Dell Wireless 5809e support in openSUSE 13.2

This post is about getting the LTE card to work that gets built into current Dell Notebooks such as the Latitude E5450/E7450:
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python-netsnmpagent 0.5.1 released

python-netsnmpagent version 0.5.1 has just been released.

This release has no substantial new features but a number of fixes of which the following three are important enough to warrant an update from 0.5.0:

  • netsnmpagent: Make Table’s value() method regard string lengths
  • netsnmpagent: Drop special string handling in Table’s init()/setRowCell()
  • netsnmpagent: Fix Table’s value() cutting off ASN_COUNTER64 table values

Other changes include:

  • Usage of MIB files is now completely optional
  • threading_agent got a small fix so it works on Python 2.6, too
  • __version__ got removed, use pkg_resources in your agent yourself to express version dependencies as outlined in 5715e77f’s commit message.

See the included ChangeLog for a detailed list of all changes

Ways to get the software:

  • As usual, the source is available at the GitHub repo.
  • The source distribution .tar.gz for this release can be downloaded from the PyPI page.
  • You can either build binary RPMs for your local distribution yourself (download and make rpms) or pick them up from my Open Build service project — just click on the Repositories tab and one of the Go to download repository links.

python-netsnmpagent bugfix for trailing dots in table strings

I have just pushed two fixes that should be of interest to all python-netsnmpagent users:

These changes fix the issue with trailing dots in table strings. I’ve so far only pushed them to master. I’d like to get some feedback before pushing these to the 0.5 stable branch, so please check them out :)

Enabling libvirt channels by adding virtio_console to the openSUSE installation

libvirt supports the concept of so-called channels that represent private communication channels between a libvirt guest and its host.
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Moving from DataObjectManager – GridFieldRecordEditor, GridFieldRelationEditor and usability issues

Recently I’ve been working a lot with the SilverStripe CMS/framework written in PHP (as one could undoubtedly deduce from my earlier post). The context involved porting a custom application from SilverStripe 2.4 to 3.1. Naturally this also involved dealing with the formerly used DataObjectManager module and 3.x’s new ORM and GridField components.
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Simplify extension for SilverStripe hides children pages in the SiteTree / TreeView

Simplify is an extension for the popular SilverStripe Content Management System (CMS). Its purpose is to simplify the use of the admin interface by allowing fine-grained permissions as to which users should be allowed to see which options.
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Dissecting an Edimax IC-3116W IP camera

As an overview:

  • System-on-Chip: RealTek RTL8197D
  • Embedded CPU: RealTek RLX5281 @ 660 MHz, MIPS16 instruction set, 64KB instruction cache, 32KB data cache
  • Embedded LAN controller: RealTek RTL8196C, two Ethernet MACs (only one used)
  • Embedded USB controller: RealTek RTL8652, USB 2.0
  • External flash memory chip: Macronix MX25L6405D, 3V, 64MBit (= 8MB)
  • External RAM chip: Nanya NT5TU32M16DG-AC, 64MB
  • External WLAN controller chip: RealTek RTL8188ER, IEEE 802.11bgn, 2.4 GHz, 150 MBit
  • WLAN antenna: Internal, U.FL connector

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Connecting to libvirtd as non-root user on openSUSE 13.1

As a revisit to my previous post on connecting to libvirtd as a non-root user on openSUSE 12.2, the way to do it on openSUSE 13.1 is the same that worked for Marek Goldmann on Fedora 18 (although he used the wheel group).

Create /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/80-libvirt-manage.rules with the following content:

polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
    if ( == "org.libvirt.unix.manage" && == true && subject.local == true &&
        subject.isInGroup("libvirt")) {
            return polkit.Result.YES;

And add the user accounts that should be allowed access to the libvirt group.