Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 202 released
January 28, 2022, 12:00 AM
The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope
version 202. This version includes the following changes:
[ Chris Lamb ]
* Don't fail if comparing a nonexistent file with a .pyc file (and add test).
* Drop a reference in the manual page which claims the ability to compare
non-existent files on the command-line. This has not been possible since
version 32 which was released in September 2015. (Closes: #1004182)
* Add experimental support for ...
Jonathan Dowland: Using an iPad for note-taking in talks
January 27, 2022, 9:39 PM
I've found that using a laptop during conference talks means you either
end up doing something else and missing important bits of the talk, or
at least look like you're doing something else. But it's extremely
helpful to be able to look up the person who is talking, or their project,
or expand an acronym that's mentioned or read around the subject.
At December's uksystems21 conference, I experimented with using an
iPad as a kind of compromise. Modern iOS versions let you split the
Russ Allbery: Review: I Didn't Do the Thing Today
January 27, 2022, 3:53 AM
Review: I Didn't Do the Thing Today, by Madeleine Dore
At least from my narrow view of it, the world of productivity self-help
literature is a fascinating place right now. The pandemic overturned
normal work patterns and exacerbated schedule inequality, creating vastly
different experiences for the people whose work continued to be in-person
Dirk Eddelbuettel: td 0.0.6 on CRAN: Minor Bugfix
January 27, 2022, 12:32 AM
The td package for accessing the twelvedata API for financial data has been updated once more on CRAN and is now at version 0.0.6.
The release comes in response to an email from CRAN who noticed (via r-devel) that I was sloppy (in one spot, it turns out) with a logical expression resulting in an expression of length greather than one. Fixed by wrapping an all() around it—and the package was back at CRAN minutes later thanks to automated processing over their end.
The NEWS entry follows.
Michael Ablassmeier: Qemu backup on Debian Bullseye
January 27, 2022, 12:00 AM
In my last article i showed how to use the
new features included in Debian Bullseye to easily create backups of your
libvirt managed domains.
A few years ago as this topic came to my interest, i also implemented a rather
small utility (POC) to create full and incremental backups from standalone qemu
The workflow for this is a little bit different from the approach i have taken
While with libvirt managed virtual machines, the libvirt API provides all
Gunnar Wolf: Progvis — Now in Debian proper! (unstable)
January 26, 2022, 4:43 PM
Progvis finally made it into
Debian! What is it, you
ask? It is a great tool to teach about memory management and
I first saw progvis in the poster presentation his author, Filip
Strömbäck, did last year at the https://sigcse2021.sigcse.org/
immediately recognizing it as a tool I wanted to use at my classes,
and being it free software, make it available for all interested
Debian users. Quoting from
This is a p...
Timo Jyrinki: Unboxing Dell XPS 13 - openSUSE Tumbleweed alongside preinstalled Ubuntu
January 26, 2022, 12:51 PM
A look at the 2021 model of Dell XPS 13 - available with Linux pre-installedI received a new laptop for work - a Dell XPS 13. Dell has been long famous for offering certain models with pre-installed Linux as a supported option, and opting for those is nice for moving some euros/dollars from certain PC desktop OS monopoly towards Linux desktop engineering costs. Notably Lenovo also offers Ubuntu and Fedora options on many models these days (like Carbon X1 and P15 Gen 2). Obviously a smooth,...
Russell Coker: Australia/NZ Linux Meetings
January 26, 2022, 6:44 AM
I am going to start a new Linux focused FOSS online meeting for people in Australia and nearby areas. People can join from anywhere but the aim will be to support people in nearby areas.
To cover the time zone range for Australia this requires a meeting on a weekend, I’m thinking of the first Saturday of the month at 1PM Melbourne/Sydney time, that would be 10AM in WA and 3PM in NZ. We may have corner cases of daylight savings starting and ending on different days, but that shouldn’t be a bi...
Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo 0.10.8.1.0 on CRAN: Upstream Updates
January 25, 2022, 8:33 PM
Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. RcppArmadillo integrates this library with the R environment and language–and is widely used by (currently) 950 other packages on CRAN, downloaded over 22.9 million times (per the partial logs from the cloud mirrors of CRAN), and the CSDA paper (preprint/vignette) by Conrad and myself has been cited 451 times ac...
Matthieu Caneill: Debsources, python3, and funky file names
January 23, 2022, 11:00 PM
Rumors are running that python2 is not a thing anymore.
Well, I'm certainly late to the party, but I'm happy to report that
sources.debian.org is now running python3.
Wait, it wasn't?
Back when development started, python3 was very much a real language, but it was
hard to adopt because it was not supported by many libraries. So python2 was
chosen, meaning print-based debugging was used in lieu of print()-based
debugging, and str were bytes, not unicode.
And things were working just fine. O...
Antoine Beaupré: Switching from OpenNTPd to Chrony
January 23, 2022, 9:55 PM
A friend recently reminded me of the existence of chrony, a
"versatile implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP)". The
excellent introduction is worth quoting in full:
It can synchronise the system clock with NTP servers, reference
clocks (e.g. GPS receiver), and manual input using wristwatch and
keyboard. It can also operate as an NTPv4 (RFC 5905) server and peer
to provide a time service to other computers in the network.
It is designed to perform well in a wide range of conditions,
Steve Kemp: Visiting the UK was difficult, but worth it
January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM
So in my previous post I mentioned that we were going to spend the Christmas period in the UK, which we did.
We spent a couple of days there, meeting my parents, and family. We also persuaded my sister to drive us to Scarborough so that we could hang out on the beach for an afternoon.
Finland has lots of lakes, but it doesn't have proper waves. So it was surprisingly good just to wade in the sea and see waves! Unfortunately our child was a wee bit too scared to ride on a donkey!
Louis-Philippe Véronneau: Goodbye Nexus 5
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