I just got around to doing some work on a project that's been on my mind foe aeons. Certainly long enough that I've talked with both HelixCode (err, Ximian) and Red Hat about releasing their versions of it. Never made any real progress, but the Ximian person I talked to had stupid reasons behind it. Anyway, I have need for a system that can take SRPMs and build them in to binary RPMs in an unattended manner. I wrote up some of my thoughts on the topic, in a rather haphazard manner, and put them online here I've also put up the XML source, (though it's using DocBook 4.1.2 instead of DocBook 4.2, because 4.2 doesn't work properly on my RHL8.0 box) http://linuxweasel.com/~gleblanc/rpm_build_system_design.html
So, I decided to try out Wine this afternoon, since I wanted to play a video game, and I no longer have windows installed. Sounds simple, up2date wine, then run my program. Of course, that didn't work. Somebody suggested a newer wine, so I went ahead and fought with the RPM, and got the newest one to build (removed 2 patches, re-worked one other). Still didn't work. So I went to the wine website, and started poking around. I found some stuff in the faq-o-matic there which was helpful, although the question in question was in need of a good purging of confusing info. So, I got it working, and installed StarCraft (though the DirectX install blew up. Not sure if that should have worked or not). StarCraft actually runs, and if I run via sudo, it runs full-screen, and looks very spiffy, but it locks up my keyboard and mouse. Gar, back to the FAQ-O-Matic
davidr What about companies who, instead of releasing specs for their products, release drivers in binary-only form? BTW, which products does Logitech not release specs for? Their mice seem to work just fine for me.
As long as we're all thinking and talking about certifications and trusts, I thought I'd share some of mine. :)
One of the big things that I think lots of folks miss out here is the dedication part of certifications. The dedication part can change, and when it does, the level you certify someone at can change. I think I'll go with a hypothetical example, since it's easier to make fit. Let's say that Joe was one of three people who were the leaders of an important software project. They each had areas where they helped contributors, and wrote lots of code themselves. They were working lots of hours on their software, and getting folks involved. I come along, and start dinking around with this software, asking questions, and come to know Joe, and that he's really pushing this project along. Since it's an important project, and I'm pretty familiar with Joe after a while, I certify him on Advogato as a free software "Master". Some time passes, and Joe decides that he's not going to work on that project anymore. Perhaps he takes a new job which doesn't permit him the time to work on free software, so he's only contributing in smaller ways now. Joe puts this sort of stuff into his advogato diary, and it's clear that he's not putting the same kind of time into free software as he was. Joe may still be just as competent a free software hacker as he was, but since he's not pushing an important project along, I decide that he's fufilling a role as a free software "Journeyer" now, and change his certification to represent this. This is the right thing to do if Advogato isn't a popularity contest, since it represents the role that Joe is playing at the moment. Joe won't be offended, he's just doing something else now. I know of quite a few people who have change how much they work on free software, but not many of them have ever had time for advogato.
So, as for the rankings... It seems to me that there is some inflation of the certifications, but I'm not sure where it comes from. Perhaps it's just based on people not thinking hard enough about how they certify someone. In my mind, "Master" is a pretty exclusive group. It's for somebody who's not only the driving force behind a free software project, but is the driving force behind a big one. So, Alan pushes along a big part of the kernel, and David Merril pushes along the LDP pretty well. They're both clearly "Masters" in my book, since both the kernel and the LDP seem to be large important projects to me.
I want to write some more on Journeyer, and perhaps Apprentice, but I'm tired, so it will wait until later.
