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8 November 2016

Jonathan Carter: A few impressions of DebConf 16 in Cape Town

DebConf16 Group Photo

DebConf16 Group Photo by Jurie Senekal.

DebConf16 Firstly, thanks to everyone who came out and added their own uniqueness and expertise to the pool. The feedback received so far has been very positive and I feel that the few problems we did experience was dealt with very efficiently. Having a DebConf in your hometown is a great experience, consider a bid for hosting a DebConf in your city! DebConf16 Open Festival (5 August) The Open Festival (usually Debian Open Day) turned out pretty good. It was a collection of talks, a job fair, and some demos of what can be done with Debian. I particularly liked Hetzner s stand. I got to show off some 20 year old+ Super Mario skills and they had some fun brain teasers as well. It s really great to see a job stand that s so interactive and I think many companies can learn from them. The demo that probably drew the most attention was from my friend Georg who demoed some LulzBot Mini 3D Printers. They really seem to love Debian which is great! DebConf (6 August to 12 August) If I try to write up all my thoughts and feeling about DC16, I ll never get this post finished. Instead, here as some tweets from DebConf that other have written:

Day Trip We had 3 day trips: Brought to you by

DebConf16 Orga Team.

See you in Montr al! DebConf17 dates: The DC17 sponsorship brochure contains a good deal of information, please share it with anyone who might be interested in sponsoring DebConf! Media

26 February 2015

Michael Banck: 26 Feb 2015

My recent Debian LTS activities

Over the past months, my employer credativ has sponsored some of my work time to keep PostgreSQL updated for squeeze-lts. Version 8.4 of PostgreSQL was declared end-of-life by the upstream PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) last summer, around the same time official squeeze support ended and squeeze-lts took over. Together with my colleagues Christoph Berg (who is on the PostgreSQL package maintainer team) and Bernd Helmle, we continued backpatching changes to 8.4. We tried our best to continue the PGDG backpatching policy and looked only at commits at the oldest still maintained branch, REL9_0_STABLE.

Our work is publicly available as a separate REL8_4_LTS branch on Github. The first release (called 8.4.22lts1) happened this month mostly coinciding with the official 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 and 9.4 point releases. Christoph Berg has uploaded the postgresql-8.4 Debian package for squeeze-lts and release tarballs can be found on Github here (scroll down past the release notes for the tarballs).

We intend to keep the 8.4 branch updated on a best-effort community basis for the squeeze-lts lifetime. If you have not yet updated from 8.4 to a more recent version of PostgreSQL, you probably should. But if you are stuck on squeeze, you should use our LTS packages. If you have any questions or comments concerning PostgreSQL for squeeze-lts, contact me.

4 December 2014

Tomasz Buchert: BSP in Munich

My first plan was to participate in the Bug Squashing Party (BSP) in Paris, but finally I didn t manage to organize the travel and proper stay in the capital of France. Finally I settled on Munich and below you will find a summary of my stay there. While organizing my trip, the Munich natives offered me a couch to surf during the stay, which was very kind. In the end, however, I stayed at my friend s place - thanks a lot Mehdi! The BSP gathered Debian people interested in preparing Jessie release, but also KDE, Kolab and LibreOffice people. The host for the meeting was LiMux (on of the most known large-scale Linux deployments) which provided a venue, but also food (free!) and other attractions. Organizers, if you read this, I thank you for the amazing work that you have done. I arrived on late Friday s evening and so I didn t participate that day in bug squashing and took a good sleep instead. On Saturday and Sunday we were, well, squashing bugs. I haven t done NMUs before and it was a new experience to me, even though theoretically I know how it works. The DDs present at the BSP were more than helpful to help me when I was stuck. Here is a short description of what I have done: I also got my GPG keys signed and vice-versa, so I m much better connected to the web of trust now (7 signatures of DDs so far). All in all, it was a great experience which I recommend to everyone. The atmosphere is very motivating and there are many people who will gladly help you if you don t know or understand something. You don t have to be DD to participate even, but a minimal packaging experience is definitely very useful. I m quite sure that people would be glad to help even a complete newcomer (I certainly would do), but being able to build a package using apt-get source and debuild won t hurt anybody. At the very least you can always triage bugs: reproduce them, find the cause of the bug, propose a way to fix it, etc. As always you should be open-minded and willing to get your hands dirty. I want also thank Debian for sponsoring me which finally convinced me to participate (Munich is around 500 km from where I live and the travel is fairly expensive). Some links of interest: Many bugs still wait to be squashed (120 at the time of writing this), so let s get back to work!

