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    Wouter Verhelst: On flames. · Planet Debian feed

    Joachim Breitner: Fixing my planet.debian.org subscription · Planet Debian feed
    After another German post from me appearing on planet.debian.org yesterday, I investigated the issue further, and I (hopefully) found the problem: The rss feed URL I was providing looked like it was for the english feed, but actually it wasn’t. And since serendipity has the tendency to be very forgiving when it comes to URLs with mistakes, it was indeed providing my all-blog-feed. I changed the URL now, I guess this will cause some old english entries to re-appear, but I hope that it will be the last time.

    Steve Kemp: She has the blood of reptile just underneath her skin · Planet Debian feed
    Debian QA

    I just noticed that my debian QA page shows “pending uploads”. Neat.
    Nice to see that since I recently sponsored a couple of minor bugfixed packages by Niv Altivanik, he does a good job at making packages so it isn’t a problem.


    Too many mails, we all know why.
    I’m often curious why so many people take part in these “debates” who I do not recognise. Just looking over my debian mailfolders I see literally 50+ names with @debian.org email addresses which I swear I have never heard before.
    Either I don’t notice peoples addresses/names as much as I thought I did .. or they have too much free time for taking part in these …. discussions.

    Pierre Habouzit: Married … · Planet Debian feed
    it’s done …

    You know what ? it’s awkward to type with a ring … I will get used to it I suppose …

    anyway, that was a very nice wedding celebration.

    update :

    a photo of the wedding (me and my wife[1])

    [1] that feels odd to write …

    Pierre Habouzit: whitelister 0.4 (SPF) and aaege …. · Planet Debian feed
    I recently released whitelister and uploaded it to debian (ITP#312309).

    the major thing is the integration of the SPF as a new method to detect suspicious mail. It’s nice, it blocks most of the spam coming from @hotmail.com addresses.

    Moreover, the source repository is endly public. it’s hosted on the subversion repository :

    svn co https://svn.aaege.org/mailtools/trunk/whitelister/
    svn co https://svn.aaege.net/mailtools/trunk/whitelister/

    and we have a trac set up (the wiki docs are in french, sorry) with :

    Pierre Habouzit: kde 3.4.1 upload · Planet Debian feed
    Here is the mail I just sent to the debian-kde list :

    the QT-KDE team just uploaded to experimental packages for the 3.4.1 kde following modules :

    • arts
    • kdelibs
    • kdeadmin
    • kdegraphics
    • kdetoys
    • kdebase
    • kdeutils
    • kdeartwork
    • kdemultimedia
    • kdeaccessibility

    the other kde modules are either maintained outside from the team, or depends upon packages that are maintained outside from the team (here is a nice picture showing the build deps and the maintainers of the official kde modules).

    A mirror has been set up on alioth :

    deb http://pkg-kde.alioth.debian.org/kde-3.4.1/ ./
    deb-src http://pkg-kde.alioth.debian.org/kde-3.4.1/ ./

    In order to install the package, you will need the dbus-1-qt package from current experimental. this package has not been mirrored on alioth yet.

    kde 3.4.1 has to wait for dbus to migrate into unstable, and for obvious reasons, this move will wait for sarge to be released (which *should* happen next week).


    • There is currently no ETA for the missing kde modules, and *PLEASE* don’t ask for one.
    • Moreover, this upload to experimental should trigger a lot of NEW processing, and the package may not show up immediately.

    Holger Levsen: In case you are running OpenWRT · Planet Debian feed
    In case you are running OpenWRT, specifically White Russion RC4, and your root password is reset after a reset or a power-cycle (and telnet is also enabled again), then you need to boot into failsafe-mode, execute “mtd unlock linux” and “jffs2root –clean” as root and reboot. Maybe this is useful for someone, at least I couldn’t find this info on the web…

    Michael Janssen: Shiny roofs are good for the environment! · Planet Debian feed
    This is definitely some of the geekiest humor that I have ever read. Funniest site I stumbled upon all day. That is all.

    Matthew Palmer: Work it out yourself, dammit! · Planet Debian feed
    My pet peeve of the day — web apps which require you to specify, in
    advance, what the URL of the source of the webapp is. The app *can* work
    this out for itself, you know. The fact that you’re too brain-fuckingly
    stupid to do so does not mean that you should proceed to screw over anyone
    who needs to use your program in a “non-standard” environment, it means
    that you should step away from the goddamn keyboard and stop infecting
    people with your stupid.

    Axel Beckert: Tell me which music you like and I tell who you are · Planet Debian feed
    The German science news site Wissenschaft.de is reporting that your music taste is very
    closely related to your personality and that it’s easier to judge
    people by the music they hear than by seeing pictures or videos of
    them. Source is a scientific study by Dr. Samuel Gosling and Peter Rentfrow from The
    University of Texas at Austin.

    Man, that would give an interesting quiz meme on the Planets! 😉

    I wonder, how my usually negative or decade-based definition of my
    music taste is that way analysable: I like nearly every music from the
    ’60s to the ’90s except hip-hop, rap and techno. 🙂

    Now playing: Jethro Tull — Something’s On The Move

    Steinar H. Gunderson: Perl · Planet Debian feed
    Perl is a fascinating (for the lack of a better word) language. For instance, today
    I discovered that “use strict” is really only an alias for “BEGIN { require strict;
    import strict; }” where “require” searches %INC for strict.pm, and “import strict”
    is only an odd way of saying “strict::import()”, which fiddles with $^H to set the

    I’m not sure whether I think this is elegant or horribly ugly.

    Anthony Towns: The GPL Keeps Me Awake At Night · Planet Debian feed
    Well, actually that confuses cause and effect. Anyway, a draft of
    the GPLv3
    is out, and, at least at first glance I’m pretty impressed.
    Let’s add a break, since probably everyone’ll be throwing their two
    cents in soon enough anyway.

