Monthly Archives: October 2011

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>

References:

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/