Author Archives: Ferdinand Thommes

Summer in the City

Let me tell you, it is hot and it’s been that way for a month now. Just now a storm is brewing up and it will rain. My private life was quite stormy too during the course of this year. Spent spring in the US, then got back, got married, had a honeymoon on a float on a river and now filed papers for migrating to the USA. So the rest of the year will be busy as well. Continue reading

siduction 2013.1 has landed


This morning, just before LinuxTag conference opened it’s gates, we shipped our first release in 2013. The conference has picked up momentum by now as has the seeding of our torrents. Besides that, the images should have propagated to our mirrors by now.

The release notes will inform you that we ship Kernel 3.9.3,  KDE SC 4.10.3 and XFCE 4.10. Besides that for the first time we officialy present GNOME 3 and a noX as a variant with no X-environment at all. Give it a spin while it’s hot and spicy.

Greetings from LinuxTag Berlin 2013, Europes biggest Linux event.

KDE SC 4.10.1 packages for siduction (and Debian)

Should you have wondered if siduction came to a grinding halt, let me asure you, that this is not the case.  The fact, that there has been no posts here for a while has two reasons, one being that I am in the USA for two months on vacation and not being on the computer very much. The other is Debian still being in deep freeze and not much happening there. That can change any time now, as RC bugs are down to a mere 43 as of right now.

In the background we are re-writing a lot of things around the build-system, the manual and so on, but these things are not really noteworthy on their own. I will blog about them, once all that is done. What makes me write this today is the fact, that we have siduction packages of KDE SC 4.10.1 for you. I would like to thank santa very much  for providing those packages for us and welcome him under our roof.

If you want to update to KDE SC 4.10.1, you need the line

deb unstable main

in your sources.list. Then run

apt-gt update && apt-get dist-upgrade

Please make sure you run the dist-upgrade outside of X. Former entries to your sources.list pointing to qt-kde repository can be removed, as they are not needed anymore in the future.

Besides KDE SC 4.10.1 we also have a fresh Razor-Qt 5.2 in our repo. For that you need

deb unstable main

in your sources.list.

Patches for “samsung-laptop”-driver with UEFI

Kernel Panic on bricked Samsung Notebook

Kernel Panic on bricked Samsung Notebook

Samsung had to take a solid beating this week for obviously not having tested their notebooks under Linux, booting with UEFI. Quite a few people had to brick their notebooks before the story finaly came up. Patches by Matt Fleming (scroll down to M, like Matt) from Intel, that will prevent  “samsung-laptop” from being started, where hastily included into kernel 3.8 -rc6 before Linus took of for a week of well deserved diving. In his usual charming way he lets us know:  “I have a CleverPlan(tm) to make *sure* that rc7 will be better and much smaller. That plan largely depends on me being unreachable for the next week due to the fact that there is no internet under water.

As of today, our kernel 3.7.5 has these patches included to prevent our users from bricking their devices. Happy computing.

One pilot leaves ship

Alan Cox, one of the longest standing kernel-developers next to Linus Torvalds, leaves the kernel team and his job at Intel, for personal reasons having to do with his family.

Kernel-Developer for more than 20 years, Cox has implemented a new network stack all by himself in the early 90s and from thereon rose to become number two in the ranks of the kernel-devs. Hardly anyone else has such a solid knowledge of the complexity of the kernel as he does. Linus Torvalds, that he does not always agree with on technical questions, joked about him once, saying:


Note that nobody reads every post in linux-kernel. In fact, nobody who expects to have time left over to actually do any real kernel work will read even half. Except Alan Cox, but he’s actually not human, but about a thousand gnomes working in under-ground caves in Swansea. None of the individual gnomes read all the postings either, they just work together really well.

Up to the release of Kernel 2.6 Cox was the operative number two as well. Since then, he only takes care of parts of the Kernel like the serial drivers that he was responsible for until now. His most important achievements were, besides his care for Kernels 2.2. and 2.4, the implementation of SMP in Kernel 2.0. In his professional life during the last years, Red Hat and Intel payed him to work on the Linux Kernel full time.

In his announcement he left it open, that he might be back if the situation allows him to do so. He will not only be severely missed by his colleagues on the kernel team but also by the community for his often sarcastic, witty analysis and comments, where he was never far from the truth.


WinterwonderlandEverything is frozen these days. The roads, the woods and lakes, and Debian….

But wait, not everything is frozen. KDE 4.9.5 was semi-officialy released by one of the busy bees in IRC channel #debian-qt-kde. He goes by the handle of Santa and was helped by drdanz. Thanks a lot, guys, Kudos to you.

We have, for our user’s convenience (so no need to deal with pinning) synched all available packages to our kde-next repository. If you do not have it in your sources yet, the following line will set it up.

# cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d
# echo deb unstable main > kde-next.list

After that, a simple

# apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

will do the trick.

Have fun.

Ho ho ho, it’s Christmas time…

…and we have a little present for you guys. No one believed it would still come, but here it is: a Gnome3 release for the holidays to play with. The release notes are on our website as are the downloads. There  is also a torrent available.

Whoever is not interested in installing Gnome will find a X-mas art theme with

apt-get update && apt-cache search siduction-art | grep xmas

Happy holidays to all our users and everyone else on the planet, your families and loved ones.

Release Notes for the first development release of siduction-Gnome 2012.2.5

We are very happy to ship a Christmas present to you today that took a couple of years to be delivered. The wish for a Gnome release grew, while sidux was still around. Back in the day, Gnome2 would easily break on upgrades to Debian unstable, so no one ever wanted to maintain that. Things got better over time and for the last three years one person was perpetually nagging us to do this release, and here it is. Angelescu Ovidiu (convbsd) is the man, and he will also maintain it.
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Today is Setting Orange, the 63rd day of The Aftermath in the YOLD 3178 (man ddate) . As we all know, the world is coming to an end today.  Even though U.S Government is telling us, it’s not happening, what do they know? 😉

So we prepared a little endtime art. We uploaded this as an art package, so if you like to install it, do

apt-get update && apt-cache search siduction-art | grep eow 


Let’s hope, the Mayans knew nothing about calendars. 🙂

So long and thanks for all the fish.