    Read the rest …

    Alexander Schmehl: OpenSolaris at DebConf · Planet Debian feed
    Lars Wirzenius
    answered one of my last blogs about OpenSolaris being at the upcoming DebConf.
    I would like to give a short (and long overdue) answer, might be interesting for others, too.

    Yes, you are right. Silence does indeed not necessarily signify consent; let
    me rephrase that: As long as you don’t answer again, we did our job and you
    have the token 😉

    However I want to clarify the accepted session a bit: No, we did not
    accept an OpenSolaris talk. I agree that such a talk would with high
    probapility be just an advertising session (perhaps even leaving out the
    important points where the two communities disagree).

    What we accepted was an OpenSolaris Round
    . A panel discussion in our political track. I don’t see a high
    potential of Solaris advertisement there, but a big chance to get together,
    talk and solve problems.

    I would like to see it as a chance for a new start: When the two
    communities first got in contact (I’m too lazy to search the list archives
    right now, but I’m sure you remember the discussion, both sides made
    mistakes (them, when they ignored our requests/questions/principles; us, when we
    weren’t as cooperative and polite as we could have been).

    I would like to ask everyone attending this session to forget the last
    flamewar. If it doesn’t work out and the problems can’t be solved, we can
    honestly say that we really tried it. If it works out, we might get a nice, new,
    interesting port – as soon as they worked out the license issue.

    Amaya Rodrigo: ZzZzZzZzZz · Planet Debian feed
    For the first time in more that 10 days, I slept like a baby last night. It might hurt the xlibs-dev transition, but I hope it actually helps in the long run, I will make less mistakes, bug vorlon and dato a bit less, be more aware and awake. Now I just need to keep a balanced sleeping schedule again. I think have good allies. I have started a small experiment that is against all rules but might spread some package love. So far, I have been successfully working with Victor Seva, Justin Pryzby, Thomas Viehmann and Nico Golde. Join us if you care about this transition!On the other hand, I find recent threads in debian-devel, debian-private and several posts in debian-devel-announce very distracting. Although I am strongly opinionated on the subjects being discussed, I’d rather remain semi-silent and work in my “NMU love”.

    Ross Burton: Sound Juicer “If Not Now” 2.13.2 · Planet Debian feed
    Sound Juicer “If Not Now” 2.13.2 is out. Tarballs are available on
    , or from the GNOME FTP
    . Lots of changes here:

    • Fix handling of multiple albums (David Mandelberg)
    • Handle G_FILENAME_ENCODING (Colin Leroy)
    • Add Generic Name to the desktop file (Matthias Clasen)
    • Correct multiple-artist data imported from FreeDB (Bastien Nocera)
    • Remove leading periods when generating filenames
    • Add a Submit menu item to open the MusicBrainz web page (James Hensbridge)
    • Set the MusicBrainz proxy from gnome-vfs
    • Cache MusicBrainz metadata
    • Add support for the MusicBrainz “sortable name” attribute (Peter Oliver)
    • Make the Preferences dialog non-resizable, and fix layout
    • Save the main window size (using the rocking libgconf-bridge)
    • Change keybinding for Next/Previous, to avoid stomping Paste
    • Remove CDIO version check
    • Set default window icon
    • Protect against NULL drives (Marco Barisione)
    • Fix warnings with new libglade (BN)

    Go testers go!

    NP: Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman

    Bernhard R. Link: Silver Plate · Planet Debian feed
    I just feel like quoting some passage from the Debian Developer’s Reference:

    A big part of your job as Debian maintainer will be to stay in contact with the
    upstream developers. Debian users will sometimes report bugs that are not specific to
    Debian to our bug tracking system. You have to forward these bug reports to the
    upstream developers so that they can be fixed in a future upstream release.

    While it’s not your job to fix non-Debian specific bugs, you may freely do so if you’re
    able. When you make such fixes, be sure to pass them on to the upstream maintainers as
    well. Debian users and developers will sometimes submit patches to fix upstream bugs —
    you should evaluate and forward these patches upstream.

    (that’s from 3.5 in case anyone wants to look up it there)

    David Welton: Sourceforge and mailing lists · Planet Debian feed
    After my last post, exhorting people to use mailing lists for a variety of reason, including the ability to find the messages later via email, it’s frustrating that SourceForge’s mailing list archives are down:

    Clicking on any of the messages in the archives


    gets you a result like this one:


    Hrmph! I’m also frustrated by the broken CVS stats, that have been broken for more than a year. Just get them off the project pages already!

    In any case, Hecl is picking up steam – it’s fun to have people to collaborate with.

    Ilenia looking for work

    If you’ll pardon the interruption from the topic of “computer stuff”, my wife Ilenia has started to look for work in biotech/related fields – she’s scheduled to finish her doctorate in about a year. Her CV is here:


    Wouter Verhelst: Wanted: the m68k ABI spec · Planet Debian feed
    I’ve been looking for this everywhere. Unfortunately, it does not
    appear as this is available in any other form than a book from
    Prentice-Hall. To make matters worse, the book is no longer in
    Its ISBN number was/is 0-13-877663-6. If anyone has a copy that they
    can miss, I’d appreciate it.

    Steinar H. Gunderson: Birthday hacking · Planet Debian feed
    Sometimes, The Daily WTF brings more than just odd code; today, I saw the most beautiful
    SQL hack I’ve seen in a while.

    I’m talking about this thread; it starts off discussing the problem of finding out which
    customers are having a birthday tomorrow — seemingly a trivial task (just find tomorrow’s date,
    and compare it to all birth dates without the year part), until you start
    considering leap years, where you’d want to include people born both February
    29th and March 1st if it’s February 28th and not a leap year. So, all down the
    thread you get to more or less intelligent solutions, some involving tens of
    lines of stored procedures, until somebody suggests:

    SELECT customerid, emailaddress
    FROM customers
    WHERE extract(years from age(birthdate))
    extract(years from age(birthdate + ‘1 day’::interval))

    Sheer beauty.

