Time flies...

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yes, time flies.

And I didn't write anything on this blog since April, just before I started again for COL.
But that's the issue when you are busy with Life and Work, right?

So what happened during the last couple of months?

First of all, as already said, I started, again, to work for COL as an Architect in the OPS department. And directly, after my second day back in the Karlsruhe Office, I was already working on a product and company acquisition. Success. Product was migrated to our infrastructure in less then 3 weeks, and was ready to be shown during the Citrix Synergy event in San Francisco (while you, fellow Ubuntians were enjoying the UDS in May in the Bay Area :))

Beginning of June I traveled to the USA. Oh well, me and the States. Difficult topic. But, you know what, I'm am actually here:

Santa Barbara, CA (Courtesy of Wikipedia Author John Wiley)

Yes, this is California, this is Santa Barbara. And no, I'm not on holiday here, but actually it feels like.

Sadly, I had to leave my family over there in Germany. Well, next time this will change.

To be honest, I had to change my whole opinion about the american people, especially here in California. I didn't meet anybody who was unfriendly or nasty to me, this german bad boy.

I met good, friendly, open minded people, and some of them I  already call 'Friends'.

Today is actually my second month here, and I still have one month to go.

Right now I'm working on different projects. And one of these projects will be to support Ubuntu in our datacenters. Working on that is a challenge, because right now it's only RedHat. So we have to change a lot of infrastructure. Distribution agnostic deployment system, Puppet, and other cool topics.

One of the coolest topics, but, is working with one of the FreeIPA maintainers. We need to support FreeIPA on Ubuntu, which is not that easy right now, because the state of FreeIPA in Ubuntu is more than perfect.

"But FreeIPA is a RedHat/Fedora Project" you will say, but I have to admit, that FreeIPA works (on Fedora), and it's more then cool.

But, when there is a will, there will be also a way. And there we go.

(Linked from: http://www.stage2planning.com/blog/bid/48775/Collaboration-Always-Starts-With-Clients)

Collaboration to the rescue.

The FreeIPA Upstream team is very helpful. And having one of the contributors sitting 2 or 3 cubes away from me, is even better.

Anyways, I filed already some nasty bug reports, and we will fix them for the future.

On of the next steps should be to provide support for FreeIPA 2.2.0 (or even FreeIPA 2.3.x, which is in beta state).

Anyways, I don't want to bore you with technical details, this will be another blog post, I'm already writing :)

So, how is the life here in SBA, CA as a German?

Life's easy :) One day you go deep sea fishing, and on the other day you fly to the Silicon Valley, San Jose with your Boss to do some datacenter work.

My greek Boss :)

Beautiful, isn't it?

Happy Happy Smile

And if this is not enough action, actually in SBA you can do better.

Canary Hotel, you'll get German Erdinger Weissbier from tap.

When you are around this area, just visit the Bouchon Restaurant, this is awesome, not cheap, but the food is really, really, really (do I repeat myself???) [sounds like Jono] AWESOME!!

Especially when you are a lucky guy like me, not paying for it ;) And when you are even more lucky, as I was, the owner of this restaurant will speak German to you, and present you this good mexican "water":

Anyhow, if you are missing your own country, especially the German Country, go to Brummis Restaurant, and enjoy the German hospitality.

Is it just fun to be here? No, not at all. But when you are surrounded by the sun and you palmtrees infront of your house, it is fun. Promise.

Anyhow, I'm not just here for the fun. I have to work, and I'm actually doing a lot of work.

DC² is actually having  a 1.0.0 release in the next upcoming weeks.

There are some bugfixes and improvements to several Debian and Ubuntu packages waiting on my disk to be pushed out to the bugtrackers.

Integration work between Ubuntu and FreeIPA, and as well some documentation on how to communicate to the FreeIPA server with remote APIs in a secure manner (with Kerberos Ticket Delegation from one host to another host and then executing commands on this one without being logged in, sounds weird? Yes, impossible? No !! And it's fun, believe me).

And some other work on projects, you can find on Launchpad, but not in Ubuntu or Debian, like the Percona MySQL Project. They could need some help btw, with regards to a clean build system and preparing packages from upstream source for Debian/Ubuntu and RPM Based distributions.

AND!!! There is CloudStack, the Cloud Project of Citrix Inc. which was handed over to the Apache Foundation.

Anyhow, I don't want to brag more...but I love to be here in this area. So, let's see, it is my first trip since ages to the US, but this won't be my last trip to the US. I could also imagine to move here.

Well, anyways in the meantime I'm working and waiting for the next big bang on August, 15th in Mountain View . Kiss, Moetley Crue and The Treatment will play a concert in the Shoreline Amphitheatre

and this is "just around the corner" so I had to book some tickets. So if you are going to, just let me know, eventually we can meet before or after the concert in Mountain View and have a drink or two :)

On the 16th I'll be in San Francisco ( at least that's the plan ), if this is a place for you to meet up, you know how to get in contact ;)

Anyways, I heard and read today, that the next UDS will be in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is awesome, and eventually I can combine a business trip to Copenhagen and visiting UDS to have some good discussions with some key people :)

There we go. A lot of updates, good stories, awesome country.