8 Aug 2004 mbanck   » (Journeyer)

So it's been over two months now that I finished my master thesis and am not working at the university anymore. Since then, I did two presentations on the topic of Free Software. One as an introduction to Linux and Free Software in general at my student's association (in german), the other at LinuxTag about the Debian GNU/Hurd port. Both went fairly well, but could have been better.

The rest of the time since early June I spent hanging around mostly. Before LinuxTag, I ported xfce4 to GNU/Hurd, trying to get the port some eye-candy. Afterwards, I mainly concentrated on making sure glibc is fine and updating the xfree86 port for Debian GNU/Hurd, which got finally merged in late July and should be a major leap forward. In early August, I announced a new tarball-based cross-install method for Debian GNU/Hurd which is based on Roland McGrath's xattr-hurd patches for ext2. Unfortunately, it does seem to be too late to get the patches into sarge, either via upstream or via the Debian package. However, Philip Charles has mentioned that he will use this method for the next major round of the Debian GNU/Hurd installation CDs. Elsewhere in the Hurd world, the big news is that Neal Walfied has picked up hacking on the Hurd again and started to review Ognyan's patch for large ext2 partitions (which seems to be getting pretty stable, I compiled xfree86 and glibc several times without major problems). Also, Marco Gerards is still working on integrating the Hurd console and X11 writing a keyboard repeater and he also started looking at DHCP support.

For the non-Hurd related Debian stuff, I mostly picked up my work as Application Manager again (though not as thoroughly as I'd like to) and did some work as sponsor for micah, gravity, ajmitch, jdub (though I managed to mess up his package) and daf. Over the last couple of days, I found the time to get my own packages in shape for sarge... again. Further, I had some more free time to (re)subscribe to a couple of mailing lists like -vote, -project and -devel. However, I decided not to take the pain of subscribing to debian-devel and rather went for the GNOME devel list, which has much more interesting, inspiring and on-topic posts than its Debian counterpart, at least in my opinion.

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