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For those of you attending FOSDEM

In a a few weeks it will be Fosdem week-end. Something I’ve been attending since 2004.

This year I’d like to tell people that care about email privacy that fosdem has the biggest pgp key signing party in Europe. If you use pgp, or gnupg you might want to join the party.

To do so you’ll need to register before the 30th of January and follow the detailed instructions at .

update: People are sending plenty of keys it’s going to be a great event.

Syndicated 2014-01-15 10:42:40 from NaN

Look ma we got ourselves a twitter account

mozthunderbird Is the official Mozilla Thunderbird twitter account.

Syndicated 2012-03-07 07:25:15 (Updated 2012-03-07 07:27:26) from Ludovic's weblog

The price of spam

As received in a spam email :

Whatever and wherever your needs . . . we have your solution.
Electronic messaging service

Available databases: (We have any database if you need)

USA 89 000 000 address - 700 EUR (1000 $)
CA 18 000 000 address - 350 EUR (500 $)
GR 60 000 000 address - 700 EUR (1000 $)
UK 39 000 000 address - 500 EUR (750 $)
FR 50 000 000 address - 500 EUR (750 $)
EU (can offer any country separately) 430 000 000 address - 1000 EUR (1500 $)
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 32 000 000 address - 400 EUR (600 $)
Russia 19 000 000 address - 200 EUR (300 $)


Syndicated 2012-02-16 18:11:49 (Updated 2012-02-16 18:17:20) from Ludovic's weblog

Want to understand certs ? SSL and friends ?

My friend kaie made a very nice and explanative talk at fosdem on the subject. It's now available for reading in pdf at

Syndicated 2012-02-06 12:21:28 (Updated 2012-02-06 12:26:02) from Ludovic's weblog

Major Update testday this coming Thursday , January 26th 2012

On January 26th 2012 , the Thunderbird team is organizing a Testday. Our objective is to make sure that we aren't breaking anything for people that will update from 3.1.x to 10.

Instructions on how to participate and how to join are available here :

Syndicated 2012-01-20 10:36:41 (Updated 2012-01-20 10:39:30) from Ludovic's weblog

What's the best way to announce a pgp / gpg keysigning party ?

I'm organizing a Key-signing party - I've contacted people on I'll probably post the event on I will contact the local LUG. What else should I do to get more people to attend ?

Syndicated 2012-01-16 10:38:33 (Updated 2012-01-16 10:40:34) from Ludovic's weblog

The tram got of the rails this morning in front of my house

So I filmed it. Framing is bad and part of the image is missing because I exported the video in HD. I'll do better next time.

Syndicated 2012-01-05 17:54:40 (Updated 2012-01-05 17:55:45) from Ludovic's weblog

Third call for sessions for the FOSDEM cross-distribution miniconference

FOSDEM is a yearly conference that takes place in the campus Solbosch of
the Université Libre the Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium. The upcoming
edition of FOSDEM will happen during the first weekend of February, that
is, the 4th and 5th of February, 2012.

During the past two editions, there has been a distributions
miniconference at FOSDEM, inviting talks from all distribution projects.
Distributions that have cooperated in the past include Debian, Fedora,
CentOS, openSUSE, Mandriva, NixOS, and more.

The distributions miniconference will happen again this year, and we are
still seeking proposals for sessions.

I've sent out two previous calls for sessions for the miniconference
that set the deadline for talk proposals to December 22nd, 2011, which
is tomorrow.

A list of current proposals can be found at
There are some interesting proposals there, but unfortunately there
aren't enough; we'll have two rooms for two days, which means we'll have
around 32 hours worth of talk slots.>

A variety of sessions are welcome; round-table talks, BoFs as well as
presentations, on any subject related to distribution development.
Sessions can be about a subject specific to one particular distribution,
or can be targetted to distribution developers in general.

As said, the original deadline was December 22nd, but I am hereby
extending the deadline until January 1st, 2012.

People interested in holding a talk or chairing a BoF or round table are
hereby invited to submit a proposal to the mailinglist (moderated for
non-subscribers), containing the following information:

- their name,
- a (short) bio,
- a title for the session,
- an abstract for the session,
- an expected duration for the session, including time for questions by
the audience.

Note that the mailinglist may also be
used to discuss possible BoFs or round tables before actually formally
proposing a session, or for general discussion relating to the

Syndicated 2011-12-29 06:57:19 (Updated 2011-12-29 06:58:07) from Ludovic's weblog

Lightning and Thunderbird testing week, a post mortem.

Last week we had our last (to date) community testing effort and the focus was Thunderbird 10 and Lightning 1.0. This was a first for me, dealing with two products during the same week and dealing with a product I don't use too much. I was not too confident that the test cases available for Lightning were up to date - but I thought that some testing was better than none. So I did My usual call to testers using the too many ways we have to do that :

  • Mail to testers

  • Newsgroup post

  • blog post

  • mozillazine post

And I didn't do that on the same day but on the course of two weeks. And I got a bit stressed and worried because the numbers of answers I got was very low. And then Philipp posted on the Calendar blog and my mailbox got filled with people willing to spend some time testing.
The plan was to send instructions when I would get back from mozcamp in Berlin and start the testing effort. Unfortunately I came back sick and was in bed for most of the testing week. I did send instructions and then left my computer unattended for the week as I was sleeping and fighting fever. The instructions I sent did the job for most of the volunteers that had signed up for Thunderbird testing but were confusing to say the least for the many new comers who had signed up for Lightning.

I would like to apologize to the people who wanted to help but got confusing instructions f from me.
I would like to thanks standard8 for getting into #tb-qa and answering people.

And I would like to point out our results :

And I've learned a lot on something I thought I mastered so next time it won't happen the same way for sure.

Syndicated 2011-11-22 10:09:48 (Updated 2011-11-22 10:35:08) from Ludovic's weblog

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