Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category

Tentative summary of the amendments of the init system coupling GR

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

This is an update of my previous attempt at summarizing this discussion. As I proposed one of the amendments, you should not blindly trust me, of course. :-) First, let’s address two FAQ: What is the impact on jessie? On the technical level, none. The current state of jessie already matches what is expected by […]

Debian Package of the Day revival (quite)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

TL;DR: static version of http://debaday.debian.net/, as it was when it was shut down in 2009, available! A long time ago, between 2006 and 2009, there was a blog called Debian Package of the Day. About once per week, it featured an article about one of the gems available in the Debian archive: one of those […]

Will the packages you rely on be part of Debian Jessie?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The start of the jessie freeze is quickly approaching, so now is a good time to ensure that packages you rely on will the part of the upcoming release. Thanks to automated removals, the number of release critical bugs has been kept low, but this was achieved by removing many packages from jessie: 841 packages […]

Debian trivia

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

After an intensive evening of brainstorming by the 5th floor cabal, I am happy to release the very first version of the Debian Trivia, modeled after the famous TCP/IP Drinking Game. Only the questions are listed here — maybe they should go (with the answers) into a package? Anyone willing to co-maintain? Any suggestions for […]

on the Dark Ages of Free Software: a “Free Service Definition”?

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Stefano Zacchiroli opened DebConf’14 with an insightful talk titled Debian in the Dark Ages of Free Software (slides available, video available soon). He makes the point (quoting slide 16) that the Free Software community is winning a war that is becoming increasingly pointless: yes, users have 100% Free Software thin client at their fingertips [or […]

speedtest.net, or how not to do bandwidth tests

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

While trying to debug a bandwidth problem on a 3G connection, I tried speedtest.net, which ranks fairly high when one searches for “bandwidth test” on various search engines. I was getting very strange results, so I started wondering if my ISP might be bandwidth-throttling all traffic except the one from speedtest.net tests. After all, that’s […]

self-hosting my calendar, follow-up

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Following my blog post on the topic, I played a bit with various options. But let’s explain my use case (which might be quite specific). I need to deal with three main sources of events: the Zimbra instance from my lab. It provides a CalDav interface. the ICS export from my University’s teaching timetable. a […]

self-hosting my calendar

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I’m trying to self-host my calendar setup, and I must admit that I’m lost between all the different solutions. My requirements are: (A) manage my own personal calendar using a reasonably modern web interface (probably on my own CalDAV server) (B) display a dozen public ICS calendars in the web interface. Organizing those public calendars […]

RSS feed available in the Debian Maintainer Dashboard

Friday, January 17th, 2014

One of my pet projects in Debian is the Debian Maintainer Dashboard. Built on top of UDD, DMD provides a maintainer-centric view to answer the “I have a few hours for Debian, what should I do now?” question (see example). Christophe Siraut did a lot of great work recently on DMD, rewriting much of the […]

talk at Open World Forum

Monday, October 7th, 2013

I attended Open World Forum last week (thanks to Inria for funding my travel). It was a fantastic opportunity to meet many people, and to watch great talks. If I had to single out just one talk, it would clearly be John Sullivan’s What do you mean you can’t Skype?!. On Saturday, I delivered a […]