Archive for the 'PlanetUbuntu' Category

Introducing the Debian packaging tutorial

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

One of the common complains about Debian packaging is that it’s hard to learn because, while there is quite a lot of high-quality documentation, it is often written more as a reference manual than as a tutorial: it’s great if you already know everything and want to check some detail, but not so great if […]

mutt + notmuch = perfect mail setup?

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Following Our Leader, I’ve just switched to using notmuch with mutt for searching (instead of maildir-utils, previously). I strongly recommend this setup to all mutt users. As a bonus, accented characters (é, è, …) are now handled correctly while searching, which is quite useful in french.

Giving up on Ruby packaging

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

I have finally reached a decision regarding my involvement in the Debian Ruby packaging efforts. I have decided to stop. This has been a very hard decision to make. I have invested huge amounts of time in that work over the years. I still love the language, and will continue to use it on a […]

Merry christmas!

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Seen on The Ruby Reflector (a blog aggregator for the Ruby community): Under no circumstance should you install Ruby, Rubygems or any Ruby-related packages from apt-get. This system is out-dated and leads to major headaches. Avoid it for Ruby-related packages. We do Ruby, we know what’s best. Trust us. (source) It’s always nice to see […]

Triaging X Strike Force bugs with UDD Bugs Search

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Thanks to the work of Julien Viard de Galbert, UDD Bugs Search just gained the ability to help the triaging of X Strike Force bugs. He worked on the patch by installing his own copy of bugs.cgi on alioth. Don’t hesitate to do the same with your team!

Debian becoming upstream for ubuntu-dev-tools?

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Launchpad bug #643691: Please sync ubuntu-dev-tools 0.103 (universe) from Debian experimental (main) Did development of ubuntu-dev-tools move from Ubuntu to Debian? :-)

How to demotivate people (Re: Making Debian Responsible For Its Actions)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

In my Ruby packaging in Debian and Ubuntu: Mythbusting and FAQ, I wrote The Ruby developers (or expert users) community is generally very hostile towards Debian. Many harsh words and insults are used in discussions mentioning Debian in the ruby-core@ mailing list, and there are frequent recommendations to avoid the Debian packages and install from […]

UDD bugs search news

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Many changes to the UDD-backed Debian Bugs Search: moved to new filters: Bugs affecting stable Packages with outdated binaries in squeeze or sid Packages with different versions in squeeze and sid (that need to migrate) Packages which are newer in Ubuntu than in sid (good candidates for patches) Much nicer layout Some SQL optimization […]

Helping improve Ruby on Debian and Ubuntu

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

After my last blog post on Ruby in Debian and Ubuntu, I got a few offers for help, which is excellent. So I’ve decided to update this wiki page with pointers to the various team resources, and some examples of tasks that newcomers can do. I’d like to stress that many pending tasks are really […]

Ruby packaging in Debian and Ubuntu: Mythbusting and FAQ

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

A lot is being said on how Ruby is packaged in Debian and Ubuntu. In this post, I’m trying to go through the most common myths and give my position as a Debian Ruby maintainer. Note that those are my views, not necessarily those of the other Debian Ruby maintainers. Myth: Ruby is completely outdated […]