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Fr0zen! / Where were you by Woody time?

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 05/03/2005 - 20:16
Wow... Like most people, upon reading the last Andi's announcement last week, I decided to go get my bugs - And, yes, I did nice progress... So it was a bit frustrating on one hand to find out today that Sarge is finally frozen. Yes, I know we are not supposed to wait until the last minute - But hey, face it, it is a great motivation! ;-) (and, yes, I will contact debian-release regarding a set of changes I did today that closed five bugs, even though non-critical). Now, this blog is syndicated at my local community as well - For you guys, what does this freeze mean? No, we have not released Sarge yet. However, we are in a very special period, where the final bugs are squished, aiming to release Sarge in a month. Yes, we are notorious for skipping deadlines, but this time it does look like it. And, believe it or not, we are really into finding a way to get Etch out in less time. Anyway... The freeze by itself deserves a celebration. And very, very soon (by the Debian time standards) we will have a major celebration coming up. I just got an inspiration - I will try to start a... New meme - New meme - New meme Where were you when Woody was released? I remember reading the announcement at a lent terminal, at UNAM's Computer Security Department. We still had the (now defunct) Free Software Area next door, and I was a common fixture over there, even if I worked at the Iztacala campus, over 1hr away. Funny, today I was there again, after not visiting for many months, presenting an idea for an Admin-UNAM meeting.
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Debconf5 flood

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 03/15/2005 - 18:28
WOW... The Debconf Comas system we set up had been running quite smoothly for already some months. People were registering in quite a nice, ordered way... We had around 30 registered proposals, and everything was fine. Well, mostly everything. You see, we had as a proposal submission deadline March 15 2005, 23:59 UTC. In order to allow only for timely new proposals, Comas checks this date - only that I was checking for the date, not for the time... Since March 15 2005 00:00 UTC until around 16:00 UTC when I fixed this, we were gratuitously rejecting the proposals. And I had done the math wrong when setting the local cutoff time, as the server is in UTC+2, but I am (as I live in UTC-6) used to adding instead of substracting, so we got another two more hours off the air. I even gasped when I saw the titles for #debconf and #debconf-team: website proposal form b0rken, mail proposals to debconf5-speakers@l.debconf.o, cc: gwolf@debian.o - WHATTHEFUCKDOYOUMEANBYB0RKEN?! My system is not b0rken (although my logic certainly is)! ;-) I have been receiving mails with proposals for the last couple of hours - add that to having a stupidly busy day, I was longing for 23:59UTC to finally arrive. And it has finally arrived - No new proposals for Debconf will be accepted (unless our academic committee (Stockholm+Jbailey+Amaya) strong-arm me into acceptance, of course). Well, anyway... Sadly I don't record proposal submission timestamps in Comas, it should be interesting to make a graph similar to the one about persons - During the first day, we got five registered proposals. Then, a long period of laziness... and today we got at least 10 (out of the current 42. And, yes, I am still missing two. Anyway, time to go back to UNAM work - Jordi, Juanjo, I'll upload your talks by tomorrow :)
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Bye bye, my oldest bug

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 03/07/2005 - 18:57
Wow... It is not every day that you have the chance of closing a bug that is over five years old. #41890 can now be crossed out, thanks to Julian Mehnle for his patch. No, no big trumpets, as it was quite an easy bug to fix... But at least is just a little step closer to world domination, just a little step closer to perfect code ;-)
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WTF is this?

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 12/14/2004 - 11:22
Ok... If you know me, you will be perplexed to find this as my current desktop. Yes, people that know me know that I dislike integrated desktop environments. I am a very happy WindowMaker user, have been faithful to WMaker for at least seven years... But anyway, I have found myself recommending Linux to almost-average users... So I decided to force myself to use a computer as they would for a couple of days at least. I am trying to get the whole user perspective, even the settings they would use (i.e., graphical smileys in Gaim... That's bad!), even using one of the pieces I most often loathe in favor of the traditional terminal: The file manager. Well... Almost anything - Just don't take away neither mutt nor Emacs. So far, after some four hours and thinking as a user, I like Gnome. I do think some things should be different, but before screaming about them, I'll play more with it. I had not used it since... The 1.4 days, I think. 2.8 has just entered Debian, and it is amazingly smooth. I plan to submit myself at least to two days of Gnome torture, then two days of KDE torture... If time allows, I'll even torture myself again with xfce, although I tried to do so in the past, and never liked it :)
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