A colleague from Novell moved to Collanos – I looked at their products – and it’s interesting.

The Collanos Workplace seems to fill several of my needs for working with my team:

– document sharing and management
– team task lists
– discussions
– cross platform

Most importantly – the model is peer-to-peer. That means that none of my ‘corporate data’ ever lives on someone elses server. That was one of the major downsides to using something like Backpack or Basecamp. (Cool – but kinda interesting from a risk and security angle).

By having this ‘built’ and in the web it also means I don’t have to build an internal server, manage it, keep it safe, back it up – and also use VPN to get data in and out of it.

Feedback soon. I’ve sent the team the data – we should be running in a couple of days.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

Your Linux is ready
I just updated two servers in the office to SLES 10 – officially launched today.

Things have improved since the internal alpha and beta releases – no problems so far – and very good hardware detection.

I’m writing a document on installing WordPress on SLES 10 – I’ll have that out soon.

[Edit – SLES 10 and WordPress 2.0.3 are running nicely together in my tests. I’ll update the Evil ZEN Scientist blog server tonight and see where that gets me.]

This blog is now running on SLES 10 – woo!

# tail /etc/SuSE-release
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (i586)

ZENworks Podcasts

I recorded a series of podcasts today for the new Novell Communities site.

Usual delays – see posts below – but should be up and posted in mid-February.

Topics for discussion: ZENworks 7, ZENworks Asset Management, Patching and BrainShare 2006.



My sister is the Akela of a cub pack back home in England. She wanted something ‘on the web’ – she now has a blog and a website.

I looked at all sorts of options for building the website – it needed to be easy to use, minimal maintenance, good functionality – but also secure, not resource hungry and obviously run on Apache, PHP and MySQL.

I eventually selected Drupal.  It has an active developer community; the architecture and structure was logical; the security seems good. Best of all it’s easy enough for non-IT people to use.

Mail, spam and viruses – update

I experimented several times during the holidays on various configurations of SpamAssassin and the like. I finally settled on something I liked and was easy to manage.

I found an addition to IPcop that added these services in a controllable manner – CopFilter –

CopFilter plugs into IPcop and adds (for me) an SMTP proxy, ClamAV, SpamAssassin – as well as giving me a really simple web UI to manage things. Best of all all of the components are GPL.

I’ve trained the anti-spam – and it’s really working better so far than my own manual tweaking on a seperate server. 🙂

So far so good – I’ll keep track of the performance and post the results later.