MTFAQMTFAQ: /ˈɛmtiːfak/, n.
- More Than FAQ
- When a developer has become so tired of a FAQ that decides to doc it or even change the code to remove the FAQ from the list, it's said that FAQ has become an MTFAQ.
Name: Ricardo Mones
Member since: 2002-04-01 16:20:18
Last Login: 2008-02-15 07:51:00
Downgrading to stable
This weekend I had to downgrade my home desktop to stable thanks to a strange Xorg bug which I've been unable to identify among the current ones. Both testing and sid versions seem affected and all you can see after booting is this:
The system works fine otherwise and can be accessed via ssh, but restarting kdm doesn't help to fix it, it just changes the pattern. Anyway, as explaining a toddler he cannot watch his favourite youtube cartoons because suddenly the computer screen has become an abstract art work is not easy I quickly decided to downgrade.
Downgrading went fine, using APT pinning to fix stable and apt-get update/upgrade/dist-upgrade after that, but today I noticed libreoffice stopped working with this message:
Warning: failed to launch javaldx - java may not function correctly /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libreglo.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
# locate libreglo.so /usr/lib/ure/lib/libreglo.so
# echo '/usr/lib/ure/lib' > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/libreoffice-ure.conf # ldconfig
Bye bye DebConf15
Yep, I had planned to go, but given the last mail from registration seems there's a overwhelming number of sponsorship requests, so I've dediced to withdraw my request. There's lots of people doing much more important things for Debian than me which deserve that help. Having to complete my MSc project does also help to take this decision, of course.
I guess the Debian MIA meeting will have to wait for next planetary alignment ;-) well, not really, any other member of the team can set up it, hint! hint!
See you in DebConf17 or a nearby local event!
An useful new feature of git
Just read in LWN that git 2.2.0 is coming with the support for signed pushes. What's that? Well, name says it all: you can sign with your public PGP key the 'git push' operation, which of course can be checked on the corresponding server side hook.
This opens a new way of contributing to public repositories without the need to have an actual account on the machine, which is always good for sysadmins :-) and security, of course. In the case of Claws Mails, translators could be pushing their translations, for example, which cold be also good for our release manager too ;-).
FOSS or not FOSS, that's the question
Today in #claws IRC channel some user wanted to move away from Claws Mail to another MUA. That probably happens every day or two, so nobody really cares (I don't, at least).
Claws' storage format is MH, nothing exotic or unknown, hence there's no explicit exporting utilities, as requested by that user. Anyway one of the developers suggested mh2mbox, which seems a pretty straightforward option. Claws has also a mailmbox plugin, which can be populated with messages from MH folders, but when you have lots of them the task becomes boring :-)
Anyway, the point of this post was not the technicalities of conversion but more the ideas people has about FOSS. At some point, after some arguing about how developers doesn't listen to users and how wrong donating to the project had been, the user said:
12:54 < somebody> If I develop a system, and I want people to use it, then I have a duty to listen to people and consider to make it useable for them ... or else, they won't use it.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
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