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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:

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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.

Winterwonderland

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 http://packages.siduction.org/kdenext 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.

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 

800x600

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

So long and thanks for all the fish.

siduction 2012.2 – Riders on the Storm is out

We uploaded the final images for siduction 2012.2 – Riders on the Storm last night to the mirrors. We hope, we fixed all issues that you had found in the release candidates. The release notes can be found on our website and the images are ready for download. Torrents will be added during the day. I hope, you will get fun and productivity out of this release. Also be prepared for a little surprise for Christmas.

Happy computing, everyone.

siduction-2012-2.0~rc2 has landed

Last night we pushed the 2nd release candidate of siduction-2012-2.0 to the mirrors. As we fixed quite a few bugs from RC1, we thought it a good idea to have a second one to make sure, our fixes apply to as much hardware as possible.

The things we fixed include:

  • The bluewater manual is now available in romanian language, closes #998
  • fw-detect works again as expected for installing non-free firmware
  • Creation of sources.list during building the images got an overhaul, closes #997
  • new upstrem for wbar, wbar-config added, closes #978
  • added correct firmware-link for AR7010+AR9287 devices to fw-detect
  • switched to kickoff menu for KDE
  • fixed VG default size of 4 GB for LVM, closes #974
  • added ntfs-config for easier configuration of ntfs file system

The full release notes are available on the website as are the images for direct download or as torrent.

 

siduction 2012.2.0~rc1 released

Last night we released the first (and probably only) release candidate for siduction 2012.2.0. Our website has the release notes and the download section for you. As promised, there is an extra folder for torrents, which might take some hours to propagate to the mirrors, as it was just now set up. Please test this RC and report any bugs either to the forum or our dev-platform. Have fun.

XFCE 4.10 for siduction


As Debian will not ship XFCE 4.10 in unstable until after Wheezy was released and this is very unlikely to happen before spring 2013, (460 RC-Bugs to fix) we decided that we want XFCE 4.10 now for our users. Parts of it are suffering bitrot in experimental, others needed to be packaged still.

We are happy to let our XFCE users update their installations now (thanks to agaida and towo). All you need to do is, as root:

echo deb http://ftp.spline.de/pub/siduction/xfcenext unstable main \
     > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xfcenext.list

That will put a file called xfcenext.list into your sources.list.d folder and write the appropriate line to it. Then you can install or update an existing XFCE with:

apt-get update && apt-get install xfce4

The repository itself can be  found on our repository listing for amd64 or i386

Have fun with your shiny new XFCE.

Best practice with mirrors and torrents

With a new release coming up and our userbase growing, let me drop some words on best practices for downloading our images and keeping your installation uptodate by dist-upgrade.

When it comes to downloading our images, we have, along with our latest release yesterday, established the offer to download our iso-images per torrent from the minute they hit the mirrors.  On the server you see, among the other files, a torrent file for each architecture.  With the next release the torrent files will be in a separate directory, so they are easier to find. Team members will be seeding right from the beginning to try and help with giving you a fast download for the iso-files.

We recommend you to use this method, specially if you do not have one of our mirrors close to you.  But to reach broad distribution, we need you to also seed the files. So, even if you want your image straight away and decide to pull it per ftp/http from the mirrors, please consider to help us seeding the files during their lifetime.

Torrents make it not only easier for you to download our images in areas with no mirror close up, but also help us keeping our servers operating at decent speed. We have 10 TByte Traffic for free per month. If we exceed that limit, our speed will be capped drasticaly from 250 MBit/s to 10 MBit/s.

This is also important when it comes to what servers you use in your sources.list. We recommend you use one of the repositories mentioned on the mirror-webpage instead of pulling directly from siduction.org.

We are constantly trying to find new mirrors to host our images and repositories. Should you know, who would be willing and able to host siduction (either images or repositories, preferrably both) in your country, please let us know.