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GitLab is an entire DevOps lifecycle tool with a web-based interface. Within the GitLab platform we are provided with a git-repository manager, wiki, issue-tracking, integration, and deployment pipelines and best of all it is all open source software! It also makes for a great, self-hosted replacement for GitHub.

There are plenty of organizations that run GitLab on bare metal, in a dedicated Virtual Machine (VM) in VMWare, Hyper-V, or Linux KVM, as well as on cloud host instances from providers such as AWS, Azure, and GCP. The cloud platforms have some built-in ability to be scalable and some form of…


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It’s like a scene from an American western: you have a gigabit connection (The Good), a couple of heavy users (The Bad), and a monthly bandwidth limit (The Ugly.) In this strange new world of working from home you need a an Internet connection that has good bandwidth (speed) and good latency (response time) and it needs to work with multiple devices simultaneously. There are several ways we could solve this ranging from paying for top tier connections at a premium price or with some fancy do-it-yourself routing. …


How to keep your ports private — Port knocking with knockd

Knock knock, anybody home?

In this article we will be looking at knockd, a port knocking tool, and how we can utilize it on our bastion/firewall server. This guide can be used for a production Linux server or our home Linux-based router. The concepts are the same as well as the purpose.

There are many cogs in the proverbial wheel within the computer security tool kit that all work together to make a more complete security solution for us. Computer security is important for servers and for our home networks.

One of these cogs is to hide things or otherwise make them inaccessible until…


I, along with my family, like to travel several times a year. The type of traveling varies — sometimes it is somewhere within a day or two driving distance and other times we take the a flight to somewhere more distant and stay longer. This is possible because I am a mostly (99% of the time) remote worker and can work from most locations so long as I have power for my laptop and accessories and high speed Internet. When I am stationary I try to use the local WiFi if possible, but if I am traveling or at a…


It is often desirable to turn /etc into a file repository on our servers, whether it be for production or development purposes. There is a great tool named etckeeper that automates pushing changes to a repo for us. That is, once we have it set up and do an initial push. etckeeper supports several version control, but we only care about git.

Install using your package manager of choice, for Gentoo users make sure if you have ‘cron’ USE flag enabled.

If we are going to be pushing to a remote repo (recommended) we need to edit /etc/etckeeper/etckeeper.conf …


So you are living in a remote area that has poor Internet connectivity options and you are a nerd that can’t survive off of a single slow DSL connection. What can one do?! Well with an older computer, three NICs, and a little help from our favorite Linux distro we make a buffet of low quality Internet connections seem like one semi-decent connection. What we want to get out of this is the download bandwidth of a satellite connection but the latency (ping) of a DSL connection. …

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