A whole different world

October 1, 2010 · Posted in Travelling · 3 Comments 

Two week in Manchester already. It is much more different than I originally expected. I thought I will be missing Greece but I am really happy that I proved myself wrong. The atmosphere here is spectacular. With all the freshers around I feel like 18 again :p.

The first week was like a 7-days party. Plenty of events around the University area ( and not only ), plus the big Erasmus party, made me understand that having fun in UK is exactly the opposite of what we call “party” in Greece. People here  dancing everywhere, doing theme parties and they do NOT need huge amounts of alcohol to have fun. They have fun because they feel like it not because they are wasted. Anyway…

I also took a couple of Salsa (O_0) lessons. I would never thought I would do that. It was quite fun in the end I must say.

This week was the first week of semester. The courses are quite fair, but they are moving quite fast, so unless you want to study like crazy in the end, you need to start studying early enough. The university is quite amazing. The lectures are pretty cool, and the labs even better. I really enjoy it. They require many hours of self-studying but, hey, this is why I am here after all :-)

Gentoo-wise, I had to drop my activities in many areas like retiring myself from kernel and Qt. I will keep doing amd64 and QA/treecleaning work for as long as I am capable to. Furthermore I am about to join the recruiter area. This is actually good because I can recruit more and more people so I can slack more :-). I am kidding of course, but it is good to try and bring more and more motivated people to Gentooland.

You may see some photos here.

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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