Elena ``of Valhalla'' valhalla@identi.ca

  • Regenerating my laptop from scratch

    2016-08-28T12:54:23Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    * Old laptop.
    * New, empty hard disk.
    * One Debian basic installation (no gui, just ssh server and basics)
    * (one dist-upgrade to stretch, because of course)
    * One ansible command (and some waiting)
    * One mr command (and even more waiting)

    The result: a new shiny installation with almost¹ everything I need on a laptop, including the programs I usually use, my configuration files, my data and my projects.

    No proper backup involved, no wasted storage on backupping OS files.

    I will properly document what I've done (including how ansible is used to get the starting mr configuration, solving my bootstrapping issues), but right now I'm just celebrating the result.

    ¹ I still haven't completed the list of packages², and in some cases apt installing at need works probably best.

    ² but the essential ones are there, including vim, screen, wesnoth and widelands :D

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  • 2016-08-26T13:26:32Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    Pepper & Carrot comic goes animated! | Krita
    Freelance artist Nikolai Mamashev has launched an initiative to create an animated version of the open source webcomic “Pepper & Carrot” by David Revoy.
    Head to indiegogo to pledge for the campaign.
  • 2016-08-26T13:15:23Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    mjg59 | Priorities in security
    "Can a state-level actor break this" may be something we can legitimately write off. "Can a security expert continue reading their ex-partner's email" shouldn't be.
  • 2016-08-23T11:51:28Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: A Deep Dive
    Microsoft had an ambitious goal with the launch of Windows 10: a billion devices running the software by the end of 2018. In its quest to reach that goal, the company aggressively pushed Windows 10 on its users and went so far as to offer free upgrades for a whole year. However, the company’s strategy for user adoption has trampled on essential aspects of modern computing: user choice and privacy. We think that’s wrong.

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  • 2016-08-21T19:45:33Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    OpenStreetMap | mvexel's diary | Introducing OpenStreetView
    After almost a year of thinking, development and testing, the OSM team at Telenav is ready to present OpenStreetView to all OSM mappers! OpenStreetview (OSV) is the free and open street level imagery platform designed 100% with OSM and mappers in mind.

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  • 2016-08-14T21:35:07Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Software Freedom Doesn't Kill People, Your Security Through Obscurity Kills People - Bradley M. Kuhn ( Brad ) ( bkuhn )
    At least one person has already been killed in a crash while using a proprietary software auto-control system. Volkswagen decided to take a different route; they decided to kill us all slowly (rather than quickly) by using proprietary software to lie about their emissions and illegally polluting our air.

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  • 2016-08-12T07:50:47Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    FSFE 15th Anniversary - FSFE
    The FSFE is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and we would like you to be part of it.
  • 2016-08-10T07:55:05Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Debian Day a Varese
    Come ogni anno, il 16 agosto è il Debian Day, il compleanno del Sistema Operativo Universale.

    Dato che in questo periodo molti sono in vacanza, non abbiamo organizzato eventi particolari, ma ci troviamo per una cena presso la Vecchia Varese in via Ravasi.

    Per informazioni o per unirvi alla prenotazione contattate prima possibile @Elena ``of Valhalla'' o fate un giro su #lifo@FreeNode.

    @Gruppo Linux Como

  • 2016-08-09T14:08:03Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Hellwig Announces He Will Appeal VMware Ruling After Evidentiary Set Back in Lower Court - Software Freedom Conservancy
    In a statement on his website, Christoph Hellwig announced today that he will appeal the ruling of the Hamburg District Court, which recently dismissed his case against VMware. As Christoph underscores in his statement, the ruling concerned German evidence law and the Court did not rule on the merits of the case.

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  • 2016-08-08T07:11:09Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    Candidature Relatori
    Partecipa da protagonista al prossimo Linux Day! Candidati qui per farti conoscere dagli organizzatori del Linux Day, e partecipare in veste di relatore ad uno degli eventi in allestimento. Indicando la tua provincia di residenza verrai all'occorrenza contattato da uno dei gruppi locali ed invitato per raccontare, sabato 22 ottobre, la tua esperienza, far vedere il tuo progetto, tenere il tuo workshop o proporre la tua idea.
    Gli organizzatori stanno iniziando a preparare i programmi: per alcune città rimangono pochi giorni per proporsi, affrettatevi!
  • Personal git hosting, under https

    2016-08-07T19:37:48Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    I've finally found the time to finish configuring:

    * various stuff, including gitolite
    * a cgit server
    * letsencrypt

    on https://git.trueelena.org/ to host my public git repositories; I now only have to push the missing ones ("only"…).

    All of the configuration, especially the one related to letsencrypt, is under ansible, and thus as soon as the relevant people are home from the holidays we can work on configuring it on the @Gruppo Linux Como websites.

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  • 2016-08-07T13:03:14Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    History Jokes | rainbow-squirrels-7: So I learned my new...
    rainbow-squirrels-7:
    “ So I learned my new favorite history fact in my AP US class today. It’s hilarious and goes a bit like this
    In 1989, President Bush sent troops to Panama to capture the dictator...
    Uhm, no, this is not "ah, ah, funny, they really don't like our music", it's called torture (probably of the sleep deprivation variety, possibly something more) and not just of the target, but also of other people in the embassy who didn't commit any crime and possibly also of a number of innocent neighbors.
  • 2016-08-05T07:50:29Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Why You Should Speak At & Attend LinuxConf Australia - Bradley M. Kuhn ( Brad ) ( bkuhn )
    Monday 1 February 2016 was the longest day of my life, but I don't mean that in the canonical, figurative, and usually negative sense of that phrase. I mean it literally and in a positive way.
  • 2016-08-04T11:16:59Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Weblog for dkg - Changes for GnuPG in Debian
    Debian currently ships two versions of GnuPG in every maintained suite -- in particular, /usr/bin/gpg has historically always been provided by the "classic" branch.

