Older blog entries for sits (starting at number 2)

2 Dec 2001 (updated 2 Dec 2001 at 16:30 UTC) »

Well I spent most of yesterday updating (but not really upgrading because I did a format) platinum (the sucs X server) from a Ximianed RedHat 7.1 to a vanilla RedHat 7.2. The main reasoning behind this as so that I could get some practice at upgrading before I tried it on silver (which is on RedHat 6.2). This was made all the more difficult because I was missing bits of information that were hard won the last time it was upgraded.

The installation mostly consisted of backing up /etc/ to our other server and then putting in the required network boot disks.

Having said that I am especially fond of the way I mounted the isos as directories on our ftp server and then killed off the ftp connection so I could unmount the first cd and mount the second cd in the same place, thus allowing the installation to continue.

The major pitfall surfaced after I had gone back home At around 11pm I received a mail saying that internet access to certain sites was no longer working (and that the upgrade was to blame. Incredibly perceptive users here). After doing a painful remote X session to my computer back at home to confirm the problem, I decided to check the logs and found them full of can't find /lib/modules/2.4.7 errors.

After reading fxn's reply to yesterday's rant about certification, I now realise that I was approaching Advogato (gah I'm still having trouble spelling that) in slightly the wrong direction. More on that at a later date though...

It was about then that I remembered that I hadn't rebooted after installing the newer kernel package. After rebooting and not being able to connect to platinum any more I came to the conclusion that maybe I should have checked grub's configuration before I decided to reboot. It was also about then that I decided that I'd had enough of this and that I would go to bed.

1 Dec 2001 (updated 1 Mar 2002 at 23:29 UTC) »

Hmm. I am still a bit confused as to what I should have put on my page to make other people's lives easier and certify me:

  • Do I certify myself to give people a better idea of how what level I am at?
  • Do I certify other people who are already certified in order get their attention and certify me?
I have read the through the Adavogato trust metric page and I do not understand why people repeatedly certify Alan as a Master. Don't misunderstand me - I know that Alan does great work and should be at the Master level, but he is one of the seed accounts so my rating him as a Master is not going to make any difference right?

I have been reading Telsa's diary and she seems to suggest that you should display links to all the projects you have worked on. Are there any newbie guides to Advogato? I did a quick google search but I didn't turn up anything.

I've just realised I can help people quantify how much work I did on mozilla. If you do a Bugzilla search for Sitsofe Wheeler then you will have a better idea. Please note: that link shows the number of bugs I added a comment to - not the number that I reported, or were duplicates etc.

30 Nov 2001 (updated 1 Dec 2001 at 11:13 UTC) »

Well, this is my first diary entry. I have contributed a small amount the free software (if you use Mandrake then you may notice my name in the RPM changelogs of two packages, if you look hard enough) and I was also a Mozilla tester a while back. Anyhow let's see how this goes and whether any one will certify me...

While I'm here, I guess I should mention that I'm the current president of SUCS - The Swansea University Computer Society. Just for the record, no I don't know anything about Linux's TCP/IP stack. That was all done by Alan. Sorry.

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