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3.18.46: longterm

Kernel Linux - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 5:11md
Version:3.18.46 (longterm) Released:2016-12-24 Source:linux-3.18.46.tar.xz PGP Signature:linux-3.18.46.tar.sign Patch:patch-3.18.46.xz (Incremental) ChangeLog:ChangeLog-3.18.46
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4.1.37: longterm

Kernel Linux - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 5:11md
Version:4.1.37 (longterm) Released:2016-12-24 Source:linux-4.1.37.tar.xz PGP Signature:linux-4.1.37.tar.sign Patch:patch-4.1.37.xz (Incremental) ChangeLog:ChangeLog-4.1.37
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Russell Coker: Video Mode and KVM

Planet Debian - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 11:15pd

I recently changed my KVM servers to use the kernel command-line parameter nomodeset for the virtual machine kernels so that they don’t try to go into graphics mode. I do this because I don’t have X11 or VNC enabled and I want a text console to use with the -curses option of KVM. Without the nomodeset KVM just says that it’s in 1024*768 graphics mode and doesn’t display the text.

Now my KVM server running Debian/Unstable has had it’s virtual machines start going into graphics mode in spite of nomodeset parameter. It seems that an update to QEMU has added a new virtual display driver which recent kernels from Debian/Unstable support with the bochs_drm driver, and that driver apparently doesn’t respect nomodeset.

The solution is to create a file named /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf with the contents “blacklist bochs_drm” and now my virtual machines have a usable plain-text console again! This blacklist method works for all video drivers, you can blacklist similar modules for the other virtual display hardware. But it would be nice if the one kernel option would cover them all.

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next-20161224: linux-next

Kernel Linux - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 4:49pd
Version:next-20161224 (linux-next) Released:2016-12-24
Kategoritë: Kernel Linux

BitTorrent Live's 'Cable Killer' P2P Video App Finally Hits iOS

Slashdot.org - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 2:25pd
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: BitTorrent has now done for live video what it did for file downloads: invented peer-to-peer technology that moves the burden of data transfer from a centralized source to the crowd. Instead of cables and satellites, BitTorrent piggybacks on the internet bandwidth of its users. Since P2P live streaming is so much cheaper than traditional ways to deliver live content, BitTorrent could pay channel owners more for distribution per viewer. And BitTorrent can offer that content to viewers for free or much cheaper than a cable subscription. The transfer technology and the app that aggregates these channels are both called BitTorrent Live. Now, almost a year after the protocol's debut on smart TVs, and six months after it was supposed to arrive on iPhone, the BitTorrent Live app quietly became available on iOS this week. Until now it's only existed on Mac, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV -- much less popular platforms. And that's after being in development since 2009. The app features 15 channels, including NASA TV, France One, QVC Home and TWiT (This Week In Tech) that you can watch live. The latency is roughly 10 seconds, which could be faster than terrestrial cable, as well as systems like Sling TV that can delay content more than a minute. The problem right now is that BitTorrent Live has a pretty lackluster channel selection. It's still working on striking deals with more name-brand channels. It could offer some for pay-per-view, but cheaper than the same content on traditional TV due to the reduced broadcasting costs.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Dutch Market Regulator Bans T-Mobile's 'Free' Streaming Music Service

Slashdot.org - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 1:45pd
The Dutch Consumer and Markets regulator ordered T-Mobile to shut down its zero-rated music streaming service because it violates the country's net neutrality rules. T-Mobile launched the Music Freedom service in October, allowing customers to stream music on their mobile devices without it impacting their data plans. Reuters reports: The AFM said the practice, often called "zero rating" is a violation of Dutch net neutrality rules, because it puts rival services such as Spotify at a competitive disadvantage. Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile Netherlands, which had introduced the product on Oct. 10, must stop offering it or face penalty of 50,000 euros ($52,000) per day, the AFM said. Zero rating is shaping up as one of the major battlegrounds for European telecommunications companies as they seek ways to attract customers. The Dutch net neutrality law unambiguously forbids the practice, but European Union rules are less clear.

