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Christopher Hobbs

Network Administrator for a small municipality and openSUSE volunteer. General nerd.

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Controlling your minions with Ruby and Capistrano

January 21st, 2009 by

Welcome to yet another installment of our Ruby mini-series.  Capistrano (http://capify.org/) is a DSL written in Ruby for automating common tasks.  While Capistrano is more often used for Rails deployment, it can easily be used for system automation as well.

A while back, I put together a presentation for the local Ruby user’s group.  The presentation covers a very brief intro to Capistrano for simple system automation.  You can download it here.  I’m aware of at least one typo (a missing single quote) in the slides, there may be others.

Rather than repeat myself here, I’ll let the PDF do the talking.  For the official documentation, see http://capify.org/getting-started

Using Ruby for system scripts

January 14th, 2009 by

So here we are, the second installment of my openSUSE+Ruby mini-series.  See this link for the first article covering installation and configuration.  In this post, I’ll give you a fast introduction to Ruby and a sample system script on openSUSE.


What’s green, red, and awesome all over?

January 10th, 2009 by

openSUSE/SLES and Ruby!

Considering that my blog no-longer exists and I’ve got a couple of topics floating around in my head, I thought I’d make use of my Lizards account and contribute something useful for once.

openSUSE has quickly become my favorite development platform and Ruby is my language of choice these days.  The two together make an excellent combination and it couldn’t be easier to get started.  In the next few posts, I’ll cover how I use the Ruby scripting language with SUSE on a daily basis.

That being said, lets start with installation…


Wiki Meeting Summary

September 24th, 2008 by

Well, for just a whirlwind summary, we met for the wiki cleanup and have come up with a few tasks to take care of.  I kept a bulleted list of the discussion here:


I’ll start work on a mockup of a landing page in the next few days.  I will also open up discussion on the list once I’ve got something solid in place.  The mockup (currently blank) will be available here:


Thanks to everyone who attended, I appreciate all the input.  I think this will work out well for us.

Lastly, I have a bit of a support request.  We’ll be periodically checking the /GNOME section of the wiki for lost or un-necessary pages.  Does anyone know of a simple way to search for lost pages under /GNOME?  What about a way to track page changes under that namespace?

Late openSUSE-GNOME wiki reminder.

September 24th, 2008 by

Just wanted to post a (late) reminder that we will be having a quick meeting regarding cleanup of the GNOME section of the openSUSE wiki today in #opensuse-gnome on Freenode.  We will meet at 1230 CDT (1730 UTC) and will be having an informal discussion about ideas for the GNOME page of the wiki.

See the openSUSE-GNOME mailing list archives for previous discussion.

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Installer Screenshots

September 22nd, 2008 by

No spectacular changes, but I wanted to show off a couple of screens.  The only real changes I notice so far is maybe the setup options layout and definitely the partitioner layout.  And a side note on the artifacting on the install status, I believe that’s just VirtualBox.  I’ll install on real hardware before too long.

Click on the thumbnails below for the full sized picture.

openSUSE-GNOME Wiki Cleanup

September 18th, 2008 by


As a side note, I’ll be posting my openSUSE/SLE related writings from http://altbit.org here on Lizards from now on.  I think this is a great service to the openSUSE community and I’m appreciative for it.  With that out of the way, on to the topic at hand…

We’ve had some discussion over the past few GNOME meetings (and a little banter on the mailing list) about cleaning up the /GNOME section of the wiki.  In today’s GNOME meeting, I announced that I’d like to organize a meeting to get some open discussion for potential wiki changes.  You can view the thread here.

Please hop in and get involved if you have any ideas for the GNOME section of the wiki.  You’re welcome to chime in on the mailing list or stop by #openSUSE-GNOME on Freenode.  So far here are some ideas we’ve come up with:

  • Assign a maintainer/janitor (likely myself) to periodically check for broken links and out of date or irrelevant pages.
  • Re-organize the opening /GNOME page.
  • Produce a ‘quick links’ section at the top of the page, with more detailed information (such as what is already availalbe) below.
  • Provide a basic calendar of openSUSE-GNOME events.
  • Create a tips/tricks section (perhaps to assist with Helping Hands).

I’ll follow up to this post as more information (and a meeting time) is available.  We’d like your input, feel free to join the discussion!