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Tue, 26 Jul 2011

-273,15, aka Absolute Zero

Continuing the shameless self-praise from our ftp-team talk, I'm now pleased to present you on behalf of the entire FTP-Team the following:

As you can clearly see, you can see nothing. Yes, nothing! As of 18:55:52 UTC+2 the NEW queue, which at some times was well over 500, sometimes even 600 packages is now empty. Completely empty.

To the best of my (and Ganneff's knowledge) the last time the NEW queue was empty was at least five years ago.

Interesting enough, that triggered an yet undiscovered bug in dak, which refused to scan an empty directory...

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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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Fri, 15 Jul 2011

About Debian, The Hurd and Linux or in short: Yes, we will still have a Linux kernel

A lot of online magazines are currently reporting about Debian, its port to the Hurd kernel and plans for the next release. However, there seem to be quite some misunderstandings. One online magazine took the cake by titling Debian 7.0 Wheezy: Erste Pläne für Hurd statt Linux-Kernel (rough translation: Debian 7.0 Wheezy: First plans for Hurd instead of Linux kernel), and a colleague already asked me, if we are really going to drop the Linux kernel.

So let's clarify one thing: The Debian Project does not plan to drop its port to the Linux kernel (nor its two ports to the FreeBSD kernel for what it's worth).

Apparently it all started with a short status report and if you read it, you'll just read that some people are trying and planing to get Debian 7 (aka wheezy) to be released with an additional port to the Hurd. It is not yet clear if they will achieve their goal, nor did anyone ever mention anything about replacing the Linux or the FreeBSD kernel.

So, calm down, nothing changed, just someone talking about the possibility of adding yet another port to the next release. Please note the adding.

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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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Thu, 05 May 2011

Getting to DebConf11 via night train from Germany

By the way: For DebConf attendees from Germany (or passing through Germany) might be interesting, that you can currently book the night train from Munich to Zagreb with a special price (called Spar Night or something like that); quite cheap: It's cheaper for Meike and me in a double cabin of that train, than to fly for one of us. As far as I know it is a limited offer, to book fast while you can!

Apparently you can't book that train via the web interface, but you can buy it in their offices and via phone.

Oh, an it seems that the train on the 22nd of July there and on the 31st back might become a Debian train. Seems there are already five of us taking that one ;)

Update: Fixed a typo: DebConf is taking place in July, not in June.

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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.