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Mozilla Will Support Firefox For XP and Vista Until At Least September 2017

Slashdot.org - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 1:05pd
Krystalo writes: Mozilla today announced that it will continue to support Firefox for Windows XP and Windows Vista until September 2017. In March 2017, XP and Vista users will automatically be moved to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) and in mid-2017 the company will reassess user numbers to announce a final support end date for the two operating systems. Firefox ESR is a version designed for schools, universities, businesses, and others who need help with mass deployments. Firefox ESR releases are maintained for one year. This means Mozilla will provide regular Firefox security patches for XP and Vista users for nine more months. After that, it may continue for a few more months, but eventually the browser won't get new versions on those operating systems. Mozilla correctly notes that "unsupported operating systems receive no security updates, have known exploits, and are dangerous for you to use." The company also tells enterprises that September 2017 should be considered the support end date for planning purposes and "strongly recommends" that all users "upgrade to a version of Windows that is supported by Microsoft."

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YouTube Views Are Down Across the Board, Analysis Says

Slashdot.org - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 12:20pd
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku: For months, YouTubers have complained that their view counts are down. New data from the third-party stat tracker SocialBlade confirms what YouTubers fear: viewership is lower across the board. SocialBlade crunched some numbers for Kotaku and determined that, since the first half of the year, YouTube views are now 5-7% lower. Between July and September, that decrease was 10%. It's pretty significant. Why YouTube views have gone down is unclear, but some good theories are floating around. SocialBlade Community Manager Danny Fratella pointed to two potential causes: view audits and altered video-promoting algorithms. During view audits, YouTubers don't actually lose views. YouTube is removing botted or invalid playbacks from the view count. This happens all at once in a sort of purge -- something YouTube has explained publicly. But now that YouTubers have tools like SocialBlade to more rigorously moderate their data, they may be noticing these purges more, Fratella suggested. He added that SocialBlade doesn't see view counts purged as often as subscriber counts -- the main complaint going around YouTube communities. Although YouTubers have widely complained that fans are now randomly unsubscribed from their channels, YouTube and SocialBlade both told me that they've noticed nothing out of the ordinary in subscription data. YouTube's video-promoting algorithm may also play a role in an apparent decreased viewership. What videos the platform draws more eyes to reflects their philosophy on what videos should go viral.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

YouTube Views Are Down Across the Board, Analysis Says

Slashdot.org - Sht, 24/12/2016 - 12:20pd
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku: For months, YouTubers have complained that their view counts are down. New data from the third-party stat tracker SocialBlade confirms what YouTubers fear: viewership is lower across the board. SocialBlade crunched some numbers for Kotaku and determined that, since the first half of the year, YouTube views are now 5-7% lower. Between July and September, that decrease was 10%. It's pretty significant. Why YouTube views have gone down is unclear, but some good theories are floating around. SocialBlade Community Manager Danny Fratella pointed to two potential causes: view audits and altered video-promoting algorithms. During view audits, YouTubers don't actually lose views. YouTube is removing botted or invalid playbacks from the view count. This happens all at once in a sort of purge -- something YouTube has explained publicly. But now that YouTubers have tools like SocialBlade to more rigorously moderate their data, they may be noticing these purges more, Fratella suggested. He added that SocialBlade doesn't see view counts purged as often as subscriber counts -- the main complaint going around YouTube communities. Although YouTubers have widely complained that fans are now randomly unsubscribed from their channels, YouTube and SocialBlade both told me that they've noticed nothing out of the ordinary in subscription data. YouTube's video-promoting algorithm may also play a role in an apparent decreased viewership. What videos the platform draws more eyes to reflects their philosophy on what videos should go viral.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Alessio Treglia: Creativity Draws on the Deep Well of the Past

Planet Debian - Pre, 23/12/2016 - 6:15md

 


Octagonal Well in the Cloister of Giuliano da Sangallo, Faculty of Engineering,
Via Eudossiana, Rome

In the tetralogy “Joseph and His Brothers“, Thomas Mann states, “Deep is the well of the past...”. Sometimes this well is bottomless and it may appear far away and passed, yet all of our actions and everyday decisions come to life by its contents. It is the fundamental substrate, the raw material from which to draw the basic connections of our creativity.

