28 May 2012 DV   » (Master)

libxml2-2.8.0:

Finally ! Last release was 18 months ago, and after a good week of testing the new libxml2 is out. I tried to process all pending patches fom GNOME bugzilla, most of them went in, after more or less massaging :) . There is also a new feature, transparent support for lzma compression, which is quite efficient in terms of squeezing the input without taking too much cycles compressing (and decompressing). Still this is mostly a bugfix release, but with enough changes that it is worth bumping the middle version. Get it from xmlsoft.org.

libvirt 0.9.12

Libvirt flow of releases continues, the current version is 0.9.12 and I try to keep a release cycle close to one per month. I extracted the following graph of commits activity using gitstats:

The project had a peak of activity one year ago and this is slowly decreasing now, maybe the poject finally reached the main goals that contributors were looking for and while there is still a number of things left to do we are finally entering the stabilization phase of the project. Hard to tell, but maybe I will start to decrease the rate of the release, but that need discussion on the list first :-)

LinuxCon Japan

I have been invited t talk again at LinuxCon Japan next week. Last year was very interesting, with good discussions in many areas, and I hope this will be the case again this year. It is also good to meet with some users face-to-face as oral communication is so different from the way we proceed when using email. For me this is also a way to get different perspectives and look at the project and the whole ecosystem to try to get a more complete picture.

Fedora 17

I usually update my systems only every other Fedora release but I think this time I'm gonna upgrade earlier to play with OpenVSwitch which sounds like a good way to solve a number of annoyances with networking setups :-)

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