21 November 2013

Michael Banck: 21 Nov 2013

PostgreSQL talk at Linux-Stammtisch

Next Wednesday (November 27th), the Munich Linux-Stammtisch is happening again. This time the topic will be Open-Source databases. Mathias Brandstetter will present MySQL and I will give a talk about PostgreSQL.

So if you are from or around Munich and using/interested in PostgreSQL in particular or databases in general, come around! The Stammtisch is in the Maximiliansst berl at Hofbr ukeller, starting from 19:00. As a Brotzeit is sponsored for attendees, you need to sign up either at the Xing page or here.

5 May 2013

Michael Banck: 5 May 2013

Debian 7.0 "wheezy" has been released this weekend!

Quite a few new Debichem packages are now available in a stable Debian release for the first time:

18 January 2013

Michael Banck: 18 Jan 2013

What I have been up to over the last couple of years

I have now worked at credativ for four years. A sizable part of that time I spent working with the Munich City Council's LiMux project. The focus of our work is helping them with their LDAP/web-based GOsa user and system installation(based on FAI)/configuration/management system. Personally, I mostly did project management and QA besides occasional coding, bug fixing and on-site consulting.

Contrary to a lot of our other customers, the Munich city council openly acknowledges the work by external companies and lets us talk about it as well. I wrote a lengthy blog post (now available in english) last month about our work. It explains how the LiMux project is using GOsa and FAI and work we did for them.

The project took a long time, but managed to pull off the mass migration over the last two years and reached their goal of 12000 migrated workstation last November. It is now widely regarded as a "success story" by german news sites, and I am glad to have had a small part in it. I really think this was (and still is) an important project, especially after several others backpedalled and Munich remained the last high-profile public sector migration in the german speaking countries.

Besides that, the LiMux project members are really nice people I get along with well both on working hours and during the Munich Debconf11 bid and organizing various BSPs at their office. It is a bit of a shame that not more of their work and customizations are available in Debian, but hopefully this well happen one day. At least our changes to GOsa are up on github.

4 July 2012

Michael Banck: 4 Jul 2012

Update on computational chemistry packages in Debian

For many years, me and the Debichem team maintained two computational chemistry packages, first MPQC and later PSI3. In recent years however, two respected quantum chemistry codes have been open sourced and are now available in Debian: ACESIII and NWChem. Make no mistake, those are not recently started codes or some Ph.D.'s pet-project but state-of-the-art projects targeted at massively parallel supercomputers and developed at the University of Florida's Quantum Chemistry Project (QTP) in the case of ACESIII and at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for NWChem.

While ACESIII has a somewhat narrow focus on Coupled-Cluster (unfortunately, the current version does not yet implement analytic gradients for the "golden standard" CCSD(T) method) and Multi-Body Perturbation Theory methods, NWChem is a very versatile package supporting a variety of molecular quantum chemistry methods (including Density Functional Theory (DFT)), as well as periodic plane-wave electronic structure and (ab-initio and classical) molecular dynamics. At this point, NWChem probably covers 90% of all use cases for routine computational chemistry compared to the popular non-free codes Gaussian and GAMESS, while likely exhibiting superior parallel scaling at least compared to Gaussian.