The image of the well, used by Thomas Mann, is very significant. In symbolism, the well is the place where you take contact with the deep self and where to get water that gives life. The ancient times remind us of the socializing role of the well, invested with an aura of sacredness, where sharing with others took place. It was…

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Petter Reinholdtsen: Appstream just learned how to map hardware to packages too!

Planet Debian - Pre, 23/12/2016 - 10:30pd

I received a very nice Christmas present today. As my regular readers probably know, I have been working on the the Isenkram system for many years. The goal of the Isenkram system is to make it easier for users to figure out what to install to get a given piece of hardware to work in Debian, and a key part of this system is a way to map hardware to packages. Isenkram have its own mapping database, and also uses data provided by each package using the AppStream metadata format. And today, AppStream in Debian learned to look up hardware the same way Isenkram is doing it, ie using fnmatch():

% appstreamcli what-provides modalias \ usb:v1130p0202d0100dc00dsc00dp00ic03isc00ip00in00 Identifier: pymissile [generic] Name: pymissile Summary: Control original Striker USB Missile Launcher Package: pymissile % appstreamcli what-provides modalias usb:v0694p0002d0000 Identifier: libnxt [generic] Name: libnxt Summary: utility library for talking to the LEGO Mindstorms NXT brick Package: libnxt --- Identifier: t2n [generic] Name: t2n Summary: Simple command-line tool for Lego NXT Package: t2n --- Identifier: python-nxt [generic] Name: python-nxt Summary: Python driver/interface/wrapper for the Lego Mindstorms NXT robot Package: python-nxt --- Identifier: nbc [generic] Name: nbc Summary: C compiler for LEGO Mindstorms NXT bricks Package: nbc %

A similar query can be done using the combined AppStream and Isenkram databases using the isenkram-lookup tool:

% isenkram-lookup usb:v1130p0202d0100dc00dsc00dp00ic03isc00ip00in00 pymissile % isenkram-lookup usb:v0694p0002d0000 libnxt nbc python-nxt t2n %

You can find modalias values relevant for your machine using cat $(find /sys/devices/ -name modalias).

If you want to make this system a success and help Debian users make the most of the hardware they have, please helpadd AppStream metadata for your package following the guidelines documented in the wiki. So far only 11 packages provide such information, among the several hundred hardware specific packages in Debian. The Isenkram database on the other hand contain 101 packages, mostly related to USB dongles. Most of the packages with hardware mapping in AppStream are LEGO Mindstorms related, because I have, as part of my involvement in the Debian LEGO team given priority to making sure LEGO users get proposed the complete set of packages in Debian for that particular hardware. The team also got a nice Christmas present today. The nxt-firmware package made it into Debian. With this package in place, it is now possible to use the LEGO Mindstorms NXT unit with only free software, as the nxt-firmware package contain the source and firmware binaries for the NXT brick.

As usual, if you use Bitcoin and want to show your support of my activities, please send Bitcoin donations to my address 15oWEoG9dUPovwmUL9KWAnYRtNJEkP1u1b.

John Goerzen: Singing with Kids

Planet Debian - Enj, 22/12/2016 - 2:35pd

For four years now, we’ve had a tradition: I go up to the attic one night, make a lot of noise, and pretend to be Santa. The boys don’t think Santa is real, but they get a huge kick out of this anyway.

The other day, this wound up with me singing a duet with my 7-year-old Oliver, and seeing a hugely delighted 10-year-old Jacob.

All last week, the boys had been lobbying for me to “be Santa”. They aren’t going to be able to be here on Christmas day this year, so I thought – why not let them have some fun. I chose one present to give them early too.

So, Saturday night, I said they could get ready for Santa. They found some cookies somewhere, got out some milk. And Oliver wrote this wonderful note to “Santa”:

That is a note I’m going to keep for a long time. He helpfully drew arrows pointing to the milk, cookies, and even the pen. He even started Santa’s reply at the bottom!

So, Saturday night, I snuck up to the attic, pretended to be Santa, and ate some cookies, drank some milk, and wrote Oliver a note. And I left a present.

Jacob has been really getting into music lately, and Laura suggested I find something for the boys. I went looking for something that could record also, and came up with what has got to be a kid’s dream: a karaoke machine.

