March updates

(This is a more or less a TODO list for my Debian packages and other stuff I’m working on) Already done New package: metatheme-gilouche Today I uploaded the new package metatheme-gilouche, which builds the binary package gnome-theme-gilouche. The Gilouche theme has been created by openSUSE and is used there as the default theme in GNOME. For users of gnome-app-install, this theme provides a “better” style for your main menu. It contains icons (replacing industrial-icon-theme), GTK+, and Metacity themes. Read On →

GParted eats my day...

Today, I wanted to shrink a partition by 5GB, and move it 5GB to the right. Well, I expected that it would take some minutes, but now it seems to take more than 5 hours, because GParted moves around the whole 87GB of the resized partition. This is what happens: Check file system for errors (30min) Resize the file system (30min?) Resize the partition Check file system for errors (30min) Read On →

debian-cd, dependencies, debimg, comments

Looking at the amd64 CD images of Lenny, I just saw that there is the package ‘gnome’ on disk 1, while some of its dependencies are on disk 2. I don’t think that this is good. Same also applies to K3B on disk 3, and on KDE-disk 1. In my opinion, all packages which are located on a disk X, should only depend on a disk N (N<X). This means that the package gnome would be moved to disk 2, or its dependencies to disk 1. Read On →

debimg update - creating images

Much happened since the last timeĀ I wrote about debimg. The project is now registered on Alioth and has a mailing list. On the code side, there have also been several changes. First of all, the repository module has been merged into the master branch. This was the first step towards the creation of the image building, which happened today by introducing the ‘image’ module. The code should be treated as Beta quality, but the project as a whole is Alpha, because the application utilizing debimg. Read On →

GStreamer Python bindings are effectively GPL

While most of the bindings are LGPL licensed, modules like pygst are licensed under the terms of the GPL-2+. This means, together with the fact that you need to use pygst for any application wishing to use these binding, that you can not create proprietary or non-GPL-compatible programs using the GStreamer Python bindings. You can read more about this in the Debian Bug Tracker in Bug#516190. I expect that this should be forwarded to upstream but I haven’t checked their bug tracker yet. Read On →

Top blog posts

Viewing the statistics for my blog, I have come to some conclusions about what topics people are interested in. First let’s take a look at the statistics for 1 year: Short review: Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 8.10 2,310 A small benchmark: Bazaar, Git, Mercuria 2,112 Fedora 9 & Kernel Mode Setting 1,804 Gentoo destroying earth? 1,126 Filesystems Read On →

Python modules, licenses, and more

Today, I want to present you some things I have asked myself and some ideas about them. You should not expect the information to be correct. Therefore, if you find mistakes, please leave a comment. Copyright statements / Comments MIT license: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. - If you had a python module released under the MIT license, and this is in the comment of the module and you somehow ship only pyc or pyo files, you would be violating the license by not including the copyright notice, because these files do not contain the modules. Read On →

debimg core: creating a repository

As I wrote Monday in “debimg core example”, I have an extended version which creates a repository. The problem on Monday was that the code was not far enough to be published. Not much has changed yet, but I considered to create a temporary branch temp/repository to be able to show you the example, and to give you an impression of what the final API will look like (it’s not complete yet, trust me). Read On →

debimg core example

The following example demonstrates the features of debimg core, and how it can be used to fetch a some packages. As you will see when you run this example, debimg uses SHA1 filenames for the downloaded files. This may be changed in a future version. There is also an improved version of this example, which creates a repository, but the needed module (debimg.core.repository) is not public yet, because its far from being finished. Read On →

debimg reloaded - debimg core started

Today, I have published the first pieces of debimg 0.1. The published code includes the resolver, the compression module and the fetcher module. It is rewritten from scratch, this time with a PEP8-conforming style, and more flexible. Because debimg.core does not depend on any specific configuration format, but is configured solely via parameters, it is more flexible than debimg 0.0. This new code enables people to write their own programs related to Debian images easily. Read On →