04.2010 Valorie Zimmerman (valorie): Installing Lucid beta -- Adventure Story or Buddy Movie? It seemed so simple. I went to Kubuntu.org and downloaded and installed the update yesterday afternoon, no problem! This morning, KpackageKit informed me that I had over 1000 updates, and since I was busy with Alsachat, I decided to just let it go, although I was a bit apprehensive about the power situation. We had a wind advisory going on, and I know that disconnecting during updates is a very bad idea. With about 30 minutes to go, however, KpackageKit crashed! When I tried to use the console (as I should have in the first place), I couldn't because KpackageKit had crashed, and not cleanly qu...21.08.2010 Harald Sitter (apachelogger): Ubuntu One – Technical Aspects Following my post on Ubuntu One in KDE I would now like to take a closer look at how Ubuntu One works using KDE technologies and what the current state of affairs is. So be prepared for a lot of technical blah Something I need to make clear up front is that the KDE client does not connect to the Ubuntu One servers itself. This will probably sound odd to you, so let me explain just how both the KDE and GNOME clients generally work. There is a helper application for authentication (in up to 10.04 called ubuntuone-auth, in 10.10 and above ubuntu-sso-client) that handles authentication to Ubuntu...12.09.2013 Amarok 2.0 Finally, Amarok 2 has been released. The 1.x series were the champions on music management (on BSD and Linux) and playing during KDE 3.x time. Actually, it was preferred on all desktop environments, shells or plain windows managers.KDE 4 meant (and means) an enormous refactoring of basely all KDE. Amarok developers decided that was the moment for a new GUI (Graphical User Interface). At first users, seemed to be happy about it (they were they beloved Amarok creators), however, as time passed they truly started hating the new interface, some adapted, other are still using Amarok 1.4.x, and the ...22.02.2010 Aaron Seigo (aseigo): day 2 of tokamak 4 (and a bit about day 1, too) Yesterday was the first full day for Tokamak 4 with most of us having arrived from near (e.g. right here in town) and far (Brazil, Canada) the day before. We had a great series of presentations to catch each other up on where we are right now and where we are going. I opened the proceedings with the usual "state of the plasma" presentation where, after recapping the motivations and core design values we had defined together over the past couple of years, I likened our efforts to those of a sculptor. We had before us just raw materials, a rough-hewn stone if you will: Qt4 with QGraphicsView in ...17.05.2016 Embrace Open Source culture: the 5 common transformations. Article originally published at Linedin on May 15th 2016. This is a story of what I have lived or witnessed a few times so far. A story of an organization that used to consume, develop and ship proprietary software for many years. At some point in time, management took the decision of using Open Source. Like in most cases, the decision was forced by its customers, providers, competitors... and by numbers.A painful but unavoidable transformation was required.1.- Open Source consumerEngineers had to learn a new system, adapt or re-write those features that used to made the organization unique, t...11.07.2016 Multi-screen woes in Plasma 5.7 With Plasma 5.7 we promised improved multi-screen support. While we achieved that, some users are still experiencing issues. This is unfortunate and our users have all the reasons to be disappointed with us. We are working very hard to fix the issues which have been reported to us since the release. But there are many situations where users blame us for issues not under our control. With this blog post I want to describe some of the problems we got reported and explain them. Display hardware key not working In Bug 365147 a user reported that the notebook hardware key does not work. This is rat...