Configuring ELILO with a generic kernel on Slackware 14.2
Configuring and using a generic kernel on EFI-based platforms with ELILO is pretty much an identical exercise to using LILO with legacy systems. Slackware provides you with a mkinitrd generator script to assist in making an initrd image to boot your system.
Slackware 14.2 review - Last of the Unices
When I began writing this review there had been 921 days since the last stable Slackware release. The apparent dormant state of development raised a few questions about the health of the distribution, but as usual the rumors of Slackware’s decline was greatly exaggerated.
Slackware ARM announces EOL for 14.1 and -current
Some unfortunate but understandable news emerged on the Slackware ARM website today as ARM maintainer Stuart Winter released the following announcement:
This website is now hosted on a Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi 2 VS Raspberry Pi 3 on Slackware ARM
Let’s get ready to rumble: a battle of two Slackware ARM powered webservers.
Hosting your WordPress installation on a RPi2 can be a challenge on multiple levels. Apart from stability issues, my biggest concern is always subpar PHP performance and additional overhead with TLS connections. To determine the potential gain of upgrading my hosting platform to a RPi3, I’ve done a few tests with a MicroSD card I recently retired due to data corruption.
Slackware ARM on the Raspberry Pi 2- The 1 year mark
SimpleScreenRecorder on Slackware Linux with multimedia codecs
SimpleScreenRecorder (ssr) is a feature-rich screen recorder for Linux that supports X11 and OpenGL. SimpleScreenRecorder is available as a SlackBuild script from slackbuilds.org, but by only installing the listed dependency, namely FFmpeg, you’ll end up with a rather limited set of supported codecs.
Due to a city wide power outage I lost just short of 300 days of uptime on the RPi2. The RPi2 did boot back up when the power returned, but since I had received a new IP address I needed to make a DNS update before the server was reachable again. That’s obviously the downside of running a server on a dynamic IP space, but hey it doesn’t cost me a cent. I have a 300 seconds TTL (Time To Live) on my blog.paranoidpenguin.net A record so I think it’s good enough for a hobby project.
Deploying 4096-bit HTTPS on the Raspberry Pi 2 was a bad idea
Who would have thought, right? :-)
After installing my certificate from Let’s Encrypt last week I was immediately confronted with the fact that I had made the wrong choice in regard to key sizes. By using a 4096-bit private key I was relying too heavily on the RPi2’s CPU. This became abundantly clear as page load times were increased by 500 – 1000ms.