My Laracon EU talk: Minimum Viable Linux

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Mattias Geniar, November 27, 2018

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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 110 to 1010.

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.

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