From: Chris Byrne <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RE: [geeks] aw yeah. Date: 26 Apr 2002 02:01:15 +0100
I live in Ireland now. My spell checker does that sort of thing ;-)
> -----Original Message----- > From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf > Of Gregory Leblanc
> > the town. He testified for the defence in the Texas case. > > Defeat of de cat went over defence before detail? (sorry, just poking > fun!) > Greg
This is actually from 23 Oct 2001, I just forgot to post
I read through that Linux Certification article I mentioned yesterday. Pretty interesting to me, since I'm looking into getting some certs. The CompTIA Linux+ looks to be about on the same level as the last CompTIA exam I took. I'm A+ certified, and that exam was trivially easy. I might just go down and take the Linux+ exam next week, since I won't have to study for it (other than to edit a file with vi again, I haven't done that for a couple of months). I haven't finished reviewing the LPI and SAIR ones, but I think that the LPI one will certainly be on my list of things to get. I didn't realize that the RHCE was such a broad exam, or I'd have looked at it a lot sooner. That one is definately on my list, but I think I'll have to make sure I'm prepared first.
Tomas Ogren is helping me to get "push-sync" set up for ftp.gnome.org. This will mean that it gets updated immediately whenever somebody puts a new release on master.gnome.org, and we won't have so much trouble with things being out of date. The old setup is much too slow.
We got the "install-module" mess cleaned up there, but no further. install-module is the script that manages the ftp site, making symlinks, diffs, and that sort of thing. It's very slick, but we had a few dozen copies of it running around. Now, just 1 real copy is left, making things much simpler. Now we only have to keep track of a single copy, and can set up that single copy to "trigger" the sync. Hopefully we'll get this going to several machines soon, so that ftp.gnome.org is a RR DNS.
We've got to get new DocBook tools on the gnome.org webserver, but I haven't got time to do all of the research required for this. Darn. I sent out mail asking for volunteers to work on this, hopefully I'll get some replies.
I spent some time with drake this evening, trying to customize Norm's stylesheets a little bit. I think we figured out how things were getting called, but we don't have any clue how to customize it. Drake is going to email docbook-apps, and I'm going to read the replies. :-) I just found out that there's some XSL information in TDG, so I'm going to try to read that tonight.
"Simplicty does not precede complexity, but follows it."
I'm hacking on spec file today, and making some progress. I got a bunch of the needed cleanup done on the gnome-vfs one, although it's going to need a bit more hacking/cleaning. I'm working on gnome-applets.spec.in right now, and it's requireing a complete re-write (almost). Ick. At least I know where some of the problems were coming from before. the %configure macro is convient, but broken. Ah, well, what can ya do?
I'm also playing with Jonathan's doc-i18n-tool, because nobody else seems to be able to be bothered. I've got enough stuff on my plate, but this is too important to let slide. Well, playing with is a bit of a stretch. I downloaded it, tried it out a bit, got on #i18n, and started nagging people. :-) They're playing with it right now, and I'm getting tired and ready for bed. OK, email sent with some issues.
Here's a Tech Republic article on linux certs that I'm going to read in the morning (well, later in the morning). Enjoy http://click.online.com/Click?q=9c-xtXpQanxk_islEk2c9B3tOiR
OK, so I'm a complete moron. It's 12:50am on Saturday, which means that I leave for a group bike ride in 7.5 hours. I found my bicycle computer, and my bikes on the bus pass, which means that I can actually get to my ride. I also managed to swap the front tire on my bike twice tonight. I swapped first for a "spare" kevlar with a wire bead that I had around (it was giving me flats on the back, but I've determined that I need a steel-belted tire on the back to avoid that). As it turns out, that tire has "high" sidewalls, and was rubbing against the rivets that help hold my fender in place. I can't move the fender at all, so I guess I just need to stick with low-sidewall tires. Anyway, I'm using the tire from my track bike in the mean time. I think I'll put the original back on there. It looks a bit worn, but I've never had a flat on it. In fact, tonight was the first time that I've taken that tire off in the past 3 years. BTW, by worn I mean that it's slightly flat where it contacts the road, and it's got some tiny "cracks" in the rubber. From the inside, it looks perfectly fine, and there's still 3/32 of rubber left there, so I think it's probably safe.
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