TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library

Enabling Debian 6.0 LTS Security Support

This announcement is for Debian 6.0 (AKA Squeeze / TurnKey 12) users who have not yet upgraded to Debian 7.0 (AKA Wheezy / TurnKey 13):

~# cat /etc/issue.net
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0

Support for security updates to Debian 6.0 officially ended on Saturday May 31 2014.

As you may have heard, for the first time Debian is experimenting with a five year Long Term Support (LTS) program that will extend support until Feb 2016:

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Hi all! This is my virgin TurnKey blog post. Many of you on the forums would have come across me in your travels no doubt. I have been a volunteer serial poster on the forums now for many years. I have even had the privilege of having a blog post written about me by Liraz (one of the core TurnKey devs).

What's the best way to do free software bounties?

First, I'd like to thank Joey, Noah and Jeremy for providing much needed feedback on a related blog post. Thanks guys. It really got me thinking. What if instead of a contest we figured out how to do community funded bounties? Wouldn't an open, continual system of free software bounties be much a better idea than doing another contest?

TurnKey 13 critical security issue (Heartbleed / CVE-2014-0160)

Without action, your TurnKey 13 installations may remain vulnerable to the critical Heartbleed OpenSSL attack (DSA-2896-1 CVE-2014-0160). This is not a theoretical attack.

What if all Debian/Ubuntu based dists used TKLDev?

Imagine if every Debian distribution in the world in the world was using TurnKey's build chain and collaborating with us on its development instead of limping along with various inefficient ad-hoc tools?

TurnKey currently doesn't get as many contributions back from the free software community as we'd like (our fault). I think there are two main reasons for that:

The pros, cons and alternatives to financial rewards in an open source project

Here's another blog post that started life as a response to a private email Jeremy Davis (JedMeister on the forums) sent me regarding various things we could try to recruit more developers as TurnKey contributors:

Building a better, bigger TurnKey library

This blog post started out as a response to a private email discussion between me and contributing developer Eric (tssgery) whom recently developed TurnKey Observium, one of TurnKey's top ten downloads. Observium is very popular for a newly hatched appliance. It has the same number of downloads as Redmine, which we've supported for a few years now!

Eric wrote:

TKL has two big issues as I see it:

  1. Marketing. You're the best kept secret of the internet.
  2. Testing. Too many appliance/products to be supported.

Using iso2usb to boot a TurnKey ISO from USB flash drive

Q: Why would you want to?
A: Flash drives are faster and re-usable.

Announcing TurnKey Docker optimized builds

docker logoAs we've mentioned before, making TurnKey easy to deploy no matter your platform of choice is an important goal for the project. TurnKey already supports a mirade of build types including ISO, VMDK, OVF, Amazon EC2, OpenStack, OpenVZ, OpenNode, Xen, and recently added support for LXC.

Announcing TurnKey LXC

In a nutshell, LXC (LinuX Containers) can be thought of as the middle ground between a chroot on steroids and a full fledged virtual machine, making it possible to run multiple isolated "containers" on a single host.

There has been quiet a lot of interest in supporting TurnKey on LXC, so I set out to see what it would take.