Archive for the 'Debian/Ubuntu' Category

Debian Package of the Day revival (quite)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

TL;DR: static version of, as it was when it was shut down in 2009, available! A long time ago, between 2006 and 2009, there was a blog called Debian Package of the Day. About once per week, it featured an article about one of the gems available in the Debian archive: one of those […]

Software for brainstorm / ideas sharing and voting?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Some time ago, Ubuntu had Ubuntu Brainstorm, a website where non-developers could submit ideas of improvements, and other people could comment and vote on them. I was wondering if there was existing software to deploy a similar service, e.g. as a plugin to popular forum software. I’ve found, but relying on the Cloud for […]

Half of the package maintainers are not DDs or DMs

Monday, November 26th, 2012

During the Paris Mini-Debconf, Nicolas Dandrimont talked about The state of GSoC and beyond. He said that Half of Debian’s packages are maintained by sponsored maintainers. That statement was actually wrong, as he confirmed later. However, using a few UDD queries, I could come up with: 3147 packages out of 18649 packages in sid […]

Mini-debconf lightning talk: Get involved! It’s not that hard!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

This week-end I attended the Paris Mini-Debconf, which was really a great event, and a nice opportunity to meet everybody again. I delivered a lightning talk on “Get involved! It’s not that hard!“, which was also a good excuse to mention the Debian packaging tutorial and the Debian Maintainer Dashboard.

Introducing the Debian Maintainer Dashboard — help needed!

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The brand new machine for Ultimate Debian Database motivated me to do UDD-related work again, so I implemented an old idea: build a maintainer/team-centric dashboard relying on UDD, the Debian Maintainer Dashboard. The idea is to expose as much useful information as possible about a maintainer’s packages, both in the traditional (Developers Packages Overview-like) “big […]

Debian archive rebuilds on Amazon Web Services

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I like to think that archive rebuilds play an important role in Debian Quality Assurance and Release Management efforts. By trying to rebuild every Debian package from source, one can identify packages that do not build anymore due to changes in other packages (compilers, interpreters, libraries, …). It is also a good way to stress-test […]

Going to RMLL (LSM) and Debconf!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Next week, I’ll head to Strasbourg for Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2011. On monday morning, I’ll be giving my Debian Packaging Tutorial for the second time. Let’s hope it goes well and I can recruit some future DDs! Then, at the end of July, I’ll attend Debconf again. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to […]

#debian-ubuntu on OFTC

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

If you are a Debian developer and need realtime interaction with an Ubuntu developer about the state of your packages in Ubuntu (or vice-versa), #debian-ubuntu on might be useful. I had forgotten about that channel, but it resurfaced during the discussions about improving communication between both projects.

EtherPad: web-based collaborative editor

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

I recently (during a UDS lightning talk) discovered EtherPad. It’s a collaborative editor (like gobby), but uses a browser instead of a standalone application. It’s free software (Google open sourced it after buying the company that was developing it), and there’s a free online instance at Setting up a new pad is as simple […]

Apply for the Google Summer of Code at Debian even if you are already a Debian Developer!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The Debian GSOC admins have made it clear that it is possible for DDs to be selected as GSOC students (even if people who are not Debian contributors will be prioritized). So, if you are a student, a Debian Developer, and interested in getting paid to work on Debian during the summer, it’s a very […]