I Just Consolidated

Yup. I bit the bullet and consolidated all my previous blog posts to this one. Categories are broken (I want to organize them better) and pages have been nuked to kingdom come. Otherwise, all the juvenile rants and double entendres are now here.

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Everything on SSL

So we want everything encrypted while traversing the internet, our solution – SSL everything. First, we need to get ourselves an SSL certificate. Commercial ones are great because they’re already on major browsers and won’t trigger those nasty warnings. Encryption-wise though, they’re just the same as self-signed ones.

1. Create a self-signed certificate:

yum install mod_ssl
mkdir /etc/httpd/ssl
openssl req -new -x509 -days 365 -nodes -out /etc/httpd/ssl/httpd.pem -keyout /etc/httpd/ssl/httpd.key

2. Configure apache to use the self-signed certificate

<VirtualHost 12.34.56.78:443>
     SSLEngine On
     SSLCertificateFile /etc/httpd/ssl/httpd.pem
     SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/httpd/ssl/httpd.key
     ServerAdmin info@mydomain.com
     ServerName www.mydomain.com
     DocumentRoot /srv/www/mydomain.com/public_html/
     ErrorLog /srv/www/mydomain.com/logs/error.log
     CustomLog /srv/www/mydomain.com/logs/access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

3. Redirect http to https

<VirtualHost 12.34.56.78:80>
     ServerAdmin info@mydomain.com
     ServerName www.mydomain.com
     Redirect permanent / https://www.mydomain.com/
     DocumentRoot /srv/www/mydomain.com/public_html/
     ErrorLog /srv/www/mydomain.com/logs/error.log
     CustomLog /srv/www/mydomain.com/logs/access.log combined
</VirtualHost>

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growing leaders

Max made a very clear post about how he’d like FAMSCO to look like next year and the full text is here.

While I agree with everything he touched upon, I would like to take “IDENTIFY” further and add “GROW LEADERS”. Leadership is a special ability to set goals for the future, and to explain these goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish them[1]. For Fedora Ambassadors to continue to grow and prosper, we need a steady stream of leaders who can and are willing to take the cudgels for the organization. In a typical business organization, they call it succession planning.

Fedora Ambassadors have a lot of rock stars around the world, that one is evident. In a perfect world, everyone can be leaders. In reality though, most of us are just great individual workers with keen management sense. We can manage but few can really lead.

[1] http://www.acceleraconsultinggroup.com/menu/articles-resources/articles/not-everyone-is-a-leader/