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Boycott Novell

My last post about becoming a Debian Developer has, to my surprise, been linked from boycottnovell.com. I wonder why it would be interesting in such a page. My guess is that it’s been included there because I mentioned “Josselin Mouette”, who has been flamed before in that page. Maybe they automatically filter several planets, and this is one of the patterns. If this is true, I think I’ll start writing Josselin Mouette, Mirco Bauer and Jo Shields somewhere in every post I write from now on (maybe hidden in a comment or in the alternate text of an image, if that works) to get my posts linked from there. It would be a funny way to publicize my blog :D

New Debian developer Emilio Pozuelo Monfort

I’ve been waiting for a mail with a subject like the one in the title for some time already, and it’s finally arrived at my inbox this morning!

This means I’m a DD now, and will soon start to break^Wupload things into the archive.

Big thanks to all the people that have helped and guided me since I came to Debian, including (but not limiting to) Piotr Ożarowski, Loïc Minier, Josselin Mouette and Sebastian Dröge! I also want to thank all the people involved in the NM process, including my application manager Patrick Schoenfeld.

I started in the NM queue on November 1st of last year, so overall it’s taken almost 10 months. Of them, about 1.5 were spent waiting for an AM to be assigned to me, and about 3.5 waiting for the FD and the DAM. There seems to be some room for improvement here. Let’s see what we can do.

By the way I’m not the only one celebrating. Luca has also become a DD, congrats!

PS: I turned 21 this Sunday, so this has been a nice birthday gift!

Working on Liferea

Since this January, I’ve been doing upstream work for Liferea. This is a great oportunity to learn C and to contribute more to an upstream project! And the atmosphere around Liferea is great. Today I’ve published my first post in the Liferea blog. If you are a Liferea user, you may want to subscribe to it!

There is a lot of work going on in Liferea. We are working hard to release 1.6 (which will use WebKit as the rendering backend) without any known regressions. Most of the performance work will likely go into the next series though, but 1.6 shouldn’t be any worse than 1.4.

If you would like to contribute, don’t be shy and join #liferea on Freenode! We have some blockers for 1.6 and some other things to do, and we will appreciate any contributions. Testing is also appreciated. We are mostly interested in the unstable series, so if you find a bug in the latest unstable release or in trunk, file a bug report!

New Maintainer

About one year and a half after my first package was uploaded to Debian, I decided to apply to become a Debian Developer last month. It didn’t happen inmediately because in order to apply you are asked whether you have read the foundation documents, the policy, the developers reference… and I didn’t want to cheat! :D So I took the time to read all of them, and then applied on November 1st!

Loïc Minier advocated me (thanks!) and now I’m waiting to be asigned an AM. I hope not to loose interest in the meantime ;)

Liferea localized feedlists

I’ve been working in bug #51604, which is about adding some Ubuntu feeds to Liferea‘s default feed list.

So I’ve added Planet Ubuntu and The Fridge to all of them, English and non-English, and some local planets to the ones that have (or that I’ve found) one.

So far Liferea actually has localized feedlists for English, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, German, Spanish, Basque, French, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian and Turkish. So if your language is missing in the list, make one and submit it upstream! Or attach it to the bug report and I’ll forward it. You can base it in any of these. Hint: make them as distro neutral as possible, since they are targeted upstream! Also note that with the current implementation, there needs to be a Translation for your language in order for the localized feedlist to be used, since it’s set up in one string translation.

I’ve added localized Ubuntu planets/feeds to the Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Dutch, German, Spanish, French and Polish ones.

It’s time to make Liferea rock in Ubuntu a lot more, helping Liferea upstream providing localized feedlists too!

Reading stack traces from bug reports

Hello all!

Emmet Hikory has volunteered for running a session about how to read stack
traces (thanks Emmet!).

(Quoting from wikipedia):
“A stack trace (also called stack backtrace or stack traceback) is a report of
the active stack frames instantiated by the execution of a program. They are
mostly used to aid debugging by showing where exactly an error occurs. The last
few stack frames often indicate the origin of the bug.”

So knowing them well means you will be able to triage a lot of more bug reports,
and possibly fixing them. Also, since these reports are usually crashes they are
very important, so don’t doubt this is an incredible opportunity for learning a
very important stuff.

It will be run this Saturday at 11:00 UTC on #ubuntu-classroom on Freenode. So
if you are interested on it, just join us there! It will be a really interesting
session and we will learn a very useful thing, with our master persia.

So don’t forget to come, and also let your friends know about this, so they can
join too!

See you there!

About backups and keys…

Hello folks.

This is my first post on the Ubuntu planet, so /me waves!

Although I would like to make a nice post to introduce myself here, I’m afraid I won’t do it [for now].
As Daniel, I’ve lost my gpg key… but I didn’t have a revoke certificate. At least the key isn’t compromised, since I’ve lost it on a HDD failure. Sad I don’t have a backup of it…

And I haven’t lost just the gpg key, but also all my /home partition. Luckily I have a recent back up, and I haven’t lost too much valuable data. But I’ve learned that hidden dirs are also important to back up!

So the 305368A1 key has joint the dead keys. New key: 4A08B2FE.

Also, and because of the disk failure, I have done a clean install of Gutsy, and it looks great. It is an amazing work. So let polish it now and make the best release we have ever seen!