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lundi 24 novembre 2014

  • John Goerzen: My boys love 1986 computing
    Yesterday, Jacob (age 8) asked to help me put together a 30-year-old computer from parts in my basement. Meanwhile, Oliver (age 5) asked Laura to help him learn cursive. Somehow, this doesn't seem odd for a Saturday at our place. Let me tell you how this came about. I've had a project going (...)

dimanche 23 novembre 2014

  • Dimitri John Ledkov: Analyzing public OpenPGP keys
  • Steinar H. Gunderson: Scaling analysis.sesse.net
    As I previously mentioned, I've been running live chess analysis during the Carlsen–Anand World Chess Championship match. Now it's all over (congratulations to Magnus!), so I thought I should write a few words about scaling, as we ended up peaking at (I think) 1527 simultaneous (...)

  • Iustin Pop: Debian, Debian…
    Due to some technical issues, I've been without access to my lists subscription email for a bit more than a week. Once I regained access and proceeded to read the batch of emails, I was - once again - shocked. Shocked at the amount of emails spent on the systemd issue, shocked at the number (...)

  • Matthew Palmer: You stay classy, Uber
    You may have heard that Uber has been under a bit of fire lately for its desires to hire private investigators to dig up “dirt” on journalists who are critical of Uber. From using users' ride data for party entertainment, putting the assistance dogs of blind passengers in the trunk, (...)

samedi 22 novembre 2014

  • Steve Kemp: Lumail 2.x ?
    I've continued to ponder the idea of reimplementing the console mail-client I wrote, lumail, using a more object-based codebase. For one thing having loosely coupled code would allow testing things in isolation, which is clearly a good thing. I've written some proof of concept code (...)

  • Sune Vuorela: Is linux about choice?
    Occasionally, various quotes from people having an opinion if linux is about choice or not. Even pages like http://www.islinuxaboutchoice.com/ has shown up. My short answer is “YES”. Linux is about choice. And you get all your choices directly from your f/loss definition of choice (...)

  • Daniel Pocock: rtc.debian.org updated for latest browsers
    I've just updated rtc.debian.org with the latest versions of JSCommunicator and JsSIP. The version of JsSIP that had been on the site was actually quite old, from February 2014 and the browsers have evolved a lot since then. If you've tried it before and it didn't work (...)

  • Jonathan Wiltshire: Getting things into Jessie (#7)
  • Craig Small: WordPress 4.0.1 for Debian
  • Petter Reinholdtsen: How to stay with sysvinit in Debian Jessie
    By now, it is well known that Debian Jessie will not be using sysvinit as its boot system by default. But how can one keep using sysvinit in Jessie? It is fairly easy, and here are a few recipes, courtesy of Erich Schubert and Simon McVittie. If you already are using Wheezy and want to upgrade (...)

vendredi 21 novembre 2014

jeudi 20 novembre 2014

  • Steve McIntyre: UEFI Debian CDs for Jessie...
    So, my work for Wheezy gave us working amd64 UEFI installer images. Yay! Except: there were a few bugs that remained, and also places where we could deal better with some of the more crappy UEFI implementations out there. But, things have improve since then and we should be better for Jessie in (...)

  • Tiago Bortoletto Vaz: Things to celebrate
  • Neil McGovern: Barbie the Debian Developer
    Some people may have seen recently that the Barbie series has a rather sexist book out about Barbie the Computer Engineer. Fortunately, there's a way to improve this by making your own version. Thus, I made a short version about Barbie the Debian Developer and init system packager. (For those (...)

  • Gunnar Wolf: UNAM. Viva M?xico, viva en paz.
  • Steve Kemp: An experiment in (re)building Debian
    I've rebuilt many Debian packages over the years, largely to fix bugs which affected me, or to add features which didn't make the cut in various releases. For example I made a package of fabric available for Wheezy, since it wasn't in the release. (Happily in that case a (...)

  • Daniel Pocock: Is Amnesty giving spy victims a false sense of security?
    Amnesty International is getting a lot of attention with the launch of a new tool to detect government and corporate spying on your computer. I thought I would try it myself. I went to a computer running Microsoft Windows, an operating system that does not publish its source code for public (...)

  • Jonathan Wiltshire: Getting things into Jessie (#5)
  • Stefano Zacchiroli: Thoughts on the Init System Coupling GR
    on perceived hysteria and silent sanity As you probably already know by now, the results of the Debian init system coupling general resolution (GR) look like this: Init system coupling GR: results (arrow from A to B means that voters preferred A to B by that margin) Some random thoughts about (...)

  • Matthew Palmer: Multi-level prefix delegation is not a myth! I've seen it!
    Unless you've been living under a firewalled rock, you know that IPv6 is coming. There's also a good chance that you've heard that IPv6 doesn't have NAT. Or, if you pay close attention to the minutiae of IPv6 development, you've heard that IPv6 does have NAT, but you don't have to (and (...)

  • Russ Allbery: Interpreting the Debian init system GR
    I originally posted this in a thread on debian-private, but on further reflection it seems appropriate for a broader audience. So I'm posting it here, as well as on debian-project. There is quite a lot of discussion in various places about what the recent GR result means. Some are (...)

