Archive for the 'PlanetUbuntu' Category

Receive Ubuntu bugs by mail with the Debian PTS

Friday, May 14th, 2010

It is now possible to subscribe to Ubuntu bugmail for the packages you care about, without having to use Launchpad (and subscribe on a per-package basis there). This is implemented as a new opt-in Package Tracking System keyword: derivatives-bugs. To subscribe for all your packages, use keyword [email] + derivatives-bugs (as documented in the Developers […]

“But why isn’t Debian using Launchpad?”

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Due to my work on Ultimate Debian Database, I’m sometimes asked why Debian isn’t using Launchpad. First, “using Launchpad” can mean two different things. The first possibility is using Canonical’s instance of Launchpad. That would mean creating a Debian project on, and using Canonical’s infrastructure. Well, that’s clearly not a good idea. We (Debian) […]

RC bugs of the week

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

I just couldn’t resist… I joined the game, but did it the other way around. I could only file 51 new FTBFS (Fail To Build From Source) bugs this time. Looks like Squeeze is getting closer! I’ve also been doing rebuilds of Ubuntu lucid. There are currently 561 packages that fail to build from source […]

Ruby release blockers for Lucid and Squeeze

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

For the first time since I got involved in Ruby maintenance in Debian & Ubuntu, we are seriously at risk of not being able to release working Ruby interpreters in both Ubuntu Lucid and Debian Squeeze, because of two pretty serious issues. Ruby 1.8(.7.249) randomly hangs with eglibc 2.11 That issue was found by Google […]

Check your PTS subscriptions with UDD!

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The Debian Packages Tracking System has a great feature: you can subscribe to packages that matter to you, and be informed of all uploads, bugs, testing migrations, etc. However, when (co-)maintaining a lot of packages, it is easy to forget to subscribe. And then you might miss important information about your packages (uploaders don’t receive […]

Debian Squeeze, Ubuntu Lucid and Ruby 1.9.2: NO!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Apparently, there’s some hype in the Ubuntu community about Ruby 1.9.2, so let’s clarify: it would be totally irresponsible to try to ship Ruby 1.9.2 in Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu Lucid. Ruby 1.9.2 has not been released yet: June 2009: The release schedule for 1.9.2 was announced mid-July 2009: Ruby 1.9.2 preview 1 was released […]

Slides from my FOSDEM talk on Debian and Ubuntu

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I’ve just put the slides of my talk on Debian and Ubuntu online. Don’t hesitate to post comments to ask for clarifications where needed (it might be difficult to understand some parts of the slides without being in the room). Clarifications: In slide 15, I wrote that Ubuntu had a newer X. During the presentation, […]

Going to FOSDEM

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Yes, I’m going to FOSDEM. And this year, I decided to innovate by starting the obligatory FOSDEM flu before leaving to FOSDEM. I’m doing a talk on Sunday, on Debian and Ubuntu (Distributions room, H.1308, 13:45). It might not be on your schedule (but is on the printable schedule) since it was decided quite late.

Re: How free is the Nokia N900?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Following my questions on the freeness of the Nokia N900, I received quite a lot of comments. I’m trying to summarize the most important points here. Maemo is not 100% free software. There are some proprietary components. The Free Maemo wiki page lists them all, and there are some explanations on Why the closed packages. […]

How free is the Nokia N900?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Dear readers, So, I’ve been looking into buying a Nokia N900. However, what it provides regarding freedom is still not completely clear to me. And given that it is significantly more expensive than other smartphones, I’d like to make sure that it’s not a loss of money :-) – Can I download the full source, […]