Talked about UDMA support modularization in the Linux kernel
with marcelo, but apparently Andre Hedrick
doesn't like the idea. He argues that modularising the UDMA
drivers by chipset could encourage OEMs not to go open
source -- and we did see this happening before :\
Fixed some very, very stupid bugs in the new xmp
prototype. Now protracker mods should play a bit better.
Also fixed the pattern loop code after checking the original
Protracker 2.1 replayer code.
Got an editorial published in freshmeat. It has been
published quite fast, I thought it would take a few weeks
and some review rounds before the release. The topic is
provocative and I expect to get a fair amount of flames. I
chose freshmeat instead of discussing it directly in an RPM
or APT forum to gather feedback from end-users -- also not
the audience I would get posting an article in advogato (but
it would be interesting to have some feedback from
developers as well). The main point is the upgrade of RPM
packages with Debian's apt-get tool. Many issues are quite
subtle and non-Debian people will probably not catch all the
implications of simply unpacking the new RPM. The following
example show how it should happen:
Preparing to replace mysql-server 3.23.23-2 (using
Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.
Unpacking replacement mysql-server ...
Setting up mysql-server (3.23.24-1) ...
Starting MySQL database server: mysqld.
Configuration can be interactive (in several levels), but
debconf allows it to be non-interactive -- so RPMs would
keep the ability to be installed unattended. And packages
can be configured after the instalation, either by hand or
I just don't like the idea of unpacking new versions while
the old version is running, installing new (potentially
misconfigured) or keeping the old (potentially incompatible,
or missing some new feature that fixes security problems)
configuration files, forgetting to restart the service and
sending some SIGHUPs to load bad configuration files
Or perhaps I'm just getting too lazy, since Linux is
supposed to be hard to use, hard to configure and hard to
upgrade, and Debian's well-designed upgrade system is for