IBM acquires Red Hat

IBM just gobbled Red Hat for USD$34Bn or at USD$190 per share out of a market valuation of USD$116.

When I attended SUSECon 2014 IBM was there showing their System Z running SUSE tailored for SAP. The niche market for System Z and SAP is the financial and banking industry. But also in SuseCon I could see how companies were looking to run their aging and expensive AiX and System Z systems in commodity Hardware and OS.

Now with IBM acquiring Red Hat they have a strong OS, Virtualization, and Cloud offering that was missing on the IBM portfolio, filling that gap and fulfilling that need to their clients.

For SUSE who ported their system to PowerPC and Z architectures, is that effort lost? Still they are the only certified Linux to run SAP.

Now the real loser here is Oracle. They have been selling their “Oracle Unbreakable Linux” which was no more than a branded Red Hat 5. This acquisition is a death knell hit for Oracle, who now doesn’t have any OS offering to run their Database.

On the cloud front, in Red Hat Summit 2018, Red Hat was announcing new partnerships with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. How will this play with Big Blue entering the Cloud ecosystem?

I still have mixed feelings for this acquisition, and the Red Hat Summit 2018, which I attended, shall go down in history as the last independent Summit.

How will the spirit of Open-source, and collaboration that poured out of the Red Hat Keynotes play with Big Blue?

Only time will tell.


Install LAMP for WordPress on Opensuse

From stock Leap 42.3, install the LAMP Server stack

zypper install -t pattern lamp

This will install Apache2, PHP5, and MariaDB.

Start the Database and Run the MariaDB initialization script

rcmysql start

/usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation (Record the root password!)

Login into MariaDB, create user, create wordpress database, grant permissions.

mysql -u root -p

create database <DB Name>;

create user <user>@<host> identified by <password>;

grant all privileges on <DB Name> to <user>@<host>;

flush privileges;

Change ownership of /srv/www/htdocs to Apache2

chown -R wwwrun:www /srv/www/htdocs

Run the YAST2 Wizard for Network Services, enable PHP, open firewall ports.

Start and enable Apache2 web server and MySQL server

systemctl start apache2

systemctl enable apache2

systemctl start MySQL

systemctl enable MySQL

Test Apache2 by browsing to localhost or your IP, you should see “It works!”

Create /srv/www/htdocs/test.php file to test PHP

$msg = "Seeing this means php is working";
echo $msg;

Create /srv/www/htdocs/info.php for nice info on your installation


Optional: Install phpMyAdmin to manage databases over the web.

zypper  install phpMyAdmin

Browse to your server:

<localhost or IP>/phpMyAdmin/index.php

Download latest binary from, extract and copy


tar -xvzf latest.tar.gz

mv wordpress /srv/www/htdocs

Edit /srv/www/htdocs/wp-config.php and add, database, database user, and password.

// ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here‘);
/** MySQL database username */
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here‘);
/** MySQL database password */
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here‘);
/** MySQL hostname */
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost‘);

Browse to <localhost or IP>/wp-admin/install.php

If you see the setup of WordPress, voila!

Opensuse 42.2 emergency mode after install

Reinstalling my system, clean install of OpenSuse 42.2, but then at boot, after passing grub and kernel selection, it logs into the emergency shell.

Fokkow instructions in shell, give root password, and look for errors from logs using systemctl -xb 

It turns out that it was not able to mount /home

Checked /etc/fstab and the filesystem type was marked as unknown.

Edited to ext4, save, reboot, and Presto!

Welcome back to the family, Ubuntu.

Word has come out that Ubuntu is dropping its home-bred graphical engine and interface Unity, and returning to Gnome 3 Desktop.

The experiment lasted 7 years, Unity was introduced since  version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and was touted (mainly only by Canonical) as visionary, making a more efficient use of the screen (very relative), with never materialized promises of superior (gaming?) performance and stability.

Canonical is also returning to its roots,concentrating on Desktop, Server, Cloud and IoT platforms, abandoning it’s plans to further develop a Phone Operative System.

The next version of Ubuntu, running Gnome will be 18.04 (LTS)

Running BOINC on OpenSuse

Notes on how to run BOINC on Opensuse (Leap 42.2 and 15) from command line as deamon.

Install the packages from packman repository

zypper in boinc-client boinc-manager

After installation verify that user and group boinc is created

cat /etc/passwd | grep boinc

cat /etc/groups | grep boinc

Add the user boinc to the group boinc.

usermod -G boinc -a boinc (repeat with any other user if necessary)

verify that boinc-client is already running as a daemon

ps -aux | grep boinc or systemctl status -l boinc-client.service

verify that all files under /var/lib/boinc are owned boinc:boinc

change permissions of /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg 

chmod 664 /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg

Optional, create simbolic link for user account logged in while running boinc

ls -s  /var/lib/boinc/gui_rpc_auth.cfg /home/<user>/gui_rpc_auth.cfg

Now, if previously attached to a project, retrieve your key:

boinccmd –lookup_account <project url> <email> <password>

Or create an account if needed:

boinccomd –create_account <project url> <email> <password> <name>

Attach to the project

boinccmd –project_attach <project url> <key>

Voila! you should be running now as a daemon and connected to the project.

Verify by issuing:

boinccmd –get_project_status or boinccmd –get_state

OpenSuse Linux, Citrix and Certs

I needed to remote in from my personal laptop running OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 into my work’s Citrix Remote Desktop runnin on a Windows Server farm.

After logging in, install the Citrix Reciever from your Citrix server (if provided), or from Citrix directly.

My version of receiver is 11.100 for linux x86.

The Linux installation is straight forward, accept the defaults.

Now, the tricky part.

Upon logging in and launching a RDP session, I received the following error message:

You have not chosen to trust “XXXYYY”, the issuer of the server’s security certificate (SSL error 61).

Upon some googling I decided to go to my certificate provider XXX, and download their Public Root Certificate Bundle.

After opening the tar file, found the certificates of type YYY. Then copied those certificates into the path of my Citrix Reciever installation, in my case:



btrfs adventures on opensuse

I am currently using OpenSuse 13.2, and started using Picard for sorting my music, around 12000 files. Later I started doing some BASH script to further clean up the names of the mp3 files.

Anyhow, all of this to say, that I have been working the file system, copying, moving and erasing (hundreds) of files around.

At the end, the system started to be very slow, and at some point, gnome started to crash, funny enough, there is no /var/log/messages to check, 13.2 implements Systemd, so there is journalctl to check the error messages, but in the console (F12) many errors for different systemd components complaining that there was no space left on device, but doesn’t says which one, and doing a “df -h” shows still free space on the hard drives.


At the end, the OpenSUSE forums gave me the solution on this thread.

If you keep reading, the problem is not the file system, it the meta data of the file system.

The default file system of OpenSuse13.2 is btrfs, which implements journalling and snapshot capabilities, and if not correctly tuned and configured, can generate this kind of scenarios.

The key commands to fix my issues were:

btrfs filesystem show

btrfs filesystem df (here you can see the meta data space full)

snapper -c root list (lists snapshots of root the file system)

snapper -c delete (this will clean the snapshots of the file system that are taking space, leaving the current one (0) and the last one)

btrfs balance start (in my case / for root, the closest explanation this is similar to a defrag>

Et Voila! space magically appears, and system is usable again.

Similar case, with explainations from “The Nerdy Room“.