My Laracon EU talk: Minimum Viable Linux

Mattias Geniar, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The recorded video of my presentation I gave at Laracon EU last summer.

The title is, in hindsight, a badly chosen one. I tried to make it a pun on "Minimum Viable Product" (you know, the startup-y stuff), but it ended up giving perhaps a false expectation to the audience thinking it was about minimal linux distros, which it wasn't.

I plan to give this talk some more times, but i'll change a few things;

  • Skip the Linux landscape intro (does anyone still care?)
  • Change the title to something more like "Troubleshooting PHP as a Linux sysadmin"
  • Perhaps skip the SSH stuff, just keep the tunnel information (to help in debugging)
  • Focus more on live-troubleshooting with strace and introduce sysdig

Lots of lessons learned from me in this talk, it was by far the talk that received the most widely ranging feedback. From 0/10 to 10/10. Most -- I think -- was related to wrong expectations from the start (hence, changing the title).

The goal is -- and will continue to be -- to show debugging techniques that are more sysadmin focussed, to show a different perspective on debugging applications.

Hi! My name is Mattias Geniar. I'm a Support Manager at Nucleus Hosting in Belgium, a general web geek & public speaker. Currently working on DNS Spy & Oh Dear!. Follow me on Twitter as @mattiasgeniar.

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Davide Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 18:02 - Reply

Very interesting! i’m a sysadmin and i know much of those tools, but not *all* those tools, so i knew some useful one.
Please write another post in the blog (so i will get notified by rss) when you give a new version of this talk, expecially with sysdig

thank you

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