aristeu, roughly speaking Toronto is level with Nice in the south of France. So no, it doesn't have three months of darkness in the Winter, and nether does Ottawa :-) It does get too cold for bare feet, though, sometimes as low as -40C.
Rich Salz kindly had a go at adding configure/automake support for my somewhat antiquated lq-text text retrieval package. Unfortunately he broke something in the process, so I agreed to make a new release with some code cleanups and then we'd try to get automake working together. I'm hoping to get something out later this month, although with moving house still in full swing it's looking unlikely. I spent some time reading the GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool book [referrer link]; the GNU autoconf and configure always seemed to me an example of wrong engineering: the complexity of M4 also makes the scripts fragile, although they are a lot better these days than they used to be. I just want to drag a bunch of tests into a folder and ship the result :-) which is what I used to do with my previous configure script, now long-lost. Ah well, the price of conformity!
There are now almost seven hundred index images on my Words and Pictures From Old Books Web site. I'm trying to add at least one per day. Before long I'm going to have to revamp the search interface again; it still uses XML Query but maybe I should start using OWL to make an ontology. I'm not sure, since the search is currently faceted. I'll also be adding a full text search interface soon, using lq-text, but I don't want to get too distracted from releasing the software.