I learned lots of cool stuff last week while I was out in Provo, Utah, at Novell’s ATT Live sessions. There was simply not enough time to attend all the class sessions I wanted (in the 4 days I was there), but I’m getting through all the slide presentations and labs for the ones I missed. Phew!
Now, of course, you are not me. Your list of things you find cool certainly will not match mine, but I thought I’d throw together a short list of 5 diverse things I learned that I’m allowed to publicly reveal:
- PolicyKit is an awesome way to delegate ownership of Xen virtual machines (as well as many other dbus style applications). This is a fairly-new package that is helping us to punch our way out of the wet paperbag that is posix. Look into it!
- The SLES11 cluster stack is very nice, and is waaaay different than the traditional Linux and SLES10 heartbeat-only method. It will be called the “High Availability Extension” and will include LinuxHA OpenAIS (Update: See comment/reply below by Beekhof), cLVM, OCFS2, DRBD, and IPVS. It will be an add-on pack (I believe they will be called Enterprise Extensions) in some fashion, with specific up-sold support (though the download will apparently still be free).
- As of SLES11, OCFS2 is truly posix-accurate. This means you could use it as a standard user-style filesystem if you wanted to… Fun!
- The mountains in SLC and Provo are absolutely beautiful, but still catch me off-guard. In Michigan, if you are standing outside, and you look over to your right and see something *that* big next to you, you need to run.
- The Mooty toolset is very cool. Mooty is a suite of tools developed by the Novell training team for rapid manipulation of their training machines. Let your imagination go wild with that one. It is clever, fast, easy. I understand they are going to turn it out into the open source as a project someday soon. I’m on the list so I’ll let you know when it happens.
There are so many more cool things, like Domain Services For Windows (Active eDirectory?), all the new developments in ZenWorks 10, the Platespin stuff, and on and on…
Thanks to everyone at Novell for the wonderful time. And thanks to all the fellow participants for the great company and conversation.