Over the last year, I have packaged and integrated NWChem and ACESIII for Debian, and they are now both in testing. Furthermore, I have recently overhauled the packaging of MPQC and enabled parallel execution via MPI. Further, both MPQC and PSI will see updated versions (MPQC3 and PSI4) in the near future with significant increased functionality, including some unique (at least among open source codes) features like Symmetry-Adapted Perturbation Theory (SAPT) for PSI4 and general explicitly correlated corrections ([2]f12) for MPQC3. Unfortunately, they both did not get released in time for the wheezy freeze.

On the periodic/plane-wave front, I have also packaged and uploaded Quantum ESPRESSO (formerly PwSCF), a set of plane-wave programs, and I have been working with lafur Jens Sigur sson to get the latest Abinit release packaged. The nanoscale-physics team is also targeting further periodic ab-initio packages like BigDFT and Octopus, but those as well did not land in time for the freeze.

Finally, I also packaged and uploaded CP2K, a well-engineered and versatile periodic plane-wave/pseudo-potential code which focuses on state-of-the-art ab-initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) using Density Functional Theory. Some of the authors have recently published a paper reporting linear scaling benchmark calculations on a system with a million atoms using almost 50,000 CPU cores.

All of the above mentioned packages are included either in the molecular ab-initio or the periodic ab-initio Debichem tasks.

24 November 2011

Michael Banck: 24 Nov 2011

Tomorrow (25th November) evening, I will be giving a short talk about PostgreSQL at the monthly Munich Open-Source-Treffen event.

The meetings start around 6PM and are always in Cafe Netzwerk in Luisenstr. 11, a nice and cosy hangout and hackerspace for young Munich students near Hauptbahnhof.

6 November 2011

Michael Banck: 6 Nov 2011

I am currently sitting in the train to Goslar, where the German Conference on Cheminformatics will take place. As part of the Free Software Session, I will give a session on DebiChem. This is the first I attend this conference and I am looking forward to meet Noel O'Boyle and hopefully others from the community.

In light of this, I have packaged and uploaded RDKit and Cinfony over the last weeks and also updated the Debichem task pages, introducing a Cheminformatics Task at the same time. I feel we still need at least tasks for Chemical Education (to expose e.g. Kalzium more prominently), and possibly Protein Docking and Crystallography. So if you have experience/opinions in these fields (or want to propose other fields), drop me a mail or contact us at

