25 Jun 2016
Review wiki RecentChanges since my bookmark. Usual spam reporting. Mention microG on #debian-mobile. Answer pkg-config question on #debian-mentors. Suggest using UUIDs in response to a debian-arm query. Reported Debian bug #828103 against needrestart. A giant yellow SOS crane between the balcony hacklab and a truly misty city. Locate the 2014 Debian & stuff podcast on archive.org. Poke the SPARC porters in response to a suggestion on debian-www. Mention
systemctl daemon-reload wrt buildd service changes. Automate updating some extension lists from check-all-the-things. Reported wishlist Debian bug #828128 against debsources. Engage lizard mode! Wish for better display technology. Nice vegetarian food with nice folks and interesting discussions with interesting locals. Polish and release check-all-the-things. Close bugs I forgot to close in the changelog. Add link to debian-boot on Debootstrap wiki page. Notice first mockup of a theme for Debian stretch. Answer a question about package naming on #debian-mentors. Discuss the future of cross compilation on Debian. Notice a talk about FOSSology & update a wiki page. Mention AsteroidOS and MaruOS on the mobile wiki page. Contemplate how close to the FSDG Debian might be and approaches to improving that.
25 Jun 2016 7:49pm GMT
- Please sign petition for the 2nd EU Referendum
- On Tuesday the 28th please come to Trafalgar Square to support London Stays campaign
- General Strikes 4th & 5th of July
- All 2 million EU citizens working in the UK Walk Out - event
- London National Black Bloc - GENERAL STRIKE SOLIDARITY LONDON
- Glasgow Tories Out General Strike
- National Union of Teachers - Stand Up for Eduction
It is time for people to actually take control, we can fix our parliament, we can stop austerity, we can prevent the break up of the UK, and we can stay in the EU. Over to you.
25 Jun 2016 7:24pm GMT
24 Jun 2016
Hating jetlag based headache. Disturbed to see the Brexit result. Review wiki RecentChanges. Answer some questions about Launchpad on #debian-mentors. Whitelisted one user in the wiki anti-spam system. Reviewed and sponsored yamllint 1.2.2-1 upload. Noted OFSET repo is broken and updated Freeduc info. Noted the Epidemic-Linux website is having database issues. Noted that Facebook finally completely dropped their RSS feeds, dropped Facebook RSS feed URL generation from the Debian derivatives census scripts and notified the affected derivatives. Cleared up Tanglu hash sum mismatches again. Minor changes to Planet Debian derivatives. Enjoyed the photos from Valessio. Hazy city away from the mountain and tablecloth clouds flowing over the mountain on the way to a pub lunch. Jet lag headaches seem to be subsiding thankfully. Ping someone generating a bounce when changing their SSH key. Mention autorevision and other suggestions in an IRC discussion about mesa & reproducible builds. Review some DebConf16 announcements and add minor fix. Push out some TODO items to check-all-the-things. Ask for a dd-list for the GCC 6 transition. Usual spam reporting throughout the day via manual List-Archive copy-paste, feeding mboxen to my
report-spam-debian-bugs scripts and manual BTS clicks. Usual wondering why there isn't an RFC for MUA spam reporting. Disturbed by the sudden appearance of an astronautess in the orga room but placated by a plentiful supply of crisps. Ask x32 folks about debian-x32.org vs x32 on ports.d.o. Glad to just avoid the room shuffle dance. Finish mime support for check-all-the-things. Disappointed that piz.za does not actually resolve. Amused by pollito's virtual tour of UTC. Completely stuffed full of Butleritos.
24 Jun 2016 5:46pm GMT
[...] a little bit about the reason I wrote pristine-tar in the first place. There were two reasons: 1. I was once in a talk where someone mentioned that Ubuntu had/was developing something that involved regenerating orig tarballs from version control. I asked the obvious question: How could that possibly be done technically? The (slightly hung over) presenter did not have a satesfactory response, so my curiosity was piqued to find a way to do it. (I later heard that Ubuntu has been using pristine-tar..) 2. Sometimes code can be subversive. It can change people's perspective on a topic, nudging discourse in a different direction. It can even point out absurdities in the way things are done. I may or may not have accomplished the subversive part of my goals with pristine-tar. Code can also escape its original intention. Many current uses of pristine-tar fall into that category. So it seems likely that some people will want it to continue to work even if it's met the two goals above already.
