Microsoft Teams on Fedora and Wayland with screenshare

Since the whole COVID19 pandemic hoax started a couple of months ago, working from home has become the new hip thing every company brags about on every social media known to humankind. The first step to be able to call yourself a proper COVID19 ready(tm) company is the ability to bother every employees with just a few mouse clicks. So here we are, with Microsoft Teams(tm) and a lot of other not very secure and massively bloated software elected as the center of the office life. …

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Disable head parking Western Digital drives

Most Western Digital hard drives’ firmware let the heads park themselves after a certain amount of seconds in case the disk is not actively performing any operation. This might be useful to keep power consumption under control but is actually harmful for disks that run 24/7 (WD Red for example). Luckily there is a way to disable head parking, this can be done directly from Linux using a tool called idle3ctl. …

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qemu/KVM PCI passthrough

PCI passthrough is the process of attaching a PCI-E device directly to a VM; CPU support (namely VT-D for Intel and AMD-V for AMD) and motherboard support (IOMMU) are required for PCI passthrough to work properly. Hardware configuration used: AMD Ryzen 1700x Gigabyte X370 K7 Nvidia Geforce GTX260 32 GiB of RAM and a few HDDs Fedora 29 as host OS The system only has a single graphic card because it is normally used as headless compute server for which a GPU is not really required; the graphic card is also very very old Nvidia Geforce GTX260 with a standard non UEFI BIOS. …

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Remotely unlock a full disk encrypted Fedora/CentOS server

The idea here is to be able to power on and unlock a remote Full Disk Encrypted (FDE from now on) server. I will leave the how “remotely power on” to the reader to figure out and focus on the other part. The easiest way to accomplish it is by using a program called: dracut-crypt-ssh. $ yum install dropbear dracut dracut-network openssh libblkid-devel gcc $ git clone https://github.com/dracut-crypt-ssh/dracut-crypt-ssh.git $ cd dracut-crypt-ssh $ . …

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Resize QCOW2 disk image

QCOW2 disk images can be easily grown using libvirt command line utils. Unfortunately it isn’t possible to grow QCOW2 images in-place or online. First of all, power off the virtual machine, grow the file and make a copy of it: $ qemu-img resize image.qcow2 +200G $ cp image.qcow2 image-new.qcow2 Identify the specific partion you intend to grow: $ virt-filesystems -a image.qcow2 -l Name Type VFS Label Size Parent /dev/sda1 filesystem ext4 - 536870912 - /dev/sda3 filesystem xfs - 45885612000 - Expand the actual partition: …

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Intel CPU, Hyper-Threading and Spectre STIBP mitigation

Yesterday I was reading phoronix 0 and phoronix 1 articles on STIBP mitigation impact on CPU performance, since I run a pretty old laptop equiped with a Sandy Bridge CPU I figured that I should do my own tests to see how bad things really are or aren’t. CPU: Intel Core i3-2310M - 2 cores / 4 threads Motherboard: Lenovo Thinkpad RAM: 2x4 GB DDR3 @1333 MHz HDD: Plextor M5pro OS: Fedora 29 x86_64 with stock kernels My benchmark of choice is compiling the Linux kernel (version 4. …

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Xorg present flip failed

In the last couple of months Xorg has been crashing more or less on a daily basis. What happens is that while you are there browsing the internet, or certain times even doing literally nothing, Xorg crashes and after a second of black screen the user is sent back to the login page. Hardware configuration of my machine is: CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700x Motherboard: Gigabyte X370 K7 - BIOS F23d RAM: 2x16 GB DDR4 HDD: Samsung 850 Pro GPU: Nvidia GTX260 Monitor 0: Dell U2412M connected via DVI-D Monitor 1: Dell U2412M connected via HDMI-DVI cable OS: Fedora 28 and Fedora 29 x86_64 GPU driver: nouveau, various versions others: varius versions of Linux, Xorg, mesa, etc I don’t think having two monitors is the culprit nor using a very old Nvidia graphic card is because a friend of mine runs a completely different system (AMD Radeon RX480, single monitor connected using Display Port) and still suffer from the very same problem. …

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FreeBSD network performance on KVM/Qemu

Today I red an article that was comparing Fedora 29 and FreeBSD 11.2 network performance in a KVM/Qemu environment. Since I use KVM/Qemu and also Fedora and Freebsd I powered on a couple of vm and did my own tests. Results are quite interesting, I expected FreeBSD to be faster but it turns out Fedora 29 actually is. Host system configuration: CPU: Ryzen 7 1700x @4 GHz Motherboard: Gigabyte X370 K7 - BIOS F23d RAM: 2x16 GB DDR4 @3133 MHz CAS 16 HDD: Some Samsung SSD Operating systems Host: Fedora 29 x86_64 Fedora VM0: Fedora 29 X86_64 Fedora VM1: Fedora 29 X86_64 FreeBSD VM0: FreeBSD 11. …

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