mardi 28 décembre 2004

There is no place like /home

Debian

Oh, I realize that I haven't moved a lot. Even if I have visited most of western Europe, there are still some places I don't even remotely know. Any Japanese Debian developer willing to host a fellow developer for some weeks? ;-)

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lundi 27 décembre 2004

Tetrinet can delay software releases

Debian

I'm working today on the new {@grisbi} 0.5.4 release. This is mainly a bug fixes release, but support for the new {@libofx} library has been added and a new unit test feature has been developed by Alain Portal.

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vendredi 10 décembre 2004

Hacking phpldapadmin and new grisbi release

Debian

I'm to hack daily on {@phpldapadmin} this month for my job, which is really good news! We have a customer that needs a LDAP administration console with some extra features and that is very sensible to free software. So we proposed him to modify {@phpldapadmin} to suit his needs and to give our changes back to the community.

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jeudi 2 décembre 2004

How to flood debian-devel in 10 lessons

Debian

Bored? Oh yeah, I know how you can occupy yourself, just start a new flame war on debian-devel. It is easy, indeed.

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lundi 15 novembre 2004

Back from Belgium

Debian

I'm back from a short trip with Nathalie to Brussels. We had a good time visiting the city, improving our knowledge of Belgian beers (we even tasted a fresh {@primus}!), bringing back some obligatory chocolates to our families ... and of course, staying away from geeky activities!

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mercredi 10 novembre 2004

When commercials matters as much as code

Debian

Adam Kessel recently wrote about {@Gnucash} and its un-userfriendliness. As one of the authors of {@Grisbi}, I can't resist pointing him at {@Grisbi}, which is a finance program aiming at simplicity.

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lundi 8 novembre 2004

Never EVER test your mkcdrec images while hungry

Debian

Oh nice, this was the last day of this firewall installation, which is to be delivered and checked on today. Part of my job was to make a bootable {@mkcdrec} rescue CD-ROM for my server. Of course, when everything was ready and after two hours lost trying to write the ISO image from a windows machine, the only machine that had a CD-ROM burner (funny how you can spend time on OS you don't know and don't want to know!), it was time for testing.

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dimanche 31 octobre 2004

Geeks love to fix hardware!

Debian

Today, while fixing the heel of one of my dear's shoes that she was to throw away, I just realized how geeks just love to fix hardware. Last time it was my hair clipper that I fixed and it is just an example of hardware I opened and fixed instead of just disposing it. And the vast majority of my geek friends do love opening various devices too, understanding how they work and finding an elegant solution (or gory kludge) to fix them.

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mardi 12 octobre 2004

Working on a Debian training

Debian

Today I'm working on a Debian training that the company I work for will deliver to its customers. Thought this training was originally written by {@yann}, I'm adding a lot of topics and I'm learning quite a few Debian tricks about commands I don't use that often.

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samedi 9 octobre 2004

Every time you submit a bad bug report, god kills a kitten

Debian

If you are involved in the development or in the packaging of a program, sooner or later you'll get bug reports. Every bug report is unique, but most of them fall into one category. Based on my Debian or upstream experience, here are the most common families of bug submitters I had to deal with.

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vendredi 8 octobre 2004

Happy shiny hackergotchis

Debian

Looking at {@Planet Debian}, you could say many debian developers don't get holidays or spend the whole day kept out from sun.

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jeudi 7 octobre 2004

Fiddling with an Adaptec 2120S raid controller and woody

Debian

Yesterday, {@kult} and I have spent nearly the whole afternoon trying to install woody on a server with an Adaptec 2120S raid controller. Of course, the 2.4.18 Linux kernel shipped with boot floppies does not recognize it. Of course, we had no Internet access at this time so we've tried several options, grepped kernel sources, eventually got the Internet, googled, found an outdated site with hints, tried a modified version of the boot floppies with a redhat kernel (of course, it did not work) and googled to find we need to use a 2.4.21 kernel (at last!).

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mardi 30 novembre 1999

Backup are for weenies ...

Debian

real men just upload their data to a public server and let the Internet mirror them. Back in 2001, I made some admonition graphics for DocBook, because those used were quite ugly. Today, I needed them for another project and of course, four years later, these files have of course disappeared from my hard drive.

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I'm naughty!

This site is certified 66% EVIL by the Gematriculator

OMG, my homepage is 66% evil! I can't believe it.

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Revamping my hackergotchi

Debian

A hackergotchi is like a tamagotchi, if you don't look after him, it depresses and then dies. Tonight I was bored and in a Gimp mood, so instead of fixing my bugs I took a better photo of my face and did a better hackergotchi.

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Yum sucks. Badly.

Debian

I recently installed a {@fedora} in my dad's office. Oh, well, I must admit I advocated Debian first (and indeed, we already installed it on another computer, an old world powermac with a somewhat unsupported graphic card). But as my dad knows {@fedora}, I ended in installing one for him so that he can administrate it.

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