Monthly Archives: August 2010

Happy Birthday Debian!

17 years… I guess the puberty is almost a thing of the past and you’re getting all grown up and stuff. You certainly changed for the better in the last years. Ok, a few rough edges here and there but overall a quite impressive development. You’re already forking regularly and even your offspring is quite handsome. No wonders with those genes if you ask me.

Thanks to Ian for starting probably the best Linux distribution out there. I hope you are proud of what you’ve started (I certainly was when I met you two years ago) and someone is killing a few beers with you right now.

Also big thanks to all the Debian Developers, Maintainers and contributors for making Debian what it is today. Keep up the good work!

Goodbye DebConf10

DebConf was really an awesome conference. I’m happy that I have finally met so many of the fellow Debian people I only knew from the mailing lists or planet. There where lot’s of interesting talks, the hacklabs where always busy, and the overall atmosphere was very good. Now that I’m back in Berlin, I’m already missing it — I’m by the way also missing my luggage which is apparently still at the JFK airport.

This was my first DebConf, but definitively not my last. I encourage people who never made it to DebConf: Get your butt up and register for the next conference! You don’t know what you’re missing. If money is an issue: there is a sponsoring which you can apply for and chances are good that you’ll get at least partially sponsored.

Big thanks to all the volunteers who helped to organize and run this conference and to SPI for sponsoring my trip, food and accommodation!

I’m looking forward seeing some of you again in three weeks at Steve’s place in Cambridge for a nice BBQ and the rest of you next year in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Debconf: Day 2


Second day in the big city and after the obligatory pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon breakfast, I spend almost the entire day in the hacklab fixing the documentation for the debbugs SOAP interface. Thanks to Don I think I finally have the get_status part at an accurate state. Accordingly I was very busy making changes in python-debianbts which uses the SOAP interface to query the BTS. Some Bugreport attributes disappeared, others got their data type fixed, Unittests where added and docstrings updated. Finally I uploaded the new version to unstable.

Between that mess I met a lot of nice people, and heard a talk whose slides consisted almost entirely of lolcat images — which was of course awesome! I definitively have to try that in one of my next scientific talks.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll find some time to actually prepare my talk.