Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category

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/. […]

Debian Spring Cleanup

Monday, February 21st, 2011

We have many orphaned packages in Debian. Those are packages that no longer have a maintainer willing to care for them. They are a problem for several reasons. Often, there have better alternatives (that’s often why the maintainer gave up maintenance), but users keep installing them because they show up in apt-cache search. Or, they […]

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 […]

Re: “please send a patch”

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

It seems that Matthew Palmer misread my blog post as a complaint against developers asking for patches in exchange of pet feature requests. He really should pay more attention, since I gave “pet feature requests” as an example of case where it would be appropriate to ask for a patch: Of course, there are cases […]

“Please send a patch”

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

There’s a frequent pattern in the Debian community where someone would suggest an improvement to some package or service, and the person responsible for it would reply with “please send a patch”. Of course, there are cases where it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for a patch: when the task is expected to take hours, or […]

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 […]

Trouble connecting with Nokia N900 as 3G modem?

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet using your Nokia N900 as a 3G modem with Network Manager, you should check those bugs. (In short: bug fixed upstream, but affecting the version in Debian. Using the package from Ubuntu works.)