Glom Flatpak & Gtkmm

26 Mar

A couple of weeks ago as I continued my flatpak adventures I decided what I would really like is a Gtkmm “base application” to use. At the time I wasn’t aware of the flatpak concept of a base application (later post about that) so what I really wanted was just a manifest I could use from one app to the other and just replace all the modules at a given layer that I wanted to roll a new app. So I found Glom and decided to upgrade / test its flatpak manifest. It did need a bit of tweaking but was pretty close and it doesn’t yet work on the tip of master but you can find it here:

Virtualmin Pro and Default Site

26 Mar

I decided to use Virtualmin Pro on my server in an attempt to streamline a lot of the aspects of managing a server mainly in an attempt to free me up to do other things. And after a weekend of on again off again working I’ve managed to come to a setup that I’m pleased with. Virtualmin Pro is pretty nice and the price is definitely reasonable. I recommend it if you don’t have the time or desire to manage a lot of minutiae about your server (although you still have to have a lot of knowledge).

The one note I wanted to make was that my initial attempts to get started were all foiled. It mainly revolved around using this domain ( as the servers FQDN and the trying to use the default apache site as that domain’s site. Instead I should have just created a virtual host to match that and disabled the default. In the end that’s what I did but I also used a separate sub-domain for the FQDN for the server while setting up Virtualmin. That extra step was probably unnecessary. But in the end I have sites and they have SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt. Excellent.

Blog redux ad infinitum

26 Mar

I’ve been wanting to re-constitute a place to track my adventures in open source and have finally done it. This is also an effort to consolidate a number of miscellaneous breadcrumbs that I had strewn about. Also, I am doing my best to make sure there’s SSL all around thanks to the incredibly awesome Let’s Encrypt.