For me, the best part of building pristine-tar was finding an answer to the question "How could that possibly be done technically?" It was also pretty cool to be able to use every tarball in Debian as the test suite for pristine-tar.
I'm afraid I kind of left Debian in the lurch when I stopped maintaining pristine-tar.
"Debian has probably hundreds, if not thousands of git repositories using pristine-tar. We all rely now on an unmaintained, orphaned, and buggy piece of software." -- Norbert Preining
So I was relieved when it finally got a new maintainer just recently.
Still, I don't expect I'll ever use pristine-tar again. It's the only software I've built in the past ten years that I can say that about.
Next: ?twenty years of free software -- part 6 moreutils
24 Jun 2016 1:38pm GMT
Hey guys, Today's post is to make you understand that even is oriented-object programming (OOP) feels now finally natural and exquisite, they are better ways to design and implement your solutions to make them better and of course, safer. My goal today is to make you want to adopt a functional mindset when creating software … Continue reading Tech questions 10-17: FP questions →
24 Jun 2016 12:07pm GMT
I am mourning for the UK. I feel so much pain and pity for all my good friends over there. Stupidity has won again. Good bye UK, your long reign has found its end. The rest is silence.
(Graphic from The Guardian - EU referendum results in full)
24 Jun 2016 4:22am GMT
About one month has passed since we did release TeX Live 2016, and more than a month since the last Debian packages, so it is high time to ship out a new checkout of upstream. Nothing spectacular new here, just lots and lots of updates since the freeze.
I am dedicating this release to those intelligent beings who voted against the stupid Brexit and for remaining in the EC! - I am still optimist!
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24 Jun 2016 2:33am GMT
23 Jun 2016
Today is officially the first day of DebCamp 2016. The night wasn't as cold as I had feared. Woke at 5am for some reason. Noted the network still blocks port 6697 and 7000, worked around in IRC client configuration using 9999. Reply to network discussion to point that out. Minor changes to the empathy Debian RTC wiki page. Answer email@example.com bug email about shared company OpenPGP keys and suggest moving to individual keys. Review wiki RecentChanges. Comment on NetworkManager upstream bug #705545 that MAC address privacy is a complicated feature with many use cases. Warn another person that reporting Alioth to SpamCop does nothing and link to the unsubscription URL. Talk to Brown about IP address conflict sparc64 porters found with the setup of notker (sparc64 build machine). Filed Debian wishlist bug #827944 against at asking for support for using an editor to write at jobs. Woke up properly, discussed spam over breakfast. Notice Point Linux in the Distrowatch feed and invite them to the derivatives census. Point out reproducible builds in a discussion about source-only uploads. Commented that I encountered evolution upstream crash bug #680471 again. Reported gnome-shell upstream crash bug #767969. Joined the tour around the campus, enjoyed the view from the outdoor hacklab at the top of the hill. Confirmed that "Monkey Gland" from the pub menu is not in fact derived from monkeys in any way. Noted that Pollito did not eat chicken from the buffet. Beat head against VPN/SIP/WebRTC for a while but oncoming jetlag put me out of business for some hours. Pointed out the future Packages.gz removal in favour of Packages.xz to the popcon developers.
23 Jun 2016 9:16pm GMT
Here comes my journey till the mid-term (June 21st) as a blog to share my experience.
I have previously worked on some social related projects such as "smart guidance for blind" and "sensor based wireless controller". I have been selected as a speaker for FOSSASIA-16 (Asia's premier technological event)to talk on the project "smart guidance for blind".FOSSASIA speakers. It was a great experience participating in the technological event in Singapore science centre.Got an opportunity to meet open source contributors from all over the world(even though it is an Asian event, participation was all over from the world). There were pre-meetups for FOSSASIA on the day before three-day event.I have attended the one organised by RedHat, Singapore.Discussed on many topics related to open source.
