Hello Planet Debian!

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August 21, 2009

I’m really not good in introducing myself, but I’ll give my best since this is my introduction post for Planet Debian :D

I’m Adnan Hodzic (AbsintheSyringe) from Bosnia and Herzegovina, for those who attended DebConf9 I’m the “Bosnian bid” guy :)

I’ve been around GNU/Linux itself for some 10 years now, I’ve been using many distributions and following many visions over the years, and in my case, what became a most important thing of one distribution was “environment” in which that distribution is being developed. I really enjoy Debian developers company and way Debian is being developed, even though I believe some things could be changed, and thus reason why I’m here :P

Sorry it took me this long for my spine to take debian swirl shape, but I was on a daunting quest :) Last couple of years I’ve been involved in Debian as a contributor, but I really hope that I’ll make it into official DD anytime soon.

So I’ll just stop talking here, go back to work and let my actions speak instead of my words :)

DebConf9 Cáceres summary (uncut)

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August 19, 2009

If you get to write a DebConf9 cover story for a magazine (for money) + after conference you end up in London with your gf + … We’ll I guess that’s enough of a reason to conclude why I haven’t wrote anything in 3 weeks after conference’s end :)

Besides all that, this DebConf left such a great impact on me, that I’m still going through all my impressions. Even though I didn’t mention anything here or anywhere really, I had big plans ;) Either way I attended this years annual Debian developer conference from 23th to 31rd of July, which was held in Cáceres, Extramadura, Spain.

Getting to Cáceres

My route was following: Zagreb > Stuttgart > Madrid > Cáceres; Even while still in Zagreb, I “bumped” into Bosnian most famous rapper “Edo Maajka”, so trip started just fine :)

 

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Sony Ericsson w960 touchscreen not working; DIY

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April 30, 2009

I’m completely out of time, but I gotta tell you about this one.

My touchscreen adventures with w960

As I remember I got w960 in February last year. I really take great care of this phone, but touchscreen stopped working twice already in this as some might say short period of time. I’m one of them btw.

First time it stopped working I was sitting in a chair which FYI was incredibly low, I dropped out of my hand, it hit the floor (with some sort of rug on it). My colleague at the time is driving us home from work, rain is … ballistic, insane trash containers are on the streets, aaah mayhem!

I grab my phone to take few pictures or something, touchscreen is not reacting … I restart it, it’s still not working. We’re going through this lake, car is about to stop running. Ok now I hard restart, nah still not working. I curse and swear at it for the rest of the way back home and keep threatening it that I’ll switch to Nokia.

Find a solution

I think about going to Zagreb or Belgrade just for few hours and go to official Sony Ericsson centre to have it fixed within half an hour. It’s a long story but my w960’s hometown is Wien, you can’t even buy in Bosnia. Nevertheless, after contacting Sony Ericsson in Zagreb, they give me this company in Mostar (I won’t name anyone) and that they’ll handle it just fine. I send it to them, they had to order stuff from Zagreb, cuz as the “boss” said, this phone is a collectors item. Yeepee.

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Debian 5.0 Lenny released … [updated]

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February 18, 2009

Debian 5.0 Lenny was released on 14th this month. 22 months of development, I knew the exact release date long time upfront, but I didn’t plan that right on that day FoolControl will go through some downtime :/

Nevertheless, Lenny is out, and out of sudden I don’t have much stuff left to talk about on this very topic now :) I find Lenny to be one of the best releases Debian releases yet, I too contributed to this release as much as I could. Didin’t make into package maintainers, but it’s all matter of free time, and dedication really.

I’ve been with Lenny, well pretty much since Etch was released, I moved to Lenny. Since Lenny is stable now, and new testing is Squeeze, don’t jump on Squeeze right about now, since there aren’t security updates at the moment, since security team for Squeeze isn’t formed yet.

However, Lenny has been great for very long time, and I’d really enjoying sticking to it, but I believe I’ll move to next testing in no time, life on stable … it’s boring :)

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Downtime?

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February 16, 2009

Foolcontrol has been down, that is … you’d actually see “Hello World” post and that’s about it, for last ~3 days.

I was actually making switching from one server to another, and I really thought there won’t be any disturbances (why oh why did I think that) and ended up with ~3 days downtime. Oh well, now it’s all fine, and if for anything I must apologize to all the people that are hosted under FoolControl :)

Nevertheless, what bothers me the most is that Debian 5 (lenny) was released in the meantime after 22 months of development, but I’ll make sure I blog all about it :)