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Mon, 05 Dec 2011

Summary from the Bug Squashing Party in Hildesheim

Uff. Two and a half days of hunting release critical bugs ended yesterday evening. It think it was quite a success. According to the statistics we closed 23 bugs with direct uploads, we created patches for 11, 9 bugs got solved by package removals, 6 will be closed by uploads via the delayed queue, 2 bugs were closed as unreproducible, and 9 other bugs where closed as well (e.g. already fixed in older version). On the other hand we opened 3 and upgraded 6 bugs to be release critical. So in the end, we solved about...

60 bugs! Wow, I'm really impressed!

I'm also really pleased how well we integrated the newbs. As I already mentioned, when planing for this BSP started, we were a bit worried about the DD / non-dd ratio, but in the end everything worked out very well. All of those, who registered as interested users where able to fix some rc bugs, or help sort out some BTS hickups, e.g. bugs opened with package a but closed in package b. And as a special pleasure it seems, that the longest outstanding rc bug might be fixed soonish, too :)

I'd also like to thank Pengutronix for hosting and sponsoring the BSP! The infrastructure worked very well: You arrived, plugged in your notebook, had a local mirror, IPv6 and fast enough connection to the outside. They also provided lots of snacks, cooked food and drinks (later they complained Debian people won't drink enough; apparently they calculated with way more drinks) and a general good atmosphere.

PS: To the best of my knowledge, it was also the greenest bug squashing party ever, with most foods and all the electricity coming from certified ecological production. Cool, eh?

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Sun, 04 Dec 2011

Second day of the BSP In Hildesheim

Stats so far:
Closed with direct uploadeds: 20
Supplied a patch: 7
Closed by removals: 8
Unreproducible: 1
Closed otherwise (e.g. by proper versioning): 9

However, we also had to upgrade 6 and open 3 new bugs, but so far we still have solved more issues than we found :)

PS: Actually I think the numbers are even better, as we forgot to count some of the bugs.

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Sat, 03 Dec 2011

Report from the Bug Squashing Party in Hildesheim Part 1

Yesterday the Bug Squashing Party in Hildesheim, Germany started. I think it's going well, according to the statistics of the #debian-bugs channel, we solved 11 bugs with direct uploads, 2 with uploads to delayed, 5 via package removals and opened/upgraded only one. So we are still fixing more than we break ;)

I'm especially pleased that some of the above was done by newbies. When we started to organise this BSP (well, when I started to watch Meike and Wolfram organise it to be precise), we where kind of worried by the experienced developer to newbie ratio, and already started to prepare introductions to packaging and similar adhoc sessions, but as it seems they don't seem to be needed. Good :)

So back to fixing stuff, good hunt!

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Tue, 26 Jul 2011

Slides of the How to contribute and get involved

The slides for our How to contribute and get involved are now available at Feel free to ask any questions we might have left unanswered via e-mail or irc chat (I'm Tolimar on

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Thu, 12 May 2011

Debian Theme for LaTeX-Beamer

Just stumbled over Debian beamer themes by Richard Darst. Very cool and exactly what I needed! Thanks!

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. Hw works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.