4 October 2011

Michael Banck: 4 Oct 2011

Woodchuck and FrOSCon

At the end of August, I attended FrOSCon in Bonn again, after skipping it last year. The evening before FrOSCon however, I visited Neal Walfield, his wife Isabel and their little son Noam in D sseldorf. Besides having a great time and a lovely dinner, I was most impressed by their collection of Maemo devices (they had at least two N770s, an N900 and, to my jealousy, an N950) which Neal is doing research on these days. He works on woodchuck, which is a project investigating how to improve data availability on mobile devices and our conversation prompted him to implement ATP Woodchuck, which makes smarter decisions when to run APT upgrade on your Maemo device then the standard updater. As part of the research, they also run a user behaviour study which I joined, where one installs a client which records various data off your N900 and sends them anonymized (he seems to be doing a good job at that) to figure out how people use their mobile devices and hopefully enhance the experience. So if you have a N900, you should consider joining the study so they get better data.
The next day, I picked up Martin Michlmayr nearby and we headed for FrOSCon. I was quite impressed by the Makerbot at the Tarent booth, but I still don't know what they are really doing and why they had it on display... In the afternoon, I attended a couple of talks in the PostgreSQL developer room and a talk about a big OpenVPN deployment, before ending the day with the excellent as always social event barbeque. On Sunday, I went to quite a few talks, but I thought that two of them were particularly interesting:
Michael "Monty" Widenius of MySQL gave a talk titled "Why going open source will improve your product" about starting businesses on an open source project, or how business can/should open-source their product. Besides a detailed discussion about the various forms of Open Source licenses and the Open-Core model, he proposed the idea of "Business Source" (see slide 20 of his presentation), where a startup would distribute the source code under a non-commercial (but otherwise open-source) license with the explicit guarantee that the license would be changed to a true FLOSS license at some defined point in the future, giving the company a head start to develop and nurture their project. I asked whether this has been already implemented in practise and how the community could be sure that e.g. lawyers after a hostile takeover would not just remove that part of the copyright notice, as long as a true distribution under a FLOSS license has not happened yet. Monty wasn't aware of any real-word cases, and he did not seem to be concerned about this and said the original intent would be clear in a possible court case. This was the first time I heard about this approach, I wonder how other people think about it, whether it would work in practise and be a useful thing to have?
Second, I attended a talk by Gregor Geiermann, a Ph.D. student in linguistics on "Perceptions of rudeness in Free Software communities". He conducted an online survey about the perceived rudeness of several forum thread posts on Ubuntu Forums. Survey participants were first asked a couple of generic questions about their gender, nationality etc. and were then presented with a series of posts. For each post, they were asked to rate how rude they thought it was on a scale of 1 to 5 and they also had the possibility to highlight the parts of the post they considered rude as well as add comments. He presented a neat web application for analyzing the results, which makes it possible to select different groups (he did male vs. female and Americans vs. Germans in the talk) and have their overall rudeness ratings as well as the highlighted texts visualized as different shades of blue. Comments can be easily accessed. There were quite a few interesting differences e.g. in how Germans perceived rudeness compared to Americans (RTFM comments were considered less rude by Germans for example, IIRC). In response to my question, he said he intended to release the web application as open source and this might be an interesting tool for FLOSS projects to analyze how their public communication channels are perceived by various groups. Unfortunately, I cannot find any other resources about this on the web as of today, so I should try to contact him about it at some point.

31 January 2011

Michael Banck: 31 Jan 2011

Debian Med Bioinformatics Sprint Last weekend, I was at the Debian Med Meeting in Travem nde near L beck, thanks to an invitation by Steffen M ller and Andreas Tille. It was a great opportunity to finally meet Steffen and some of the other bioinformatics people in Debian like Manuel Prinz face-to-face for the first time. Also, lots of upstream and related bioinformatics packagers from e.g. Biolinux were present as well, many of them from the UK. I discussed with and helped some people about Debian packaging. There is a big push to get Debian packages done and integrated in Debian and Ubuntu, but often enough people are not exactly sure what the requirements are and what needs to be done. Hopefully, the sprint was successful to clear things up and move forward. I also managed to finalize the initial Jmol packaging and uploaded it to Debian towards the end of the sprint. I plan to update the other bioinformatics related packages in debichem like pymol and openbabel as soon as squeeze is released. Overall, it was a great weekend, many thanks to NERC and Debian for making it possible, and to Steffen M ller for organizing it!

11 December 2010

Michael Banck: 11 Dec 2010

On Cancun's Success and Wikileaks The success of the international climate conference in Cancun appears to be a great (and desperately needed) leap forward in the struggle to preserve our climate. At least news sources in Germany marvel at the very much unexpected and bigger-than-hoped outcome of the final declaration. However, I keep wondering whether this could also be the first big success of Wikileak's power: what if Cablegate's timely leakage of the US and China's double-game at the Kopenhagen summit has scared their delegations so much they did not dare to repeat the backstabbing of the climate conference a second (or thrice?) time - in fear of their actions being defaced another time next year? If this was the case, one could either call this Diplomacy by Fear or Diplomacy by Transparency - I choose to pick the latter. And if it indeed turns out Wikileaks had been the prime source behind a success for our planet, nominating the organization for the Nobel Peace prize does not look so absurd to me as it did last week.

