Latest Django, Rails, Ubuntu, Fedora, WordPress versions now available

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Now available

And in the selectable dropdown choices:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 has now been vetted by our staff and is the default / recommended Ubuntu version
  • Ubuntu 11.10 is also still available
  • Django 1.4 is now available and is the default / recommended Django version
  • Django 1.5 dev / trunk available on request
  • Rails 3.2.3 now available
  • Rails 4.0.0Beta is available on request
  • Fedora 16 is now available
  • Fedora 17Beta is now available
  • Pyramid / Pylons is now available
  • WordPress 3.3.2 now available

Note that all the above are server versions – for those who want Desktop versions available via RDP/NX/VNC:

  • Ubuntu 11.04 is also available as it’s the last version that supports a proper Desktop (Gnome2 aka Gnome Classic) out of the box.
  • Cinnamon is available on request (Gnome2 workalike, as an alternative to Unity) on newer Ubuntu desktop installations.

j

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwahl Now Available!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

Libre Hosting is pleased to announce the availability of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwahl –

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NattyNarwhal/ReleaseNotes

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/whats-new

This is the latest release of Ubuntu – With support for both OpenStack, as well s Eucalyptus, as well as lots of other new features.

So we can offer several levels and types of Private Cloud services and provisioning – send us a note at “info at librehosting dot com” for more info.

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwahl is now the default OS of choice for all our new VMs.  Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) is also available, for those who want the longer 2-year upgrade cycle as opposed to the 6-month upgrade cycle of the regular Ubuntu releases.

 

What’s new in Ubuntu 11.04? from Canonical Design on Vimeo.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat released!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Maverick Meerkat

Libre Hosting is pleased to announce the release of support for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat –

http://wiki.ubuntu.com/MaverickMeerkat/ReleaseNotes

http://www.canonical.com/news/ubuntu-10.10-server

The latest release of Ubuntu – With lots of new features, and updated sever packages, including an up-to-date WordPress 3.01 package! (as of this writing).

It also has updated server-side cloud software that allows up to offer Private Cloud services and provisioning – send us a note at “info at librehosting dot com” for more info.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is now the default OS of choice for all our new VMs.  Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) is also available, for those who want the longer 2-year upgrade cycle as opposed to the 6-month upgrade cycle of the regular Ubuntu releases.

 

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx LTS is here!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

It’s here:

http://www.canonical.com/news/ubuntu-10.04-server-edition

The latest Long-Term-Support release of Ubuntu – And it runs very well in our experience, and has updated server-side cloud software that allows up to offer Private Cloud services and provisioning – send us a note at “info at librehosting dot com” for more info.

Ubuntu 10.04 is now the default OS of choice for all our new VMs.

Karmic is Here

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

[UPDATE – Karmic is here – and in the dropdowns! – j]

…And you can have the beta installed on your very own Libre Hosting VM –

Just order any Ubuntu-based configuration, and put “Karmic Prerelease” in the “Notes” field when you place your order!

j

Turnkey Rails 2.3.2 Now Available

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

rails-turnkey

Ruby on Rails 2.3.2

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Ruby on Rails 2.3 stack (currently 2.3.2, as of this writing).

We have opted to try out the excellent (Ubuntu-based) Turnkey Linux software appliance for Rails 2.3, rather than using our own installation and provisioning scripts, and so far we have had excellent results.

(We have also had good results with the Turnkey Drupal appliance as well).

Things we liked about the Turnkey appliance:

  • Preconfigured SSL / SSH support – all keys & certs  generated during installation, set up w/Apache
  • Security-related updates applied daily
  • Webmin preinstalled and precofigured for Apache, MySql, etc
  • RubyGems package manager installed the way we recommend – with Ruby managed by apt, but Gems installed from source.
  • Just as we say: “Use gem for managing Rails gems, and apt for everything else.”

Things we had trouble with or had to fix:

  • The 3-node mongrel cluster was cumbersome to administer, and difficult to modify for new rails apps from the “Example” rails app preinstalled by Turnkey.  Either No example app, or a more flexible way to add new apps would have been better.
  • No option for, or mention of Phusion Passenger.
  • SQLite and git were not installed
  • Our regular VMs do a reconfigure tzdata on first startup, so you don’t forget to set your timsezone correctly

Additional notes and packages we installed:

  • mc – Midnight Commander – tried-n-true text mode dual-pane file manager
  • file – Without this, obscure dependencies remain unmet for builds, etc
  • sqlite3, libsqlite3-ruby - should be installed, even if MySql is the default db (Postgres might be nice too)
  • git-core should be installed, given the percentage if Rails plugins that use it, plus gems can install from git, but only if it’s installed!
  • lynx, other viewers for mc – important for reading docs in console
/etc/init.d/mongrel_cluster stop

didn’t work, and had to manually stop the clusters on ports 8000, 8001, & 8002

Had to manually do things like:

mkdir -p tmp/pids

and

chown -R www-data:www-data *

on certain directories, etc, to make certain core components work, that shouldn’t have been necessary.

