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Developer status: problems and solutions

Friday, October 24th, 2008

For a minute, I’d like to think about The Announcement in terms of problems and solutions. Problem: We don’t have enough non-developing contributors in Debian Solution in The Announcement: Give them special, official, statuses in the Debian community, so they are rewarded for their work. Alternate solution: Are they really looking forward this status? Aren’t […]

New Debian Developers!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

We got a lot of (>= 10) new Debian developers recently. I’m really happy to see that the bottlenecks in the New Maintainer process were (at least partially) solved. My first NM (actually my second, my first one is on hold) also became a DD today. So, how long does it take to become a […]

UDD and Buildstat

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Ultimate Debian Database (UDD) is a GSoC project (now finished) which aimed at importing all different data sources that we have in Debian in a single SQL database, to make it easy to combine that data. Currently, we import information about source and binary packages, all bugs (both archived and unarchived), lintian, carnivore, popcon, history […]

Of popular packages removed from testing, and the Ultimate Debian Database GSOC project

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Some time ago, there was some flamewars^H^Hdebate about the Release Team’s removals of RC-buggy packages from testing. Basically, some people claimed that popular packages shouldn’t be removed, even if RC-buggy. But, do we really miss popular packages in testing? It’s difficult to know. You could get the popcon data, and compare it with the Packages […]

La France, terre d’accueil

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Un graphique intéressant, trouvé sur le blog de Jean-Marc Manach (le journaliste qui a interviewé Samuel Hocevar aux RMLL pour Le Monde): Je sais pas vous, mais je trouve ça assez triste, moi, tous ces gens prêts à énormément de sacrifices pour venir dans notre pays, qu’on rejette comme de la merde. A propos, avez-vous […]

Working evince and poppler in Debian Etch

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Evince and poppler (the library used to render PDFs) are quite outdated in etch, and fail to display correctly a number of PDF files (including PDFs generated by latex-beamer). There’s a new poppler version (0.5.x, vs 0.4.5 in etch), but it bumps the soname, so it’s a no-go. Since I was particularly annoyed by this […]

Debian Package of the Day is now alive again, and needs your help!

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

For those who have missed the previous blog entries: Debian Package of the Day (aka Deb-a-day) is now alive again ! There has already been several entries (published 2 times a week, on wednesdays and sundays, until we make sure that we can sustain an higher rate): scribus-ng: next generation of the desktop publishing program […]

Of Debian Etch’s quality and release schedule

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

The delay of Debian Etch caught some bad press this week. Some articles compare Debian to Ubuntu (which tries hard to have fixed-time releases), and some bloggers are amused by the fact that the next Debian release was delayed “again”. There are some important points though: Etch wasn’t really scheduled to be released on Dec […]

Features vs. Freedom

Monday, December 18th, 2006

Jono Bacon wrote a long blog entry on Planet Ubuntu about his vision of freedom, and how it applies to the proprietary drivers. This is a good opportunity to write sthing I wanted to write for a long time. Ubuntu’s bug #1 is “Microsoft has a majority market share“. Well, I think that this should […]

Back from the Debian QA meeting in Extremadura

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

I’ve spent the last few days in Badajoz for the Debian QA meeting in Extremadura. It was my first Debian event, and it was really nice to finally meet all those developers I only knew over the Internet until then. The organisation was very good in general, and César Gómez really deserves kudos and some […]