Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category

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.)

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 […]