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What you say about package removals is simply not true. Before a package is orphaned, it normally has been unmaintained for many months, and has been probably NMU'ed several times, after the RC bugs piled up or the package simply sucked or didn't work anymore. And when this happens, either someone else takes the package, or it gets orphaned, which doesn't mean it gets kicked out from unstable. When a package is orphaned, it starts being maintained by Debian's Quality Assurance team. It must stay in that state and have many other problems before the people at QA decide it's time to get it removed. A recent example is non-free ssh2. It has been unmaintained for like 2years+ and it's still in Debian (not for much longer).

Regarding aj's first round of package removals for Sarge, note that this is a nice way of getting people that care about the package (maintainers or non-maintainers) to fix the packages they don't want to see removed. This mostly means the entire list of proposed packages. Those that aren't saved are probably not useful for any developer or any users with the skills to tackle the bug: just sending a patch to the BTS is enough for someone else to upload the fix.

Please don't say we remove packages so happily. It's a long process.


Aren't you a bit obsesed with that Nautilus scripts page? What if a few people start writing scripts, even if they duplicate features in Nautilus 2.0? Maybe some of those are pointless, so what? What's the point in bashing old versions of some software? Eazel's Nautilus had flaws, good... what's the point of this GNOME-bashing now, two years later, when the "problems" you point out have been mostly solved in the current versions?

In other news...

Been a(nother) while since I last posted here. I'm quite busy with RL stuff and just keeping my INBOX tidy. In a few days, we'll start a "computer recycling workshop" in València, as the first step to create a hacklab for our area. Many people have told me in the last days that they are very interested in the GNU/Linux mini-lessons that I'm supossed to give. We'll see where I find the time to do all of this.

Things in València are looking bad these days. 4 young persons were captured by the police and then accused of "terrorism". 14 months ago, the charges would have been "vandalism" at the most, but as some website said some time ago regarding our new Internet law, "last time we checked, Spain was still a Democracy". Not that I have ever believed much in this "democracy", but the current right-wing governemnt is making this place look like Spain in the Franco era. And it's no fun at all. Yesterday there was a big demonstration in support of the imprisoned people, it was refreshing to see so many people getting involved in such a fight. Cotino, cotxino!

Six months later, I come back to advogato. I don't expect this post will have a quick followup, but at least people will know I'm not totally dead :)

I'll be free of exams on Wednesday, at long last. I've been in exam-mode for nearly 2 months, and it's exhausting. The good thing is that I've done a lot better than normally, so far. We'll see how it ends.

Free Software:

Nano's author, Chris Allegretta is more busy than ever and cannot dedicate much time to nano. Luckily, David & David & Carl and the rest of the nano-devel people have filled in the gap and development continues at a good pace. Neil Spring finally took over wmbiff's management "officially", and things are much better like this. It is up to version 0.4.5 and constantly updated to gnuTLS changes. XQF just released 0.9.9, after 6 months. That development is a bit stalled. It's a pity... it's a very nice program. Any Quakers around who hack Gtk+2? XQF could use some porting effort :) GNOME-Mud also had a very recent release, hopefully the last GNOME 1.0-based. GNOME2 porting has already started, and it looks promising. It looks like more and more people are keeping an eye on it. Finally, gtetrinet got i18n support at last, and hadess will probably start a GNOME2 port.

Oh, I also contributed very significantly to get Catalan translations up to 91% for the GNOME 2.0.0 release. Aiming for 100% in GNOME 2.0.1. It shouldn't be difficult.

Nice to see Advogato is still active and well. I'll try to follow it more regularly, as before...

It's been a while since the last serious post. Today I got back from a really quick trip to Barcelona and that puts end to a frenetic month of travelling.

I was in Madrid three weeks ago, in the HispaLinux Congress, where I more than anything met tons of other Debian people and some other people.

Then, last week I went to Madrid, to a big demonstration against the new Law of Universities passed by the gang of fascists in the Spanish government. There were like 300.000 people in the streets! We've been doing more protests in our own cities and university campus.

Finally, yesterday I went to Barcelona, gave a talk on Debian in the CSOA Les Naus, organized by the people from Kernel Panic HackLab Barcelona. We had nice political discussions about Debian's organization, etc. Finally, I came back home today. Not bad for someone who isn't too used to travelling...

Free Software:

Since the last post, some things have happened. WMBiff is up to 0.3.4, which is in testing now. GNU nano 1.0.6 was released too, and 1.0.7 should be out soonish. As Debian's nano is frozen now, it's time to upload nano 1.1.3 to unstable now, so people break it and so on. Hey, CVS nano has syntax highlighting now!