The particular one I found came with two microphones, a CD player, audio recording onto SD card (though it’s a little dodgy), and a screen for showing words on any music that’s karaoke-enhanced.

Cue gasps of awe and excitement from the boys when we came down in our PJs and sweats at 6:45 Sunday morning to check it out.

Jacob excitedly began exploring all the knobs and options on it (they were particularly fond of the echo feature), while Oliver wanted to sing. So we found one of his favorite Christmas songs, and here he is singing it with me.

When you have a system with a line in, line out, and several microphone jacks, you can get creative. With a few bits of adapters from my attic, the headset I use for amateur radio worked with it perfectly. Add on a little mic extension cord, and pretty soon Oliver was pretending to be an announcer for a football game!

Then, Oliver decided he would act out a football game while Jacob and I were the announcers.

Something tells me there will be much fun had with this over the next while!

Just wait until I show them how to hook up a handheld radio to it in order to make a remotely-activated loudspeaker…

Dimitri John Ledkov: Ubuntu Archive and CD/USB images complete migration to 4096 RSA singing keys

Planet Debian - Mër, 21/12/2016 - 7:24md

Enigma machine photo by Alessandro Nassiri [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Ubuntu Archive and CD/USB image use OpenPGP cryptography for verification and integrity protection. In 2012, a new archive signing key was created and we have started to dual-sign everything with both old and new keys.

In April 2017, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will go end of life. Precise was the last release that was signed with just the old signing key. Thus when Zesty Zapus is released as Ubuntu 17.04, there will no longer be any supported Ubuntu release that require the 2004 signing keys for validation.

The Zesty Zapus release is now signed with just the 2012 signing key, which is 4096 RSA based key. The old 2004 signing keys, where were 1024 DSA based, have been removed from the default keyring and are no longer trusted by default in Zesty and up. The old keys are available in the removed keys keyring in the ubuntu-keyring package, for example in case one wants to verify things from old-releases.ubuntu.com.

Thus the signing key transition is coming to an end. Looking forward, I hope that by 18.04 LTS time-frame the SHA-3 algorithm will make its way into the OpenPGP spec and that we will possibly start a transition to 8096 RSA keys. But this is just wishful thinking as the current key strength, algorithm, and hashsums are deemed to be sufficient.

Holger Levsen: 20161221-debian-edu-sprint-in-oslo

Planet Debian - Mër, 21/12/2016 - 6:43md
What we did at the Debian Edu / Skolelinux gathering in November 2016 in Oslo

From November 25 to 27 some people met in the hackerspace bitraf in downtown Oslo. On Saturday and Sunday we met in the morning and hacked and translated all day until we went for dinners in the evening. Despite the short time I think we managed to get a lot done and had good fun, so I'm hoping we'll have another gathering in 2017!

Debian Edu / Skolelinux is currently in better shape regarding the upcoming Debian release than we ever have been, which is pretty awesome. Today, on December 21st, all our changes are in Stretch, except for debian-edu-artwork.git, which awaits a desktop-base upload to unstable… the only thing missing is being able to install Debian Edu using our profiles from official media… releasing Debian Edu Stretch on the same day as Debian Stretch would be a huge success though!

These are the notes taken in a pad (thanks riseup!) during the meeting:

Phil Hands worked on

  • improving automated tests of d-i and Debian Edu installations using jenkins.debian.net:
  • Managed to get the Main Server install to the point where it should be runnable regularly on jenkins
  • Worked around the current breakage in plymouth. Confirmed that the Standalone install is currently
  • sabotaged by KDE, despite it supposedly being MATE (this took quite a while).
  • Meanwhile, made some small steps towards making the Cucumber setup more flexible when adding new scenarios.

