21 Sep 2004 DV   » (Master)

Graphical boot

Spent most of last week doing some cleaning and fixes on rhgb the Red Hat/Fedora graphical boot, it's kind of crazy but fun, starting an X server while you just have / mounted read-only, I think I learnt quite a bit in the process.

Gamin

I also made a new release of gamin today, seems the inotify in-kernel replacement for dnotify starts to get some momentum, this is cool. At the moment gamin is really Linux specific, but if you want to make it work on Solaris (or something else) and know how to do this, I take patches, see #153105.

Grinding the Gnome

Okay maybe I should have done this before the 2.8 release but I didn't really had time. I just valgrinded a Gnome session, I had to stop once the gnome session got ready the VM exploded (I used the full --tool=memcheck a lighter tool would allow to do further checking). The result aren't too bad, it is a bit difficult to separate what might be false positive though, it would be great if valgrind could use the -debuginfo packages to provide better logs too.

The Seven Samurais

I got the DVD of Kurosawa masterpiece. In general I have zero interest for war movies like Hollywood tend to produce, but fifty years later even if in black and white Kurosawa's film is still an impressive piece, and the final message about the decline and fate of warlords in a world dominated by the lower casts is still worth thinking about. It used to be the sign of a society rising to better standard that the lower class were getting wealthy, if you don't see this trend, your society is on the decline.

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