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Dustin Kirkland
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My 2017 New Years Resolution...
What's yours? Happy 2017! :-Dustin
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Security: A Comprehensive Overview
From Linux kernel livepatches to encryption to ASLR to compiler optimizations and configuration hardening, we strive to ensure that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is the most secure Linux distribution out of the box. These slides try to briefly explain: what we do to sec...
From Linux kernel livepatches to encryption to ASLR to compiler optimizations and configuration hardening, we strive to ensure that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is the most secure Linux distribution out of the box. These slides try to br...
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Dirty COW was Livepatched in Ubuntu within Hours of Publication
If you haven't heard about last week's Dirty COW vulnerability, I hope all of your Linux systems are automatically patching themselves... Why?   Because every single Linux-based phone, router, modem, tablet, desktop, PC, server, virtual machine, and absolut...
If you haven't heard about last week's Dirty COW vulnerability, I hope all of your Linux systems are automatically patching themselves... Why? Because every single Linux-based phone, router, modem, tablet, desktop, PC, ser...
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Hotfix Your Ubuntu Kernels with the Canonical Livepatch Service!
Introducting the Canonical Livepatch Service Howdy! Ubuntu 16.04 LTS’s 4.4 Linux kernel includes an important new security capability to Ubuntu -- the ability to modify the running Linux kernel code, without rebooting, through a mechanism called kernel live...
Introducting the Canonical Livepatch Service Howdy! Ubuntu 16.04 LTS’s 4.4 Linux kernel includes an important new security capability to Ubuntu -- the ability to modify the running Linux kernel code, without rebooting, throug...
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Slides, video, and live demo from my #OpenZFS keynote http://bit.ly/zfskeynote +Ubuntu and #LXD love ZFS!
On Monday this week, I was afforded the distinct privilege to deliver the opening keynote at the OpenZFS Developer Summit in San Francisco. It was a beautiful little event, with a full day of informative presentations and lo...
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Note to self we need to get those tools in the snap store. 
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My #ContainerCamp UK talk (video and slides) "Streamlining HPC Workloads with #Containers" at http://bit.ly/2cyL2jR
A couple of weeks ago, I delivered a talk at the Container Camp UK 2016. It was an brilliant event, on a beautiful stage at Picturehouse Central in Picadilly Circus in London. You're welcome to view the slides or download th...
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi Controller in an Ubuntu LXD Machine Container
I've been one of DD-WRT's biggest fans, for more than 10 years.  I've always flashed my router with custom firmware, fine-tuned my wired and wireless networks, and locked down a VPN back home.  I've genuinely always loved tinkering with network gear. A coup...
I've been one of DD-WRT's biggest fans, for more than 10 years. I've always flashed my router with custom firmware, fine-tuned my wired and wireless networks, and locked down a VPN back home. I've genuinely always loved tin...
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It's funny, I am doing the same set up at the new home office this week! Minus the LXD Container... cool write up either way!
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A Touch of Class at Sir Ludovic, Bucharest, Romania
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Bucharest, Romania for a busy week of work, planning the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty) cycle . I did have a Saturday and Sunday to myself, which I spent mostly walking around the beautiful, old city. After visiting the Romanian Athenae...
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Bucharest, Romania for a busy week of work, planning the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty) cycle. I did have a Saturday and Sunday to myself, which I spent mostly walking around the beautiful, old city. Afte...
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Launching today, the +Canonical #Livepatch Service for +Ubuntu. With 3 simple commands, you can eliminate both downtime and security vulnerabilities. Patch critical security holes in the kernel, without rebooting!
Introducting the Canonical Livepatch Service Howdy! Ubuntu 16.04 LTS’s 4.4 Linux kernel includes an important new security capability in Ubuntu -- the ability to modify the running Linux kernel code, without rebooting, throug...
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My laptop can no more suspend after applying this, I will submit a bug-report.
(I have problems reporting the bug, if you have more insights, can you add the information to the blogpost ?)
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A Parody within a Parody
My wife, Kimberly, and I watch Saturday Night Live religiously.  As in, we probably haven't missed a single episode since we started dating more than 12 years ago.  And in fact, we both watched our fair share of SNL before we had even met, going back to our...
My wife, Kimberly, and I watch Saturday Night Live religiously. As in, we probably haven't missed a single episode since we started dating more than 12 years ago. And in fact, we both watched our fair share of SNL before we...
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OpenZFS Developer Summit Keynote: Everything Old is New Again...But Better!
On Monday this week, I was afforded the distinct privilege to deliver the opening keynote at the OpenZFS Developer Summit in San Francisco.  It was a beautiful little event, with a full day of informative presentations and lots of networking during lunch an...
On Monday this week, I was afforded the distinct privilege to deliver the opening keynote at the OpenZFS Developer Summit in San Francisco. It was a beautiful little event, with a full day of informative presentations and lo...
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Today, +Ubuntu launches The +Canonical Distribution of +Kubernetes, on +Amazon Web Services, +Microsoft Azure, +Google Cloud Platform, +OpenStack and bare metal #MAAS http://j.mp/Kubes4U
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Ubuntu Cloud Product Manager and Ubuntu Core Developer
Introduction

Dustin Kirkland is an Ubuntu Cloud Solutions Product Manager and Strategist at Canonical, helping extend Ubuntu's tradition of leadership as a scalable, enterprise cloud computing platform and guest.