Knut Yrvin worked on

  • testing Debian Edu Stretch installations

Ingrid Yrvin worked on

  • reviewing translations to Norwegian

Ole-Erik Yrvin worked on

  • translating the Debian Edu manual to Norwegian
  • translating the Debian Edu Administrators Handbook (ITIL) to Norwegian

Wolfgang Schweer worked on

  • fixing PXE installations from installed Debian Edu servers
  • fixing desktop entries for our Mate desktop (Xfce benefits as well)
  • updating https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Status/Stretch
  • testing sitesummary server/client with patch provided by Petter
  • testing if MATE functionalities (caja, atril, some mimetypes) are improved compared to jessie (they are)
  • filed bug #845997 about wrong mate-session priority.
  • discussed pros and cons of various DEs and the choice of DE to install
  • tested menu integration/translation for Xfce, LXQt, Plasma and MATE
  • gave assistance to install the Debian Edu combi server (workaround plymouth the issue in d-i environment)

Petter Reinholdtsen worked on

  • #832342 sitesummary: SiteSummary.pm fails to extract information w/ recent stretch linux-images
  • Assisted norwegian translators.

Dominik George worked on

  • xrdp
    • xrdp upload to unstable: new upstream version with some fixes, closing four bugs.
    • thus prepare xrdp for the 0.9.1 release that upstream will do, in cooperation with Debian, before the freeze.
    • preparing uploads of guacamole-(client|server) to unstable
  • guacamole
    • Ported guacamole-server code to OpenSSL 1.1.
    • Did a guacamole-server license/copyright review.
    • Java help needed: https://lists.debian.org/debian-java/2016/11/msg00061.html
  • shared some nice/horrible experiences from school IT realities in Germany
  • gave a talk/initiated a discussion about Skolelinux Cloud / Skolelinux as a Service / evilly fighting Google Apps for Education
  • fixed #834065 (gosa-plugin-sudo: sudoHost does not allow '.' in GOsa, host.domain is not possible to be entered)
  • had an online meeting with the Teckids kids who need to teach Debian to their fellows tomorrow because I am in Oslo
  • set up some things for the pkg-remote team, which is the new umbrella for greate Debian remote desktop experience, needed by Debian Edu among others

Holger Levsen worked on

  • this report
  • getting icinga2 back into stretch
  • filed #845765 RM: nagios3 -- ROM; unfixed security uploads, no maintainer upload since 2 years
  • mentoring people
  • discussed some unexplained changes in src:debian-edu and made sure we get a useful debian/changelog entry
  • filed #845760 and #845762 against src:blends-dev
  • update wiki status pages
  • create sitesummary.git pkg testing job
  • uploaded sitesummary 0.1.26
  • uploaded debian-edu 1.915
  • filed #846002 "blends-tasks must be priority:standard and not make a mess out of tasksel menu"
  • filed #846003 "debian-cd: please provide different flavor/spins of netinst images"
  • filed #846005 "debian-cd: please provide flavor/spin netinst image with blends-tasks installed"
  • filed #846006 "debian-cd: please provide flavor/spin netinst image for Debian Edu"
  • retitled and updated #474745: "debian-edu-config: please dont enable non-free by default"
  • retitled #588510 rename thin-client-server profile to ltsp-server-profile (=found the name…!)
  • finally, uploaded debian-edu-doc 1.912~20161129

Mike Gabriel was sick and couldnt come to Oslo and worked at home instead:

  • smarty3 3.1.30-1 -> unstable
  • smarty-gettext 1.5.0-1 -> unstable, split up the plugin from tsmarty2c script. This avoids php-cli being pulled in when the plugin is needed only
  • smarty-lexer 3.1.30+dfsg1-1 -> unstable
  • argonaut 0.9.8-1 -> unstable (not so much Edu related)
  • fusiondirectory 1.0.17-1 -> unstable (not so much Edu related)
  • atril 1.16.1-1 -> unstable
  • mate-themes 3.22.4-1 -> unstable

Thanks to the Debian sprints programm and our sponsors for supporting the travel of Wolfgang, Dominik, Phil and myself! Mike opted out from reimbursement as he couldn't travel due to sickness.

Bits from Debian: Free FPGA programming with Debian

Planet Debian - Mër, 21/12/2016 - 6:15md

FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) are increasingly popular for data acquisition, device control and application acceleration. Debian now features a completely Free set of tools to program FPGA in Verilog, prepare the binary and have it executed on an affordable device.

See http://wiki.debian.org/FPGA/Lattice for details. Readers familiar with the technology may rightly guess that this refers to the yosys package together with berkeley-abc, arachne-"Place-and-Route" and the icestorm tools to communicate with the device.

The packages have been contributed by the Debian Science team.

