Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category

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/. […]

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.