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Russ Allbery: INN 2.6.5
February 26, 2022, 5:36 AM
This is a bit of a sneak preview announcement since I'm waiting for the
ISC mirror to update before sending the official announcement to the
normal channels, but INN 2.6.5 has been released.  (The release was
finalized a few days ago, and I'm a bit behind in posting it.)
This is a bug fix and minor feature release over INN 2.6.4, and the
upgrade should be painless.  You can download the new release from (once it updates) or
my personal INN pages.  The latter also has
links to the ...
Dirk Eddelbuettel: It was twenty years ago today …
February 25, 2022, 11:30 PM
… that I made my first upload to CRAN as demonstrated by the very bottom of the ChangeLog file of the RQuantLib package:
2002-02-25  Dirk Eddelbuettel  &lt;;
    * Initial 0.1.0 release
And quite a few more uploads followed since.
(Also see the earlier twenty years ago … post about my initial contributions to the Debian R package I had by then adopted too.)
If you like this or other open-source work I do, you can now sponsor me at GitHub.
This post by Dirk Eddelbuettel ori...
Dirk Eddelbuettel: Rcpp now used by 2500 CRAN packages!
February 25, 2022, 1:58 AM
As of this morning, Rcpp stands at 2501 reverse-dependencies on CRAN. The graph on the left depicts the growth of Rcpp usage (as measured by Depends, Imports and LinkingTo, but excluding Suggests) over time.
Rcpp was first released in November 2008. It probably cleared 50 packages around three years later in December 2011, 100 packages in January 2013, 200 packages in April 2014, and 300 packages in November 2014. It passed 400 packages in June 2015 (when I tweeted about it), 500 packages in lat...
Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 206 released
February 25, 2022, 12:00 AM
The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope
version 206. This version includes the following changes:
* Also allow "Unicode text, UTF-8 text" as well as "UTF-8 Unicode text" to
  match for .buildinfo files too.
* Add a test for recent file(1) issue regarding .changes files.
  (Re: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#291)
* Drop "_PATH" suffix from some module-level globals that are not paths.
You find out more by visiting the project homepage....
Charles Plessy: New media types in 2022
February 24, 2022, 12:32 PM
At the beginning of this year I updated a hundred of media
types associated with file name
extensions in the file called /etc/mime.types, distributed by the
media-types package.  Most
are additions originating from recent submissions to the
IANA. Amon the themes that
caught my attention, there are telecommunications, computer security,
commerce, healthcare and industrial automation. The vast majority of the
update come from western provenance.  Did the rest of the World decide to
move ah...
Dirk Eddelbuettel: #36: pub/sub for live market monitoring with R and Redis
February 24, 2022, 3:10 AM
Welcome to the 36th post of the really randomly reverberating R, or R4 for short, write-ups. Today’s post is about using Redis, and especially RcppRedis, for live or (near) real-time monitoring with R.
There is an saying that “you can take the boy out of the valley, but you cannot the valley out of the boy” so for those of us who spent a decade or two in finance and on trading floors, having “some” market price information available becomes second nature. And/or sometimes it is just g...
Ian Jackson: Rooting an Eos Fairphone 4
February 23, 2022, 11:44 PM
Last week I received (finally) my Fairphone 4, supplied with a de-googled operating system, which I had ordered from the E Foundation’s shop in December. (I’m am very hard on hardware and my venerable Fairphone 2 is really on its last legs.)
I expect to have full control over the software on any computing device I own which is as complicated, capable, and therefore, hazardous, as a mobile phone. Unfortunately the Eos image (they prefer to spell it “/e/ os”, srsly!) doesn’t come with a ...
Joey Hess: announcing zephyr-copilot
February 23, 2022, 7:55 PM
I recently learned about the Zephyr Project
which is a rather neat embedded OS for devices too small to run Linux.
This led me to wondering if I could adapt arduino-copilot to target
Zephyr, and so be able to program any of the 350+ boards it supports using
At the same time I had an opportunity to give a talk at the Houston
Functional Programmers group. On February 1st I decided to
that talk, about arduino-copilot.
That left 2 weeks to buy some hardware supported by Zephyr and p...
Jonathan McDowell: Upgrading my home internet; a story of yak shaving
February 23, 2022, 7:14 PM
This has ended up longer than I expected. I’ll write up posts about some of the individual steps with some more details at some point, but this is an overview of the yak shaving I engaged in. The TL;DR is:
  I wanted to upgrade my internet connection, but:
  My router wasn’t fast enough, so:
  I bought a new one and:
  Proceeded to help work on mainline Linux support, and:
  Did some tweaking of my Debian setup to allow for a squashfs root, and:
  Upgraded it to Debian 11 (bullseye) in the...
Russ Allbery: Review: Elder Race
February 23, 2022, 4:34 AM
Review: Elder Race, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
    November 2021
  (It's a shame that a lot of people will be reading this novella on a
black-and-white ebook reader, since
the Emmanuel Shiu cover is absolutely spectacular.  There's a larger
image without the words at the bottom of that article.)
When reports arrive at the court about demons deep in the f...
Russ Allbery: Review: Children of Earth and Sky
February 22, 2022, 4:51 AM
Review: Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay
    New American Library
  Nine hundred years have passed since the events of
Lord of Emperors.  Twenty-five years
ago, Sarantium, queen of cities, fell to the Osmanlis, who have renamed it
Asharias in honor of their Asherite faith.  The repercussions are still
echoing through the western world, as the O...
Rapha&#235;l Hertzog: Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, January 2022
February 21, 2022, 2:21 PM
Every month we review the work funded by Freexian’s Debian LTS offering. Please find the report for January below.
Debian project funding
In January we saw a new funded project proposed. The project is meant to bring in a number of changes to the Tryton modules and packages in Debian. Tryton, a full featured, entirely open source business software platform, is supported by its own foundation. You can track the current status of all our funded projects at its dedicated web page.Folks cont...

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