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Using ZeroFree to shrink a VirtualBox Linux Image

My development Ubuntu image inside VirtualBox was using too much space to store empty but non-zero disk blocks on its virtual drive. This sucked space from my laptop’s SSD (which is already not big enough!). Shrinking it by zeroing the blocks took a little bit of effort. Inside VirtualBox if I boot my Ubuntu 11.04 […]

Eucalyptus Clustering – follow-up

A month back I tried to build an Ubuntu-based Eucalyptus cloud/cluster environment for a client for a parallel processing research project.  The project was thwarted by an overly aggressive corporate firewall and my lack of understanding of low-level network config-fu. I’ve revisited the project using the same machines but with an external public internet connection […]