Archive for the 'PlanetUbuntu' Category

Windows dynamic disks and debian installer ?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Windows has a feature called Dynamic Disks, which makes it ignore the DOS partition table and manage partitions its own ways. gparted is supposed to detect that, and warn the user that it can’t deal with that. The solution is to reboot in Windows, switch the partition back to “Basic disks”, and then proceed with […]

Why don’t cp and tar use fsync()?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

I must admit that I’m a bit lost about the conclusions of the Don’t fear the fsync()! ( down; google cache) debate. My understanding was that using fsync() was the right thing to do when we cared about data being written to disk. When using cp or tar, I usually care about my data being written to […]


Monday, August 1st, 2011

So, the fifth Debconf I’ve had the chance to attend is clearly over now. It was great, and all organizers (and sponsors) really deserve huge “thank you” for making this event so successful. I’m already looking forward to next year’s edition. Debconf has been very productive for me. I chaired 4 sessions: the usual Quality […]

Going to RMLL (LSM) and Debconf!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Next week, I’ll head to Strasbourg for Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2011. On monday morning, I’ll be giving my Debian Packaging Tutorial for the second time. Let’s hope it goes well and I can recruit some future DDs! Then, at the end of July, I’ll attend Debconf again. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to […]

Packaging tutorial update

Friday, May 27th, 2011

This week I finally used my packaging tutorial slides myself, a few days after Phil Hands used them at a UKUUG event. The tutorial is now available as a Debian package (in Debian unstable) named packaging-tutorial, and I’ve talked to debian-doc@ about linking it from appropriate places. It’s also hosted on collab-maint now, so don’t […]

Changes to Ruby in Debian (and Ubuntu)

Friday, May 27th, 2011

(this is a copy of an mail sent to ruby-core@ and ruby-talk@) Since the beginning of 2011, the Debian Ruby team has been working on several big changes. Those changes all are available in Debian unstable, some of them are also available in Debian testing, and they should all be available in the next Debian and Ubuntu releases. […]

Debian Packaging Tutorial update

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

As previously announced, I’ve been working on a Debian packaging tutorial. It is composed of about 60 slides providing a throughout overview of Debian packaging. It now reached the point where I consider it ready for use, and I am looking forward to reviews and comments. The document is split into 4 different PDFs: the […]

Debian rolling discussion on -devel@

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Here is my attempt at a summary of the rolling discussion currently happening on debian-devel@. It might not be complete, it’s probably a bit biased, but I hope that it’s still better than nothing. It was also posted on debian-devel@. If you are involved in Debian development, please discuss it on debian-devel@, rather than in […]

Banshee and Ubuntu

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

[ If you haven’t heard of this debate yet, you probably want to read Vincent Untz’s and Mark Shuttleworth’s blog posts. ] Last year, I gave a talk at FOSDEM about Debian and Ubuntu (slides of a slightly updated version). One of my points was that Debian has better values, being a volunteer-driven project where […]

Debian is changing

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I’ve been playing with snapshot.d.o, which is a fantastic resource to look at how Debian has been changing over the years. Below are some preliminary results about various aspects of source packages: format, packaging helpers, and patch systems. For clarification: “modif-files” indicates packages that do not use a patch system, but modify files outside debian/. […]