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Gunnar Wolf - Nice grey life

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I am who I am and that's all that I am
Mexico was one of the first countries in the world to set up a national population registry in the late 1850s, as part of the church-state separation that was for long years one of the national sources of pride. Forty four years ago, when I was born, keeping track of the population was still mostly a manual task. When my parents registered me, my data was stored in page 161 of book 22, year 1976, of the 20th Civil Registration office in Mexico City. Faithful to the legal tradition, everything is handwritten and specified in full. Because, why would they...

RPi 4 + 8GB, Finally, USB-functional!
So… Finally, kernel 5.8 entered the Debian Unstable repositories. This means that I got my Raspberry image from their usual location and was able to type the following, using only my old trusty USB keyboard: So finally, the greatest and meanest Raspberry is fully supported with a pure Debian image! (only tarnished by the nonfree raspi-firmware package. Oh, in case someone was still wondering — The images generated follow the stable release. Only the kernel and firmware are installed from unstable. If / when kernel 5.8 enters Backports, I will reduce the noise of adding a different suit to the...

Welcome to the family
Need I say more? OK, I will… Still wanting some more details? Well… I have had many cats through my life. When I was about eight years old, my parents tried to have a dog… but the experiment didn’t work, and besides those few months, I never had one. But as my aging cats spent the final months of their last very long lifes, it was clear to us that, after them, we would be adopting a dog. Last Saturday was the big day. We had seen some photos of the mother and the nine (!) pups. My children decided...

DebConf20 talk recorded
Following Antonio Terceiro’s post on tips for using ffmpeg for editing video, I will also share a bit of my experience producing my video for my session in DebConf20. I recorded my talk today. As Terceiro mentioned, even though I’m used to speaking in front of my webcam (i.e. for my classes and some smaller conferences I’ve worked on during the COVID lockdown), it does feel a bit weird to present a live talk to… nobody :-| OK, one step back. Why are we doing this? Because our hardworking friends of the DebConf20 video team recommended so. In order to...

Raspberry Pi 4, now running your favorite distribution!
Great news, great news! New images available!Grab them while they are hot! With lots of help (say, all of the heavy lifting) from the Debian Raspberry Pi Maintainer Team, we have finally managed to provide support for auto-building and serving bootable minimal Debian images for the Raspberry Pi 4 family of single-board, cheap, small, hacker-friendly computers! The Raspberry Pi 4 was released close to a year ago, and is a very major bump in the Raspberry lineup; it took us this long because we needed to wait until all of the relevant bits entered Debian (mostly the kernel bits). The...

On masters and slaves, whitelists and blacklists...
LWN published today yet another great piece of writing, Loaded terms in free software. I am sorry, the content will not be immediately available to anybody following at home, as LWN is based on a subscription model — But a week from now, the article will be open for anybody to read. Or you can ask me (you most likely can find my contact addresses, as they are basically everywhere) for a subscriber link, I will happily provide it. In consonance with the current mood that started with the killing of George Floyd and sparked worldwide revolts against police brutality,...

Tor from Telmex. When I say "achievement unlocked", I mean it!
The blockade has ended! For some introduction.. Back in 2016, Telmex –Mexico’s foremost communications provider and, through the brands grouped under the América Móvil brand, one of Latin America’s most important ISPs– set up rules to block connecitons to (at least) seven of Tor’s directory authorities (DirAuths). We believe they might have blocked all of them, in an attempt to block connections from Tor from anywhere in their networks, but Tor is much more resourceful than that 😉 so, the measure was not too effective. Only… Some blocking did hurt Telmex’s users: The ability to play an active role in...

Heads up → Online MiniDebConf is Online
I know most Debian people know about this already – But in case you don’t follow the usual Debian communications channels, this might interest you! Given most of the world is still under COVID-19 restrictions, and that we want to work on Debian, given there is no certainty as to what the future holds in store for us… Our DPL –fearless as they always are– had the bold initiative to make this weekend into the first-ever miniDebConf Online (MDCO)! So, we are already halfway through DebCamp (which means, you can come and hang out with us in the debian.social DebCamp...

Certified printer fumes
After losing a fair bit of hair due to quality and reliability issues with our home laser multifunctional (Brother DCP1600-series, which we bought after checking it was meant to work on Linux… And it does, but with a very buggy, proprietary driver — Besides being the printer itself of quite low quality), we decided it was time to survey the market again, and get a color inkjet printer. I was not very much an enthusiast of the idea, until I found all of the major manufacturers now offer refillable ink tanks instead of the darn expensive cartridges of past decades....

Fresh, daily built Debian images for your Raspberries (finally!)
So, after I took over –or at least, said to take over– maintainership of the Raspberry Pi build images originally produced by Michael Stapelberg in mid-2018, I pushed very few updates. Yes, there was some good and visible work, migrated the image-spec repository from GitHub to Salsa, ironed out several outstanding issues, and –most important for me– managed to get an image built and running for all Raspberry models below the Raspberry Pi 4 Today, I am happy to announce a very good step in the right direction, so I am now… Announcing raspi.debian.net! I have registered and set up...


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