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There is a new version of efaLive available for download! As usual, you can find bug fixes and an updated version of efa in the images. The main news is that efaLive is available for the popular RaspberryPi now. You can find a SD card image in the download section. For more information, check the efaLive page.

Many bigger development projects require a more or less complex development environment. In this case I do not talk about the IDE, compiler etc., but all components that are required to run the project that is under development. Let's take a big web application that requires Apache, Tomcat and MySQL. All of these applications are customized in one way or the other. Each time a new developer needs to be ramped up for the project, just setting up the PC might take a day or even more.

To simplify this and keep away the complexity of the setup from developers, I started to experiment with VirtualBox virtual machines (VM). After a while I started to use more tools to make the setup and configuration of a development VM as flexible as possible. The current result is a setup that uses Packer, Docker, Vagrant and VirtualBox. All a new developer has to do when he/she starts to work on the project is to check out a Vagrant file, make a few configurations and run 'vagrant up'. This only takes a few minutes and after that a full setup for the development is in place.

Below, I will explain the tool chain a bit.

I just pushed efaLive 2.4 to the download section. The main difference, compared to the 2.3 release, is a task scheduler, which allows you to run commands periodically in the background and to configure automated backup e-mails. Besides that, the image size is below 700 MB again. So you can burn it to normal CDRs. For more details, check the efaLive page.

This is the first installation report after some time. Ok, it is not as detailed, as previous ones, but that is not necessary. I have created an installation report for Debian on the Tuxedo InfinityBook. The InfinityBook is my new notebook and I'm very happy with it. It is fully supported by Linux, light weight, small, quiet, powerful and has a fair price. What more could you wish?

If you are looking for a new notebook with Ultrabook specs that is supported by Linux, check my special page for the InfinityBook.

Finally, I managed to create a first beta image of efaLive for the Raspberry Pi. I have tested it on a Raspberry Pi 1B. It more or less works as described in the efaLive documentation. Besides the users efa and root, you have the default pi user. The language and keyboard layout is English per default. Feel free to test the image. For more information check the efaLive page.