    Sort of off- and on-topic at the same time: Happy tenth birthday, Passopp. 🙂

    Update: Yes, of course it’s February, not January. 🙂

    John Goerzen: Haskell #1 in the Shootout · Planet Debian feed
    Wow. Some Haskell hackers have started paying a small bit of attention to the Great Computer Language Shootout site, and the results are impressive.
    Haskell now takes first place in the lines of code competition. In the CPU time competition, Haskell is also doing quite respectably: it beats out OCaml by a small margin, and defeats Java, C++, Python, Perl, Erlang, Ruby, Mono, Tcl, etc. by significant margins.
    These links are all using the Shootout default weightings for individual tests.
    The only downside to the Shootout is that the programs — for all languages — are not really idomatic and don’t show off a language’s natural beauty. Sounds like it’s time to gather up some Haskell hackers to rally around the PLEAC effort as well.

    Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho: It’s runoff time · Planet Debian feed
    Update: Corrected Tarja Halonen’s total vote percentage.
    The preliminary count in the Finnish presidential elections is finished with the following results:

    Total votes
    Votes short of next*


    ∗Tarja Halonen
    46,3 %
    not applicable

    ∗Sauli Niinistö
    24,1 %
    48 %

    Matti Vanhanen
    18.6 %
    23 %

    Heidi Hautala
    3.5 %
    81 %

    Timo Soini
    3.4 %
    2 %

    Bjarne Kallis
    2.0 %
    41 %

    Henrik Lax
    1.6 %
    21 %

    Arto Lahti
    0.4 %
    73 %

    * The difference between the current candidate and the next (upward) candidate on the list, in votes and as a percentage of the next (upward) candidate’s votes.
    † The result of the last opinion poll published before the election, commissioned by YLE and conducted by phone between 10th and 11th of January. The margin for error is 2,5 %-points for Halonen and decreases when the percentage decreases.
    Since the incumbent failed to reach majority, a runoff election will be held on the 29th of January between the two best placed candidates (starred). A remarkable fact is the low number of votes that the independent candidate Arto Lahti received, for he had to get at least 20,000 people to sign their name in favour of his candidacy, while he received only 65 % of that number in votes.
    It is very likely that both runoff candidates retain the votes they received today. What decides the runoff election is how the rest of the voters behave. As a quick and dirty Stetson–Harrison estimate, most of Vanhanen, Kallis and Lax’s spporters are likely to vote for Niinistö, while most of Hautala’s supporters are likely to vote for Halonen. Assuming that the “most”s cancel each other (an assumption that probably favours Niinistö), this yields an additional 22.2 %-points for Niinistö (total 46.3 %) and 3.5 %-points for Halonen (total 49.8 %). Hence it would seem that Halonen has the upper hand in runoff.
    A few words on each of the eight candidates, in reverse order of popularity, follows.
    Arto Lahti (b. 1949) is a professor of entrepeneurship and has experience in various positions in the private sector. He has no prior political experience and is not affiliated with a political party.
    Henrik Lax (b.1946) is a Member of the European Parliament since 2004, representing the liberal Swedish People’s Party. He was a Member of the national Parliament 1987–2004. Prior to his political career, he had been a lawyer.
    Bjarne Kallis (b.1945) is a Member of Parliament since 1991, representing the party currently called Christian Democrats. He has chaired his party since 1995. For most of his non-political professional life he has been a teacher and later principal in a business school.
    Timo Soini (b. 1962) is a Member of Parliament since 2003, representing the right-wing populist True Finns party. He has chaired his party since 1997, which he cofounded in 1995; prior to that, he was an active member of the since-dissolved Finnish Agrarian Party.
    Heidi Hautala (b. 1955) is a Member of Parliament since 2003 and before that 1991–1995. She was a Member of the European Parliament 1995–2003. She represents the evironmental-liberal Green League, a party she cofounded and later chaired 1987–1991.
    Matti Vanhanen (b. 1955) is Prime Minister since 2003, representing the liberal Centre Party. He previously served as Minister of Defense in 2003. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1991. He has chaired his party since 2003.
    Sauli Niinistö (b. 1948) is currently a Director at the European Investment Bank. He served as Minister of Justice 1995–1996 and Minister of Finance 1996–2003. He was a Member of Parliament 1987–2003. He represents the liberal-conservative National Coalition party, which he chaired 1994–2001. Prior to his political career, he worked as a lawyer.
    Tarja Halonen (b. 1943) is the incumbent, Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Finland since 2000. Prior to her presidency, she was a member of the Social Democrat Party and had served as Minister of Social Affairs and Health 1987–1990, Minister of Nordic Cooperation 1989–1991, Minister of Justice 1990–1991 and Minister of Foreign Affairs 1995–2000. She was a Member of Parliament 1979–2000. Prior to her political career, she worked as a lawyer in a labor union.

    Daniel Silverstone: Announcing the release of v1.0.0 of libgfshare · Planet Debian feed
    I am proud to announce the first release of my secret-sharing library (libgfshare). This library will eventually go on to be used in my planned fuse filesystem for secret-sharing.

    The library has been tested on Ubuntu (i386, amd64), Debian (i386), FreeBSD (i386) and OSX/PowerPC. If you discover a problem with it, please do contact me ASAP so I can put out a fixed version.

    If you wish to package it for a linux distribution (or anything else I s’pose) then please go ahead, but let me know so I can link them on the software page for the library.

    Roland Mas: RSS aggregators again · Planet Debian feed
    I am once again the victim of overzealous RSS readers. Especially one called “RSS Popper”, which from what I can gather is a plug-in for Outlook. I have no idea how (or even if) it can be configured, but from what I can guess from my logs, it defaults to refresh the RSS feeds every one minute and a half. Which is far too often, especially considering the capacity of my server. Apparently there are only a few people subscribed to my RSS feed using that reader, but when their Outlook is running, my poor old webserver gets noticeably loaded.
    I am tempted to ban this user-agent from accessing my RSS feeds, but not immediately and without notice though. So if you read this through RSS Popper, please decrease your refresh rate to something reasonable. One refresh every day should be plenty enough. Thanks.

    Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho: The Finnish presidential elections · Planet Debian feed
    Today is the election day in Finnish presidential elections. The polls close at eight (18:00 UTC), and the preliminary result is expected to be all but done at eleven (around 21 UTC). If you are a Finnish citizen and happen to be in Finland near your home, please vote if you haven’t already done so!
    The President of the Republic, as the official title goes, is the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defense Forces (though he or she can delegate that authority to another person), is in charge of Finnish foreign policy in cooperation with the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. The President has also some miscellaneous powers of appointment (including the exclusive power to appoint judges to permanent offices) and the general power to grant pardon in individual cases. The President also has certain tightly constrained roles in legislation, the forming and dissolution of government, and the dissolution of the parliament.
    It should be noted that the President is not the most powerful person in the Finnish government any more. After the almost royal tenure, a quarter of century long, of Urho Kekkonen, the trend has been to limit the powers of the President. Limits were placed on the number of terms a person may serve as President (two), to the President’s veto powers (can only veto a specific bill once), to the President’s foreign policy powers (cooperation with the cabinet is now required), to the President’s role in forming a government (limited from choosing the Prime Minister to the current, mostly ceremonial, role), et cetera. However, the Finnish people still seems to see the President as the people’s champion against the dirty politicians in the cabinet and parliament; this may explain the popularity of presidential elections (it has the best voter turnaround of all the general elections in Finland).
    The President is now for the third time elected with a popular vote. There are eight candidates. If nobody achieves majority, a run-off election is held after two weeks between the two candidates who received the most votes. The newly elected president is inaugurated on the 1st of Februari, if there was no run-off, and on the 1st of March otherwise.
    The eight candidates have been allocated numbers between 2 and 9. A voter writes the number of their candidate on the ballot. The same numbers are reused for the runoff. A voter could also vote in advance at the numerous advance polling stations between 4th and 10th off January (excluding the 6th).
    The eight candidates are (the candidate number and a recent polling result in parentheses)

    • Bjarne Kallis (2, 1 %), an MP, representing the Christian Democrats
    • Sauli Niinistö (3, 20 %), former Finance Minister, representing the National Coalition Party
    • Timo Soini (4, 4 %), an MP, representing True Finns
    • Heidi Hautala (5, 4 %), a former MEP and current MP, representing the Green League
    • Henrik Lax (6, 1 %), a MEP, representing the Swedish People’s Party
    • Matti Vanhanen (7, 18 %), the Prime Minister, representing the Centre Party
    • Arto Lahti (8, 1 %), professor, not representing any formal party
    • Tarja Halonen (9, 52 %), the incumbent, representing the Social Democratic Party

    The most interesting guestion in these elections is whether the incumbent can get majority, forgoing a runoff election. In the latest polls, more than 25 % of the polled refused to indicate their choice, if any.
    The incumbent is the eleventh President of the Republic. The full list:

    1. K. J. Ståhlberg (1919–1925), elected by Parliament
    2. L. K. Relander (1925–1931), elected by electoral college elected by proportional vote
    3. P. E. Svinhufvud (1931–1937), elected by electoral college elected by proportional vote
    4. Kyösti Kallio (1937–1940), elected by electoral college elected by proportional vote
    5. Risto Ryti (1940–1944), elected twice by the 1937 electoral college
    6. C. G. E. Mannerheim (1944–1946), elected via special enactment
    7. J. K. Paasikivi (1946–1956), elected by electoral college elected by proportional vote
    8. U. K. K. Kekkonen (1956–1982), elected four times by electoral college elected by propotional vote, once via special enactment
    9. Mauno Koivisto (1982–1994), elected once by electoral college elected by proportional vote and once by a run-off electoral college elected by proportional vote
    10. Martti Ahtisaari (1994–2000), elected by run-off popular vote
    11. Tarja Halonen (2000–2006), elected by run-off popular vote

    Axel Beckert: Breathetasticâ„¢ Premium Canned Air · Planet Debian feed
    One thing I love the Kingdom of Loathing for are the countless
    allusions to movies and songtexts. Today I found something, which
    can’t be anything else than an allusion to one of my favourite movies:

    When I only read the name of the item I was immediately reminded to a
    scene from Mel BrooksSpaceballs (IMDb entry, Wikipedia entry)
    when President Skroob drinks -eh- breaths a can of Perry Air. (Which
    itself is an allusion to “Perrier”. But I only found German written
    references to “Perry Air”, so it may be that the original version
    didn’t have this allusion, since the script
    directly refers to “Perrier Salt-Free Air”.)

    BTW: Nice typo in the English
    Wikiquote article about Spaceballs
    : “Dark Helmut” instead
    of “Dark Helmet”. 🙂

    Now Playing: Alphaville — Forever Young

    Uwe Hermann: xbubble: xlibs-dev transition done · Planet Debian feed

    Just a quick update on Amaya Rodrigo‘s recent post on Planet Debian about xbubble‘s upstream author sending a patch for the Debian xlibs-dev transition: I have uploaded a (hopefully) fixed version of the package yesterday => one step closer to the end of the transition.
    Addicting game, btw., give it a try!

    Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo: Rewriting from scratch · Planet Debian feed
    I agree
    Matthew Palmer
    , and by extension Joel on
    Joel on Software
    that rewriting software projects from scratch is a very bad idea,
    which in case of FOSS can mean death of the project because people lost interest
    on it due to the great effort needed to reimplement things that were working before.
    At the same time I take what Joel says: programmers are, in their hearts,
    architects, and the first thing they want to do when they get to a site is to
    bulldoze the place flat and build something grand. Being myself a Civil
    Engineer I cannot agree most. The other option is patchy and result will never
    be so good as a well planned project, with a good design, time… and money.
    And this is one of the greatest things of software. With a good planning
    you can refactorize it, change what you want and even demolish and
    rewrite some parts, whithout having to throw away all the old code and start over.

