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Fri, 17 Dec 2010

About non-free firmware

Paul Wise just pointed me to a very good explanation of the issue with non-free firmware files:

Updated qlogic 2400 and 2500 firmware to 5.03.13. What does 5.03.13 do? No one knows, except for QLogic, and they're not telling. I asked, and they told me that information was only available under NDA. So, I encourage you to imagine what this firmware does, and the bugs it fixes. While you're at it, imagine a world where vendors release source code for their firmware.

The source? No, not some ideologist, not even someone involved in Debian. It's a comment about an update of a firmware package in Fedora.

postet at 17:22 into [Debian] permanent link

Christmas for network administrators (Part 2)

After hearing several times, that it would make sense to use fibre cables for your Christmas tree, as you can illuminate it with them, I have been pointed to traceable network cords... which made me speechless...

postet at 13:54 into [Debian] permanent link

Release Critical Bug report for Week 50

The bug webinterface of the Ultimate Debian Database currently knows about the following release critical bugs:

In Total:655
Affecting Squeeze:204
Squeeze only:56
Remaining to be fixed in Squeeze:148

Of these 148 bugs, the following tags are set:

Pending in Squeeze:8
Patched in Squeeze:30
Duplicates in Squeeze:15
Can be fixed in a security Update:17
Contrib or non-free in Squeeze:4
Claimed in Squeeze:2
Delayed in Squeeze:5
Otherwise fixed in Squeeze:21

Ignoring all the above (multiple tags possible) 88 bugs need to be fixed by Debian Contributors to get Debian 6.0 Squeeze released.

However, with the view of the Release Managers, 156 need to be dealt with for the release to happen.

Please see Interpreting the release critical bug statistics for an explanation of the different numbers.

postet at 13:01 into [Debian/rc-stats/6.0-squeeze] permanent link

Why network admins shouldn't do the christmas decoration:

They think the following:
'Christmas tree' done by a network administrator
Counts as Christmas Tree.

postet at 10:17 into [Debian] permanent link


Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Hildesheim / Germany. He's an official Debian Developer. Beside maintaining various packages, his main task is being spokesman and event organizer of the Debian project.