Episode 138 – Gnoming Zombie

Posted by Tony on November 2, 2014 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)
OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time: 2:03:16

Un-edited Live session – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glblAgkgh1Y The Sound is low but about half way through we fixed it.

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Kernel News: Mat
Time: 22:10
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 24:05
Tech News:
Time: 49:10
The Convention Sceen:
Time: 1:04:40
Time: 1:09:45
Security Bit
Time: 1:19:50
Ohio Linux Fest
Time: 1:24:45
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:42:50
Outtro Music
Time: 1:51:50


Tony Bemus, Mat Enders, and Mary Tomich
Sound bites by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat


mainline:	3.18-rc2	2014-10-26
stable:  	3.17.2  	2014-10-30
stable:  	3.16.7 [EOL]	2014-10-30
longterm:	3.14.23 	2014-10-30
longterm:	3.12.31 	2014-10-22
longterm:	3.10.59 	2014-10-30
longterm:	3.4.104 	2014-09-25
longterm:	3.2.63  	2014-09-13
longterm:	2014-06-18
linux-next:	next-20141031	2014-10-31	

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 24:05


  • 10-19 – HandyLinux 1.7
  • 10-23 – Oracle Linux 6.6
  • 10-23 – LXLE 14.04.1, 12.04.5
  • 10-23 – Ubuntu 14.10(Also Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Ubuntu Kylin)
  • 10-25 – ExTiX 14.2
  • 10-25 – Lightweight Portable Security 1.5.5
  • 10-25 – GParted Live 0.20.0-2
  • 10-26 – Quirky 6.2 “Unicorn”
  • 10-28 – MakuluLinux 1.0 “Cinnamon”
  • 10-28 – SUSE Linux Enterprise 12
  • 10-28 – LinHES 8.2
  • 10-28 – Puppy Linux 6.0 “Tahrpup”
  • 10-29 – CentOS 6.6
  • 10-29 – Zentyal Server 4.0
  • 11-1 – Simplicity Linux 14.10
  • 11-1 – OpenBSD 5.6

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Debian – 1730
  2. openSUSE – 1811
  3. CentOS – 1847
  4. Ubuntu – 2149
  5. Mint – 2426

Tech News:

Time: 49:10

Samsung fires another shot at Microsoft in Android patent battle

Banana Pi: Dual-core rival to Raspberry Pi

Fedora Releases/21/Schedule

OpenSuse Factory is merging with Tumbleweed



PSA: Don’t fedup to Fedora 21 right now


KDE Korner

base converter


Kubuntu upgrade from command line


The Convention Scene

Time: 1:04:40

November 9-14, 2014
Usenix – LiSA14
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

“LISA (Large Installation System Administration Conference)is where professionals share what’s hot in designing, building, and maintaining critical systems.”
Puppet Camp Seattle will be held on Tuesday, November 11, and attendance is free for LISA14 attendees.

November 22, 2014
LinuxDay 2014
Hotel Dornburn
Dornbirn Austria

The LinuxDay in Vorarlberg is in the 4 border triangle of Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria with up to 500 visitors,  In two parallel series experienced beginners, Linux professionals and decision-makers in business and public administration knowing about free and open source software. For the kids there is a play and craft area with child care.

November 16-21, 2014
(Exhibition November 17-20)
SC14 (Super Computing 14)
New Orleans, LA

SC14 brings together the most respected minds in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis to
debut the research and innovation that will open the door to new scientific and economic opportunities
Keynote speaker

Quantum Computing Paradigms for Probabilistic Inference and Optimization

Using Supercomputers to Discover the 100 Trillion Bacteria Living Within Each of Us
18 – 20 November 2014
Open Source Monitoring Conference 2014 (OSMC)
Holiday Inn Nurnberg City Centre
Engelhardsgasse 12
D-90402 Nürnberg

The Open Source Monitoring Conference 2014 offers those with an interest in open source monitoring tools, a chance to improve their knowledge and meet others with expertise in open source monitoring solutions. Keynote by Brian Greene, physicist and author (The Elegant Universe)

1 – 2 November, 2014
MeetBSD California 2014,
Western Digital Campus,
San Jose, United States

MeetBSD 2014 uses a mixed unConference format featuring both scheduled talks and community-driven events such as birds-of-a-feather meetings, lightning talks, and speed geeking sessions.

The Toolbox

Time: 1:09:45


The name itself tells you what it does. It is an Ethernet Tool. It allows you to modify your Ethernet adapter settings. Something you need to know first is ethtool only works with actual physical ethernet adapters, so things like bond0, and tun0 do not work with ethtool.