    Daniel Stone: [tech] zomg vorbis · Planet Debian feed
    Thomas, I’m a skanky
    , though as time goes on and all the iPod rivals slowly eliminate
    themselves due to disintegrating
    or being crap (if you like it, that’s
    great, I can see that it has nice points, but they’re just not for me), it
    starts to look like a less good choice. Although the iPod does have that
    god-awful clickwheel these days. Ugh.

    And Ross, I’m also a food
    . It’s the only way to fly. Supermarket tomatoes are just crap
    when you’ve had proper huge, deep red, hydroponically grown organic tomatoes
    from the market, sold to you by the people that helped grow them.

    Aigars Mahinovs: Ok, I read the first GPLv3 draft. I found multiple… · Planet Debian feed
    Ok, I read the first GPLv3 draft. I found multiple problems, some good, some quite bad:

    • Section 2 – The output from running it is covered by this License only if the output, given its content, constitutes a work based on the Program.: does this mean that documents written in Abiword is covered by GPL? (Edit: I misread the sentence here, it really states just the oposite of what I thought :P)
    • Section 3 – Regardless of any other provision of this License, no permission is given to distribute covered works that illegally invade users’ privacy, nor for modes of distribution that deny users that run covered works the full exercise of the legal rights granted by this License.: does this mean that one can not make a locked down system where users can not write outside the homedir, make /home a separate partition and mount it with noexec parameter thus denying all simple users the right of running modified versions of these programs (at least on this system)?
    • Section 4. – You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program’s source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyrightnotice;: does that mean that I have to write “Copyright by this and that and this and that and this and that” on every CD that I record in my home to give to my friends? It sounds as bad as the original BSD advertisement clause.
    • Section 5.b – You must license the entire modified work, as a whole, under this License to anyone who comes into possession of a copy.: I suggest adding “legally” before “comes”, because otherwise, for example, if a company is making an internal modification of a GPL program with some secret information embedded into the code (some very internal communication routine, passwords, codes, …) and some industrial thief steals this modified code for a blackhat hacker, he can claim that he “came into possession of a copy” and thus he has all the legal rights use it and that no trade secret laws can apply.
    • in some places “Corresponding Source” is used instead of “Complete Corresponding Source Code” (Edit: I was pointed to a place in the middle of the licence where “CS” is defined equal to “CCSC”. Still, not the best style – either declare that upfront or use one style trough the document)
    • Section 9. – it is not clearly stated that using the covered work indicates acceptance of the Licence, but it is explicitly stated for modification and propagation.
    • Section 13. – I really do not like geographic limitations. Anyone can state “this program has a progress bar, which is patented in USA, so you can not use it in USA unless you have the patent” for basically any program thus very easily discriminating against quite a few people. If it is illegal by other means, leave it be illegal by those means – do not impose additional illegality on it via copyright. Law in some countries and patent situation can change more easily then the licence for old free software projects with many contributors.

    I have not yet read any comments from either FSF or any other people and I am not a lawyer, but I hope that these problems will be fixed in next drafts.

    Andreas Rottmann: Centralized Revision control considered harmful · Planet Debian feed
    We all know a long time that CVS sucks; the author of that article (in 2002) listed his main gripes with CVS: missing file renaming and not being able to remove directories. So far so I agree completly, these two things make CVS annoying to use, and everyone, even casual CVS users, will stumble upon these mis(sing) features. At that point, both subversion and what later became GNU Arch (to my knowledge, the first Free Software, distributed RCS) were in pre-1.0 versions, but becoming ready for use by the braver souls.
    While subversion has certainly fixed the renaming and directory problems, subversion has a fundamental shortcoming, making it an obstacle for FOSS to reach its full potential: it restrains the developer that may come along and want to experiment with the code. And no, it is not enough that the developer can checkout the latest code and submit a patch to the mailing list. This might work on projects where such patches are both trivial and quickly fed into the repository.
    But for more serious work, you will want to keep track of your work for yourself, either so you can review and alter the steps (changesets) done later on, or since you have to submit it piecemeal anyway. It could also happen that another, non-privileged developer wants to work on a thing that needs your modifications, before your patch has been approved and committed, or even before you are fully done with polishing it up fully for inclusion into the mainline. This other developer may also be just interested in your work and like to test it, and while doing so, he finds a little bug and wants to fix it. All this does happen in the real world, even on a large scale, e.g. with Linux distributions, and it’s called branching. The problem with non-distributed RCSs is: you need write access to the repository to create a branch. This is both true in CVS and subversion (although in CVS, branching makes little sense, as merging is a real PITA). To get write access, you have to go through whatever hurdles there may be in that particuliar project until you are deemed worthy of commit access. It is of course clear why it has to be that way: would the developers of that project grant everyone and their dog commit access, they would soon be busy with undoing the damage done by commits that don’t meet quality (or other) criteria, and not having any time left for hacking.
    This is not a problem with a distributed RCS, however – you simply have (typically) one person maintaining the “official” version of the source code, typically that’s the same person that rolls release tarballs. For example with Linux, it is Linus (for the development branch). That person can have their own repository, where everyone else only has read access, and selectively pulls changesets (patches) from repositories of peer developers.
    I hope I was able to made clear why using non-distributed RCS for a FOSS project can restrain the possibilities, limiting indivual freedom. So, if you believe in freedom (and software freedom in particuliar), consider giving a distributed RCS of your choice a try. I can heartily recommend darcs, (altough I’m not sure how it scales to bigger projects) but there are several alternatives out there. And in case you want to migrate an existing project, or give your users and developers a choice of RCS, you can use tailor to migrate your old repository, or even establish a two-way gateway between two RCS.

