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Debian Multimedia and SE Linux

I have just had a need to install packages from Debian-Multimedia.org to correctly play .3gp files from my mobile phone (the stock Mplayer in Debian would not play the sound).

As part of getting this to work in a way that I like I rebuilt some packages so that shared objects would not demand an […]

New version of Bonnie++ and Violin Memory

I have just released version 1.03e of my Bonnie++ benchmark [1]. The only change is support for direct IO in Bonnie++ (via the -D command-line parameter). The patch for this was written by Dave Murch of Violin Memory [2]. Violin specialise in 2RU storage servers based on DRAM and/or Flash storage. One of their products […]

Physical vs Virtual Servers

In a comment on my post about Slicehost, Linode, and scaling up servers [1] it was suggested that there is no real difference between a physical server and a set of slices of a virtual server that takes up all the resources of the machine.

The commentator notes that it’s easier to manage a virtual […]