Three days of FOSSASIA event was a great experience.It was the second time as a speaker in an international conference.My talk was on the second day.Sharing is the best way to increase your knowledge. Talks and workshops were brainstorming.Learnt many new things and got the courage to contribute to the open source.Met Daniel Pocock in Debian exhibition table.Meeting awesome people can be the turning point of life.Had a discussion about the Debian projects and it motivated me for open source software.We have discussed about the Real Time Communication and was encouraged to apply for GSoC (Google Summer of Code). As per our discussion, prepared the project proposal on "improving voice,video and chat communication with free software" and submitted it for GSoC. I have been selected to contribute for Debian with stipend from Google.
This was my first application for GSoC and I have been selected to contribute for open source and free software. I would like to thank Google and Debian for giving this amazing experience.
Learning and coding have begun.Updated my laptop with Jessie, latest version of Debian.Get acquainted with the new platform.Got to learn many things about Real Time Communication.Learnt more about SIP, XMPP, peer-to-peer technology to work on my project.It's always better to be clear with theory before coding.When it comes to voice and video over IP, most people nowadays are quick to use Skype, Whatsapp, or Viber. My main goals of the project are helping people to avoid using proprietary communications tools like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp and simplifying the setup of free alternatives like Jitsi, Linphone, Ekiga, Tox (qtox), Mumble.Downloaded some of the already available open source VoIP to find the problems behind it and improve it further.Bootstrapping any business relevant network based on these free alternatives is still hard.
Would you like to list the senders, receivers and date of the messages in the inbox of your mail.Python has a library file IMAP which can be used to connect to an email account, examine every message in every folder and look at the "To", "From" and "CC" headers of every email message in the folder.
Do you have phone numbers and other contact details in old emails? Would you like a quick way to data-mine your inbox to find them and help migrate them to your address book? Got the help from phonenumbers library for parsing, formatting, and validating international phone numbers.I would like to share how I imported this library file into my coding.Download the given library file and open the file in the terminal.Type
$ python setup.py
to install the library file.Now you can call the functions by importing phonenumbers.
You can go through the code in my GitHub profile here.(Recently started committing my projects in GitHub)
Iain R. Learmonth joined my journey as a mentor.Helped in solving some issues in my coding through GitHub.
It was a wonderful journey till now.Will be working further to improve voice, video and chat communication with free software.Stay connected to know more about my further journey through GSoC.
23 Jun 2016 3:04pm GMT
Every now and again I get this problem where Firefox won't render text correctly (on a Debian/stretch system). Most websites are fine, but the odd site just shows up with blanks where the text should be. Initially I thought it was NoScript, but turning that off didn't help. Daniel Silverstone gave me a pointer today that the pages in question were using webfonts, and that provided enough information to dig deeper. The sites in question were using Cantarell, via:
src: local('Cantarell Regular'), local('Cantarell-Regular'), url(cantarell.woff2) format('woff2'), url(cantarell.woff) format('woff');
The Firefox web dev inspector didn't show it trying to fetch the font remotely, so I removed the local() elements from the CSS. That fixed the page, letting me pinpoint the problem as a local font issue. I have
fonts-cantarell installed so at first I tried to remove it, but that breaks
gnome-core. So instead I did an
fc-list | grep -i cant to ask fontconfig what it thought was happening. That gave:
/usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Regular.otf.dpkg-tmp: Cantarell:style=Regular /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Bold.otf.dpkg-tmp: Cantarell:style=Bold /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Bold.otf: Cantarell:style=Bold /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Oblique.otf: Cantarell:style=Oblique /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Regular.otf: Cantarell:style=Regular /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Bold-Oblique.otf: Cantarell:style=Bold-Oblique /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-Oblique.otf.dpkg-tmp: Cantarell:style=Oblique /usr/share/fonts/opentype/cantarell/Cantarell-BoldOblique.otf: Cantarell:style=BoldOblique
.dpkg-tmp files looked odd, and sure enough they didn't actually exist. So I did a
sudo fc-cache -f -v to force a rebuild of the font cache and restarted Firefox (it didn't seem to work before doing so) and everything works fine now.
It seems that
fc-cache must have been run at some point when
dpkg had not yet completed installing an update to the
fonts-cantarell package. That seems like a bug - fontconfig should probably ignore .dpkg* files, but equally I wouldn't expect it to be run before dpkg had finished its unpacking stage fully.
23 Jun 2016 2:23pm GMT
While Branchable has not reached the point of providing much income, it's still running after 6 years. Ikiwiki-hosting makes it pretty easy to maintain it, and I host all of my websites there.