    Holger Levsen: debconf-es 2 videos available · Planet Debian feed
    The videos from debconf.es 2 are now online (actually they will be at 18 UTC). Which is good and makes me happy… But there are still some problems, so you should not mirror them (yet): 1. The low quality mpegs are a too big for my taste. 2. The good quality oggs have too low quality. 3. The kde talk is only available encoded with xvid, and nothing else. Expect high quality xvids of all talks and a mpg/ogg version of the kde talk soon. 4. I have no idea what this is – any hints welcome. 5. ATM the slides are “only” available on www.debian.org.es not yet on meetings-archive.debian.net I very much appreciate feedback, esp. on the following topics: 1. During some talks there is quite a lot of zooming, is that good or bad? 2. Due to the camera position, some people in the audience could only be captured from the back (while they are talking). Is that good or bad ? 3. A better licence for this kind of stuff 4. The filenames: Should they contain a chronological number of the talk ? Spanish filenames might also be better/nicer, feel free to send me a translated list 😉 5. For all talks – except the kde talk – ffmpeg and ffmpeg2theora were used for encoding. (BTW, anybody knows another theora encoder? ffmpeg2theora is slllllllow.) For some strange reasons this didn’t work for the kde talk, so I’ve used mencoder for it. Maybe I should upload the 12GB raw-dv file of the kde talk as well, so people can debug this ? The exact command lines I’ve used are documented on my video page – this page is pretty much work in progress and will be updated as I find better solutions for the above mentioned problems. Debconf-es 2 happened a month ago. When asked back then, I gave today as the ultimate release day. Then my life has become much busier than expected, and as a result the videos are in this unfinished state. Do you appreciate them being released like this today or do you think I should have released them when they are ready ? (Which might be in two weeks or more as I’m still very busy. IMO it’s good to have them (even in bad quality only (at first)) ASAP.

    Alexander Schmehl: For those who care about abbreviations · Planet Debian feed
    sense to have FTWCA as new abbreviation for Debian?

    Yes, Raphaels mail was IMHO offtopic. No, we don’t need to talk about Mr.
    Suffields mail. Yes, let’s get back to work, shall we?

    Erich Schubert: OpenVPN goes crazy · Planet Debian feed
    I’ve been using OpenVPN to provide secure wireless for a group of around
    200 students here, of which around 60 frequently use it.
    It was running fine for the last few months, but started doing weird stuff
    on friday. Dear Lazyweb, I’m lost at debugging the cause…
    I’ve eliminated the wireless links as possible cause, so here is the
    simplified setup:

    User #1 | — openvpn — | tap0 eth1 | — DMZ net
    |- br0 Firewall
    User #2 | — ethernet — | eth0 / eth2 | — internet

    So the firewall host has three ethernet interfaces, one of which is bridged
    together with the OpenVPN in tap mode.
    Everything works just fine for User #2. The firewall rules used all use only
    br0 as device, and a netmask both User #1 is in and User #2. Rule counter in
    iptables verify that the firewall is working correctly.
    User #1 can:

    • access hosts in the DMZ network perfectly all the time
    • access the internet fine for like 2 seconds
    • ping the internet

    After these two seconds, packets start being retransmitted; some of the
    retransmissions will then arrive at the client, but rarely enough to actually
    receive a simple website.
    I am not aware of any changes to the client or server OpenVPN configurations.
    The latest changes (according to SVN) in the firewall rules were completely
    unrelated “accept” rules… (and the retransmissions arrive, so…)
    Any hint? Some MTU issue maybe? Maybe “upstream” routers increased their MTU,
    now the packets are hitting some triggers? But why would it work for 2 seconds
    then each time openvpn on the client is restarted?

    Joachim Breitner: Analog Clock for the Gnome Panel · Planet Debian feed
    Since I’m using a thin vertical panel, the normal text-based panel clock provided by Gnome is too wide (I lost sub-10-minutes-precsision). So, for a long while, I was looking for a analog clock applet for the panel. Not having found one, today I thought I’d do it myself.Since I’m lazy, I searched for a ready analog clock widget, which I found at the ruby-gnome site. That forced my to use ruby (which I haven’t yet used), but luckily it was similar enough to python to not have problems with the syntax. Adding that code to a sample Ruby panel applet did the work. I spend most time trying to figure out how to resize the applet correctly. Not sure if I did it correctly, but it seems to work. Comments appreciated.To install this, you have to put the ruby script somewhere, make it executable and put the bonobo server file to /usr/lib/bonobo/servers, and then adjust the path to the ruby script therein. You need at least the libgnomeapplet2-ruby package.

    Riku Voipio: You know you have seen to many personal flamewars when.. · Planet Debian feed
    When you seeSubject: [mythtv] Problems with Bob PlaybackAnd you wonder who is Bob Playback and what has he done..

    Andres Salomon: support · Planet Debian feed
    I fully support breasts and breast health.

    Andrew Pollock: [life/americania] First outing on the train · Planet Debian feed
    We caught the Caltrain to San
    Francisco yesterday, and it was our first train ride so far.

    I have a bit of a childhood interest in trains, so it is always fun for me
    to compare and contrast the differences in rail systems that I see around
    the place.


    There are these huge ticket machines, where you purchase a ticket before
    boarding the train. Fares a calculated on how many zones you travel in. So
    you have to consult a map of the line (it’s just a single line) and work
    that out first. The machines take cash or a credit/debit card, with the
    usual disturbing lack of authentication for the latter.

    The tickets themselves are just a piece of card. There’s no magnetic stripe or
    anything. The 10 ride tickets are also just a piece of card, from what I
    could tell. You “validate” them before riding by putting them in a gadget
    the essentially chops a portion of the side of the ticket off.

    The trains themselves

    I can’t remember precisely, but I don’t believe there were power-lines over
    the track. I’m pretty sure we had a diesel-hauled train. The engine on one
    that went in the opposite direction was certainly big and noisy.

