Archive for the 'PlanetDebian' Category
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.)
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 […]
For the last few years, I’ve been a mostly happy customer of Sivit (now bought by Nerim). But recently, technical problems have become more frequent, and today, for the first time, a crash made me lose some data which was rather painful to restore from backups. Also, they are still stuck on with an ancient […]
Thanks to the work of Julien Viard de Galbert, UDD Bugs Search just gained the ability to help the triaging of X Strike Force bugs. He worked on the patch by installing his own copy of bugs.cgi on alioth. Don’t hesitate to do the same with your team!
So, I’m (almost) back from the first edition of MiniDebConf Paris, which was a success thanks to the great organizing skills in panic mode of Carl Chenet and Mehdi Dogguy. I think that everybody is already looking forward to the next edition. I met lots of people, and it was great to be able to […]