Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Living in France? Not an April member? You are WRONG.

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I’ve been a member of April, the french association for promotion and defense of Free Software, for a bit more than a year, and I often regret not becoming a member earlier. (I was feeling so guilty and shameful about not being a member that I actually postponed becoming a member.) Stop feeling guilty and […]

Cool stats about Debian bugs

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Now that bug #500000 has been reported, let’s have a look at all our other bugs, using UDD. Number of archived bugs: select count(*) from archived_bugs; count ——– 402826 Number of unarchived bugs marked done: select count(*) from bugs where status = ‘done’; count ——- 8267 Status of unarchived bugs (“pending” doesn’t mean “tagged pending” […]

Exporting logs from Suunto X6HR watches on Linux

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I’m the happy owner of a nice geeky toy: a Suunto X6HR watch, that includes an altimeter and an heart rate monitor, which I use mainly for moutain biking and hiking. During outings, the watch can log the altitude and heart rate every 2, 10 or 60 seconds, and the data can be transfered to […]

Things you should know before buying an Asus EEE PC

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

I’ve been using an EEE PC since december, and people keep asking me if they should buy one. So here are some things you should know before making a decision. Screen The screen is small, but that’s OK. I couldn’t find many applications that didn’t work in 800×480. And for the remaining ones, you can […]

Tele2 sucks (or “QoS for dummies”)

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I just discovered that, since I enabled the TV over DSL option, Tele2 limited my downstream bandwidth to 8mbps (instead of 20 mbps). All the time. Even when I don’t use the TV. Because allowing 20 mbps could have affected the quality of TV reception (when the TV is off?). They proudly advertise that offer […]

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, Freedesktop.org kindly agreed to host a […]

back from FOSDEM

Monday, February 25th, 2008

I was at FOSDEM last week-end. As usual there, I spent an excellent week-end. It was really nice to see all those friends again (and even meet some friends for the first time, hi gaston/carxwol/atmaniak!) Only problem is, FOSDEM is definitely too short ;-) To make this post a bit more interesting, I did some […]

dd + /dev/random fun

Friday, February 8th, 2008

From Adrien Lebre, who seems to be having fun working on kDFS: $ dd if=/dev/random of=file bs=1024 count=2 0+2 records in 0+2 records out 256 bytes (256 B) copied, 0.000705717 s, 363 kB/s $ ls -l file -rw-r–r– 1 lucas lucas 256 2008-02-08 17:53 file Can be easily explained using strace: open(“/dev/random”, O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 0 […]

Re: a problem with tools

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Joey has a problem with tools used over dpkg-dev’s core tools to help maintainers maintain their debian packages. I was wondering about the adoption of those tools, so I simply grepped the logs from my last rebuild for “^Setting up $TOOL “, which is more accurate than looking at build-deps, since someteam-pkg-tools could depend on […]

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 […]