15 Feb 2004 mbanck   » (Journeyer)

On Friday, my first NM applicant Raphael Goulais got approved. Actually, the DAM approved him faster than I could accept a new NM, which seems to be contrary to most conspiracy theories I've heard recently.

During the last couple of days, I mainly focused on the upcoming 1.100.2 release of OpenBabel and made sure that our switch to shared libraries works nice with the other Debian packages who depend on it.

Today, I spend a lot of time in Debian GNU/Hurd. To my pleasant surprise, it seems that tsocks works under Debian GNU/Hurd as well. Although being behind a SOCKS proxy, I've now got most of my networking working on GNU/Hurd, most notably ssh, irc and mail.

In somewhat related news, Roland McGrath has written support for Hurd extensions in Linux-2.6 via the xattr interface. Meanwhile, Marco Gerards is working on support for Hurd translators in GNU tar, so these two things combined could make for a much easier way to bootstrap Debian GNU/Hurd from GNU/Linux. This way, the passive translators could just be extracted along with the rest of the base tarball and would not have to be setup after booting into the Hurd.

I've checked out rhythmbox and ifplugd during the last week, and they rock.

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