Ask us anything

We're going to be doing a series of interviews with prominent TurnKey community members so we figured it would make sense to do an interview with the founders of TurnKey (that's us!).

Interviewing ourselves is a bit weird, so instead we're inviting the TurnKey community to propose the questions which we'll answer in a separate blog post.

So... ask us anything!


Adrian Moya's picture

* From which part of the world are you?

* Why tklpatch-apply-overlay before tklpatch-apply-conf? Wouldn't make sense to apply overlay last and dont have to --oldconf debs?

* What about non-english community? (I got nice ideas for this!)

* Do you live of TKL or is a spare time project? 

* Do you have a date for TKL 10.04 final? 

* Prefered mobile phone?

* Hobbies when not working on tkl? 

Alon Swartz's picture

We'll be answering all questions as I mentioned below, but your TKLPatch question is important and needs an answer.

The conf is applied last as it provides you with more power, for example:

  • You could include a tarball in the overlay, and use the conf to unpack, install and configure it.
  • You could overlay a package configuration file and then in the conf reconfigure the package which would use the overlayed configuration file.

Also, don't forget about the advanced configuration hook scripts which provides a powerful interface to support any use case, for example:

  • Installing dependencies or preseeding of custom debs (pre-debs)
  • Tweaking the debs installation after installation (post-debs)
  • Installing packages and customizing them prior to applying the overlay (pre-overlay)
  • Tweaking after the overlay is applied (post-overlay - equivalent to the simple conf)

I hope this answers your question.

Jeremy Davis's picture

Are there any other behind-the-scenes TKL devs (that we don't see/hear about on the forums)?

How many PCs do you regularly use? Do you have more than one PC at home? Do you prefer Laptops or Desktops?

What is your preferred OS and why? Or if that's too difficult; What OS are you running on your (main) personal PC ATM and why? Assuming you at least sometimes use a Linux desktop OS, what is your preferred desktop (Gnome, KDE, etc) and why?

Do you run any proprietry OSs (eg Win or OSX) anywhere? If you don't, do you think that its important to test things using MS & Mac OSs? (Especially seeing as they form the majority of the platforms used by the public).

What OSs do your wives/girlfriends/partners/family/close friends/whatever (circle what's relevant) use/prefer? And did you influence that choice and/or what's your responce? Are you a fully blown evangelist that preaches to your friends and family or do you just keep plugging away? Or do you just pretty much keep it to yourself?

How much do you support open source by your personal purchases? In other words do own proprietry gadgets such as iProducts etc.?

(Similar to q's already asked) Do you spend much personal time on TKL? Are you and/or your employer making much money out of TKL yet? Do you think you'll ever make much out of it?

Codehead's picture

If you could have one return trip in a time machine, which historical person or event would you most like to visit and why?

Adrian Moya's picture

Have you ever had a discussion or different points of view about which way should TKL project go? divergences between you two? how did you resolve them? 

jgab's picture

Which was your first computer? Commodore 64, Atari ...

Alon Swartz's picture

These are great questions, and we'll answer all of them. Not sure if we will be able to fit it all into one blog post, but I'm sure we'll come up with something creative.

If you still have questions, we're still listening....

L. Arnold's picture

Wondering really how to expand a Turnkey Domain Controller (Samba Image) under VMware.  I am 99% sure I set up the VMWare Partition to be "flexible" (whatever their term is)...  I also was trying to accept "modifiable" partition size when the Ap was installed from IsoImabe (v11.1).

Any quick tips for taking my 30gb to 60gb in 3 simple steps?

thanks in advance.

L. Arnold

Jeremy Davis's picture

but I'm sure you'd find something online to help you out with that.

OTOH another way of acheiving a similar end would be to create an additional vHDD and mount it where most of the 'growing' data is.

Jeremy Davis's picture

Nice work John, thats a much better idea. That didn't even occur to me. Nice solution!

L. Arnold's picture

I will study the LVM link in detail.  Very helpful!

I am thinking, though, that perhaps I can just resize the partition in VMWare and it will telegraph through to the Ubuntu LVM image.

You are right to run tklbam first though.

For sure VMWare Standalone Converter can move a build to a Bigger Image, just takes a while.

If this can go smoothly will be really nice for working our way out out of our small MS Domain.  (Should have built a Bigger Partition to begin with, but this will be a good experience)-- 

We need a "Partition Magic" Graphical interface for TKL.

L. Arnold's picture

It was easy to increase the size of the Drive in VMware.  However, increaing the size of the partition is a little Daunting for me.

I thought I could by pass this by downoading the ISO of gparted  (graphical partition editor for Linux), but as it wants to "boot" something in the setup wont allow TKL to Boot from CD after first install.

Thoughts on how to proceed.  The Underlying disk is not 128gb rather than 30gb, but my disk has 30 GB written to it now and I can't even run TKLBAM.  (I can take info off but that is not my goal).

Converter wont seem to give me a new Partition size  - only a new drive size (that said, I will try that again).

Perhaps I could run GParted from within WebMin or SSH.  Anyone know how to do that? Thanks in advance.

(sorry to have posted here, but the title said "Ask us Anything"...  should really move this to support Forums.)

Jeremy Davis's picture

but my understanding is that now you have increased the disk size you will need to expand the volume (using LVM). AFAIK you need to use the LVM commandline tools. I don't think GParted handles LVM volumes.

L. Arnold's picture

I can expand the "extended" partition with GParted .  Unfortunately, no Go on LVM w/ Gparted (they imply it is coming soon).  So I seem to need a different tool.  I couldn't make my way through the command line possibilities w/ lvextend. 

For now doing a new Install, and will copy the files across then delete the old install.  Not pretty but will work.

(I guess I was racing you to the "save" button on this comment)  Edits always slow me down.

Jeremy Davis's picture

and it was really easy (although I can't remember exactly what I did but it was a single command, lvextend or something I think? Found a tutorial via google). I don't think that's quite the same scenario as what you created though (I added a physical HDD to the volume, whereas you are extending a volume on a single virtual HDD).


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