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2015-01-18 22:41:35 +0100
RC bugs 2014/51-2015/03

I have to admit that I was a bit lazy when it comes to working on RC bugs in the last weeks. here's my not-so-stellar summary:

  • #729220 – pdl: "pdl: problems upgrading from wheezy due to triggers"
    investigate (unsuccessfully), later fixed by maintainer
  • #772868 – gxine: "gxine: Trigger cycle causes dpkg to fail processing"
    switch trigger from "interest" to "interest-noawait", upload to DELAYED/2
  • #774584 – rtpproxy: "rtpproxy: Deamon does not start as init script points to wrong executable path"
    adjust path in init script, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #774791 – src:xine-ui: "xine-ui: Creates dpkg trigger cycle via libxine2-ffmpeg, libxine2-misc-plugins or libxine2-x"
    add trigger patch from Michael Gilbert, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #774862 – ciderwebmail: "ciderwebmail: unhandled symlink to directory conversion: /usr/share/ciderwebmail/root/static/images/mimeicons"
    use dpkg-maintscript-helper to fix symlink_to_dir conversion (pkg-perl)
  • #774867 – lirc-x: "lirc-x: unhandled symlink to directory conversion: /usr/share/doc/PACKAGE"
    use dpkg-maintscript-helper to fix symlink_to_dir conversion, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #775640 – src:libarchive-zip-perl: "libarchive-zip-perl: FTBFS in jessie: Tests failures"
    start to investigate (pkg-perl)
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2014-12-24 16:23:31 +0100
GDAC 2014/24

the last year hasn't been an easy one for debian. we've seen lots of fights, unproductive discussions, & in general behaviour which contributed to what enrico in his brilliant blog post called the "stink in the kitchen". people's feelings were hurt, some became less active, others resigned from a specific position or retired completely.

it happened to me as well that reading through threads full of trolling, aggressiveness, finger-pointing, unrespectful or abusive behaviour, etc. made me frustrated, or sad, or angry, or all kinds of other negative feelings.

but then I usually told myself: this is not the debian project as I know it; this is only a small part – a part which urgently needs improvement! –; but if we only look at it alone, our picture of debian at large is distorted.

the much bigger part of the debian life I know doesn't happen on this handful of high-profile mailing lists; it happens on dozens of specialized mailing lists, in many small IRC channels, in the BTS, & in in-person meetings. – & what I see there is most of the time constructive, collaborative, respectful communication, & committed, helpful, funny, awesome people.

the idea of this advent calendar was to give examples of some of my recent experiences which demonstrate what the bright side of debian is in my opinion & what contributes to my fun in debian. with the aim of sharing my impression that the proverbial "stink" is, if we take a step back, only one piece of the bigger picture, & that we shouldn't let ourselves get demotivated by only staring at this puzzle piece. – thanks to all the awesome contributors for polishing existing & adding new shiny puzzle pieces to our common picture every day!

finally: thanks for reading this series of posts, & especially thank you to all who provided positive feedback – this in turn motivated me to follow through!

& now: back to work, & don't forget to help cleaning the kitchen :)


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-23 22:15:13 +0100
GDAC 2014/23

when I think about debian, one term that comes to my mind is "quality". of course it can be annoying when the ftp-masters REJECT a new package or when potential sponsors nit-pick on packaging details but in general this all leads to our excellent software quality. & yes, I've also seen less-than-excellent packages when working on RC bugs but I still believe that as a whole we strive to Do Things Right™. - thanks to all mentors, QA people, ftp-masters, & diligent package maintainers!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-22 23:04:47 +0100
GDAC 2014/22

today I read about a nice & successful example that shows that a debian derivative works best by contributing back to debian & working on debian directly. - great to see again that debian is at the center of a whole ecosystem, & thanks to the grml team!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-21 22:32:05 +0100
GDAC 2014/21

today I got two private mails from fellow DDs; both were personal messages & a pleasure to read. but what I also realized is that both emails were encrypted. which reminded me how hard it is to communicate securely with most people, & how easy it is with debian people. – & this is something we can be proud of!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-20 22:56:15 +0100
GDAC 2014/20

today seen on IRC: a maintainer was surprised & happy that their package had migrated to testing without having filed an unblock request. once again an example of the awesome work of the release team which pro-actively unblocked the package. – a big thank you to the members of the release team!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-19 20:07:05 +0100
GDAC 2014/19

yesterday I learned that I can go to FOSDEM in early 2015 because a conflicting event was cancelled. that makes me happy because FOSDEM is great for seeing other debian folks, & especially for meeting friends.


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-18 23:01:30 +0100
GDAC 2014/18

what constantly fascinates me in debian is that people sit at home, have an idea, work on it, & then suddenly present it to an unexpecting public; all without prior announcements or discussions, & totally apart from any hot discussion-de-jour. the last example I encountered & tried out just now is the option to edit source packages online & submit patches. - I hope we as a project can keep up with this creativity!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-17 23:30:08 +0100
GDAC 2014/17

my list of IRC channels (& the list of people I'm following on micro-blogging platforms) has a heavy debian bias. a thing I noticed today is that I had read (or at least: seen) messages in 6 languages (English, German, Castilian, Catalan, French, Italian). – thanks guys for the free language courses :) (& the opportunity to at least catch a glimpse into other cultures)


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-16 23:46:58 +0100
GDAC 2014/16

today I met with a young friend (attending the final year of technical high school) for coffee. he's exploring free software since one or two years, & he's running debian jessie on his laptop since some time. it's really amazing to see how exciting this travel into the free software cosmos is for him; & it's good to see that linux & debian are not only appealing to greybeards like me :)


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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