Install Chromium with VAAPI on Fedora 30

If you use a web browser to watch videos on a laptop, you’ve probably noticed that some videos play without much impact on the battery. Other videos cause the fans to spin wildly and your battery life plummets. Intel designed a specification called VA API, often called VAAPI (without the space), and it offers up device drivers to applications running on your system. It provides a pathway for those applications to access certain parts of the graphics processing hardware directly.

Customize GNOME from i3

i3 has been my window manager of choice for a while and I really enjoy its simplicity and ease of use. I use plenty of gtk applications, such as Firefox and Evolution, and configuring them within i3 can be confusing. This post covers a few methods to change configurations for GNOME and gtk applications from i3. lxappearance Almost all of the gtk theming settings are available in lxappearance. You can change fonts, mouse cursors, icons, and colors.

Deploy monit in OpenShift

Monit is a tried-and-true method for monitoring all kinds of systems, services, and network endpoints. Deploying monit is easy. There’s only one binary daemon to run and it reads monitoring configuration from files in a directory you specify. Most Linux distributions have a package for monit and the package usually contains some basic configuration along with a systemd unit file to run the daemon reliably. However, this post is all about how to deploy it inside OpenShift.

Get faster GitLab runners with a ramdisk

When you build tons of kernels every day like my team does, you look for speed improvements anywhere you can. Caching repositories, artifacts, and compiled objects makes kernel builds faster and it reduces infrastructure costs. Need for speed We use GitLab CI in plenty of places, and that means we have a lot of gitlab-runner configurations for OpenShift (using the kubernetes executor) and AWS (using the docker-machine executor). The runner’s built-in caching makes it easy to upload and download cached items from object storage repositories like Google Cloud Storage or Amazon S3.

buildah error: vfs driver does not support overlay.mountopt options

Buildah and podman make a great pair for building, managing and running containers on a Linux system. You can even use them with GitLab CI with a few small adjustments, namely the switch from the overlayfs to vfs storage driver. I have some regularly scheduled GitLab CI jobs that attempt to build fresh containers each morning and I use these to get the latest packages and find out early when something is broken in the build process.