The road to Manchester

September 6, 2010 · Posted in Gentoo, Linux, Travelling · 11 Comments 

Some of you might already know that I am moving to Manchester/UK this year ( at least ) to attend a MSc course at the University of Manchester. The Computer Science Department offers a variety of courses hance I am not sure which pathway I am gonna choose yet. The Computer System Engineering MSc looks rather good but I will have to wait for the 1st week of lectures before I make my choice.  In any case, moving to UK is quite an experience, and I am really excited about that :)

Even though the motivation about Gentoo development is anything but high, I was quite worried about the fact that I couldn’t bring my two “dev” machines[1][2] with me so all I have is my laptop and my netbook, but lets face it, you can’t do much development on such hardware :-/.  I could easily forward a dozen of ports on my router in order to remotely administer all my services but, when it comes to security, this is a serious drawback. This really left me with one choice: Openvpn :).  Thanks to this guide, the whole setup was easier than I originally thought. Now, I am able to access my local network from anywhere. Furthermore, tmux[3] makes the whole /remote/development process much easier :). What a great app \o/

[1] Linux Phoenix 2.6.34-gentoo-r6-darth-vader
#1 PREEMPT Wed Aug 25 02:09:42 EEST 2010 x86_64
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 2800+ AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

Just for stable amd64 keywording and Server services

[2] Linux Mystical 2.6.35-zen2-dark-jedi #1

ZEN SMP PREEMPT Thu Sep 2 21:19:07 EEST 2010 x86_64
AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1055T Processor AuthenticAMD GNU/Lin

This is actually a *good* dev machine. The 6-core power combined with 4GB@1066 RAM

is an ideal platform for extensive development and compilation 24/7

* dev-db/mysql-5.1.50-r1: Merge time 2 hours, 7 minutes, 45 seconds ( tests enabled )

* sys-devel/gcc-4.4.4-r1: Merge time 15 minutes, 36 seconds

* sys-libs/glibc-2.12.1-r1: Merge time 11 minutes, 5 seconds

This devbox hosts 6 chroors to test all the Qt4 live versions and one  1 gcc-4.5.X chroot


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