Technical

This week in Fedora QA: Fedora 21 Alpha validation, Cockpit and ARM Test Days

Hi folks! Well, your humble monkey has been spending more time than he strictly ought to pretending he’s a web developer this week, but Fedora 21 QA rolls on regardless. We have had some major headaches with getting Fedora 21 Alpha built, but as of this morning we finally have a release candidate. Network installs […]

FreeIPA: setting polkit / PolicyKit rules for users (make your user a polkit administrator on your clients)

Yup, it’s another FreeIPA post! One thing you might notice if you move your main user account to FreeIPA is that your client systems don’t consider the user to be an ‘administrator’ for polkit (formerly known as PolicyKit) purposes. That is, when you run anything that uses PolicyKit for privilege escalation, you are prompted for […]

FreeIPA for amateurs: why?

You may have noticed I’ve posted a bit about FreeIPA recently, and also when I first set it up. Other smart folks have blogged about using FreeIPA before (note some of those links are old and refer to bugs that have long since been fixed, and workflows that have been long since improved – the […]

Adding your FreeIPA server’s CA certificate to the system-wide trust store on Fedora and RHEL

I noticed today that when I accessed my FreeIPA server’s web interface with Firefox it was considered to have a valid TLS certificate, but when I accessed it with Epiphany (GNOME’s “Web” browser) it was not. After some poking around I developed a suspicion that they were using different CA trust lists. This is where […]

Yak shaving, again: ownCloud 7 for Fedora 20, and TLS/SSL certificate generation in Fedora and Red Hat

Introduction I seem to have been setting yak shaving world records all over the place this week. This last one has been particularly fun, though. I’ve been working on and off all week on my ownCloud testing deployment kickstarts. These are kickstarts that can be used to deploy completely configured and working (though highly insecure) […]

Fedora 21 GNOME Test Day today!

Hey folks! Apologies for the late notice, but this crept up on me while I fiddled with mail server configurations…today (that is, 2014-08-28) is GNOME Test Day! We’ll be testing GNOME 3.14 pre-release on Fedora 21 pre-Alpha, so I expect everything will work absolutely perfectly and no-one will find any bugs at all But seriously! […]

Adding application-specific passwords to Dovecot when using system user accounts

I was looking to add application-specific passwords to my Dovecot-based mail server today. That is, allow login to my mail account using multiple passwords, and create new passwords that would be used only by a particular client. The idea is that you configure, say, each of your laptops and phones to use a different password […]

Flock 2014, and other happenings

I had a really great time at this year’s Flock in Prague. As always it was a packed event with a really positive and productive vibe – clusters of people all over the place hacking on things. I posted a lot about it on YAY Diaspora and BOO Google+, but here’s a long-form post-event wrap-up. […]

OpenWRT on Zyxel NBG6716

I finished up the last bit of my infrastructure revision (for now) today. Switched out the Linksys WRT-310N (router, with dd-wrt) / Netgear WNDR3700v2 (running solely as a wireless AP) combo I’ve been using for a while for a Zyxel NBG6716 running OpenWRT. I’m really impressed with OpenWRT, so far. I’m running a nightly snapshot […]

Overhaulin’

I spent the last week and a half on a bit of tear working on various things, especially OwnCloud, but I imagine my pace appeared to drop over the last couple of days. For me, though, it was as busy or more so, I just re-directed energy temporarily into a different project – overhauling the […]