Next week will be a bit weird too, I plan sleeping the whole week in the campus, so I'll have little access to the net. I guess the government will have to backup that stupid law in the end. At the moment Aznar and the Ministress of Education just joke and mock about the protests as if they weren't important, and it's the biggest student mobilization since Franco. Fuck you Aznar, fuck you, Pilarín.

jacobo, yeah, I'm in Madrid. I'm sorry to say I'm having a really good time (this is totally unrelated to your lack of presence :) I met fxn in today's dinner, nice to meet other Advogatoers.

It's too late to write stuff, I guess I'll do some longer comment when I'm back in Valencia on Sunday.
Free Software:

I finally released WMBiff 0.3.2 on Monday, after gnutls 0.2.4 (which carried a bugfix wmbiff needed) was released too. The Debian package was done as soon as the new gnutls was in Debian, but it hasn't been installed yet, so patience... hm, <reminder>I need to do a silly, simple webpage for wmbiff</reminder>
Yesterday, omnic helped me setting up a IPv6 tunnel for my lan, and it's more or less working now. IPv6's cool! Reading addresses is a bit weird at the beginning, but once you get the idea, it's neat.
Looks like there will be another GNU nano release RSN, as Chris squished a nasty bug. 1.0.6 should be the last 1.0.x version, I hope.
Wanted to play more with GNU/Hurd, now that I have a plug for the hurdbox... had the nice idea of installing locales to get rid of perl warnings, and boom, the thing exploded into pieces. I would have tried compiling libgcrypt and gnutls on it, but the box is unusable right now.


Damned storms... I have a broken CD-ROM drive and hard disk, thanks to the last storm that came by and dropped a lightning very near our house... luckily it was an old CD drive and the HD was a small one, used for /scratch and temporary things.
I have an appointment with a "naturist" doctor the 5th of November. Let's see if he knows what the hell is wrong with my ankle, he can fix it and I can run again...

19 Oct 2001 (updated 19 Oct 2001 at 23:19 UTC) »

Duh... I wrote a nice, long and detailed sgml document for the GNOME-Mud Manual, and as soon as I finished it, I managed to delete it and at the same time lose my two backup copies. Cool... they say documenting sucks... doing documentation two times sucks twice...
I'm totally pissed today.

Woo! I finally finished the Catalan translation of woody's boot-floppies. At the same time, the rest of team members of Debian's Catalan l10n team finished the installation manual. Everything is being revised and corrected prior to inclusion in CVS, but I'm glad I finished with the horrible ca.po. I need to do some minor things still (modconf and so), but the big part is done.

I also completed level 3 of Tuxracer. Oh, what a wonderful day.

I have something similar to the flu or something. Last night was hellish, vomited two times, etc. Right now I have a bit of fever, and it's imposible to concentrate to get some work done. It's the first day in a loooong time I watch three movies. I don't watch much TV normally, but what could I do today but lay around... I hope I'll be ok tomorrow, I want to spend this long weekend (saturday-tuesday) locked up at home...

Finally got the WMBiff patch that uses libgcrypt and gnutls. It's in CVS, unreleased and waiting for people to say it's not horridly broken.

Sony Tech Service is lame. They had my monitor kidnapped during a whole month, got it back on Friday and now the display is blurry at some points of the screen. GRRR!

It's been a while since the last post. Since then,

Free Software

XQF 0.9.6g was finally released, with lots of new support, like Q3A protocol 66, Tribes2 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein, i18n... And CVS is even better, with new support for GameSpy games, and some nice reorganization of preferences and things.

WMBiff 0.3.2 wasn't released yet. We've been getting some patches, but they had licensing issues: Md5 and OpenSSL licenses suck. Someone is porting stuff to GPL'd libraries, so we'll have a nice release soon.

About the Catalan translation of Boot Floppies, the manual is virtually finished, only one 50kb document remains unstranslated, and the rest is being reviewed by the team. My part, the installer program translation has stalled at ~55%. I guess I'll get to work on it this week.

Haven't touched GNU/Hurd in a while, I really need to buy a hub to be able to have my desktop and that box online at the same time.


Hm, last time I posted I was puzzled about the War's name. It was changed, but really, you guys at the Pentagon should try harder. Perdurable Liberty (or whatever is the new name) is still ridiculous.


Well, clases started, things are starting to suck again. I got into French classes finally, I hope it'll be fun. My ankle is still fubared, I can't run more than 3 kms without getting that pain.

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