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Name: Ben Collins
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I spend most of my free time working on the Debian SPARC/UltraSPARC port. Other than that, I'm a pretty normal person :)

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Wow, been a *long* time. To top off the real big new since my last diary entry, my wife and I had a new baby boy on Aug 4th! That gives us two in all :)

On the Debian front, we have just released potato (2.2). So now I can finally move on to new things. I've taken over GLibc from our recently departed developer, Joel Klecker (we miss you Joel). I gave up about 6 of my smaller packages so I can concentrate more on the core packages I maintain, aswell as new and exciting things with the SPARC/UltraSPARC port.

Been messing with firewire a lot lately. I'm still trying to get it running under Linux on my non-x86 boxes (damn the h/w centricity!). My main problem is the fact that parts of the DMA'd area that isn't suppose to be affected by FIFO lag, is in fact two cycles out of step :/ So much for OHCI specs and the like. Oh well, I'll get it working sooner or later, and have this 45gig native firewire drive running under sbp2 soon.

Been a LONG time since my last entry. Seems I take on more and more things that I really have no time for.

My wife and I are looking at a new vehicle. For the entire 5 years we have been married we have suffered with a 87 Pontiac and an 86 Cadillac Eldorado. Now that we have some extra cash we are looking at a Dodge Durango to fit out family needs (one kid, and one on the way).

Work is coming along great. The LDAP server is up and running with relevant data seeded. I've also been given the task of testing ieee1394 on Linux. This meant a lot of porting since my main system is actually an UltraSPARC. Also get to test a CardBus card. Both seem to be working ok now. I just need actual devices to attach to the chains in order to test the data transfers. I'm looking forward to ether1394 testing.

The Debian UltraSPARC/SPARC port is nearing completion for potato. Only thing left to do is burn CD's and complete our current test cycle. After that I can finally go full swing with the binary-sparc64 port.

Well, that's all for this month :)

Whew, lot's has happened. To start off with, our new server, Auric has been having issues which seem to have magically disappeared now that I am finally trying to pin it down.

Almost finished working on some new speedups for the lists.debian.org VERP handler. Seems all the bounce cache files I was grep'ing turned out to be a real slow down :)

Work is moving along on binary-sparc64. I've almost bootstrapped all of base. I wish these patches from Jakub would make it into the mainline CVS for gcc3. I really need to start on doing a full test of gcc3 for sparc-linux for the verification.

Job is going well. I finally have a decent dataset to put in the new LDAP directory for the enterprise wide (read 5000+ employees) directory. Interesting work.

What a weekend. Spent a lot of time outside (even though it was cold and raining most of the time) with my son, wife and her little brother. Got some yard work done too.

The UltraSPARC from Donovan Systems came in this weekend (Sat. delivery, yeah FedEx!). Problem is, it's only one of the two I was supposed to get, and there appears to be no monitor :/ Oh well, it's a nice system, and it'll leave my UltraSPARC 5 open for much testing (can we say bootstrapping binary-sparc64? :)

Lots to do before work in Monday. I dread the traffic around D.C., but I love the scenery on the way. Hate leaving my wife and kid, even for 2 days though :(

TGIFF (Thank God It's Fucking Friday). Starting to make plans for a big cookout in a few weeks to kick off the end of the cold season. It's been unusually cold here for April, where we usually see 70F, and it's been hovering around 55F for the past few weeks.

Starting off the day with a diary entry is weird, I'm used to writing about what I have done, and I'm hoping that by writing this now, I'll force myself to meet the goals I lay down for the day :)

Going to start off by getting everything I need done for work on Monday. The job I have is pretty sweet. I work from home, and go into the office for 2 or 3 days every other week. So, yeah, I get to roll out of bed and work in my boxers :P

Doh, in the middle of writing this I found out that sparc modutils in potato/woody is broken (missing some bins) so I had to make an emergency upload.

Back to the diary...I think I'll also get around to uploading my packages today, to fix all the bugs that are still left before release. May 2 is going to be the start of the test cycle for potato, so we'll see how things work out.

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