First let’s look at what the settings are currently for our ethernet device:

# ethtool eno1
Settings for eno1:
Supported ports: [ TP ]
Supported link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
Supported pause frame use: No
Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
Advertised link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
Advertised pause frame use: No
Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
Speed: 100Mb/s
Duplex: Full
Port: Twisted Pair
Transceiver: internal
Auto-negotiation: on
MDI-X: off
Supports Wake-on: d
Wake-on: d
Link detected: yes

So if we just enter ethtool and a device name, we get all of the current settings for that device.

Next let’s look at the driver information for our device:

# ethtool -i eno1
driver: bnx2
version: 2.2.5
firmware-version: 7.6.15 bc 7.4.0 UMP 1.1.9
bus-info: 0000:05:00.0
supports-statistics: yes
supports-test: yes
supports-eeprom-access: yes
supports-register-dump: yes
supports-priv-flags: no

We then are presented with all of the information about the loaded driver. This is usefull if there are multple possible drivers for your device and you trying to see which one it is using.

So how about some stats on that device:

# ethtool -S eno1
NIC statistics:
rx_bytes: 346607038
rx_error_bytes: 0
tx_bytes: 150108632
tx_error_bytes: 0
rx_ucast_packets: 570365
rx_mcast_packets: 39740
rx_bcast_packets: 655093
tx_ucast_packets: 683763
tx_mcast_packets: 98
tx_bcast_packets: 30
tx_mac_errors: 0
tx_carrier_errors: 0
rx_crc_errors: 0
rx_align_errors: 0
tx_single_collisions: 0
tx_multi_collisions: 0
tx_deferred: 0
tx_excess_collisions: 0
tx_late_collisions: 0
tx_total_collisions: 0
rx_fragments: 0
rx_jabbers: 0
rx_undersize_packets: 0
rx_oversize_packets: 0
rx_64_byte_packets: 345900
rx_65_to_127_byte_packets: 288004
rx_128_to_255_byte_packets: 261730
rx_256_to_511_byte_packets: 16738
rx_512_to_1023_byte_packets: 318819
rx_1024_to_1522_byte_packets: 34007
rx_1523_to_9022_byte_packets: 0
tx_64_byte_packets: 168493
tx_65_to_127_byte_packets: 282696
tx_128_to_255_byte_packets: 155438
tx_256_to_511_byte_packets: 1887
tx_512_to_1023_byte_packets: 31679
tx_1024_to_1522_byte_packets: 43698
tx_1523_to_9022_byte_packets: 0
rx_xon_frames: 0
rx_xoff_frames: 0
tx_xon_frames: 0
tx_xoff_frames: 0
rx_mac_ctrl_frames: 0
rx_filtered_packets: 2466002
rx_ftq_discards: 0
rx_discards: 0
rx_fw_discards: 0

More stats on your device than you can shake a stick at. Well you can actually shake a stick at them if you wanted to, but why would you.

We’ve all been in the situatution where you have mutiple ethernet devices and you not sure which one has been assigned what name. Well you can have ethtool tell you with the -p flag. The command looks like ethtool -p [DEVICE] [N], where [DEVICE] is your device and [N] is the number of seconds you want it to blink for. If you do not put anything for [N] it will blink until you terminate it, handy if you have to walk very far to see which one is blinking.

We can also run tests on the device. Note not all devices allow online or offline testing but most do.

# ethtool -t eno1
The test result is PASS
The test extra info:
register_test (offline) 0
memory_test (offline) 0
loopback_test (offline) 0
nvram_test (online) 0
interrupt_test (online) 0
link_test (online) 0

This will run the selftest, it says wether the device passed and then tells you the results for each test individualy, zero is pass any other number is fail.

You can also use ethtool to make temporary changes to the settings. If after having tested the device with these saettings you want to make them permanent you will need to edit the appropriate configuration file.

Let’s look at an example configuration change:

ethtool -S eth0 speed 1000 duplex full autoneg on

What this is saying, for device eth0 set the speed to 1000Mb per second, full duplex, and allow it to auto negotiate.

There is my very brief rundown of ethtool, for a complete list of what you can do with it please refer to the man page.

The Security Bit

Time: 1:19:50

Apple Pay rival CurrentC just got hacked

Ohio Linux Fest

Time: 1:24:45

Listener Feedback:

show (at) smlr.us or 734-258-7009
Time: 1:42:50

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Outtro Music

Time: 1:51:50
Gnawing Zombie Nightmare by Kara Square

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