8 August 2010

Michael Banck: 8 Aug 2010

So, DebConf is over and it was a blast. I wanted to blog about my talks for a couple of days, but the conference was so great that I did not get around to it until now. The unique thing about this year's conference were the outstanding contributions by non-Debian FLOSS people from the east coast. I am really glad the organizers decided to reach out to the communi ty and take this opportunity when a lot of great minds were just a couple of hours away. Also, discussing and hanging out with the local team people was so much fun and interesting that it was wor th the visit alone. The venue was just perfect, the dorms were on campus, the cafeteria had an all-you-can-eat buffet, everything was in short walking distance and the Columbia campus is beautiful. I would have liked to go to a couple more places in the evenings, but hanging out in the Carman basement lounge with awesome people was just as good. A big thanks to Richard Darst, Biella, Micah and the rest of the crew. The Debian GNU/Hurd talk went quite well, I was pleasantly surprised so many people made it to the Davis auditorium. I wanted to do the presentation on Debian GNU/Hurd (and I had it working before the talk), but as my notebook has a different resolution than the projector, I decided to play it safe and just show a d-i run in qemu. Nevertheless, Jeremie's wo rk on debian-installer is impressive, I got it installed on my ThinkPad without a problem (using qemu) and it automatically installed and setup grub2. Unfortunately, grub2 seems to be having issues when booting my notebook natively, but I got it to work with grub-legacy, including X and evince. There were quite a few comments and I had interesting conversations afterwards with a couple of people. It is a shame Emilio Pozuelo Monfort (pochu) could not make it to DebConf to give the talk himself, he did lots of great work on porting packages and fixing the Hurd and glibc for various testsuites over the last couple of months. My other talk about GOsa and FAI was a bit rougher, I scrambled to get FAI integration in GOsa to work based on Mark Pavlichuk'sinstallation scripts which I fixed up over the last couple of weeks to the point where one can install a client using the FAI simple demo classes (which I ported to GOsa's FAI LDAP). There were some problems with the demonstration during the talk and I guess it was a tough audience for a web-based admin tool but I hopefully got my point across that we should salvage this work done for the city of Munich. Indeed, I had great discussions with Andreas Mundt from debian-edu afterwards who posted a summary and call for discussion to the debian-edu mailing list.

4 August 2010

Michael Banck: 4 Aug 2010

Science and Math Track at DebConf10 This year's DebConf10 (which is great, by the way) at Columbia University, New York will feature Tracks for the first time. We had a Community Outreach track on Debian Day (to be continued by more awesome talks over the rest of the week), a Java track on Monday and an Enterprise track yesterday. Tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, the S cience and Math track (which I am organizing) will take place in the Interschool lab on level 7 of Schapiro Center. The Track will start at 14:00 with a short welcome from me, followed by presentations of debian-science by Sylvestre Ledru and debian-math by David Bremner. At 15:00, Michael Hanke and Yaroslav Halchenko will present their talk on "Debian as the ultimate platform for neuroimaging research". This will be followed at 16:00 by three mini-talks on "New developments in Science Packaging". Adam C. Powell, IV will talk about MPI, Sylvestre Ledru will present linear algebra implementations in Debian and finally Michael Hanke and Yaroslav Halchenko will discuss the citation/reference infrastructure. At the end of track, the annual debian-science round-table will happen at 17:00, where David Bremner (mathematics), Michael Hanke (neuro-debian), Sylvestre Ledru (debian- science/pkg-scicomp), Adam C. Powell, IV (debian- science/pkg-scicomp) and myself (debichem) will discuss matters about cross-field debian-science and math related topics. If afterwards there are still outstanding matters to be discussed, we can schedule ad-hoc sessions for science or math matters on Friday or Saturday. See you at the science track tomorrow!

2 August 2010

Michael Banck: 2 Aug 2010

DebConf's Law If you hang out with local team people at some place, they must not have to buy beer themselves.

