Archive for the 'Debian/Ubuntu' Category

Bash is weird.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Consider the following command: echo

Most broken spam protection ever

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Just received that, in reply to a mail I sent: This email is from X. My email address ( is protected against spam and viruses by MailInBlack. Please click on the following link in order to identify yourself to me and to allow your message to reach me. This needs to be done only […]

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 […]

Slides for my FOSDEM talks about Debian QA

Monday, February 26th, 2007

As promised, the slides from my FOSDEM talks about Automated Testing of Debian Packages and Use of Grid Computing for Debian Quality Assurance are available. Automated Testing of Debian Packages Use of Grid Computing for Debian Quality Assurance (paper also available) Don’t hesite to ask questions or post comments. The videos for both talks should […]

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 […]

State of software for Suspend to RAM/Disk ?

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Dear readers, I am the mostly happy owner of a Dell Latitude D610 (the one with the ATI video card), running Debian Etch. I installed the hibernate package to try to get Suspend to RAM and to Disk to work, and Suspend to Disk worked out of the box. But Suspend to RAM didn’t work […]

Working evince and poppler in Debian Etch

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Evince and poppler (the library used to render PDFs) are quite outdated in etch, and fail to display correctly a number of PDF files (including PDFs generated by latex-beamer). There’s a new poppler version (0.5.x, vs 0.4.5 in etch), but it bumps the soname, so it’s a no-go. Since I was particularly annoyed by this […]

Running Debian on your Linksys WRT54G* … sort of

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

I’m the happy owner of a Linksys WRT54GL. OpenWRT is nice, but … well. Debian is just nicer. And I couldn’t resist the idea of running Debian on this little MIPS system. Since there’s clearly not enough space available on the Linksys, I decided to install etch in a chroot, that I would mount using […]

Debian Package of the Day is now alive again, and needs your help!

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

For those who have missed the previous blog entries: Debian Package of the Day (aka Deb-a-day) is now alive again ! There has already been several entries (published 2 times a week, on wednesdays and sundays, until we make sure that we can sustain an higher rate): scribus-ng: next generation of the desktop publishing program […]

Of Debian Etch’s quality and release schedule

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

The delay of Debian Etch caught some bad press this week. Some articles compare Debian to Ubuntu (which tries hard to have fixed-time releases), and some bloggers are amused by the fact that the next Debian release was delayed “again”. There are some important points though: Etch wasn’t really scheduled to be released on Dec […]