Archive for the 'Debian/Ubuntu' Category

Is it hard for new contributors to help Debian? Can we improve things a bit?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Debian could use more manpower, but is it actually easy for new contributors who would like to help to do useful things, and get the impression that they actually improved Debian? There are several problems here: Find bugs that are not too hard to fix. I don’t know about your packages, but in mine, there […]

SC07, MIT Fab labs, and empowering people

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

This morning’s SuperComputing’07 keynote was a talk by Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the MIT. He mentioned the MIT Fab Labs, a project to bring “Personal Fabrication” to people around the around. At our own level, that’s something I find very exciting with Free Software: it empowers people to […]

Better to improve our sponsorship workflow?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I recently sponsored several uploads, and was asked to sponsor even more uploads, and that got me thinking about our sponsorship workflow. It’s a clear bottleneck in Debian, and discourages many new contributors, which obviously sucks. It’s important to note that the same problems exist in Ubuntu (their equivalent to is named REVU). The […]

Re: Giving credit where due?

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Christian Perrier is wondering why the official announcement about the Gutsy release does not even contain the word “Debian”. It’s not new: Debian is virtually nonexistent in Ubuntu’s communication. It seems that the last Ubuntu release to acknowledge its Debian origins was Dapper (June 2006), maybe because that was the “Long Term Support” release. The […]

Who made Debian GNU/Linux, and when?

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Donnie Berkholz wrote an interesting article on Who made Gentoo Linux, and when?. Has someone already done something similar for Debian? It would probably be possible (and easy) to use the debian-devel-changes archives (available since 1998) for that.

Selling Debian tasks

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

In a lot of talks or blog posts (like Sam’s talk at RMLL, or Raphaël’s blog posts – both in french), people have been talking about what people could do inside Debian, and how it would help Debian. That doesn’t sound like the best approach to me. When describing tasks with the objective of getting […]

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 […]

Compiz interest

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

From time to time, I try Compiz, to see if how it has evolved. The last time was yesterday (I also switched to the xserver-xorg-driver-ati from experimental). But as usual, after using it for a few minutes, I can’t help switching back to metacity. I don’t think that Compiz’s visual effects bring anything on the […]

creating a “Distributions Developers Forum”: follow-up

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

After that blog post, I decided to write a mail asking a first set of questions. I sent it to developers’ mailing lists of Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, openSUSE, and of course Debian and Ubuntu. I got really interesting answers from everyone, except …. Debian and Ubuntu. I want to wait some more before publishing the […]

Better Debian RC bugs graphs

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

if you like to monitor the number of RC bugs, you are probably annoyed by the graph on The graph starts in 2003, making it impossible to read short-time changes. There’s a bug about that: #431299: RC bug status graph timescale is too long. And I provided a patch a few months ago, but […]