[Freedombox-discuss] Virtual Machine Scripting and Tiny Tiny RSS

Michael Williams Michael.Williams at berkeley.edu
Sun Jun 30 01:35:09 UTC 2013

what about Docker (http://www.docker.io/) for the VMs?

On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM, Sean Alexandre <sean at alexan.org> wrote:

> I went to a presentation this past weekend about Tiny Tiny RSS. It's an
> RSS web
> app that can be installed on a server, to provide something like a "Google
> Reader" app.
> (The title of the presentation was "The Coming Google RSS Reader
> Apocalpyse", at
> BarCampRDU 2013.)
> The presenter has Tiny Tiny RSS running on a machine at home, and is
> providing service
> for himself and some family and friends. He's even written a
> keyboard-centric web frontend:
> https://github.com/cgrinds/dripdripdrop
> He runs Tiny Tiny RSS as the backend, and then serves up pages based on
> the front end he's written.
> Tiny Tiny RSS is listed on the FreedomBox LeavingTheCloud page:
> http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/LeavingTheCloud
> This got me thinking about how I'd like to Tiny Tiny on the machine I've
> got at home.
> Currently it's running ownCloud, WordPress, a Tor Relay, and BitTorrent.
> They run on
> separate VMs. I'd like to run Tiny Tiny RSS too, and want to put it in a
> separate VM.
> Ideally I'd have a script I could run, that just spins up a new VM running
> Tiny Tiny.
> It would be something like:
> freedombox-vm create tiny-tiny-rss [instance-name] [config-script-file]
> freedombox-vm start [instance-name]
> The VMs would run using KVM. Here's an interesting post on this, from this
> past week:
> How to get started with libvirt on Debian
> http://rabexc.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-get-started-with-libvirt-on.html
> I want to dig into this as a next project, after some other things I'm
> working on.
> I thought I'd put it out there to get any thoughts other might have on
> this, and
> find out if anyone else is doing something similar.
> Ultimately, it seems this kind of approach would be a good one for
> FreedomBox in
> general. The process of spinning up instances would be hidden behind the
> FreedomBox
> web UI, but a user would essentially be doing things such as
> "freedombox-vm create"
> and "freedombox-vm start".
> This way, services are better insulated from each other, for better
> security.  The
> host machine would probably be doing basic network services (dhcpd,
> dhclient, iptables,
> etc.) But then there would be a separate VM for user services such as an
> RSS reader,
> social networking, chat, etc.
> To take this one step further, the longer term goal would be to do
> something similar to
> what Qubes is doing with things such as temporary VMs -- VMs created
> temporarily for
> just one task and then discarded:
> http://www.qubes-os.org/
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