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FISL7.0 : Done

Ok, it's done. I'm now back at home, posting this blog entry after staying at Porto Alegre, Brazil, since April 18, attending to FISL7.0 (Fórum Internacional de Software Livre, ou "International Free Software Forum" version 7.0).

It was a nice time I had there, meeting lots of nice friends and helping in the Debian and Debian-BR-CDD booth we were running at the event.

However, it was pretty difficult to keep up and don't fall sleep, as we were almost all the time in the booth for fours consecutive days, starting everyday from something like 9:00AM till something like 23:00. Of course I attended to some talks, but the booth was were I stayed for most of the time. I'm very tired right now but didn't wanted to sleep before posting something about the event.

We had a party to celebrate the release of the 1.0 version of our local Custom Debian Distribution : Debian-BR-CDD, which is based on Sarge and aimed at brazilian desktop users. Lots of drinks, cakes and happy people in the front of our booth. That's nice when you think that FISL7.0 was an event which had something close to (or more than) 5.000 people attending.

People worked very hard to make it happen and I would like to publicy thank everyone from the team for the great release, even if I didn't helped to do it at all :-)

We heard from some people that some government people were evaluating GNU/Linux distributions for use at some specific places and it seems tha our distro was the one they picked. Great, and even better when you know that we already had some use-cases from some other government people even before the final 1.0 version.

Well, it's Sarge, only with some pre-selected packages and a nice desktop design with only a couple of backports and some already-in-trunk debian-installer enhancements. Nice to see that Debian seems to be the preferred free/libre operating systems in lots pf places in Brazil.

Thank's to all the Debian people for such a great OS :-)

Yes !!! It's done. Sarge's released.

I would like to thank all the members of this huge project and let you all know that your work is fantastic. It's been a pleasure to work with you guys.

This release is really encouraging and give us more energy to work harder in order to spread the word about Debian's qualities and strengths.

Be sure that your work is really being appreciated :-)

For those wondering, I'm not dead yet. It's just that I've been really tired lately as I've been participating in a long work-related project whch is stealing all of my time.

Anyway, I decided not to be so lazy and took some time to update some Brazilian Portuguese translations for Debian package maintainers which asked me for updates as well as (finally) review the translations of the "update-manager" and "update-notifier" Ubuntu packages.

decko asked me to review them some time ago as he's trying to package them aiming for including them into Debian-BR-CDD and latter into Debian proper.

Surely I couldn't say no to him :-)

IPv6 under Linux 2.6 seems to kill name resolution

Since some time I've been wondering why name resolution under my 2.6 box was so slow. I even set up a local caching-only nameserver and it didn't helped at all.

Today, after I read Jeremy Wells review of Ubuntu on OSnews I gave his tip on ipv6 module loading prevention a try. Woo ! Now name resolution is working again at the same level it should be always working.

I already did it to my two home machines (my router and my laptop) and now they are much better to work with when it comes to name resolution (i.e. always for me).

In time : I'm using Debian unstable, not Ubuntu.

Ok, I left my job and now (well, unofficially, since two weeks ago) I'm officially unimployed. That's not all that bad because I was trying to leave the job since some months but never encountered the right moment to do it.

Now it's done I'm looking for a new job, preferably a FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) related one. Well, let's begin it all again ..

Hey ! I just discovered gnome-blog and I'm using it to post this blog entry right now. I hope it works ...


Finally uploaded a newer ibackup package closing the minor issue regarding wrong paths in README.Debian for ibackup.conf example file. While working with ibackup packaging, I also took the opportunity to check it's Standards-Version and bump it to the latest (, ATM).

Additionally, as it seemed a good chance to convert debian/control to UTF-8, I did it. Bad idea. The upload was fine and the bug was closed, but the bug closing message was sent me to me as if it were closed by a Non-Maintainer-Upload (NMU).

I guess I will need to revert debian/control back to ISO-8859-1 in the next upload. I also started using accents in my name in debian/control (hey, UTF-8 is supposed to allow everyone to properly read them) and that's what broke everything, as my identity in GnuPG's public key isn't using accents at all.

Would it be better to change my GnuPG key identity to use accents ? Wouldn't it screw up everything and prevent me from uploading newer packages ? Anyone reading, I would like to know your opinions.

8 Feb 2004 (updated 8 Feb 2004 at 21:52 UTC) »
Translation work for Debian

Translated from scratch debconf templates of five Debian packages today. All of them were already sent to Debian BTS. Also updated choose-mirror's templates translation for d-i, which had a nice revamp template-wise.

Started to update aptitude's translation as requested by Daniel Burrows in order to hopefully have Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR) as a 100% supported language from the very first release of version 0.2.14.


Created a couple of crap scripts to be used with up statements in /etc/network/interfaces in order to set up needed routes and let the UML virtual machine to exchange packets with the UML host and the outside world. They are working fine and now I don't need to type endless commands everytime I start my UML virtual machine anymore. Nice.

Received a request from someone who read my last post and asked me if I could share my user-mode-linux package with the patch to fix the problem with 2.6 hosts included. Tried to send him a reply with the URL to the package but the message bounced back to me with the following error :

<user@somewhere>: host host.domain[] said: 550 5.7.1 Access denied (in reply to MAIL FROM command)

Obviously, I'm not using the real data from the user/his ISP in the above the error message. That might be due to me not using an official SMTP server as I prefer to use my own local MTA (from my laptop). As I'm not going to change this, for the user which requested my package and to everyone else to whom it may interest, you can fetch it from here.

Be warned : As this package was created to be used for testing purposes, I created the linux binary kernel with lots of features included and also included lots of others features as modules (like IPVS, crypto algorithms, almost all of the iptables modules, QoS modules, etc) which are not turned on in the official user-mode-linux package.


It's done. Now I have a fancy UML virtual machine, which is running on a 2.6 host (my laptop). It's currently empty, only holding a basic Debian woody system, but I'm planning to use it to test a lot of things which would require a separated machine otherwise.

I have also built a custom user-mode-linux Debian package, which is in fact the latest user-mode-linux package from Debian unstable plus the patch to fix the nasty "I'm tracing myself and I can't get out" bug. I'll keep using this package until a fixed package is released so, for now, it's being kept on hold. If you are interested, I can upload it somewhere and let you grab it so you can use it yourself.


Updated some translations for d-i and managed to bring it all back to 100% translated. Scott also replied my message asking him to add my RSS feed to Planet Debian so hopefully this is my very first post being featured on Planet Debian.

Now what's left is only to find out a way to send Scott a picture to be used as a thumbnail when a post of mine appears on Planet Debian. That's going to be quite difficult by itself since I have no scanner and no digital camera. Maybe it's time to start thinking about buying one. Hmm ...

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