We hope this effort to support the FPGA community to collect an increasing number of skills to further smoothen the Open Source experience and lower the entry barriers for this tantalising technology.

Norbert Preining: Cornelia Travnicek – Junge Hunde

Planet Debian - Mër, 21/12/2016 - 5:33md

A novel on late adolescence and self-finding, set on a mixture of stages ranging from Vienna, its Hinterland, to China. The recent book of the Viennese young writer Cornelia Travnicek (official page, WikiPedia) tells a complicated story about finding and loosing your parents.

The main actors, Johanna, always helpful and supportive of those around here, and Ernst, a Chinese adoptive son in Austria, are good friends since early childhood. He sets out to find his parents in China, while she has to deal with profound change in her own world while worrying about his travel and distance.

Although in principle a nice and interesting story, I felt that the book is at times weighting too much on sentiments, second hand sentiments, and trying to extend the story. By itself this wouldn’t be a problem if the language would be of a great story teller, but in this case it just extends and gave me hard time continue reading. The surprising ending isn’t that surprising, a single line 2/3 through the book just let it slip so that it is clear who is the father.

All in all not a bad book, but I wouldn’t recommend it from the depth of my heart. Still, as Viennese I felt a bit nostalgic with parts of dialect appearing in the book.

Hideki Yamane: considering package delta

Planet Debian - Mër, 21/12/2016 - 6:48pd

From Android Developers Blog: Saving Data: Reducing the size of App Updates by 65%

We should consider providing delta package, especially update packages from security.debian.org, IMO.

Update:
 Yes, Bálint Réczey and others via email pointed out there's debdelta.debian.net for this purpose. But for general usage, it should be intergrated to the infrastructure, without any extra manual setup. Probably apt (as Julian Andres Klode said in his talk in DebConf16and also infrastructure (dak?) would need to be modified to implement it.

 Applying delta to daily unstable/testing update may be hard, but security update packages from security.debian.org and stable point release is worse for the effort at least, IMO.

 Some rpm distro (Fedora and openSUSE) have already provided delta package, so we can do it, too. Right? :-)

Reproducible builds folks: Reproducible Builds: week 86 in Stretch cycle

Planet Debian - Mar, 20/12/2016 - 8:31md

What happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between Sunday December 11 and Saturday December 17 2016:

Reproducible builds world summit

The 2nd Reproducible Builds World Summit was held in Berlin, Germany on December 13th-15th. The event was a great success with enthusiastic participation from an extremely diverse number of projects. Many thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Whilst there is an in-depth report forthcoming, the Guix project have already released their own report.

Media coverage Reproducible work in other projects Documentation update

A large number of revisions were made to the website during the summit, including re-structuring existing content and creating a concrete plan to move the wiki content to the website:

Elsewhere in Debian
  • Chris Lamb submitted a patch for dak to preserve .buildinfo files on the local ftp-master filesystem. This is a temporary measure to prevent some "historical" data loss; the files are currently being silently discarded.
Packages reviewed and fixed, and bugs filed

Chris Lamb:

Daniel Shahaf:

Reiner Herrmann:

Reviews of unreproducible packages

9 package reviews have been added, 19 have been updated and 17 have been removed in this week, adding to our knowledge about identified issues.

3 issue types have been added:

One issue type was updated:

Weekly QA work

During our reproducibility testing, some FTBFS bugs have been detected and reported by:

  • Chris Lamb (9)
diffoscope development reprotest development trydiffoscope development
  • trydiffoscope was split from the main diffoscope repository by Chris Lamb so that the two projects can be released independently and so that trydiffoscope can more easily be available on PyPI. It also simplifies the diffoscope packaging.

  • trydiffoscope 64 was uploaded to unstable by Chris Lamb.

Misc.

This week's edition was written by Chris Lamb and reviewed by a bunch of Reproducible Builds folks on IRC and via email.

Mario Lang: Squarepusher's Shobaleader One

Planet Debian - Mar, 20/12/2016 - 12:07md

I recently was lucky enough to see one of my long-time favourite drum and bass artists live! Squarepusher! I know and love his music since the late 90s.

