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PHP 5 Support Timeline

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Tue, 05/01/2016 - 11:52pm
With the new year starting the PHP project is being asked to decide about the PHP 5 support timeline. While Aligning PHP 5.6 support timeline with the release date of PHP 7.0 seems like common sense to keep the support … Continue reading →

Overdue GPG signing

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 11:23pm
In the last few years I wasn’t really maintaining my GPG keys. I’ve created a new one (B4E14499) in 2011 during DebConf11, after the older primary one (99E81DA0) became too weak (1024D). I thought that I didn’t have enough signatures … Continue reading →

CVE assignment without upstream knowledge

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Thu, 19/03/2015 - 5:33pm
In the past few months I’ve been dealing with aligning PHP CVE information to enable easier tracking of security fixes. The two main locations are the NEWS file which is part of each release and the changelog available on the … Continue reading →

PHP7 replaces non-free JSON extension

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 9:42am
For many the PHP JSON extension license might look like a storm in a teacup, but for many Linux distributions the bits of the free software licenses are very important. That was the case when Debian decided (#692613) to remove … Continue reading →

The importance of close integration between distribution and upstream

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 2:22pm
Many package maintainers need to decide when to upload a new version to Debian. Should the upload be done only after the official release, or is there a place for uploads during the development process. In the latter case there’s … Continue reading →

Testing PHPNG on Debian/Ubuntu

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 9:01pm
We (at Zend) want to help people get more involved in testing PHPNG (PHP next generation), so we’re started to provide binaries for it, although it’s still a branch on top of PHP’s master branch. See more details about PHPNG … Continue reading →

Removal of (some) PHP related software from Debian

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Mon, 30/06/2014 - 1:41pm
The Debian FTP masters have for quite a while a line in their reject FAQ about the PHP license. Despite that, quite a lot of PHP extensions were uploaded to the archive and accepted. Some are being managed/developed in PHP.net’s … Continue reading →

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Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Thu, 03/10/2013 - 1:21pm
The license says you can use free and open source software for any reason, but the FBI wouldn’t agree with your questions… Silk Road operator identified by asking a PHP related question on stackoverflow. See “The Bonehead Mistake That Brought … Continue reading →

Hello free PHP JSON extension

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Wed, 28/08/2013 - 9:43pm
I’ve noticed that my post from three months ago (“Bye bye non-free PHP JSON extension“) was quoted quite often (thanks (: ). But I also noticed that most people didn’t read the post fully, and didn’t see the replacement package. … Continue reading →

Getting patches into PHP (take two)

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Sun, 11/08/2013 - 6:49pm
Two months ago I complained about how hard it was to get patches into PHP as the core member didn’t give much attention for pull requests on github. After posting it on the blog, I raised the issue in the … Continue reading →

Getting patches into PHP

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Wed, 05/06/2013 - 8:36am
One of the various ways to measure an open source project is the way it encourages and accepts patches from community members (or future members). The various open source projects I’m involved with have many ways to send patches: mailing … Continue reading →

Bye bye non-free PHP JSON extension

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Sat, 01/06/2013 - 2:02pm
PHP 5.5 rc2 was recently uploaded to Debian unstable by Ondřej Surý. Along side the new PHP version and its features the PHP team has dealt with the JSON extension being non-free because of the “The Software shall be used … Continue reading →

Debian in space

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Wed, 08/05/2013 - 9:10pm
One more step at being the universal operating system: getting Debian to space: Specifically, the International Space Station astronauts will be using computers running Debian 6. Filed under: Debian GNU/Linux

The commit police: learning for recent reference mistakes

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Fri, 26/04/2013 - 9:22am
Continuing the previous post about commits and bugs, I’d like to review some mistakes I saw recently. Mistakes do happen, but mentioning them here is meant to teach others and hopefully to reduce similar ones in the future. This post … Continue reading →

The commit police: reference you bugs properly

Free Software, the Universe and Everything - Fri, 05/04/2013 - 9:54pm
Besides my RTL work on Libreoffice, every once in a while I just go over the regular commit log to see what have changed. I don’t necessary understand each line in the commit, but do get the general idea from … Continue reading →

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