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Fri, 11 Feb 2005

I'm feeling really stupid

I'm sure you already read the story in the weekly news, in Amayas blog or in your favorite news ticker. Elizabeth Garbee, the 13 year old daughter of our former DPL is going to deliver a talk on this years

I think, that makes me look a bit stupid. Not because she is starting her career quite sooner than I did (I delivered my first talk before greater audience with 15 and that was of course not even nearly similar to, but because I'm the maintainer of the tuxracer-extras package, which contains additional courses for tuxracer (yes, I know that I have a bug open for quite long time, sigh).

I'm always on the search for new courses. Good courses are rare to find, especially since the development of tuxracer or the free spinoff openracer stopped (I'm sure you read my last blog, and hope like me and many others, that the development of ppracer isn't just a flash in the pan).

And now I read that what I was looking for might be soooo near!

postet at 02:58 into [Debian] permanent link

Wed, 09 Feb 2005

PlanetPenguin Racer packages available

You! Yes, you over there! I'm talking to you!

I'm sorry, I remember that you asked to send you a mail, I put my ppracer packages somewhere online, but I lost your e-mail address.

First packages (which have only two cosmetic bugs, which will be fixed soon) are available at:

deb ./
deb-src ./

They are called planetpenguin-racer and -date. Please test them carefully, they are new, and might contain bugs I didn't discovered, allthough I tested them very carefully.

PS: Answered P&P2, did a bit more fore some events, passed a difficult test at university.

postet at 19:09 into [Debian] permanent link

Sat, 05 Feb 2005

Being offline sucks

Currently the provider of my phone line and my ISP having an argumentation, why my DSL access doesn't work anymore. *sigh*

In the meantime I discovered the interesting fact, that it is faster for me to go to my university (roughly a 50 minutes trip), than to receive my mails over my old 28k8 analogous modem. *sigh*

Debian related

During the last week I didn't had time for much Debian related stuff. Neither to upload my new tuxracer-extras package, nor to work on my ppracer ITP, nor to finish P&P, nor to take a look on some interesting RFPs. Most work I did, was organizing some events for Debian - well, actually I mostly tried to solve a scheduling conflict I produced. So I just did boring stuff, not worth to blog about it, but I thought you might be interested in the following topic:

Why Debian is loosing users to Gentoo

At the last regulars' table of our Linux User Group, I met a former Debian User, who recently switched to Gentoo. Out of curiosity I asked for his reasons. And he told me about difficulty he had using Debians broken gnupg packages, how complicate is was for him to us ssh in his companies environment, where needed a specific patch, and how cool it all runs on Gentoo.

During the following discussion, I recognized, that he used an unofficial gnupg package from an unknown source, he could has solved his "compile ssh with a patch"-problem very easy with apt-build, and that he of course never send a wishlist bug to add this special feature. There where some minor points which I already forgot, too. All in all, he was left with a simple "It's cool.".

PS: My personal experience is, that many Gentoo users are switching back again, since Gentoo isn't that fun either.

PPS: Did I mention, that I hate people complaining about things, they didn't cared enough to report?

postet at 17:02 into [Debian] permanent link

Sun, 30 Jan 2005


According to this study many internet users trust their favourite search enigne, but most can't distinguish between sponsored and real results.

postet at 04:59 into [Debian] permanent link

Fri, 28 Jan 2005

Back home

Arrived back at home from (this time without any problems with the car). I kind of liked that event. I had never so much fun at an event with so few stress ;)

During the afternoon of the last day, we had indeed some interesting visitors. A professor with his daughter / student / wife / whatever, which was nice talking about the progress of Free Software made during the last years, and about studying (of computer science) in Luxembourg and it's neighbor countries.

Only one visitor was a really pain in my neck. He complained about the Debian book Peter Ganten wrote. Telling me, Mr. Ganten forgot to mention two "really important prerequisite when installing over NFS". First I told him I didn't read the book myself and couldn't told him anything about installing Debian over NFS. But he still complained about this "stupid mistake" Mr. Ganten made. I asked him, if he has sent a bug report. He negated and started again to complain. He was like a broken record, telling me again and again "How someone can make a so stupid mistake?" This question can really get on your nerves if you hear it for more than half an hour. I tried nearly everything from asking for details about that books bug, too changing the topic at all, to finding an excuse to leave him all one (which is really difficult on an event with nearly no visitors). However: I survived, and I think my ears survived, too. I'm not sure if he survived: I met him again a couple of hours later, and he started again his complains. But I can't remember, what I did, but I didn't s him again...

postet at 03:06 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.