My girlfriend got us tickets for the Shobaleader One performance at Progy & Bess in Vienna. It was fantastic! 90 minutes of high energy jazz.

As a personal memory, I captured one of my favourite Squarepusher tracks, Cooper's World. This is another case of #unseenphotography.

While I am usually not very much into jazz, I like this fusion of dnb and jazz very much.

Petter Reinholdtsen: Isenkram updated with a lot more hardware-package mappings

Planet Debian - Mar, 20/12/2016 - 11:55pd

The Isenkram system I wrote two years ago to make it easier in Debian to find and install packages to get your hardware dongles to work, is still going strong. It is a system to look up the hardware present on or connected to the current system, and map the hardware to Debian packages. It can either be done using the tools in isenkram-cli or using the user space daemon in the isenkram package. The latter will notify you, when inserting new hardware, about what packages to install to get the dongle working. It will even provide a button to click on to ask packagekit to install the packages.

Here is an command line example from my Thinkpad laptop:

% isenkram-lookup bluez cheese ethtool fprintd fprintd-demo gkrellm-thinkbat hdapsd libpam-fprintd pidgin-blinklight thinkfan tlp tp-smapi-dkms tp-smapi-source tpb %

It can also list the firware package providing firmware requested by the load kernel modules, which in my case is an empty list because I have all the firmware my machine need:

% /usr/sbin/isenkram-autoinstall-firmware -l info: did not find any firmware files requested by loaded kernel modules. exiting %

The last few days I had a look at several of the around 250 packages in Debian with udev rules. These seem like good candidates to install when a given hardware dongle is inserted, and I found several that should be proposed by isenkram. I have not had time to check all of them, but am happy to report that now there are 97 packages packages mapped to hardware by Isenkram. 11 of these packages provide hardware mapping using AppStream, while the rest are listed in the modaliases file provided in isenkram.

These are the packages with hardware mappings at the moment. The marked packages are also announcing their hardware support using AppStream, for everyone to use:

air-quality-sensor, alsa-firmware-loaders, argyll, array-info, avarice, avrdude, b43-fwcutter, bit-babbler, bluez, bluez-firmware, brltty, broadcom-sta-dkms, calibre, cgminer, cheese, colord, colorhug-client, dahdi-firmware-nonfree, dahdi-linux, dfu-util, dolphin-emu, ekeyd, ethtool, firmware-ipw2x00, fprintd, fprintd-demo, galileo, gkrellm-thinkbat, gphoto2, gpsbabel, gpsbabel-gui, gpsman, gpstrans, gqrx-sdr, gr-fcdproplus, gr-osmosdr, gtkpod, hackrf, hdapsd, hdmi2usb-udev, hpijs-ppds, hplip, ipw3945-source, ipw3945d, kde-config-tablet, kinect-audio-setup, libnxt, libpam-fprintd, lomoco, madwimax, minidisc-utils, mkgmap, msi-keyboard, mtkbabel, nbc, nqc, nut-hal-drivers, ola, open-vm-toolbox, open-vm-tools, openambit, pcgminer, pcmciautils, pcscd, pidgin-blinklight, printer-driver-splix, pymissile, python-nxt, qlandkartegt, qlandkartegt-garmin, rosegarden, rt2x00-source, sispmctl, soapysdr-module-hackrf, solaar, squeak-plugins-scratch, sunxi-tools, t2n, thinkfan, thinkfinger-tools, tlp, tp-smapi-dkms, tp-smapi-source, tpb, tucnak, uhd-host, usbmuxd, viking, virtualbox-ose-guest-x11, w1retap, xawtv, xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse, xserver-xorg-input-wacom, xserver-xorg-video-qxl, xserver-xorg-video-vmware, yubikey-personalization and zd1211-firmware

If you know of other packages, please let me know with a wishlist bug report against the isenkram-cli package, and ask the package maintainer to add AppStream metadata according to the guidelines to provide the information for everyone. In time, I hope to get rid of the isenkram specific hardware mapping and depend exclusively on AppStream.

Note, the AppStream metadata for broadcom-sta-dkms is matching too much hardware, and suggest that the package with with any ethernet card. See bug #838735 for the details. I hope the maintainer find time to address it soon. In the mean time I provide an override in isenkram.

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