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Turning 28

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Getting older^W wiser, and definitely fatter than yesterday ;)

[ Photo of the cake is missing, have I already told you I became fatter? ]

Written by Luca Falavigna

12/08/2011 at 14:32

gdebi 0.8~exp1

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I just uploaded gdebi_0.8~exp1 into experimental.
This release adds Michael Vogt’s support for GTK3 (Thanks a lot, Michael!):


Testers are welcome, expecially if you are trying GNOME3 already. Feel free to report any bug you find!

Written by Luca Falavigna

08/06/2011 at 18:03

Posted in Planet Debian

Deb-o-Matic updates

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I recently invested some time to work on several cool features in Deb-o-Matic.
I plan to release 0.9 version soon, so I wanted something new for its users ;)

I merged some patches by Alessio Treglia, who implemented a couple of nice things:

  • Mailer support, to send build status notifications to the uploader
  • Blacklist support, to temporarily limit builds for a given distribution

Then, I worked on some changes I really wanted to have:

  • Rebuild support, to redo build of a package already in distribution archive
  • Improved lock system, to avoid random build hangs which affect older code
  • Fix pyinotify loop, which prevented Deb-o-Matic to quit in interactive mode

Now that the big part of the planned features is committed, I am going to test them to spot major issues, and add some minor improvements to have a shiny release :)

Last but not least, your help is appreciated to complete translations! There are really a few strings to process, and several languages are already half-completed, so if you can spend five minutes (or even less!), I will be grateful ;)

Written by Luca Falavigna

06/10/2010 at 11:43


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Jokes off now, time to take it seriously ;)

Written by Luca Falavigna

14/09/2010 at 23:04

Posted in Planet Debian

Less cruft for a better release

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Now that Squeeze is frozen, and release date is approaching, removing unused and buggy packages from the archive is a nice task to save maintenance burden which often involves several people (QA guys and Release Managers, mostly).

A lot of removal bugs are coming to pseudo-package, so I’d like to thank fellow contributors who spent part of their time on this task. A special thank goes to Moritz Muehlenhoff, who filed tons of bugs, and contributed to remove a lot of unused packages.

If you’re interested too, you could look at these guidelines.

Keep up the good work, guys!

Written by Luca Falavigna

12/09/2010 at 16:51

Posted in Planet Debian

Lightspark news

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Lightspark, the modern and efficient open source Flash player, just landed in experimental!

Few days have passed since 0.4.2 release, and thanks to the great packaging efforts made by Didier Raboud, package is ready to be widely tested.

Don’t expect a fully functional Flash player, though. Some features aren’t implemented yet, and it’s still buggy, but it looks very promising. Stay tuned for updates!

Written by Luca Falavigna

23/07/2010 at 22:57

Posted in Planet Debian

waf removal, almost done

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Some months ago I wrote about my intention to drop waf from Debian.

Some bugs I filed were fixed shortly after they appeared, while I managed to upload three NMUs to fix remaining bits (flowcanvas, patchage and raul), all uploaded to DELAYED/15 to give maintainer time to react.

In the meantime, jack-audio-connection-kit was uploaded build-depending on waf, this brings in a little unplanned delay, but I provided a workaround to get rid of it, it just need to be improved.

I want to remove waf before Squeeze is released, so please do not upload more packages build-depending on waf, this way you can help its removal. Thank you!

Written by Luca Falavigna

26/04/2010 at 23:16

Posted in Planet Debian

My first GNOME patch

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Yesterday I was sponsored my first GNOME patch! OK, it’s small, very small… but I’m happy anyway :)
Kudos to Scott Balneaves for making that possible!

Written by Luca Falavigna

20/02/2010 at 14:35

… and me too!

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Today I joined Sandro and Christian in “Those Who Reviewed The Entire Debian Mailing Lists Spam Team”!

Helping with spam is one of my goals as a Debian Developer (I gained DD status on Aug 25, and started reviewing stuff on Aug 26), and I gave a look to the last ~2500 messages in the backlog during Christmas time.

Help is always welcome, it is not necessary to be a Debian Developer to tag messages as spam. For additional informations, see this wiki page:

Gimme more! ;)

Written by Luca Falavigna

02/01/2010 at 17:00

Posted in Planet Debian

Deb-o-Matic, translators needed

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… and when you’ve finished with GTG, you can give a go to Deb-o-Matic translations too, 19 strings are quick to process, so you will have a lot of time to try the software ;)

Written by Luca Falavigna

04/12/2009 at 20:44


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