Recently Netflix decided to block IPv6 tunnels, as part of the on-going geo-unblocking agenda. No doubt this is due to pressure from the various media corporations/license holders that have been behind the blocking of proxy and VPN services as of late. This time however, its a little bit of a different situation. IPv6 tunnels are primarily not designed to be services to circumvent geo-blocking and many users of such services have totally innocent intentions when using an IPv6 tunnel, mainly because their ISP doesn’t provide IPv6 connectivity natively yet. I am one of those users in the UK, who has a Hurricane Electric IPv6 tunnel and was surprised to learn Netflix is straight blocking them now. Find out how I worked around the problem without giving up my IPv6, while also ranting at Netflix about the whole thing.
You may have read about the Heartbleed bug this morning (8th April), not only is this the day support for the operating system Windows XP ends from Microsoft but now we have a very critical OpenSSL bug to mitigate, and its quite a big one. Anyone running a Linux server is most likely affected in some way and action is required immediately. I’ve personally just had to update OpenSSL on four VPS servers and revoke and re-issue about 6 SSL certificates, serious stuff. Find out more after the break.
Ubuntu 9.10 since it’s release has caused quite a storm in the linux community both good and bad. While Ubuntu 9.10 is the latest and greatest release of the Linux distro there have been a few slight issues with Ubuntu 9.10. One of the problems I’ve had with the Ubuntu 9.10 is with a package called mscorefonts. This package contains Windows fonts such as Arial and Impact that are used in such programs such as Wine, the Windows compatibility layer that allows you to install and run windows applications in Ubuntu.
If your someone who doesn’t always use Windows then chances are your a Linux user too. Linux with it’s many distrubutions and open source lovelyness has recently seen the popular distribution Ubuntu hit the 9.10 mark with it’s latest release called Karmic Koala! I’ve only been using Ubuntu since 9.04 and only for a few months but Im finding it really fun and a great alternative to Windows, especically when Windows is in one of those ‘doze’ moods and decides to do everything but the command you give it. Here’s my upgrade experience and my overall opinion on the new release