Archive for the 'PlanetGnomeFR' Category

mailing list for cross-distributions collaboration

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

A few months ago, I asked a set of questions on development mailing lists of a few GNU/Linux distributions. This resulted in very interesting discussions. As promised back then, all the answers from all distros I contacted can be read on the web or as an mbox file. Also, kindly agreed to host a […]

Google Summer of Code’s real goals?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

There’s an interesting discussion about Google Summer of Code going on debian-devel@. The question can be summarized as “Should we allow current Debian contributors to be students in GSOC?“? The GSOC FAQ says: Google Summer of Code has several goals: Get more open source code created and released for the benefit of all; Inspire young […]

Fixing build failures with dash is cool.

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

The bad thing with fixing build failures with dash is that there are still a lot of open bugs. (Remember, the 0-day NMU policy applies to those, so it’s a good opportunity to improve your NMU karma. And I will sponsor your NMUs if you can’t upload!). The good thing is that you sometimes run […]

Help us get rid of dash build failures in Debian!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Following my rebuild of all packages using /bin/dash as /bin/sh, we now have a nice list of bugs. Those bugs are cool: The relaxed NMU rules apply to them, since they are part of the dash release goal. Which means that they can all be fixed using 0-day NMUs. Most of them are really easy […]

ZFS as LVM killer … really?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

From the ZFS FAQ: Can devices be removed from a ZFS pool? You can remove a device from a mirrored ZFS configuration by using the zpool detach command. Removal of a top-level vdev, such as an entire RAID-Z group or a disk in an unmirrored configuration, is not currently supported. This feature is planned for […]

Idea: creating a “Distributions Developers Forum” ?

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Scientific papers always have a “related works” section, where the authors describe how the work they are presenting compares with what others did. In the Free Software world, this is nearly non-existent: in a way, it seems that many of us are thinking of their projects as competing products, fighting for market share. On a […]

Which distribution on Thinkpads: really the good question to ask?

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

After Dell, Lenovo decided to ask users which Linux distribution they should put on Thinkpads. Seriously, who cares? If I buy a laptop that comes with Linux pre-installed, my first step would be to reinstall it from scratch, exactly like with a laptop with Windows pre-installed. Because the choices that were made wouldn’t match mine […]

Condorcet method and the french presidential election

Monday, March 19th, 2007

The french presidential election (in april/may 2007) will use plurality voting with two rounds (voters will choose 1 amongst 11 or 12 candidates during the first round. The two candidates with the most votes will be qualified for the second round). The latest polls clearly show how this election method fails to satisfy the Condorcet […]

Jabber clients and OS usage stats (3)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Using XMPP4R, I did some stats about Jabber clients usage on the Apinc Jabber server, which hosts,, and many more using virtual hosting. I already did similar stats in March 2006 and September 2005. The poll was done by sending jabber:iq:version to online users, around 1:00 PM (french local time, most of the […]

Efficient key signing

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I just finished signing all the keys from the FOSDEM KSP. Importing keys I received: Mutt is nice. You can tag all messages with ‘t’, then use ‘;’ (tag-prefix) and ^K (Ctrl + K) to import all signatures. (Thanks Myon + sam for the tip) Signing keys: caff (featured on debaday last week) has some […]