    The cars are double-decker. Upstairs is pretty unusual. They are
    single-seats on either side of of an open void through to downstairs.
    There’s a stainless steel shelf that runs the length of upstairs at about
    chest-height for putting luggage on, and below that you can see right
    through to downstairs. (I later discovered that this allowed a ticket
    inspector to walk down the aisle downstairs and view everyones tickets on
    both levels).

    The seats were all high-backed. The whole thing had a “long-distance” feel
    about it. There was a baggage car. You could take your bike on board (so,
    like the light rail, I think we’ll do some cycling tours of places further
    away than what we’d directly cycle to).

    Ticket inspection

    Speaking of ticket inspectors, on the ride in, there were none (though there
    did seem to be hoards of roaming Caltrain employees wandering up and down
    the train), and on alighting at the station, no one checked our tickets on
    the way out, and there were no barriers or anything. You just wander in and
    out of the station as you pleased. Frankly, I was quite amazed. We did have
    a very diligent ticket inspector on trip back.


    Definitely not the fasted thing in the world. We had all-stops trains both
    ways, and it took about an hour and a quarter. But it was fairly cheap,
    compared to driving and parking: $10.50 for a “day-pass” (what I’d called a

    Martin-Éric Racine: Eesti keele spelleri arendus · Planet Debian feed
    As I mentioned in a previous post, I maintain the Debian and Ubuntu package of ispell-et (Estonian dictionaries for the Aspell, Ispell and MySpell spell checkers – plus an hyphenation pattern for OpenOffice). Packaging this software was a natural choice for someone like me who is learning the language and who needs something to highlight obvious mistakes.

    This being said, the Estonian wordlists that serve as raw material to generate those dictionaries are in desperate need of Language Love; the vocabulary appears frozen in Soviet time and rather incomplete to begin with: obsolete words nobody can even remember (probably of importance only to linguists or philologists), omission of even the most basic colloquial slangs, complete absence of contemporary technical vocabulary, etc.

    Therefore, I am hereby inviting all Estonians to contribute to the development of the wordlist. The procedure is fairly simple: install the Estonian dictionary package for your favorite text editor or word processor (on Ubuntu 6.04, simply install language-support-et), load a few documents and report all words that were mistakenly marked as misspelled to Jaak Pruulmann. As an incentive, please note that all improvements will go into the Estonian version of Edubuntu, providing free language learning tools to Estonian children and thus benefiting the entire Estonian community. Tore homma, eks ole? 🙂

    Andrew Pollock: [tech] Camp SysAdmin · Planet Debian feed
    It’s a very unfortunate name for something held in San Francisco…

    Yesterday, Rick (who’s visiting for a week or so because he has an
    interview) and I went to Camp
    in San Francisco. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it
    was free, and it had two names I recognised: Eric Allman of Sendmail fame,
    and Ethan Galstad, author of Nagios. That was good enough for me.

    It was a fairly unstructured event. We arrived a bit late because we just
    missed the train we planned on catching, and the next one was an hour later.
    We seemed to have only missed the welcome, and everyone was just starting to
    break out into smallish discussion groups.

    The groups were just round-table discussions about various topics, with the
    discussion leaders working through some stimulus material.

    I’m not quite sure what the objective of the day was. I think Splunk, who were the main organisers of
    it, were using it as a gentle sales pitch for their product, which was cool,
    because I’d not heard of it before. They make a logfile correlation tool, of
    which there is a free version. It was kind of good timing, as I’d just spent
    a couple of days munging log files at work, so I’ll find time to look into
    their product further.

    I didn’t directly gain a lot from the day (I attended the “Ops
    Collaboration: How data centre gurus work together when problems cross
    different domains” and “Troubleshooting messaging systems” discussions,
    however it was interesting to just listen to the discussions, and hear what
    people had to say. A lot of people were working at small start-ups (seems to
    be par for the course in the Bay Area) where they were the sole sysadmin for
    the entire place, which is a concept at the complete opposite end of the
    spectrum to what my job is like.

    It was a good informal networking session, it wasn’t too crowded, the food
    was good, and most importantly, it was completely free. I even scored a
    t-shirt for completing an anonymous survey.

    The event was held in a wine-bar/art gallery place, which worked reasonably
    well. They had a wine and cheese social networking session at the end. The
    whole event was run very well.

    Martin-Éric Racine: Unicode migration issues for ru_RU locale · Planet Debian feed
    My co-pilot for the rus-ispell maintenance, �нтон Марчуков (whom some of you might remember from Debconf5), has setup a Wiki for cataloging issues preventing the migration to UTF-8 locales for Russian [in Russian] and other languages that utilize the Cyrillic script. If you need proper Cyrillic support for your FOSS desktop and have any issue to report, please visit the Wiki and contribute. Do the same and let us know if you have contributed a patch that fixes an UTF-8 issue for any application. Добро пожаловать!

    Uwe Hermann: Phonecaster.de – Listen to podcasts via telephone or cell phone · Planet Debian feed
    PhoneCaster.de is a nice service which offers podcasts via telephone. I received an email from them today which told me that someone had added my music podcast to their site (thanks anonymous stranger!).
    This means that you can now listen to my podcast from your telephone or cell phone by dialing

    (in Germany). I’m not sure if it works from outside of Germany, but you could try to call +49 931 663927 408. Please leave a comment and report whether it works or doesn’t work.
    There’s quite a bunch of other podcasts available which you can listen to while in a train, on a bus, or while you’re somewhere else without Internet access. This opens up some nice new possibilities…

    Marco d’Itri: For those who care about lesbians · Planet Debian feed
    (People who do not understand what I am writing about can safely skip this post.)
    The major difference is that the first post was a good faith attempt to provide information which some developers believe to be important and relevant and some others do not, while the second one was a deliberate posting of obviously off topic information deliberately constructed to be offensive.
    People who fail to see this difference urgently need a reality check.
    If it was a way to make a point (instead of just a way to be an asshole, which is what a repeating pattern showed by the author would suggest) then it’s quite a lame point since every developer should know that we all can post to d-d-a, and it hardly justifies an abuse of the list.

    Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo: Manuale D’Amore · Planet Debian feed
    I went to the cinema yesterday evening, and not having a clear idea of
    which film we wanted to watch, we decided for
    Manuale D’Amore
    , an Italian movie. It was great, funny almost all the
    time but with very emotive moments, all them mixed very well.
    The history is very simple. The movie introduces different couples that
    are in four different moments of their love: falling in love, the crisis, the traition
    and being abandoned. Every chapter is very well driven, and the actors
    play fairly well their roles.
    This movie, and the last one I watched,
    Los 2 lados de la cama
    , are good examples of European cinema very well made.
    In my opinion, if European cinema had followed this path more often, and with
    a bit more advertising, it will get more success than now, in which there are
    a lot of movies made trying to be different.
    P.S: I HATE people eating nachos in theaters.

    Neil McGovern: All aboard! · Planet Debian feed
    Well, as I announced, today is the final possible day that people can ask for sponsorship for DebConf6. Interestingly, it’s also the last chance to get in any proposals for BoFs.So, if you haven’t registered, and want sponsorship, DO IT NOW.

    Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo: Corpse bride · Planet Debian feed
    Last Sunday I Watched Corpse Bride,
    an animation film by Tim Burton, following what was made in
    The Nightmare Before
    . Of course, animation has improved a lot since 1993 and
    now this film is plagued of close images of different characters.
    Though being a bit gore, the plot is quite interestig.
    Victor, who is going to marry Victoria, as their parents have agreed,
    messed up his vows during a wedding reharsal (the same day he meets
    Victoria for first time) and wanders to the forest close to the town,
    where he starts reciting them again. When he says them right, he
    accidentally marries the Corpse Bride, messing things even more.
    Now he has to decide to try to still marry Victoria, or go on
    living with his new wife.
    One of the problems we have in Spain with these animation
    movies is that lately they’re are selling that most important
    roles are being played (dubbed) by famous actors. In this film,
    Victor is Johnny Depp, the Corpse Bide is Helena Bonham Carter and Victoria
    is Emily Watson. But as films here are always dubbed to Spanish,
    for us it is completely indiferent who the actor giving his voice to
    a character is. And this is worse when the Spanish actor that usually
    idubbes here an actor is not dubbing the animation film for whatever reason.

    Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo: Match Point · Planet Debian feed
    Woody Allen. Again, a great movie by him. Of course it has the same
    schema that most of his films, with a short number but great actors, and
    as with Melinda and Melinda,
    he does not play any role in it, but I am sure that main role is written for him. Anyway
    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays it
    wonderful. Special mention deserves how
    Scarlett Johansson
    is introduced in the film. First scene of her makes you jump in
    your seat.
    This movie has been filmed completely in London. Not a bit of New York. Even,
    the american girl is from Colorado. And Woody Allen makes a great picture of London
    city, showing nice locations, and transmitting well a “London feeling”.
    When a ball hits the net, there is a moment when it can fell in any side.

    Kai Hendry: WordPress point oh · Planet Debian feed
    After being hassled about updating WordPress packages to 2.0 I did.

    Though I sort of regret it now as I wanted to wait for a bug fix release. “Point oh” software keeps me the creeps.

    Now a 2.0.1 release is in the works that will fix at least one (long standing) minor security issue.

    Personally I am reluctant to update WordPress to 2.0 on my blog natalian.

    • I don’t like the look of the new edit form.
    • I’m afraid the plugins I use are going to break.
    • I don’t need any more features except perhaps the plugins I use being part of the main trunk and perhaps a Captcha

    Uwe Hermann: GPLv3 – Discussion Draft 1 · Planet Debian feed
    You might have already noticed (if not, you will, very very soon) that the FSF has released the first draft of the forthcoming GNU General Public License 3. You can leave comments on the license or help to populate the wiki, if you’re inclined.
    I think the Rationale Document will be very interesting to read (for me, at least).
    I’ll leave it to more competent people to comment on the pros and cons of the changes of this new version… I hope that in the end (after a few more months of reviews etc.) we will have a fine new version of the GPL which will suit the majority of the Free Software world very well.

    Edd Dumbill: Trends in core XML and RDF technologies · Planet Debian feed
    As I sort through the proposals submitted for XTech, it’s interesting to note which technologies and ideas dominate. I’ll share some observations here as I work through them.I’ve just completed a first review of the core technologies track, which focuses on the nitty-gritty of XML and its related standards. These themes stood out:

    • Querying XML
    • XML database technology: XQuery is as big as ever, but there were also various submissions detailing XML database use across many fields.
    • Processing performance and efficiency
    • RDF stores: particularly focusing on performance and scalability. To see so many submissions on this topic was quite a surprise.
    • New APIs and ways of processing: innovation is anything but over at the core of XML processing

    Of course, just because these are the major themes, it doesn’t mean they’ll squeeze out equally great presentations on other topics.I’ll post more observations as I continue to review the proposals. 

    Ross Burton: Weakness · Planet Debian feed
    On the whole I’m an organic, fresh, free-range, no-MSG, tree-hugging
    leftie kind of guy. I prefer Marks and Spencer’s Red Leicester and Spring
    Onion crisps as they contain potato, oil, cheese and onion. When I buy
    chicken it’s free-range. Eggs are always free-range, and
    the fact that the supermarkets still sell “value” eggs upsets me. This
    weekend in a “top 10” conversation, I discovered that I have several

    • Nik-Naks (Rib ‘n’ Saucy)
    • Super Noodles (Mild Curry)
    • Jelly Babies

    More MSG, artificial flavourings and additives than you can shake a stick
    at. Please say I’m not alone… or am I just weak-willed?

    In other news, Henry is three months old today. He is all jabbed up now
    so can finally leave the house, walks are fun (for certain definitions of
    fun that is) as he continually pulls on the lead and is obsessed with cars
    driving past. So far we’re averaging two random people talking to us about
    Henry on every walk…

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