Recent Posts by Chris White

Software Evaluation, Part Two: A Closer Look

Adding software dependencies to a project can be good or bad. On the one hand, they can save us time not having to implement things that have already been built for us. But on the other hand, they can sometimes cause problems.

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Software Evaluation, Part One: Basic Suitability

When working on a software project, making use of third-party products, tools, or libraries can often save a lot of time and effort. But we have to be careful. If we choose poorly, we might be causing work further down the line.

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Isolation with Linux Containers

Note: This is part two of a two part series that starts here.
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Linux Isolation Basics

Note: This is part one of a two part series. Read part two.
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Crafting a README

When looking at a project for the first time, a README file is often the first place many users will go to get information on how to work with a program or library. For developers it’s often a challenge to figure out what to put in the README file, as there is uncertainty as to what the users expect when reading the file. This article introduces a template that I often use for writing README files, based on both writing packages and utilizing them. Examples are given in a generic text format, but it is recommended to look into MarkDown if the project is intended for sites such as GitHub.

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Introducing Gentoo 12.11, the New & Improved Engine Yard Distribution

The distribution is one of the most crucial components of the Engine Yard stack. Much has changed since the company was founded, and the distribution needed to change with it. On behalf of the Distribution Team, including Gordon Malm, Kirk Haines and myself, I am pleased to announce the Early Availability of the new Engine Yard distribution. Even with the changes made, the team has worked hard to closely match the underlying system with what users have familiarized themselves with. With this in mind I’d like to take the time to point out the main changes which we feel are beneficial to you, our customer.

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