mardi 17 mai 2016

Newmaint — Call for help

The process leading to acceptation of new Debian Maintainers is mainly administrative today and is handled by the Newmaint team. In order to simplify this process further, the team wants to integrate their workflow into nm.debian.org's interface so that prospective maintainers can send their application online and the Newmaint team review it from within the website.

We need your help to implement the missing pieces into nm.debian.org. It is written in Python and using Django. If you have some experience with that, you should definitely join the newmaint-site mailing list and ask for the details. Enrico or someone else in the list will do their best to share their vision and explain the needed work in order to get this properly implemented!

It doesn't matter if you're already a Debian Developer to be able to contribute to this project. Anyone can step up and help!

mercredi 13 avril 2016

2016 DPL election

It is time of the year where Debian project members should elect a new project leader. This year, only one candidate has stepped up, yours truly. As a reminder, my platform is published here. The campaign has been quite calm, comparing to past editions, which is not surprising given the number of candidates. There have been some interesting questions though as detailed below:
There are not many questions. It will take little time to read, if you haven't already.

Last but not least, please do vote! You have until 2016-04-16 23:59:59 UTC to vote (as announced here). It is very important to share your opinion and take part in the reflection around the future of the project. That every project member takes part in the evolutions that should be implemented to stay relevant and innovative in what we do.

vendredi 1 janvier 2016

In memoriam: Ian Murdock

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Ian Murdock. I have never had the chance to meet him. Several persons testify for his kindness and talent. We will always remember him. His legacy influences our lives everyday!

Looking at his latest blog posts, he seemed a bit nostalgic about Debian and still very proud of it.

Later, he wrote about how he came to find Linux and the importance of telling the story of hackers of his generation. In his memory, I'll reread Stephen Levy’s Hackers for the nth time too.

When (if?) his webserver will shut down, you will still be able to read his past blog posts using the archived version of his website or a static mirror that has been set up.

RIP Ian.

samedi 7 novembre 2015

3rd annual Aaron Swartz Day, November 7-8

This weekend is organized the Aaron Swartz Day across the world. There are events organized in many cities and video streams available. It is important that we remember Aaron's projects and fights. If you want to know more about Aaron Swartz, you may start by watching the excellent documentary The Internet's Own Boy : The Story of Aaron Swartz. His work was very inspirational and should not be forgotten!

lundi 13 avril 2015

DPL campaign 2015

This year's DPL campaign is over and voting period is also almost over. Many did not vote yet and they really should consider doing so. This is meant as a reminder for them. If you didn't have time to dig into debian-vote's archives and read questions/answers, here is the list with links to candidates' replies:
Compared to past years, we had a comparable number of questions. All questions did not start big threads as it used to be the case sometimes in the past :-) The good side of this is that we are trolling DPL candidates less than we used to do :-P

Now, if you still didn't vote, it is really time to do so. The voting period ends on Tuesday, April 14th, 23:59:59 UTC, 2015. You have only a few hours left!

dimanche 22 mars 2015

Running for DPL

Every year, Debian organizes a DPL election. Around end of March, one waits for the beginning of the DPL campaign. Everyone can ask questions to nominated candidates on debian-vote. This year, and for the first time, I nominated myself as a candidate for the 2015 DPL election. You can read my platform here.

Over the past few years, I've followed DPL campaigns on debian-vote reading questions and replies from candidates. It didn't seem easy to keep up with flood of questions and find the right wording while replying. Intuitively, you may think that a question is the first mail of every thread and replies follow... but, not at all :-) Questions can be asked in any mail. So candidates have to read every single mail posted to the list :-) The campaign ends within a week (or so) and it is still time to ask more questions.

Following discussions on debian-vote is a very good opportunity for newcomers to understand, for example, how Debian works and where help is needed. It is also a good place to see what are the main current issues (as perceived by contributors) and read a list of proposals to fix them. I invite anyone interested in Debian in reading debian-vote's archives.

While preparing my platform, I've also realized how much writing down thoughts and ideas was important. It really helps to put things into perspective and re-evaluate priorities. It may sound obvious but I think we are not used to do this often. I really recommend everyone to do this as an exercise, and for any perimeter (personal, team, project-wide, ...).

Last but not least, I'd like to thank all those who helped me to polish my platform and to prepare my candidacy. I am sure they will recognize themselves :-) (whatever the outcome of the election may be)

dimanche 4 mai 2014

Clickable DepWaits and Edos results in pgstatus

A long time ago, Stéphane Glondu implemented an alternative to the Buildd status pages. It was implemented in OCaml and had some unique features. I think that my favorite one was the ability to click on package names appearing in DepWaits.

What you see on the image below is a simple example where the package gnome-shell Dep-Waits on a single package. This prevents buildd daemons to start the job as long as the specific version of the specified package or some new package are available. So, each package name in that field became now clickable and points to its buildd status page.


Similarly to Dep-Waits, results of edos-debcheck, which is used to spot installability issues of build dependencies, are now clickable too.

If you are a porter or if you are tracking down a build issue, I am sure you'll appreciate these two new features. Enjoy! As usual, if you notice some bugs or have some feature requests, please let me know.