8 July 2010

Michael Banck: 8 Jul 2010

Bug-Squashing-Party in Munich We are organizing another BSP in Munich on the weekend of 17th/18th July. Like the last BSP, it will take place in the LiMux office in the city center. See the coordination page for further information and directions and in order to sign up for it. Food and drinks for the event are partly sponsored by the City of Munich and this amount (100 ) has been again matched by credativ GmbH. Contributions by non-DDs are welcome as always; the BSP will be attended by several Debian Developers who will be able to upload fixes. Attending BSPs is a great way to get involved in the Debian community! We cannot guarantee crash space to people from outside Munich at this point, so if you want to attend please contact the Munich list ( beforehand or arrange your own accomodation. We probably start the BSP at some point after 6PM on Friday evening already, but the main action will be on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, people should bring their notebooks and possibly an ethernet cable. Wireless will be present as well, but a certain bandwidth cannot be guaranteed. Bug-Squashing Introduction I also plan to give an introduction to bug-squashing at this month's Garching Debian Stammtisch, which will take place next Wednesday, July 14th in the campus-cneipe (or its beergarden) as usual (the monthly Stammtisch is always on the second Wednesday of the month). If you study/work in Garching and would like to attend the BSP, come to the Stammtisch for a tutorial (and beer)! Debian Packaging Tutorial Some time ago, I gave a tutorial on Debian packaging in the TechTalk series of the Open-Source- School. The audience seemed to be pleased with the talk, and as more people requested to attend than there were seats in the room, we decided to reprise the event on September 7th. Attendence is free, but you have to register (see the event page). There are still some places left at this point.

30 April 2010

Michael Banck: 30 Apr 2010

Science Track at Debconf10 This year's Debconf will probably have for the first time tracks pertaining to certain subjects. One of the proposed tracks will be "Math and Science and Debian" and I was asked to organize it. We have some talk proposals already, and we will have a panel discussion about Debian science packaging between the major contributors of the various packaging teams, but more talks are welome! Talks could be about science with/on Debian, or Debian development in scientific fields. Additionally, I would like to encourage contributions on three types of topics: Full length talks are not required, we could split up each topic among a number of people depending on interest and submissions. Talks can be officially submitted until the end of tomorrow (Saturday May 1st, 23h59 UTC), but even afterwards, if you plan to go to Debconf and would like to give a talk about Math, Science and Debian, please contact me and we will see what can be done. Especially contributions to the three topics above can be made later as the events will be registered already.

27 February 2010

Michael Banck: 27 Feb 2010

Debconf11 This evening, the final decision on which city will host Debconf11 next year will be taken. For the last half year, mostly Andreas Barth, Jan-Marek Glogowski and I have been working hard to make the Munich bid as good as possible. One thing we wanted to make clear from the beginning was that we would go for a conference in the city center - not some conference center in some nearby village or in an industrial area far away from where the city life happens. It was not easy, since the german-wide decision, we had to reshuffle venue plans a couple of times. In the end, thanks to Jan-Marek, we managed to get an excellent venue offer. Our bid consits mostly of: The biggest strong points about Munich are, in my opintion: It the end, it seems Banja Luka seems to have the stronger bid, especially due to their 150000 EUR governemnt sponsorship. We will see who wins, I believe we did the best we could.

