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Perl5.10 transition

Marc's blog - Tue, 06/05/2008 - 8:51pm
We are currently having the fun of a perl update in unstable - most packages have been rebuilt and work just fine, now cleaning up the mess starts. Please don't expect perl to enter lenny in the next few days. Also, hold back on the uploads of perl packages or SONAME bumps, thanks. For the moment, I'm keeping my todo list in my hint file. If you would like to help out, just pick one of the bugs listed there and do the work, thanks :)

Releasing works!

Marc's blog - Fri, 21/03/2008 - 6:45pm
Some people expressed some concerns about the fact that we currently have about ~440 bugs in testing, but still hold to our plan of releasing in september 2008. The development of the RC bug graph as seen on is in fact not very promising - but using the information the BTS now keeps through version tracking, a more detailed graph can be created.

Still not campaigning for DPL

Marc's blog - Sun, 04/11/2007 - 7:49pm
In my first post about my current problems with Debian, I noticed that there doesn't seem to be a common vision of Debian's future. My last post was about Debian's current state of moving from stable release to stable release without actual aims.

No DPL campaigning to see, please move along

Marc's blog - Tue, 30/10/2007 - 10:53am
Even though Adrian von Bidder suggests that I'm starting a bit early with the DPL campaigning, I thought I could add a few more thoughts to the blagosphere.

Why THEY don't want me to collect all left socks

Marc's blog - Sun, 28/10/2007 - 7:45am
Yoe seems to believe I see a cabal in Debian. Let me assure you: I don't - and if there would be a cabal, I would be part of it. I've seen most of Debian, played around with NM, the release team, have seen how our buildd network works (or, in the specific case of today: mostly works) and have close contact to people in all other core teams of the project. I still haven't seen a sign of a Cabal.

"What to do when I've collected all left socks" or "what I want to change in Debian"

Marc's blog - Sat, 27/10/2007 - 6:47pm
It's this time of the year again: The one where I look back at my involvement in the project and decide that I've been a member long enough, so I should probably get out. For Debian, there are two ways to do it: Either become MIA or become DPL. As I have too many real life connections to other DDs, I guess I can't really do the MIA thing, so I should probably get elected as DPL. Whenever I consider this way out, I think about all the issues that make me unhappy about Debian. This time, I've written them down.

The german cabal ...

Marc's blog - Fri, 17/08/2007 - 7:52am
So we had one of our german cabal meetings a few weeks ago. They happen seldom enough, seeing how we already control most of Debian. Anyway, I think you would be surprised how formal these meetings are:

Debian's BTS still sucks

Marc's blog - Sat, 06/01/2007 - 1:09pm
In response to my rant about Debian's BTS, I got some mails about other project's handling of bug tracking system - I'm still looking through those.

Debian's BTS sucks

Marc's blog - Sat, 06/01/2007 - 12:46am
Blogging is hard, isn't it? Finding a topic that's not better placed on specific mailing list or somewhere else is not easy. One of the classical subjects for bloggers is ranting. And that's what I would love to do now :-)

Why I keep working on Debian

Marc's blog - Wed, 04/10/2006 - 4:16pm
I haven't blogged in a long time, so I probably should drop some thoughts here to show that I'm still around.

In the past few months, I have been able to dump some of my work on other people by orphaning some packages and getting Christoph Berg (Myon) to do Debian Front Desk work.

The differences between Christmas and Chanukah

Marc's blog - Fri, 23/12/2005 - 4:35pm
If anyone asks you what the difference is between Christmas and Chanukah, you will know what and how to answer!

1. Christmas is one day, same day every year, December 25. Jews also love December 25th. It's another paid day off work. We go to movies and out for Chinese food and Israeli dancing. Chanukah is 8 days. It starts the evening of the 24th of Kislev, whenever that falls. No one is ever sure.

No, I haven't posted the same article for the third time

Marc's blog - Tue, 13/12/2005 - 11:03pm
Planet Debian and my s9y seem to like the idea of presenting the oooold article on as new. It's not. Thanks for offering help, but this whole thing is already done. The New NM docs are now in the normal webwml cvs module.

About lost Debian NM applicants

Marc's blog - Sun, 11/12/2005 - 9:15pm
As it looks like blogging is now the preferred way of sharing your thoughts, I guess I'll have to answer in my own blog to the problems starting with Thomas Hood post about withdrawing from the NM process.

Some people have replied to this and I think I should present my position, as I'm the most active of the unresponsive NM Front Desk, yaddayaddayadda.

Until Thomas blogged, I did not know that he considered the missing report as an issue.

Giving packages away, new meme

Marc's blog - Mon, 10/10/2005 - 10:14am
In the last few weeks I started to reduce my workload a bit by giving away packages to other Maintainers. I'm only partially successful, I still have 35 packages with my name on them (down from 42 (!)), but it looks like I'll drop the next 10 or 15 in the next few weeks.
To compensate the fact that I have more free time, Martin Zobel was nice enough to let me take over the maintenance of the experimental mips and s390 buildds for a few weeks...

Back from Darmstadt: My (new) QA ideas

Marc's blog - Sun, 11/09/2005 - 8:40pm
I'm on my way back from the QA meeting and have used the time on the train to work on a few older mails in my mailbox - if you're still waiting for an answer, you should probably mail me again, because almost everything that was still on my radar vanished in the last hour.

QA Conf in Darmstadt, my talk

Marc's blog - Sat, 10/09/2005 - 9:04pm
As a few others, I'm in Darmstadt and take part in a mini Debian conference focussed on QA issues.
I also had a talk, about QA and the New Maintainer process. It led to a quite productive discussion, which will be available on video in a few days.

New New Maintainer Documentation

Marc's blog - Sun, 04/09/2005 - 2:47pm
As I mentioned in my blog, I'm working on a rewrite of the New Maintainer docs. A part of this is already done and only some bits are still missing, so please check out the .wml files in and send me feedback. I really need a native speaker to fix my en_DE.

It's meme time again!

Marc's blog - Sun, 04/09/2005 - 2:44pm
You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.

Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.


















New (old?) hypothesis about humans

Marc's blog - Mon, 29/08/2005 - 7:18pm
In the last months, I had to use trains on a regular basis and got into the habit to use 3/4 of the travel time for some Debian work (most AM things can be done offline, for example).

Well, this entry is about the other 1/4. I spend it watching people. Commuters, people on the way to the airport, the "normally, I use my car, but ..." type and lots of others. I'm still amazed how dumb most of these persons are. Chit-Chatting about totally

Mail host dead, nm.d.o documentation

Marc's blog - Thu, 25/08/2005 - 9:25am
My mail host (also known as had some fs problems today (==everything was read-only) and fsck&reboot made the thing only worse: The host doesn't respond at the moment. The whole thing will need to wait at least for 10 hours or so before it can be fixed :-/
Luckily, I only store my mail in IMAP there - and synced my laptop a few minutes before the thing broke.
It could be that some mails were lost, please ping me (, HE @ IRCNet/OFTC/freenode/GIMPnet) if I don't answer in the next few days.
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