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Getting Things GNOME! 0.1.9, call for testing and translations

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GTG developers recently released first beta of Getting Things GNOME!, you can see release notes here.

Final 0.2.0 release is due very soon. If you’re a GTG user already, or if you are looking for a task manager for GNOME desktop environment, you can contribute to the process by testing it (0.1.9 packages are already available in Sid and Lucid), reporting bugs or helping with translations.

Enjoy it! :)

Written by Luca Falavigna

04/12/2009 at 20:40

What does “DD” mean?

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Dungeons & Dragons? No time to play right now… no!
Dolby Digital? My PC doesn’t support it… no!
Due Diligence? We already did them multiple times last year… no!
Donald Duck? I like comics, but… no
Debian Developer? YAY!

I think I owe many people a beer:

  • Cédric Delfosse, who originally advocated me
  • Bernd Zeimetz, who assigned me an AM and reviewed my application
  • Martin Meredith, my brave AM
  • Christoph Berg, who approved my application
  • Jonathan McDowell, who added my key to the Debian keyring
  • Peter Palfrader, who created my account

Thank to the several Debian Developers who assisted me so far.
A special thank goes to Piotr Ożarowski for bearing with me :)

And now… stop celebrating, there’s a lot of work to do!

Written by Luca Falavigna

25/08/2009 at 20:35

World Champions!

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Go Lakers, go! Celebrate!

Written by Luca Falavigna

15/06/2009 at 19:00

Posted in Planet Ubuntu

I fully recommend to accept Luca as a Debian Developer

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I am unsure which kind of beer Mez should receive for this.

Pochu, should we start a new meme? :)

Written by Luca Falavigna

14/05/2009 at 23:35

Posted in Planet Ubuntu

We want you for Karmic development

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As you probably know, Karmic Koala development cycle started some days ago. This release cycle will be different than Intrepid and Jaunty ones because Debian Lenny has been released, so new upstream releases flood will affect Karmic during initial autosync-from-Debian phase. There will be need to adjust packages to fit Karmic toolchain needs (especially for some failures related to gcc-4.4), so feel free to pick packages from these locations and provide a fix:

If you have questions, please join #ubuntu-motu on and start contributing to your favourite GNU/Linux distribution! We want you! :)

Written by Luca Falavigna

03/05/2009 at 15:23

Posted in Planet Ubuntu

A more Ubuntu-friendly piuparts

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I’ve just uploaded piuparts 0.35ubuntu1, this version fixes some of the issues which prevented its use out of the box.

What is piuparts?
Quoting from pacakge description:

piuparts tests that .deb packages handle installation, upgrading, and removal correctly. It does this by creating a minimal Debian installation in a chroot, and installing, upgrading, and removing packages in that environment, and comparing the state of the directory tree before and after. piuparts reports any files that have been added, removed, or modified during this process. . piuparts is meant as a quality assurance tool for people who create .deb packages to test them before they upload them to the package archive.

Issues and workarounds
I noticed several packages were purged incorrectly by debfoster, this caused tons of false positives and compromised the usage of this powerful tool. I adjusted one of debfoster options, MaxPriority, to remove packages whose priority is lower than important. Original setting was to exclude required packages only, but debfoster seems buggy and tries to remove needed packages (coreutils, sysv-rc and others). I’ll have a deeper look at it.

OTOH, Bug #317721 is still open, help is appreciated :)

How can I use it with my Ubuntu/Debian activities?
Have a look at Lars Wirzenius’s session taken during latest Ubuntu Developer Week.

Cool! I want to contribute to it! :)

Written by Luca Falavigna

17/03/2009 at 00:53

Posted in Planet Ubuntu

devscripts and no-change rebuilds

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Yesterday, Bryce sponsored my upload of devscripts 2.10.39ubuntu3 which implements correct mangling of debian/changelog while doing Ubuntu’s no-change rebuilds.

It happens developers have to upload a no-change rebuild (i.e. to clear NBS packages), they have to adjust changelog entry to reflect it’s a no-change upload by appending a “buildX” string to Debian version field instead of the stock “ubuntuX” one. Now it’s just a matter of launching dch –rebuild (or simply dch -R) to have the correct version number.

Patch can be found here, please notify me in case of mistakes. I hope it can be useful for you too ;)

Written by Luca Falavigna

15/01/2009 at 20:50

Posted in Planet Ubuntu


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