// There is no place like

I have decided to host my blog myself and thought I report about some highlights ;). The reason why I haven't bloged for a long time was actually a configuration issue of the old setup which confused <myDomain>/myBlog with <myBrother'sDomain>/myBlog. Selfhosting is also a nice opportunity to play with enterprise software at home in a regular basis.

I initially evaluated OpenSolaris since I was really eager to try out ZFS. But I decided to stay with Ubuntu 9.04 server edition (aka jaunty jackalope) since I already use the desktop version for my workstation. The other reason was the lower memory footprint of Ubuntu (256MB) compared to OpenSolaris (512MB) which is relevant if you run your site on over 10 years old hardware like I do.

Ubuntu has great software repositories which just provide everything to get started (e.g Sun JDK6.13 and in theory also glassfish, netbeans, eclipse, your favorite database etc but I prefer zip files in some cases ;) ).

Installation with gimmicks like Software RAID (RAID 1), firewall configuration went flawlessly. The combination GlassFish2.1 + Roller 4.0.1 + hsql 1.8 worked also on first attempt.

a few thing I noticed:

  • 5 years ago the whole process would take far longer than two evenings
  • -XX:OnOutOfMemoryError=<send me a mail command> (since java 1.6) is really cool
  • Cloudcomputing is overrated (web services should always be weather independent)
  • There is no place like

don't worry the upcoming entries should be more technical - this is mostly a test ;-)


"don't worry the upcomming entries should be more technical" - more technical? Cannot believe it. Btw. the layout of my blog is nicer :-)

Posted by Adam Bien on May 12, 2009 at 12:58 PM CEST #

your blog has a layout? :P

Posted by mbien on May 12, 2009 at 06:24 PM CEST #

I installed opensolaris on my ThinkPad R61 yesterday. I ran into a few glitches. The first was wireless internet. The Live CD found my wireless network no problem. After installing the OS, it found the network again, but eventually dropped it for an unknown reason. The Network preference was unavailable, so I opened a Terminal and scanned. My network was there. I kept typing wificonfig connect "myessid" over and over again but it didn't want to connect. Finally after one of the failures, it brought up that little GUI box with all available networks in it. Dont know how that popped up, but I selected my network and was OK again for a while. Then I went through the whole thing again a few more times. Anyone know how to make that GUI thing popup? Or how to make the wireless connection more stable?
Sound doesn't work. The Device Manager says Intel 82801H driver misconfigured. How do I properly configure it so I can hear sound?
Other than that, opensolaris is AWESOME. I like it much better than opensuse. It looks great, and is easy to work with. I wish there was more software available, but I want to stick with it.

Posted by ZK@Web Marketing Blog on May 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM CEST #

Did you mean instead of

Posted by m on June 11, 2009 at 01:39 PM CEST #

yes, thank you.

Posted by mbien on June 11, 2009 at 04:02 PM CEST #

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