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Christopher Aker

Network Filtering Improvements

Sep 24, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I deployed new “transparent” network filtering yesterday evening around midnight. The filtering falls into two categories, global filtering and Linode-specific filtering. The global filtering is already activated on all the hosts. This filters most of the broadcast traffic, the HSRP messages, and UDP port 137 traffic. The Linode specific filtering filters broadcast traffic, and ARP […]
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Red Hat 8.0 (Small) available

Sep 16, 2003 by Christopher Aker
By the request of a few users, I pulled together a Red Hat 8.0 distro and made it available through the Distro Wizard. It requires 450 megs, but has about 100 free. Once I get some feedback (and I expect to get some) I’ll make any changes and bring the size inline with the actual […]
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Custom “root=” kernel param

Sep 4, 2003 by Christopher Aker
Linode.com version 1.0.55 contains the ability to specify a custom “root” kernel param in your Linode Configuration Profile. With the root= kernel param, you can specify an alternate block device. This is useful for (but not limited to) root LVM setups. Valid characters are A-Z, 0-9, _ and / Enjoy! -Chris
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initrd support

Sep 3, 2003 by Christopher Aker
You can now create up to a 32 MB uncompressed initrd image, and specify that image in your configuration profile for use as an initrd when your Linode boots. This is helpful in two-phased boot-up procedures, required when using LVM on your root partitions, or perhaps even running distro-upgrade procedures. To create an initrd image, […]
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Network Usage Summary update

Aug 26, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I’ve made some changes behind the scenes to eliminate having to click on “Calculate Network Usage” in the Members Control panel. This was a huge resource hog, slowing everything down. The host servers are now updating the monthly cumulative number instead of capturing 60-second snapshots that then have to be calculated together. So, the “Network […]
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Vacation – August 29-31

Aug 25, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I’ve been gearing up for a motorcycle trip over Labor Day weekend. A few buddies of mine and I are headed out to the NC/GA/TN border area (Deal’s Gap, Cherohala Skyway, etc). We’re leaving Friday morning the 29th, and returning sometime in the late afternoon on Sunday. Should be about 1000 miles round trip 😀 […]
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Gentoo Linux 1.4 distro available

Aug 22, 2003 by Christopher Aker
Gentoo Linux 1.4, available through the Distro Wizard. I “emerged” a Gentoo Linux 1.4 filesystem from stage 3, compiled and optimized for >= Pentium4 (Xeon). I will admit, it might be a little rough around the edges. Feedback would be appreciated. Gentoo Site: http://www.gentoo.org/ Enjoy! -Chris
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Double Disk Space now Standard on all Packages

Aug 21, 2003 by Christopher Aker
[b]Double Disk Space now Standard on all Packages[/b] Standard plans now include: Linode 64 w/ 2048 MB (2 GB) Linode 128w/ 4096 MB (4 GB) Linode 192 w/ 6144 MB (6 GB) Linode 256 w/ 8192 MB (8 GB) Check the [url=https://www.linode.com/products/linodes.cfm]products[/url] page for more information. [b]Retro-active to all Existing Customers NOW[/b] Existing customers should […]
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Looking for a few Control Panel beta-testers

Aug 16, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I’m looking for about 5 existing members who are willing to test out a new control panel system that I’ve been preparing as an offering from Linode.com. It’s called DirectAdmin [b]DirectAdmin[/b] http://www.directadmin.com/. Not to turn this into a marketing blurb or anything, but — this thing is really nice! It’s fast and has a great […]
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Resize Disk Images

Aug 12, 2003 by Christopher Aker
Linode.com Version 1.0.45 – Resize Disk Image (also resizes ext2/3 filesystems automagically). Members Section –> Disk Images –> select a disk image. You can resize from there. A few notes… This will resize a disk image of ANY type (including RAW, swap, ext2, ext3), but it will only “expand” the filesystem if it’s labled as […]
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Recent Updates

Jul 8, 2003 by Christopher Aker
I made some modifications to the Distro Wizard. It now calculates and sets the default image size to (freespace-swap) rather than defaulting to 100 MB. This should help reduce the number of mis-deployments. I also added the minimum size to the drop-down box, so you don’t have to go fetch the dists page. We launched […]
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