What do I do for Debian?
I've been a Debian developer since
February 2001. I haven't been involved as much as I wanted to be, but that's
mainly because of my own lazyness. Oh well. Things I've done include:
- Packaging work, as every good Debian Developer does (at least once):
Linux Gazette packages. Too many to list them all, but you can find my name
in, e.g., the lg-issue77
I gave that up now, since it became so much work that I lost the motivation
to properly do it -- and I don't really read them anymore anyway.
userland NBD support packages. These include the client and the server. They're not
great magic, although they do need some love and improvement. I have also
become the upstream maintainer of this software in the mean time.
- hotswap, a program meant
to facilitate hotplugging IDE hardware which supports doing so. You could
also do this using hdparm -U and hdparm -R, but hotplug is
(quite) a bit more user-friendly. I gave it up because the laptop I used it
for was my employer's, and I left that job.
Dutch translation of the LDP HOWTO's. At first, only the HOWTO's; later
on, the dutch manpages were added, as both upstreams merged. Unfortunately,
it appears they are no longer active...
Tlpr, the Trivial LPR
Client. I created this by way of picking up C again, but never really
finished it the way I would like it to be. The upload to the Debian archive
was made in a sense of misplaced grandeur; for that reason, I requested its
removal from the archive, a request which has been honored on August 14,
LogTool, a package which
will apply regular expressions and colorization to ones syslog-style
logfiles. Little work, nice upstream.
RegExplorer. I took
this up when Raphael Bossek temporarily disappeared. It's a cool package,
which has helped me on a few occasions to debug regular expressions;
however, its upstream is no longer active, and my C++ skills have
diminished since I learned it at school. For that reason, I decided to
Belpic, the supporting
software for the Belgian electronic ID card. I was working on these as
Sarge was about to release, being only a week or so too late to get it
still in... anyhow, it's in sid now, and I might provide backports
EMILE, an m68k mac bootloader. This is
obviously closely correlated to my m68k work (see below). Its first (and
currently only) upload was done in early 2006.
Apart from packaging work, I've been involved in Debian's m68k port since I
was a Debian developer for less than half a year. As it happened, I was just
at the right place at the right time to become involved. In this function, I
Since this work helped me understand how wanna-build and
buildd work, and since these were much of a black box to my fellow
Debian developers, I wrote some
documentation on the whole process. This documentation seems to be quite
helpful, as many people use it as a reference. Which is a good thing, of
Maintained a number of buildd hosts. I probably don't remember all
of them, but let's try:
That's about it, I think...
- Arrakis, owned by Ingo Juergensmann. This was the first one I was the
admin of, and the one that I did the longest of all of them; however,
arrakis is no longer a Debian buildd host because of a vendetta between Ingo
and James Troup.
- Quickstep, my own box. It used to build unstable, too; but it's
Debian's (only) buildd for experimental right now.
- Kiivi, owned by Meelis Roos. This is the only functional one which I'm
the admin of at the moment, but that's okay.
- A4000, owned by Goswin von Brederlow. A4000 was never an official buildd
host, but it helped us m68k porters when the tide was high (and the backlog
- ska, my MVME box. This was only a temporary setup when the backlog was
too high. I'll probably shut it down again some time soon...
Started off the m68k port of debian-installer, the next generation
installation software for the Debian distribution. It must be noted, though,
that I did only a tiny bit; Stephen Marenka, basing his work on mine, did
most of it, and got it actually to work. I only fixed some outstanding VME
issues, which he did not have the hardware to test.
- Since september 2005, I've also become involved with an upstart Big Endian ARM port. Most of the
dirty work was already done when I became involved; I used the working
setup to install and configure buildd on two of the debonaras
machines, and am now maintaining them: bob and wendy.
Next, I've also represented Debian at some occasions. One was the
Linux@work European roadshow where I, together with Frederic Peeters, fellow
Debian Developer and maintainer of the ethereal Debian packages held
a booth; I also organized the Debian presence at FOSDEM 2004, 2005 and 2006,
and will do the same thing for the 2007 edition.