Welcome to _cron.weekly _issue #28 for May 15th, 2016.
It’s another fully packed edition with lots of new releases and guides to help get you started with Linux and open source.
Enjoy your sunday!
A powerful new feature coming to Redis: loadable modules. There’s already a Module Hub and plenty of modules with support for GraphicsMagick, password storage, full text search, … If you’re interested, you can create a Redis module in about 15 lines of code.
A very revealing post about the team that builds the Fastly CDN network: instead of buying expensive network vendor hardware, they built everything themselves with open source software.
Getting started with Docker isn’t easy, there’s so much choice: this report compares three popular solutions to schedule containers: Docker Swarm, Google Kubernetes and Apache Mesos (using the framework Marathon).
The next Chrome version (51) is going to require OpenSSL 1.0.2 on the server-wide in order to support HTTP/2. Unfortunately, that’s only available in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, only out for about a month. All other distributions don’t have support for HTTP/2 in Chrome anymore.
The ZFS packages have reached the debian-contrib repository, you’ll soon be able to run the ZFS file system on your Debian systems.
Post-Mortems, or “downtime reports written by others”, can be a useful source of information. Learning what went wrong and how things got resolved can help you prevent those problems in your own infrastructure.
Tools & Projects
Kel is an open-source, Kubernetes-based PaaS built in Python and Go that makes it easy to manage web application deployment and hosting through the entire software lifecycle.
And another PaaS to host yourself, this time on AWS: Rack gives you a simple developer-focused API that lets you build, deploy, scale and manage apps on private infrastructure with ease.
A nice test-driven approach to verifying Varnish VCL configurations. This can easily be used in your CI pipeline or before any deploy of your Varnish code. (Credit where credit is due: I learned about this at the Devops Weekly newsletter)
Plasma is an interactive disassembler for x86/ARM/MIPS. Generates indented pseudo-code with colored syntax code. It basically tries to decode a binary file to its source code. Still Chinese? Click through to the screenshots in that repository.
Sandstorm is an open source operating system for personal and private clouds: you can create Google-Docs like spreadsheets, collaborate on documents, have a HipChat/Slack-like chat system and many more.
Most notable changes in this new release: it includes Libreswan (VPN), improvements to the yum package manager and lots of package upgrades. This release also marks the transition of RHEL 6 into Production Phase 2, a phase which prioritizes ongoing stability and security features for critical platform deployments.
Grafana is a tool that lets you create dashboards and visualise time series data. This new release has a big UI revamp, a new CLI tool, new plugins and apps, OSX support and much more.
The EFF, which took care of Let’s Encrypt CLI client, introduced its new project: certbot. Certbot replaces the previous ACME client.
Flocker is an open-source Container Data Volume Manager for your Dockerized applications. Unlike a Docker data volume which is tied to a single server, a Flocker data volume, called a dataset, is portable and can be used with any container, no matter where that container is running.
A CLI tool for generating Licenses. Easily.
Guides & Tutorials
A huge repository filled with tools to manipulate CSV, JSON, XML, … and all other formats from the command line.
A nice tutorial on using the Unbound and Named DNS servers to set up your own zonefile to circumvent a DNS block by your provider.
Another practical guide to improve your logging: rsyslog with a MySQL backend combined with LogAnalyzer as a visual frontend for viewing and filtering your logs.
Rkt is a new container runtime (similar to Docker), this post gives more context and history, shows how to build images, explains the rkt terminology and Docker differences and learns you how to start/stop your containers.
A practical screencast on getting started with Jenkins 2.0.
Tools like Riak, Atlas, InfluxDB, Prometheus, Splunk, … are all “time series databases”. What are they? Why did they become a thing? This post further explains the concepts of Time Series databases, from the creators of the Riak database.
A very useful trick to speed up your rspec tests of your Puppet code: run them in parallel.
“You shouldn’t store private data in git repositories”, I can hear you think. git-secret is a tool that helps solve that, by encrypting secret data and decrypting it whenever you deploy your code.
A set of useful best practices for when you want/need to run a recursive DNS server, most probably inside your datacenter(s).
This guide shows several layer 7 ping tools that generate HTTP, DNS, or SMTP sessions (instead of ICMP echo-requests) that can reveal whether the services (and not only the servers) are running.
A cool trick help solve the ‘trailing slash’ problems with redirects.
Lots of beginner videos to help you get started with Linux: setting up a VM, basic commands, shell features, package management, …
A good reminder on the uses of ‘ps’, ‘lsof’ and ‘netstat’ and a look at 3 new sysdig features, simulating the same tools.
A set of practical tips on setting up cronjobs via crontab.
Conferences & events
On May 21-22 in Whichita, Kansas.
On June 10-12th, in the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, NC.