Vancouver Fan Expo 2020

This will be a somewhat conflicted post as on one hand, I’m very negative about the Vancouver Fan Expo, but yet I still went this year and may go again. I’ve been a few times, skipped last year entirely and keep hoping for them to make it better. This has yet to happen to any significant degree. It would be nice if they could shake up the format a little now and then.

So what was the biggest reason that I went this year, with all that compalining, well I had to meet Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, etc) as I was unlikely to get another chance.

The first thing you should know about these events is that they are not cheap. You’re looking at $45 for a single day (there also multi day passes), which just gets you in the door. The majority of what you’re seeing are likely local vendors, many of which you can just go visit their store any day of the week. What is more exciting to seek out are the unique craft vendors on the floor.

There are numerous panels you can attend, but they tend to be brief and spaced out so you have to spend ALL day with limited places to sit down to see them. The celebrity pictures and autographs are expensive (in this year’s case a photo with Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) was $130 for example) so chances are you’ll have to just pick one person.

MySQL 5.7 on SuSE 15

While people should be using MySQL 8.0, which is straight forward, what if you have a requirement to install the still supported 5.7 on SuSE 15? It requires a little more effort, but the following guide should make it a lot easier. This is based on a bare bone, minimal installation of SuSE so if you choose otherwise, you may not need to enable both repositories.

First download the following package from Oracle: mysql-5.7.27-1.sles12.x86_64.rpm-bundle.tar (I know it says sles12, but there is no 5.7 official package for sles15)

Secondly enable the following repositories:

  • SUSEConnect –product sle-module-basesystem/15.1/x86_64
  • SUSEConnect –product sle-module-legacy/15.1/x86_64 

Once this is complete install the following packages:

  • zypper install libatomic1 libnuma1 libnuma-devel libncurses5 perl-JSON libXtst6 libXtst-devel libXrender1 libasound2

At this point you will now be able to install the MySQL 5.7 RPM’s without issue!