OVH versus TransIP: how VPSes can be worlds apart

Like a lot of stuff on the internet, this website is running off a VPS. Back in the days, when VPS'es weren't as ubiquitous and cheap, I used to have one with Linode, untill I took it offline because I really wasn't using it. Then, a few years later, I …

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Setting up a Hifiberry AMP+ with Raspbian, Mopidy and Spotify

My brother decided he wanted a multi-room audio set-up in his new house, but also wanted to be able to play separate streams in each room. Things had to be done on a budget, so a Sonos set-up or something similar with a beefy receiver with multiple zone support was …

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Dell DA200 USB-C adapter and USB autosuspend

I recently purchased a Dell DA200 USB-C adapter to have Ethernet without needing to sacrifice one of the two regular USB 3 ports. Debian Testing picks it up just fine, according to dmesg:

[    2.167530] usb 4-1.4: new SuperSpeed USB device number 3 using xhci_hcd
[    2.184448] usb 4-1 …
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Preconfiguring LEDE or OpenWrt with UCI

OpenWrt/LEDE rely on the UCI framework for configuring the devices they run on. All common services (DNS, DHCP, firewall, dynamic DNS, ...) are configured through UCI, with the human-readable results being saved into configuration files in /etc/config. However, that's just for the user's convenience; UCI itself is a command …

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LibreELEC: an OpenELEC fork

Just wanted to drop a quick line on the young LibreELEC project, a fork of OpenELEC. It's still in its infancy, but it aims to address a few issues that the latter has been coping with. Quite a few developers joined already, and they intend to be open and transparent …

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Starting or stopping services when on AC or battery

I have been experimenting with Saltstack - more commonly known as just 'Salt' - and running the master on my laptop. Since it seems to be consuming CPU cycles all the time and I'd like to optimise my laptop's autonomy, I started looking into ways to disable it on battery, and enable …

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Quick Debian repo setup with aptly

The right tool for the job

Aptly is a neat tool that allows you to quickly build Debian or Ubuntu repositories. You can grab it from Debian's repositories. Build a repo with the name 'zfs':

$ aptly repo create -distribution=jessie -component=contrib zfs

Add your packages. You can add separate …

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