  • Thomas Goirand: Rotten tomatoes
    There's many ways to interpret the last GR. The way I see it is how Joey hoped Debian was: the outcome of the poll shows that we don't want to do technical decisions by voting. At the beginning of this GR, I was supportive of it, and though it was a good thing to enforce the rule that we care (...)

  • DSA-3075 drupal7
    security update

mercredi 19 novembre 2014

  • Jonathan Dowland: Moving to Red Hat
    I'm changing jobs! From February 2015, I will be joining Red Hat as a Senior Software Engineer. I'll be based in Newcastle and working with the Middleware team. I'm going to be working with virtualisation, containers and Docker in particular. I know a few of the folks in the (...)

  • Miriam Ruiz: Awesome Bullying Lesson
    A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look (...)

  • Erich Schubert: What the GR outcome means for the users
    The GR outcome is: no GR necessary This is good news. Because it says: Debian will remain Debian, as it was the last 20 years. For 20 years, we have tried hard to build the "universal operating system", and give users a choice. We've often had alternative software in the archive. Debian has (...)

  • EvolvisForge blog: Valid UTF-8 but invalid XML
    Another PSA: something surprising about XML. As you might all know, XML must be valid UTF-8 (or UTF-16 (or another encoding supported by the parser, but one which yields valid Unicode codepoints when read and converted)). Some characters, such as the ampersand ‘&', must be escaped (...)

  • Thorsten Glaser: Debian init system freedom of choice GR worst possible outcome
    Apparently (the actual results have not yet been published by the Secretary), the GR is over, and the worst possible option has won. This is an absolutely ambiguous result, while at the same time sending a clear signal that Debian is not to be trusted wrt. investing anything into it, right now. (...)

  • Rhonda D'Vine: The Pogues
    Actually I was working already on a different music blog entry, but I want to get this one out. I was invited to join the Organic Dancefloor last thursday. And it was a really great experience. A lot of nice people enjoying a dance evening of sort of improvisational traditional folk dancing (...)

  • Jonathan Wiltshire: Getting things into Jessie (#4)
    Make sure bug metadata is accurate We use the metadata on the bugs you claim to have closed, as well as reading the bug report itself. You can help us out with severities, tags (e.g. blocks), and version information. Don't fall into the trap of believing that an unblock is a green light into (...)

  • Bastian Venthur: General Resolution is not required
    The result for the General Resolution about the init system coupling is out and the result is, not quite surprisingly, “General Resolution is not required”. When skimming over -devel or -private from time to time, one easily gets the impression that we are all a bunch of zealots, (...)

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: R / Finance 2015 Call for Papers
    Earlier today, Josh send the text below to the R-SIG-Finance list, and I updated the R/Finance website, including its Call for Papers page, accordingly. We are once again very excited about our conference, thrilled about the four confirmed keynotes, and hope that many R / Finance users will (...)

  • Simon McVittie: still aiming to be the universal operating system
    Debian's latest round of angry mailing list threads have been about some combination of init systems, future direction and project governance. The details aren't particularly important here, and pretty much everything worthwhile in favour of or against each position has already been (...)

  • Laura Arjona: Translating (reviewing) Debian package descriptions

mardi 18 novembre 2014

  • Christian Perrier: Bug #770000
    Martin Pitt reported Debian bug #770000 on Tuesday November 18th, against the release.debian.org pseudo-package. Bug #760000 was reported as of August 30th: so there have been 10,000 bugs reported in 3 months minus 12 days. The bug rate increased quite significantly during the last weeks. We (...)

  • Michal Čihař: Mercurial support in Weblate
    Weblate has started as a translation system tightly bound to Git version control system. This was in no means design decision, but rather it was the version control I've used. But this has shown not to be sufficient and other systems were requested as well. And Mercurial is first of them to (...)

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppAnnoy 0.0.3
    Hours after the initial blog post announcing the first release of the new package RcppAnnoy, Qiang Kou sent us a very nice pull request adding mmap support in Windows. So a new release with Windows support is on now CRAN, and Windows binaries should be available by this evening as usual. To (...)

  • Josselin Mouette: Introspection (not the GObject one)
    Disclaimer: I'm not used to writing personal stuff on Debian channels. However, there is nothing new here for those who know me from other public channels. Yesterday, I received the weirdest email from well-known troll MikeeUSA. He thought I shared his views of a horrible world full of (...)

  • Erich Schubert: Generate iptables rules via pyroman
    Vincent Bernat blogged on using Netfilter rulesets, pointing out that inserting the rules one-by-one using iptables calls may leave your firewall temporarily incomplete, eventually half-working, and that this approach can be slow. He's right with that, but there are tools that do this (...)

  • Jaldhar Vyas: And The Papers Want To Know Whose Shirts You Wear
    Today I was walking past the Courant Institute at NYU when I saw a man wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a cow diagramming all the various cuts of beef. Now I've lost all interest in science. Thanks a lot jerks.

  • Antoine Beaupr?: bup vs attic silly benchmark
  • DSA-3074 php5
    security update

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