A couple of other people have also found ikiwiki-hosting useful, which is not only nice, but led to some big improvements to it. Mostly though, releasing the software behind the business as free software caused us to avoid shortcuts and build things well.
23 Jun 2016 12:26pm GMT
22 Jun 2016
#Randa2016 KDE Sprint
I am very late on post due to travel, Flu, jetlag sorry!
For this I was able to come up with a patch for kconfig_compiler to encode generated files to utf-8.
Review request is here:
This has been approved and I will be pushing it as soon as I patch the qt5 frameworks version.
Both kde4libs and kf5 kconfig has been pushed upstream kde.
WIP this has been a steep learning curve, according to the notes it was an easy embedded kernel version, that was not the case! After grueling hours of
trying to sort out randomness in debug output I finally narrowed it down to cases where QStringLiteral was used and there were non letter characters eg. (" <") These were causing debug symbols to generate with ( lambda() ) which caused unreproducible symbol/debug files. It is now a case of fixing all of these in the code to use QString::fromUtf8 seems to fix this. I am working on a mega patch for upstream and it should be ready early in the week. This last week I spent a large portion making my through a mega patch for kxmlgui, when it was suggested to me to write a small qt app to test QStringLiteral isolated and sure enough two build were byte for byte identical. So this means that QStringLiteral may not be the issue at all. With some more assistance I am to expand my test app with several QStringLiterals of varying lengths, we have suspicion it is a padding issue, which complicates things.
I am still fighting with this one, will set aside to simmer for now, as I have no idea how to fix padding issues.
I am testing a patch to fix umask issues for anyone that uses the kapptemplate generation macro. Thank you Simon for pointing me to this.
The kapptemplate generation users/groups and umask patch has been pushed upstream.
Despite managing to get a terrible Flu I accomplished more than I would have at home without awesome devs to help me out!
- I have delegated the windows backend to Hannah and Kevin, if emerge is successful with Windows we will implement it on OSX as well.
- Android docker image is up and running.
- Several snappy packages done. Improved the snapcraft.yaml creation automation scripts started by Harald. Got help from
David ( he even made a patch! ) with some issues we were facing with kio.
- KDE CI DSL adjustments for 5 new platforms
- Port tools/* python scripts to python3
- Python automation scripts can no longer find projects except qt5… Need to get help from Ben as these are originally his.
- Finish yaml CI files
Randa as usual was an amazing experience. Yes it is very hard work, but you have the beauty of the Swiss Alps at your fingertips! Not to mention all the
friendly faces and collaboration. A big thank you to all supporters and the Randa team!
Please help make KDE better by supporting the very important Randa Sprint:
Have a great day.
22 Jun 2016 4:47pm GMT
Landed late due to technical delays. Mountains! Mountains are everywhere! Beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies. Ran into Valessio as I was shown to my room. Wandered around the campus for a bunch of hours. Ate an all you can eat yum buffet lunch at the pub. Wandered down the hill and ended up on the train and wandering around a lake with lilies in a park. Arriving back at UCT we ran into a beer mission along with some wonderful arriving folks. The warm DebConf nervous centre was quite inviting and soon had plentiful beer, pizza and discussion.
22 Jun 2016 4:34pm GMT
myrepos is kind of just an elaborated
foreach (@myrepos) loop, but its configuration and extension in a sort of hybrid between an .ini file and shell script is quite nice and plenty of other people have found it useful.
I had to write myrepos when I switched from subversion to git, because git's submodules are too limited to meet my needs, and I needed a tool to check out and update many repositories, not necessarily all using the same version control system.
It was called "mr" originally, but I renamed the package because it's impossible to google for "mr". This is the only software I've ever renamed.
22 Jun 2016 4:24pm GMT
"We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris."
[Larry Wall, Programming Perl, O'Reilly Assoc. (and expanded at http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?LazinessImpatienceHubris) ]
Because "A mind is a terrible thing to waste"
[The above copyright Young and Rubicam, advertisers, for UNC Fund, 1960s]
"Why I Must Write GNU
I consider that the Golden Rule requires that if I like a program I must share it with other people who like it. Software sellers want to divide the users and conquer them, making each user agree not to share with others. I refuse to break solidarity with other users in this way. I cannot in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license agreement. ... "
[rms, GNU Manifesto copyright 1985-2014 Free Software Foundation Inc. https://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.html]
"La pédagogie, l'information, la culture et le débat d'opinion sont le seul fait des utilisateurs, des webmestres indépendants et des initiatives universitaires et associatives."
