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Free software enthusiast, big on tea, fresh fruit and nuts.

How to live on containers

Presuming that one could very hypothetically use something like MicroOS for immutable servers, development machines and regular desktops for non-technical users, let’s see how that dream would look in practice. ...

September 24, 2021 · 6 min · Cris Dywan

Decent picture in meetings with Anker PowerConf C300

What I needed was a webcam with a decent picture that can sit on top of a monitor at a sensible angle. Usable out of the box rather than tweaked to taste. And ideally not too annoying to look at. Here’s what I found. ...

September 21, 2021 · 5 min · Cris Dywan

Looking after your flatpaks

Do you have many flatpaks? From various remotes added over time? Several themes installed? Disk space is starting to run out? Read on for some tips! ...

September 18, 2021 · 5 min · Cris Dywan

How to help test-drive zypper

As you may or may not know libzypp is what powers zypper and YaST, which are the packaging frontends on openSUSE. Chances are, you’ve used both. But have you ever tried a development version or enabled unstable features? ...

August 31, 2021 · 3 min · Cris Dywan

How to aggregate your blogs with the world crab

After dipping my toes into Rust and preparing the boilerplate I’m going to explain what my first project is and how to use it! ...

August 26, 2021 · 3 min · Cris Dywan

Writing openQA tests in Python

openQA is a test framework that works with many operating systems. openSUSE, Fedora, Debian and others are using it to ensure the quality of releases. Writing tests with it is easier than you might think. And you can use Python to do it! ...

July 15, 2021 · 4 min · Cris Dywan

Setting up a new Rust project

Not long ago I wrote about dipping my toes into Rust where I discussed what Rust is and why I’m interested to learn it. Now I feel like I need to try my hands on a real project which scratches an itch of mine and at the same time allows me to exercise what I learned. ...

May 7, 2021 · 4 min · Cris Dywan

Working with openQA via the command line

openQA allows for a few different workflows. The main entry point is the web UI if you’re wanting to look at builds, relevant jobs, test results and of course to investigate down to the level of the bare logs if all else fails. Eventually there’s a point where you run into limitations of what’s exposed through the browser. Let’s take a look at what openQA has to offer on the command line! ...

April 27, 2021 · 5 min · Cris Dywan

Working out of and in your homeoffice

Homeoffice is awesome for so many reasons I’ve worked remotely for more than a decade. Actually all of my software development career has been one where going to the office was the exception. Something I do occasionally to meet some of my colleagues. Actually when I see my colleagues it’s more typically at software conferences rather than company headquearters. Benefits that come with homeoffice are numerous: On paper I’ve got a 9-5 job I don’t need to move to do my job1 I can adjust to the demands of my personal life I can adjust to make my colleague’s life easier Drawbacks that come with homeoffice are numerous:...

April 20, 2021 · 10 min · Cris Dywan

How to be inclusive and embrace diversity

Do you like vanilla ice cream like everyone else? Think of ice cream for a moment. Do you like chocolate? Do you like vanilla? Nobody can tell from looking at you what kind of flavor you like. People might assume that you like vanilla like everyone else. But maybe you don’t like vanilla ice cream? What if you prefer strawberry? What if you don’t like ice cream at all and everyone is having ice cream?...

April 15, 2021 · 7 min · Cris Dywan