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My bash profile

Here’s a snapshot of my .bashrc, I put this together to normalise my environment; which is particularly useful when working across CentOS/RHEL 6/7, SLES11/12 & Debian/Ubuntu.

I’ll overexplain some lines and underexplain others, depending on how interesting they are.

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Patching Lustre 2.10 for Linux 4.14

The Lustre community supports recent point-releases of RHEL/CentOS but those patches don’t seem to come back into existing Lustre releases, since those releases don’t officially support later kernels. I installed client 2.10 thinking it had the best chance of working but encountered huge numbers of errors when compiling!

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Enjoying GNOME3

The options Nearly every mildly experienced GNU-like OS user has had to content with the problem of which graphical environment to install, why?, because it’s how we use OS these days, with point and click. People are often perplexed by the choice even existing as the dominent OS of the day hardly allow you to modify your environment at all let-alone replace it all together with another groups systems. I won’t go too in-depth into the actual choices available and their ups & downs as this isn’t a comparison posting, I just want to express my feelings on my choice. Read more →

Free Software Conundrums

Clients Pidgin or XChat (IRC) These days the users of XChat seem to be migrating to a maintained fork and perhaps MSWindows-centric project named HexChat, a project spawned after development on XChat slowed to a single developer and affectively ended in 2010. Either of these clients is better than the proprietary mIRC client which is free as in free beer and may be refered to as ‘Freeware’ by some, a term which should be no means be mistaken as standing for Freedom for the user. Read more →

Firefox-based browser add-on suggestions

HTTPS Everywhere [GPLv3+] Enforces the use of secure connections where known to be possible through the use of an updated white-list, this means where a website has the ability to deliver it’s bits to you over HTTPS(Secure HTTP) the add-on will tell it to. Browsing over a secure connection is intended to prevent third-parties, parties other than you and the server itself, from being capable of peaking into the connection and spying or tampering with the data. Read more →
Joe Heaton

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Joe’s technology-focused murmurings.