[plug] Can anyone recommend resources (local and online) for developing a Linux SOE ?

Alastair Irvine alastair at plug.org.au
Sun Apr 10 17:59:48 AWST 2022

On Thu, 31 March, 2022 at 12:57:44PM +0800, Sen ectus wrote:
> Not a big or overly experienced user of Linux (haven't touched it in 20
> years) but looking into the crystal ball than may change.
> can anyone recommend some good online resources and maybe even suggest
> commercial local resources for this?

If you don't need much in the way of orchestration or complex software
setup, I recommend not using golden images.

Instead, Debian supports pre-seeding the DebConf system during
installation, which uses a declarative format and can tweak system
settings as well as install and setup up software.  Ubuntu has a similar
system based on cloud-init called Automated Server Install (autoinstall
for short), which also supports partitioning through a tool called

The advantage of this is that you can use up-to-date stock ISOs.  By
contrast (from personal experience), keeping golden images (e.g. AMIs,
custom ISOs) up to date is a pain and there is a risk of it falling by
the wayside.  The testing cycle also takes longer if you have to re-bake
your golden image during each iteration.

Also, something that might be useful in testing (or even production):
given that DebConf is a live part of a Debian/Ubuntu system, it can be
used to automatically alter settings on the fly.  Therefore you might
get some alignment between your system builder and alteration of running

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