Education, information, culture and debate can only come from users, independent webmasters, academic or associative organizations.
[le minirézo http://www.uzine.net/article60.html]
- Contributors and facilitators over 'editors' and 'authors'
- Collaboration over indiviualised production
- Here and now production over sometime soon production
- Meaningful credit for all contributors over single author attribution
https://github.com/greyscalepress/manifestos - from whom much of the above quotations were abstracted - Manifestos for the Internet Age
Grayscale Press ISBN-13:978-2-940561-02-5]
[Note] Github repository is marked with licence of CC-Zero but explicitly states that licences of the individual pieces of writing should be respected
So - collaboration matters. Not repeating needless make-work that someone else has already done matters. Giving due credit: sharing: doing and "do-ocracy" matters above all
Perversely, Acknowledging prior work and prior copyright correctly is the beginning and end of the law. Only by doing this conscientiously and sharing in giving due credit can any of us truly participate.
It seems clear to me at least that contributing openly and freely, allowing others to make use of your expertise, opinions, prior experience can anyone progress in good conscience.
Accordingly, I recommend to my work colleagues and those I advise that they only consider FLOSS licences, that they do not make use of code snippets or random, unlicensed code culled form Github and that they contribute
22 Jun 2016 3:56pm GMT
Having seen some posts about this elsewhere on the 'Net:
- Your copyright remains your own unless you assign it
- Establish what you are being paid for: are you being paid for :
- Your specific area of FLOSS expertise (or)
- Your time / hours in an area unrelated to your FLOSS expertise (or)
- A job that has no impact or bearing on your FLOSS expertise (or)
- Your time / hours only - and negotiate accordingly
Your employer may be willing to negotiate / grant you an opt-out clause to protect your FLOSS expertise / accept an additional non-exclusive licence to your FLOSS code / be prepared to sign an assignment e.g.
"You should also get your employer (if you work as a programmer) or your school, if any, to sign a "copyright disclaimer" for the program, if necessary. Here is a sample; alter the names:
Yoyodyne, Inc., hereby disclaims all copyright
interest in the program `Gnomovision'
(which makes passes at compilers) written
by James Hacker.
signature of Ty Coon, 1 April 1989
Ty Coon, President of Vice"
If none of the above is feasible: don't contribute anything that crosses the streams and mingles commercial and FLOSS expertise, however much you're offered to do so.
Patents / copyrights
"In the 1980s I had not yet realized how confusing it was to speak of "the issue" of "intellectual property". That term is obviously biased; more subtle is the fact that it lumps together various disparate laws which raise very different issues. Nowadays I urge people to reject the term "intellectual property" entirely, lest it lead others to suppose that those laws form one coherent issue. The way to be clear is to discuss patents, copyrights, and trademarks separately. See further explanation of how this term spreads confusion and bias."
[http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.en.html - footnote 8.]
If you want to assert a patent - it's probably not FLOSS. Go away :)
If you want to assert a trademark of your own - it's probably not FLOSS. Go away :)
[Trademarks may ordinarily be outside the scope of normal FLOSS legal considerations - but should be acknowledged wherever they occur both as a matter of law and as a matter of courtesy]
Copyright gives legal standing (locus standi in the terminology of English common law) to sue for infringement - that's the basis of licence enforcement actions.
Employees of governments and those doing government work
- Still have the right to own authorship and copyrights and to negotiate accordingly
- May need to establish more clearly what they're being paid for
- May be able to advise, influence or direct policy towards FLOSS in their own respective national jurisdiction
- Should, ideally, be primariily acknowledged as individuals, holding and maintaining an individual reputation and only secondarily as contractors/employees/others associated with government work.
- Contribution to national / international standards, international agreements and shared working practices should be informed in the light of FLOSS work.
This is complex: some FLOSS contributors see a significant amount of this as immaterial to them in the same way that some indigenous populations do not acknowledge imposed colonial legal structures as valid - but both value systems can co-exist
22 Jun 2016 3:48pm GMT