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Fri, 04 Dec 2009

Good advice for preseeding the debian-installer

If you use a script to do some customisations run via preseed/late_command then don't do it the following way:
d-i preseed/late_command string cp /hd-media/ /target/tmp ; in-target /tmp/ ; rm /target/tp/!
That way you'll never notice, if your script run successfully as its exit code is eaten by the removal. When running several late-commands always use && to chain the commands, so if one command fails the processing will stop and the installer will show you a nice message that indeed something went wrong.

postet at 10:53 into [Debian] permanent link

Thu, 19 Nov 2009

Need motivation?

Read this and the following mails :)

postet at 16:53 into [Debian] permanent link

Mon, 24 Aug 2009

I really need 3G / UMTS!

I thought traveling one hour to my new job isn't as bad, since I have a lot of book waiting to be read (Currently: Neal Stephenson's Anathem) reading them on your way to work has a major disadvantage, not to says: There seems to be some kind of law at work: When arriving at your destination, you'll always be an a really thrilling point in your book.

I really need a notebook with 3G / UMTS, so I can do something else on my daily train trips.

postet at 10:22 into [Debian] permanent link

Wed, 19 Aug 2009

Kind of busy...

I've been quite busy recently (and will probably for the coming days). I just started a new job at the German National Library of Science and Technology as Linux / Unix Administrator. While it was for sure, that I would get the job for quite some time, in the end the new working contract came surprisingly fast (due to many people taking vacation these days).

Don't know, if that will affect the time I can spend for Debian, yet, especially since I'll now loose two hours a day traveling between Hildesheim where I live and Hanover where I work. Can't say much about the job, yet, but so far it seems to have been a good choice accepting this opportunity. The working place is quite okay near to the main University building near to a large park. I have a very nice view out of my offices window :)

So much for now.

postet at 23:05 into [Debian] permanent link

Wed, 05 Aug 2009

Playing with statistics..

Bubulles blog inspired me, to do some statistics. Of course you can't just compare the total number of DDs per countries, since it's easier for larger country to recruit many than a small country. So I took the number of active Developers per Country (ldapsearch -x -H ldap:// -b dc=debian,dc=org '(&(keyfingerprint=*)(gidnumber=800))' c|grep -c "c: $x" with x looping over the country codes) and the number of inhabitants (according to Wikipedia) and calculated the quotient of that.

The results are as following:

StateNumber of DDsPopulationQuotient
fi245340093 4.49430375089e-06
ch207725200 2.58892973645e-06
se239283722 2.47745462434e-06
nz104317300 2.31626247886e-06
no114828000 2.27837613919e-06
at188356707 2.15395849107e-06
lu1491700 2.03376042302e-06
ie64422100 1.35682141969e-06

So Bubulle, don't be that safe! There's only a small difference between the french and the Cambridge cabal! Oh, dear me... I just hope, there won't be a second Luxembourgian DD, or they will overtake us Germans!

Other interesting number: The USA only get on place 18 (even so they have the largest absolute number, they have even more inhabitants). The complete results are available at here.

Disclaimer: There are four DDs who had fx as their country code, which seems to be France, Metropolitan, but I'm not sure how to count them in.

postet at 12:41 into [Debian] 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.