TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library

TurnKey Core 12.0 RC based on Debian Squeeze

I'm pleased to announce a spanking brand new release candidate for TurnKey Core 12.0 - the common base for all appliances, based on the rock solid Debian Squeeze (6.0.4). The rumors were true! Hurrah! Hurrah!

This is an RC release, so take it for a spin and let us know what you think. If you come across any issues, please report them. If you have ideas on how to make it better, let us know!

Rsync the entire TurnKey library from a mirror close to you in under 5 minutes!

Like TurnKey so much you want a local copy of all the appliances but too lazy to download individual appliance images from SourceForge by hand via browser?

I know exactly how you feel. Sloth is a virtue, and in the beginning was the command line.

So now you can use rsync or ftp to batch download the entire virtual appliance library in whatever build type you like best from a high-speed mirror near you. The way the net gods intended!

Announcing TurnKey Xen optimized builds

Xen LogoAs we mentioned before, making TurnKey easy to deploy on as many public and private clouds is an important goal for the project.

Announcing TurnKey OpenStack optimized builds

OpenStack Logo

As we mentioned before, making TurnKey easy to deploy on as many public and private clouds is an important goal for us. Unfortunately there are too many players in the cloud software space for us to support every single one. It's much easier to put effort into making TurnKey work well with the winning horses.

Announcing TurnKey OpenVZ optimized builds (+ Proxmox VE channel)

OpenVZ and Proxmox VE has been a recurring topic of discussion on the forums, for which we have Jeremy to blame thank. He's done tons of research, testing, preaching, and then some.

What I love about Open Source is that if you have an itch, and the drive to scratch it yourself, you can.

The DDoS spam bot from hell (a suburb of China)

Happy new year everyone,

I'm back online to put out a fire. My inbox was full of alerts that the CPU on the server that runs the site was maxing out.

Well boys and girls, it turns out www.turnkeylinux.org has been under an escalating distributed denial of service attack that started about two weeks ago. To the best of my knowledge the site continued operating normally. We use a ton of caching. Did any of you notice a slowdown?

Mapping AWS data centers for fastest connection

Yes, that's 'fastest', not closest.

Background

A while back I published a blog post entitled Finding the closest data center using GeoIP and indexing, which described how we automatically determine the AWS regional data center to be used for storing encrypted server backups.

TurnKey 11.3 maintenance release - next stop Ubuntu 12.04!

Ho ho ho, happy holidays everyone! I know most of you are already shifting into holiday mode, so I'll keep it short and sweet.

We've just pushed out TurnKey 11.3 - the final maintenance release based on Ubuntu 10.04. The next release will be based on Ubuntu 12.04. We're already shifting into high gear for that. There will be surprises. Hopefully good ones!

New Hub feature: Cloud server monitoring

Ladies and gentle geeks, I'm proud to announce we've just pushed out 100% free basic server monitoring to all TurnKey Hub accounts. This should make it easier to keep tabs on the health and performance of your cloud servers. Existing Hub users don't need to do anything to enjoy this new feature. It just works.

A better server dashboard

As you can see in the screenshot below, the server dashboard now includes thumbnail graphs of CPU utilization, disk IO and network traffic for the last hour:

Hub dashboard metric thumbnails

Why Rackspace open sourced OpenStack

Making TurnKey easy to deploy on as many public and private clouds is an important goal for us. We're going to soon be expanding the number of image formats TurnKey officially support to include more major contenders in this space. We'd also like to establish a mirror network that supports rsync so that service providers will find it easy to get up-to-date images of all TurnKey appliances. By the way, if an rsync mirror is something you would find valuable, drop me a line.