Banshee on Linode

The Banshee logo I recently migrated all of the Banshee web server stuffs to a Linode 768. We were previously running on an incredibly slow, unreliable, and expensive dedicated co-lo machine that once hosted a number of Novell community projects. As part of the migration, go-oo (Novell’s edition of OpenOffice) has migrated to openSUSE infrastructure, and I’ve taken F-Spot with me to Linode.

The performance and reliability so far has skyrocketed, and the flexibility we now have is very welcome. The Banshee web site is powered by openSUSE 11.2, lighttpd, MySQL, and WordPress. The new Linode backup service is a huge relief, which we are using in addition to daily cron-based on-system backups. I’ve been a huge and loyal fan of Linode since 2005, and am happy to bring Banshee along!

I’m also excited to note that I’ve switched our “main” domain name to, a domain I’ve owned for Banshee for about a year but have done nothing with. A number of people seem to love the new domain name, much preferred to the old What do you think?

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If you are thinking of signing up for a Linode (and if not, you should be), you can help the Banshee Project out by signing up using our referral code: 5ea2a167caa5bec58b16800303350173e3dd094

Three cheers for Linode, and for better web performance for Banshee!

openSUSE 11.1 on Linode ala zypper dup

I’ve been a Linode user for around four years now, and have always run Debian, until today. Last year Linode added openSUSE 11.0 as one of the distributions available to install, and I tried it very soon after it was available. Unfortunately it could barely boot (UML related issues I assume), and without any time to poke around, I switched back to my Debian image.

This weekend I decided to try again, even though the openSUSE version from Linode is still 11.0. I figured, “I’ve never actually done a [so called] dist-upgrade in openSUSE, so maybe I should try.” I was quite impressed.

It took all of about 30 minutes to fully migrate my Debian Linode to openSUSE 11.1 – with fully working/migrated lighttpd, mysql, and git-daemon.

  • Deploy an openSUSE 11.0 distribution in your Linode, boot it.
  • Log in as root (via SSH, not LISH)
  • Nuke the 11.0 repository list: /etc/zypp/repos.d
  • Add the 11.1 base repository: zypper ar -f openSUSE-11.1
  • Update the update stack: zypper in zypper
  • Refresh the repo (probably not actually necessary, will be done automatically by the next step): zypper refresh
  • Update to openSUSE 11.1: zypper dup

At this point you will have fully migrated from openSUSE 11.0 to openSUSE 11.1, something that historically has been very difficult with SUSE. zypper is awesome! Now reboot the machine as a sanity check, and configure for updates.

  • Add the update repository: zypper ar -f openSUSE-11.1-Updates
  • Patch the 11.1 install to be fully up-to-date: zypper up

Reboot again as another sanity check. At this point you have the latest patched and stable openSUSE 11.1 on your Linode. The openSUSE base install is fairly stripped down by Linode, so I recommend installing and setting up the firewall (SuSEfirewall2), sudo, iputils, lighttpd, mysql, git-daemon, etc.

Additionally, you can easily update to the latest stable Mono release by subscribing to the official Mono OBS repository:

  • zypper ar -f Mono
  • zypper in mono-core mono-data mono-data-sqlite mono-web

So finally I am still a happy Linode user, but now with my favorite and most familiar distribution, openSUSE! I’m looking forward to playing with ASP.NET MVC on Mono 2.4. Any good MVC blog engines out there?