    That's going to change!

    Debian unstable will soon be moving to the "modern" branch for providing /usr/bin/gpg. This will give several advantages for Debian and its users in the future, but it will require a transition. Hopefully we can make it a smooth one.
  • 2016-08-04T09:44:31Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Feminismus und Gleichheit



    Hier noch mal auf die Idee von @(: aNNa :) blume hin. :-)





















    Tags: #feminismus #feminism #egalitarism #gleichheit #emanzipation #comic #comicstrip #ravenbird #2016-07-26

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  • The Cat Model of Package Ownership

    2016-08-03T18:03:08Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Debian has been moving away from strong ownership of packages by package maintainers and towards encouraging group maintainership, for very good reasons: single maintainers have a bad bus factor and a number of other disadvantages.

    When single maintainership is changed into maintainership by a small¹, open group of people who can easily communicate and sync with each other, everything is just better: there is an easy way to gradually replace people who want to leave, but there is also no duplication of efforts (because communication is easy), there are means to always have somebody available for emergency work and generally package quality can only gain from it.

    Unfortunately, having such group of maintainers for every package would require more people than are available and willing to work on it, and while I think it's worth doing efforts to have big and important packages managed that way, it may not be so for the myriad of small ones that make up the long tail of a distribution.

    Many of those packages may end up being maintained in a big team such as the language-based ones, which is probably better than remaining with a single maintainer, but can lead to some problems.

    My experience with the old OpenEmbedded, back when it was still using monotone instead of git² and everybody was maintaining everything, however, leads me to think that this model has a big danger of turning into nobody maintains anything, because when something needs to be done everybody is thinking that somebody else will do it.

    As a way to prevent that, I have been thinking in the general direction of a Cat Model of Package Ownership, which may or may not be a way to prevent some risks of both personal maintainership and big teams.

    The basic idea is that the “my” in “my packages” is not the “my” in “my toys”, but the “my” in “my Cat, to whom I am a servant”.

    As in the case of a cat, if my package needs a visit to the vet, it's my duty to do so. Other people may point me to the need of such a visit, e.g. by telling me that they have seen the cat leaving unhealty stools, that there is a bug in the package, or even that upstream released a new version a week ago, did you notice?, but the actual putting the package in a cat carrier and bringing it to the vet falls on me.

    Whether you're allowed to play with or pet the cat is her decision, not mine, and giving her food or doing changes to the package is usually fine, but please ask first: a few cats have medical issues that require a special diet.

    And like cats, sometimes the cat may decide that I'm not doing a good enough job of serving her, and move away to another maintainer; just remember that there is a difference between a lost cat who wants to go back to her old home and a cat that is looking for a new one. When in doubt, packages usually wear a collar with contact informations, trying to ping those is probably a good idea.

    This is mostly a summer afternoon idea and will probably require some refinement, but I think that the basic idea can have some value. Comments are appreciated on the federated social networks where this post is being published, via email (valid addresses are on my website and on my GPG key) or with a post on a blog that appears on planet debian.

    ¹ how small is small depends a lot on the size of the package, the amount of work it requires, how easy it is to parallelize it and how good are the people involved at communicating, so it would be quite hard to put a precise number here.

    ² I've moved away from it because the boards I was using could run plain Debian, but I've heard that after the move to git there have been a number of workflow changes (of which I've seen the start) and everything now works much better.

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    Well I guess packages are cats unable to walk away by themselves to find better owners :/

    Laura Arjona at 2016-08-03T19:21:29Z

    @Laura Arjona well, they can't actually run away, but people can notice them and identify them as probably in need of a new hooman (at least if they have been actually abandoned).

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2016-08-04T18:54:09Z

  • 2016-08-02T16:30:10Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Re: apt, deity, dpkg, aptitude history
    Kids rejoice, its uncle Davids camping fire story time!

    Back in the early days there was only dpkg. You would get your packages
    from a mirror by hand and install them with it. After a while various
    scripts appeared which automated that task.
  • 2016-07-30T08:11:53Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public


    Ultimo giorno per aggiornarsi a Windows 10 gratis: che fare? | Il Disinformatico
    Conviene passare a Windows 10? Di solito sì: chi lo fa beneficia degli aggiornamenti di sicurezza, che le versioni precedenti non hanno più o non avranno per molto, e ci sono molte funzioni nuove e pratiche (per esempio i desktop multipli, la riga di comando e migliori prestazioni nei giochi; per non parlare dell’imminente arrivo di bash).
    Effettivamente sì, decisamente meglio aggiornare a qualcosa che offra desktop multipli, una riga di comando ben funzionante e bash :D

    L'articolo va letto fino in fondo — o almeno guardare le figure fino all'ultima.
  • 2016-07-30T06:11:33Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    Onion Services
    I just set up a lot of Onion Services for many of Debian's static websites.

    You can find the entire list of services on onion.debian.org.

    More might come in the future.

    -- Peter Palfrader

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  • 2016-07-28T16:11:22Z via social.gl-como.it To: Public

    (seen at LWN) - the Email to NNTP/Web gateway has shut down.

    #GMANE #NNTP
    The End of Gmane?
    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists thos…

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