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Fri, 23 Dec 2005

Season greetings!

Let's see... Presents... check! Selfmade cookies... check! Clothes for next week... check! Season greetings for fellow Debians... well, I think I can "check" that, too... Butterflies in my stomach... check!

In approximatly two hours I'll meet her and we'll travell to her family. I'll meet them for my first time. I can't remember when I was so nervy for the last time... actually I can't remember, if I've been ever that nervy...

I don't know how conectivity is down there (but any way it won't be very polite to get there and stay on the computer, wouldn't it?) So don't expect much of during the next week. Therefore:

Merry X-Mas, happy Hanukkah or nice holidays! Good luck and happy new year!

postet at 15:52 into [Debian] permanent link

Wed, 21 Dec 2005

The end of an era!

After it has been removed from sid earlier, it's now gone from etch, too. That's the end of an era:

From: Debian testing watch <>
Subject: tuxracer REMOVED from testing
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 15:08:13 -0700

One of the nicest games to kill some time and more important: To test if you configured your X correctly including 3D acceleration is now gone from Debian.

Luckily there is ppracer as successor, but I think I'll miss tuxracer nevertheless ;)

postet at 16:36 into [Debian] permanent link

Wed, 30 Nov 2005

Do you really want to know how my day was?

Well, it would have been my last day at my old job. I'll start a new one tomorrow (it's kind of debian-related, so I might blog about that later). Still some loose ends, and that nasty feeling, that I let down my boss in some kind of way - if it wasn't for the money (he can't give me more, even if he wished to do so, it was a state paid job, no possibility to negotiate about salary) I wouldn't go away.

But I didn't go to work today...

I havn't seen at a doctor for the last five years, and even then it was just a checkup when leaving military service. I honestly can't remember, when was the last time that I was so ill, that I needed to see a doctor... today I not only visited two of them before midday (the first send me to a specialist, and luckily the specialist was just a few blocks away and had time for me), I got my first operation, too. Outch.

Do you really want to know, how my day was?

postet at 21:22 into [Debian] permanent link

Tue, 15 Nov 2005

[LWE] First day...

We had some troubles with a broken computer, slow internet connection, no available storage room and some smaller problems.

Interesting visitors, ranging from "I'm using SuSE why should I change to Debian?", some "I'm using Debian and would like to thank you!" and some really hard technical questions. Quite mixed visitors...

In the afternoon the Linux New Media award was given away. For those who aren't familiar with it: It's the only free software related award I know of in Germany. It's given away yearly in several changing categories by a jury of over 200 people of the Free Software community and industry. A small history: 2002 one category was "best distribution" - Debian won it. 2003 one category was "distributions" - Debian won it. Bored by that, in 2004 Debian one no award itself - but in the category "best newcomer distribution" 4 out of 5 nominees were Debian based - Skolelinux / DebianEdu won it.

2005 we didn't won any award again - but is was again a success for Debian for two reasons:

  1. One category was "best Debian derivate" - it's so boring to give awards to Debian, that they made a "who's doing as good as Debian" award ;) (Not surprisingly Ubuntu won it.)
  2. In all but one of the six laudations for the winners in this years categories Debian was mentioned :))

This year they had one special award for "Outstanding contribution to Linux / Open Source". It was hard to decide, so many nominees... The City of Munich, the BBC, several country or state governments... it ended in a tie! This years winners are Mark Shuttleworth and the anonymous developer!

Yes, everyone of you out there, who ever submitted one line of code, submitted one useful bug report, wrote one line of documentation.. all you got an award! Congratulations!

Personal note: Somehow managed to hurt my knee... I'm too old for this...

Personal note 2: Special greetings to Meike who can't be here with us :(

postet at 23:39 into [Debian/events] permanent link

Mon, 14 Nov 2005

[LWE] Sending live and in colour...

... directly from this years LinuxWorld Expo in Frankfurt / Germany.

First news... uhm... no, let's say it in an other way: One of my favourite movie quotes is "I'm too old for this shit!". Would fit very well, if I would say it right now ;)

Update: I should have mentioned, that it was just the "build the booth and get things running"-day. Visitors won't come before tomorrow. I'll keep you informed, but somehow I think I'm too old...

postet at 22:52 into [Debian/events] permanent link

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