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Andrew Wafaa
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+David Rusling how about giving away one of these for all Linaro Connect attendees? Suitably branded, of course.
 
So why didn't I think of this?  How did we ever get by without it?
Rollaboard luggage trailer-hitch for your butt
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+David Rusling - with an ARM server dev board attached?
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Creating VMs on aarch64 is no different than on x86, or at least so I thought. I've got a nice OverDrive3000 sat here that I had been using for builds and other nonsense and had encountered some inconsistencies with some of the third party software that I've been looking at.

So why not spool up a VM per distro and run the builds on each distro and see what happens, actually sounds somewhat sensible to me (which scares me a bit). +Marcin Juszkiewicz and +Jim Perrin have documented how to do this, and really the only additional step to x86 is making sure you've got the firmware repo added and installed the required edk2/efi pieces.

Naturally I installed openSUSE first, both Leap & Tumbleweed installed without a hitch. Next up was Debian 8.4 and then Ubuntu 16.04, again they installed without so much as a how do you do. I hadn't installed Debian in what felt like forever (2009 on the way to LUGRadio Live) so it was interesting to see that the installer seemed similar to back then, yet improved. It feels to me that Debian have taken Ubuntu's installer, which is no bad thing, as the default assumptions are sane and are enough to get you up and running.

After installing 4 distros with ease, I thought perfect a couple more and I should be good to go. Unfortunately Fedora 24 and CentOS 7 had other plans. Fedora ends up barfing when trying to get the nearest mirror, so I tried to specify the repo manually that enabled the install to start. However, it looks like Fedora's mirror management has a lot to be desired; that and Anaconda not letting you retry. Rather than giving the user the opportunity to retry downloading a package it struggled to download for whatever reason, the installer throws a fatal error and terminates the install. CentOS for whatever reason just doesn't like the repo url that's specified in the ReadMe.txt on their own website. So I'm stuck on both of these - yes I'm downloading the full DVD isos and will try later, but that's not the point.

One thing to note, Anaconda in text mode is UGLY, it actually causes me more pain now than the Debian installer did back in 2009! I know Fedora are spending a load of cycles on improving Anaconda, but peeps don't forget about text mode! there is no natural flow, everything has to be entered via menus, it's just feels really cumbersome. Both Ubuntu/Debian & openSUSE have a good flow where you can change if you want or go with reasonable defaults and change afterwards.
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+Marcin Juszkiewicz  Images provided by distro teams are generally ok, the worst offenders are third-party images. The F24 image only has 2 components left to remove: GeoIP, plymouth. But it comes with ext4 prescribed, which I think is passé.
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So the official premier at #oSC16
 
Hey +Red Hat, I hear you're having a party, how about some music? #RHSummit   #oSC16   #CodeTogether  
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Huge thanks to the A/V team on doing an outstanding job!
 
Hours of +openSUSE Conference talks are already available on http://YouTube.com/opensusetv covering awesome stuff like Tumbleweed, Leap and +SUSE Linux Enterprise, openQA, ARM, SaltStack, High Availability, GNOME, KDE (including KDE Neon), Reproducible Builds, Federated Clouds, Kernel Internals and more.

And it ain't over yet! More vids to be uploaded soon, Day 4 is about to start, watch the livestreams on https://events.opensuse.org/conference/oSC16
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Thanks +Georg Greve​, I may have to take you up on your kind offer.
 
Don't worry, +Andrew Wafaa​, we're having a couch reserved for you... 
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+Fiona Wafaa​ no, I'd bring you guys over too - honest!
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Current status at ARM... situation normal :-)
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Then you better start learning :D
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So the #Microsoft  Linux/Open Source love continues,. After the #DotNet  hugs at +Red Hat Summit, we now have HPC on Azure smooching powered by +SUSE 
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#exciting   #inspirational   #clouds #enterprise #experience  
Because two hashtags are not enough.
It's a test drive program, so I hope they have a exit plan.
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The #SummerOfSUSE continues - +Linode just announced support for +openSUSE Leap
We are happy to announce that Linode now offers openSUSE Leap. Leap is the continuation of openSUSE’s 13.x branch with version 42.1 marking…
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Chance to deliver on Fuckwit Farage's desire to have a 2nd #EuRef due to only 52% winning 
We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.
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I signed the petition but the damage has been done even before the referendum. I don't think a 2nd (3rd, 4th) referendum will change anything. In the coming months/years, many European "immigrants" will re-assess their will to live in an unwelcoming UK. There is no need for laws to cap the immigration at the border, just run a xenophobic campaign followed by a government led by the same anti-European people and the problem solves by itself. 
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Principal Engineer, Open Source
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  • ARM Holdings, plc
    Principle Engineer, Open Source, 2012 - present
  • Fujitsu
    Senior Solutions Architect, 2007 - 2012
  • EMC Corporation
    Consultant, 2006 - 2007
  • Interpublic Group of Companies
    Core Services Specialist, 2005 - 2006
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Aberdeen, UK - Bishop's Stortford, UK - Abu Dhabi, UAE
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A.K.A. FunkyPenguin. Geek Father with a love for Geekos. Porting openSUSE to ARM.
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A geek at heart with a love of gadgets, open source and fun. Hoping to become a decent programmer and pilot at some point.

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Created Smeegol - MeeGo on openSUSE
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  • Inverurie Acadamy
    SCE, 1991 - 1994
  • Blairemore
    Common Entrance, 1985 - 1991
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