I recently setup a bunch of IPv6-only accessible hosts, which I mentioned in my previous blog post.
In the end I got them talking to the IPv4/legacy world via the installation of an OpenVPN server - they connect over IPv6 get a private 10.0.0.0/24 IP address, and that is masqueraded via the OpenVPN-gateway.
But the other thing I've been planning recently is how to configure my next desktop system. I generally do all development, surfing, etc, on one desktop system. I use virtual desktops to organize things, and I have a simple scripting utility to juggle windows around into the correct virtual-desktop as they're launched.
Planning a replacement desktop means installing a fresh desktop, then getting all the software working again. These days I'd probably use docker images to do development within, along with a few virtual machines (such as the pbuilder host I used to release all my Debian packages).
But there are still niggles. I'd like to keep the base system lean, with few packages, but you can't run xine remotely, similarly I need mpd/sonata for listening to music, emacs for local stuff, etc, etc.
In short there is always the tendency to install yet-another package, service, or application on the desktop, which makes migration a pain.
I'm not sure I could easily avoid that, but it is worth thinking about. I guess I could configure a puppet/slaughter/cfengine host and use that to install the desktop - but I've always done desktops "manually" and servers "magically" so it's a bit of a change in thinking.
Tags: debian, desktops, development, ipv6 2 comments
Why reinstall? boot both the old and new H/W with grml and rsync the partitions. It takes a bit of fiddling to get the grub installed, but that's nothing compared to re-fiddling all those tweaks!
I'm running the same debian installation migrated over several generations of H/W since 99.