Dustin is formerly, the Chief Technical Officer at Gazzang, offering data encryption and key management for cloud and big data applications using eCryptfs.  Dustin is also an active Core Developer of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, maintainer of 20+ open source projects, and the creator of ByobuDivItUp.com, and LinuxSearch.org.  Besides writing and sharing his software, Dustin also makes and shares his own beer.

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and his two Australian Shepherds, Aggie and Tiger.

Education
  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Engineering
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Product Manager, Strategist, and Software Developer
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  • Canonical Ltd.
    Product Manager, Ubuntu Core Developer, 2013 - present
  • Gazzang Inc
    CTO, Chief Architect, 2011 - 2013
  • Canonical Ltd.
    Manager, Ubuntu Core Developer, 2008 - 2011
  • IBM
    Architect, Software Engineer, 2000 - 2008
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Dirty COW was Livepatched in Ubuntu within Hours of Publication
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If you haven't heard about last week's Dirty COW vulnerability, I hope all of your Linux systems are automatically patching themselves... Wh

Hotfix Your Ubuntu Kernels with the Canonical Livepatch Service!
blog.dustinkirkland.com

Introducting the Canonical Livepatch Service Howdy! Ubuntu 16.04 LTS’s 4.4 Linux kernel includes an important new security capability in Ubu

HOWTO: Launch an Ubuntu Cloud Image with KVM from the Command Line
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I reinstalled my primary laptop (Lenovo x250) about 3 months ago (June 30, 2016), when I got a shiny new SSD, with a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

An Open Letter to Google Nest (was: OMG, F*CKING NEST PROTECT AGAIN!)
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It's 01:24am, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. I am, again, awake in the the middle of the night, due to another false alarm from Google's spite

Ubuntu and LXD at ContainerCon 2015
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Canonical is delighted to sponsor ContainerCon 2015, a Linux Foundation event in Seattle next week, August 17-19, 2015. It's quite exciting

The Golden Ratio calculated to a record 2 trillion digits, on Ubuntu, in...
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The Golden Ratio is one of the oldest and most visible irrational numbers known to humanity. Pi is perhaps more famous, but the Golden Ratio

Container-to-Container Networking: The Bits have Hit the Fan!
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A thing of beauty If you read my last post, perhaps you followed the embedded instructions and ran hundreds of LXD system containers on your

Capitol Reef and the Goblins
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I got up early on the 20th to make a somewhat challenging drive for the RV towards Capitol Reef National Park. I wanted to avoid traffic as

snappy vs.apt-get Ubuntu Matrix
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With the recent introduction of Snappy Ubuntu, there are now several different ways to extend and update (apt-get vs. snappy) multiple flavo

"Sexy" rhymes with "LXC"
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Say it with me, out loud. Lex. See. Lex-see. LXC. Now, change the "see" to a "dee". Lex. Dee. Lex-dee. LXD. Easy! Earlier this week, here in

Apply updates to multiple systems simultaneously using Byobu and Shift-F9
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A StackExchange question, back in February of this year inspired a new feature in Byobu, that I had been thinking about for quite some time:

An Elegant Weapon, for a More Civilized Age...
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Before Greedo shot first... Before a troubled young Darth Vader braided his hair... Before midiclorians offered to explain the inexplicably

Dream a little dream (in a dream within another dream) with me!
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What would you say if I told you, that you could continuously upload your own Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) web apps into an open source Plat

(Re-)Introducing JeOS -- Just Enough OS, aka Ubuntu Core
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Lean. Agile. Svelte. Lithe. Free. That's how we roll our operating systems in this modern, bountiful era of broadly deployed virtual machine

Learn Byobu in 10 minutes while listening to Mozart
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If you're interested in learning how to more effectively use your terminal as your integrated devops environment, consider taking 10 minutes

My SxSW Interactive 2014 Recap
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Overview: a Mega Conference SxSW is basically 3 enormous, loosely related, overlapping conferences -- Interactive, Film, Music -- drawing 25

Random Seeds in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Cloud Instances
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Tomorrow, February 19, 2014, I will be giving a presentation to the Capital of Texas chapter of ISSA, which will be the first public present

How I REALLY WISH I could use my Intel NUC
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Ars Technica posed an interesting question back in October:We have an Intel NUC -- what should we do with it? Here's one idea... Of course I

Is privacy really yours?
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I'm trying desperately to hold private my opinions about the latest revelations on the ways and means of modern espionage, its targets, and