Monthly Archives: August 2008

What is group x in /etc/group for and should I be a member?

A few days ago I noticed that suspend to RAM didn’t work anymore on my T60 running sid. By chance I stumbled upon #484248 which explains that the user now has to be in the powerdev group to be able to suspend the machine.

If I hadn’t found this information, I would have had no idea what to change to make me able to suspend my machine again.

Shouldn’t we have a central list somewhere in /usr/share/doc explaining all the different groups and what they mean? Most of the times the package a group belongs to already explains what the meaning of this group is, but if you don’t know the package, you’re pretty much screwed.

I’m not saying, we already have too many groups, but a list with all the important groups and what they’re for would be a huge usability improvement. We can’t expect the user to find that information for every group alone.

My guess for Lenny’s release date

Looking at the current number of release-critical bugs, my guess for the actual release date of Lenny is: around June 2009.

rc-graph.png

The blue lines have exactly the same angle, the greenish line marks the planned release date.

I know that’s not exactly scientific, but let’s see how close I am.

The blue graph marks by the way the number of release-critical bugs in stable.