21 February 2010

Michael Banck: 21 Feb 2010

Application Indicators: A Case of Canonical Upstream Involvement and its Problems I always thought Canonical could do a bit more to contribute to the GNOME project, so I was happy to see the work on application indicators proposed to GNOME. Application indicators are based on the (originally KDE-driven, I believe) proposed cross-desktop status notifier spec. The idea (as I understand it) is to have a consistent way of interacting with status notifiers and stop the confusing mix of panel applets and systray indicators. This is a very laudable goal as mentioned by Colin Walters:
"First, +5000 that this change is being driven by designers, and +1000 that new useful code is being written. There are definite problems being solved here."
The discussion that followed was very useful, including the comments by Canonical's usability expert Matthew Paul Thomas. Most of the discussion was about the question how this proposal and spec could be best integrated into GTK, the place where most people seemed to agree this belongs (rather than changing all apps to provide this, this should be a service provided by the platform) However, on the same day, Canonical employee Ted Gould proposed libappindicator as an external dependency. The following thread showed a couple of problems, both technical and otherwise: What I personally disliked is the way the Cody Russel and Ted Gould are papering over the above issues in the thread that followed. For examples, about point one, Ted Gould writes in the proposal:
Q: Shouldn't this be in GTK+?
A: Apparently not.
while he himself said on the same day, on the same mailing list: "Yes, I think GTK/glib is a good place" and nobody was against it (and in fact most people seemed to favor including this in GTK). To the question about why libappindicator is not licensed as usual under the LGPL, version 2.1 or later, Canonical employee Cody Russell even replied:
"Because seriously, everything should be this way. None of us should be saying "LGPL 2.1 or later". Ask a lawyer, even one from the FSF, how much sense it makes to license your software that way."
Not everybody has to love the FSF, but proposing code under mandated copyright assignments which a lot of people have opposed and at the same time insinuating that the FSF was not to be trusted on their next revision of the LGPL license seems rather bold to me. Finally, on the topic of copyright assignments, Ted said:
"Like Clutter for example ;) Seriously though, GNOME already is dependent on projects that require contributor agreements."
It is true that there are (or at least were) GNOME applications which require copyright assignments for contributions (evolution used to be an example, but the requirement was lifted), however, none of the platform modules require this to my knowledge (clutter is an external dependency as well). It seems most people in the GNOME community have the opinion that application indicators should be in GTK at least eventually, so having libappindicator as an external dependency with copyright assignments might work for now but will not be future proof. In summary, Most of the issues could be dealt with by reimplementing it for GTK when the time comes for this spec to be included, but this would mean (i) duplication of effort, (ii) possibly porting all applications twice and (iii) probably no upstream contribution by Canonical. Furthermore, I am amazed at how the Canonical people approach the community for something this delicate (their first major code drop, as far as I am aware). To be fair, neither Ted nor Cody posted the above using their company email addresses, but nevertheless the work is sponsored by Canonical, so their posts to desktop-devel-list could be seen as writing with their Canonical hat on. Canonical does not have an outstanding track record on contributing code to GNOME, and at least to me it seems this case is not doing much to improve things, either.

10 February 2010

Bernd Zeimetz: BSP2010 a great success - 200 bugs eliminated

Some of the participants of the BSP here in M nchengladbach asked me to put the blog post from on planet Debian. I think thats a great idea as the BSP was not only successfull, but also a lot of fun and it was very nice to meet a lot of Debian Developers and package maintainers. We were glad that so many people followed the invitation! So here we go - please leave your comments at the original blog post.

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The 2010 Debian Bug Squashing Party turned out to be a great success: around 200 bugs were fixed, ready for the forthcoming version of Debian. The weekend of 22-24 January saw this year s Bug Squashing Party hosted yet again by credativ. The aim of the weekend was to find and fix bugs in the next Debian release. The results were as follows:
Work on Debian Results
Installed Patches 5
Fixed Bugs 44
Non-critical Bugs 28
Completely removed Packages 87
Packages removed from Testing 29
Altogether that gives a grand total of 200 bugs. In addition, information was gathered on a further 100 bugs, which will help when they come to be fixed. A lot of time was also spent on quality assurance, an under appreciated but very important job. More gossip: it is rumoured that is not far off becoming an official Debian project and in the meantime it will be launching a brand new website running on ikiwiki. Our guests from far and wide were more than happy with the BSP party: Steve McIntyre: (Debian project leader)
Thanks to the folks at credativ for hosting and participating in the BSP - we got a huge amount of work done towards the next release and had a great time doing it!
Stefano Zacchiroli:
My 1st M nchengladbach BSP, won t be the last! Lots of cool people and hacking, and I ve enjoyed my 1st traditional Formorer s chilli too :).
credativ would like to thank all those who came and got involved - now you can lean back, relax and enjoy the photos of the event.