Anyway, these considerations are relatively minor, and are all addressed now, and working well – just select “Rails 2.3″  from the dropdown when you place your order –

Plus, look for a future update where we integrate Phusion Passeneger with your VM – Let us know what you prefer, please enter which deployment option you prefer for Rails in the comments on this post, and why –

  • Mongrel, Mongrel cluster
  • Phusion Passenger/mod_rails
  • mod_wsgi
  • Apache
  • nginx
  • Lighttpd
  • etc

…and we’ll listen!

j

We’re Jaunty!

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope is now available for ordering through our eCommerce engine.

UPDATED: Released version now installed.
And it looks great!

Note that as is our usual policy, we had been installing the beta / RC for a couple of weeks prior to the formal launch / release – this is our usual policy.

And remember you can always ask for an earlier beta or alpha to install on request, as well.

Next up for our techs: Rails 2.3!


…We jumped the gun – The prerelease of Ubuntu 9.04 is now available for installation –

We’ll set it up for you with the beta, now, and simply upgrade it when it’s released –

j

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex now available

Friday, October 31st, 2008

An Intrepid IbexUbuntu 8.10, Intrepid Ibex, just released, is now our recommended OS platform.

It’s available from the OS dropdown when you configure your vMachine instance while adding to cart.

As always, any additional notes or custom configuration requests should be placed in the “Notes” field when you place your order, as well.

We are also working new Rails instances, with lots of new plugins (ActiveMerchant) available preinstalled, as well as vMachines for both Django 1.01 as well as 1.1 instances.

We currently have Adempiere 3.52+ available, as well, running on Postgres 8.3 – we are preparing the list of installed packages for a future blog post!

j

Virt IO Performance

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

banner_kvm_forum_2008

One of the latest cool new virtualization features KVM offers, is “VirtIO”, which is paravirtualized networking – a fancy way of saying “Really fast networking that runs at or near native host speed”.

Although the tun/tap based networking we’ve been using for over a year has proven itself to be very fast and reliable, we’ve done some experimenting with VirtIO after attending this June’s KVM Forum in Napa.

We’ve applied some benchmarks from the KVM virtio instructions, here:

Using VirtIO NIC – Kernel based Virtual Machine

and came up with about 40% higher than their results, guest-to-host, even with no virtio:

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex client, v.sep30, no virtio:

sysadmin@unconf-ubu810-oct3:~$ sudo iperf -c librehost.com -w 65536 -p 12345 -t 60
————————————————————
Client connecting to librehost.com, TCP port 12345
TCP window size:   128 KByte (WARNING: requested 64.0 KByte)
————————————————————
[  3] local 216.218.243.155 port 60365 connected with 216.218.243.130 port 12345
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  3]  0.0-60.0 sec    995 MBytes    139 Mbits/sec
sysadmin@unconf-ubu810-oct3:~$

Host/server:

root@librehost-h64:~# iperf -s -w 65536 -p 12345 -I 5
WARNING: option -I is not valid for server mode
iperf: ignoring extra argument — 5
————————————————————
Server listening on TCP port 12345
TCP window size:   128 KByte (WARNING: requested 64.0 KByte)
————————————————————
[  4] local 216.218.243.130 port 12345 connected with 216.218.243.155 port 60365
[  4]  0.0-60.0 sec    995 MBytes    139 Mbits/sec
root@librehost-h64:~#

After virtio installed & configured, showing ~5x speedup:

sysadmin@unconf-ubu810-oct3:~$ sudo iperf -c librehost.com -w 65536 -p 12345 -t 60
————————————————————
Client connecting to librehost.com, TCP port 12345
TCP window size:   128 KByte (WARNING: requested 64.0 KByte)
————————————————————
[  3] local 216.218.243.155 port 36958 connected with 216.218.243.130 port 12345
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  3]  0.0-60.0 sec  3.90 GBytes    559 Mbits/sec
sysadmin@unconf-ubu810-oct3:~$

And on the server/host:

root@librehost-h64:/vm/155# iperf -s -w 65536 -p 12345 -I 5
WARNING: option -I is not valid for server mode
iperf: ignoring extra argument — 5
————————————————————
Server listening on TCP port 12345
TCP window size:   128 KByte (WARNING: requested 64.0 KByte)
————————————————————
[  4] local 216.218.243.130 port 12345 connected with 216.218.243.155 port 36958
[  4]  0.0-60.0 sec  3.90 GBytes    559 Mbits/sec

In conclusion, with this 5X speedup, all our Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex-based vMachines will offer virtio installed soon; likely by the time Ibex is released.

Ask for it and we’ll be sure to install it by hand on your VM if so desired.

j

3 Flavors of Ubuntu

Friday, April 4th, 2008

ubuntu-worldWe always offer (at least) three flavors of Ubuntu:

  • Long-Term-Support (Dapper, 6.06, as of this writing)
  • Current (Gutsy as of this writing)
  • New alpha/prerelease (Hardy Heron 8.04 Alpha 4 as of this writing)

Once Hardy is released, these will shift one-to-the-right, along with the next pre-release (Intrepid Ibex).

Please also note that you can always get a the 64-bit amd64 version on request, although the 32-bit i386 version is the default.

j