Archive for June, 2010

Mondo Rescue 2.2.9.4

2010/06/23

I realized that I forgot to mention here that the latest and greatest version of MondoRescue was recently published (2.2.9.4). Includes a mandatory fix for a bug reported by a user where mindi was abusively unmounting FS he didn’t mount itself, creating all sort of isssues as you can imagine for the sysadmin 😩 This was enough to justify a quick publication, as well as the come back of code I estimated useless, but which was creating long delays in filelist analysis, so I put it back ! It also fixes another nasty bug where cmp was created if not found !! (dates from very old versions of mondo).

Of course, as soon as it was published, reports mentioned that another patch included to add Xen kernel support (Thanks Michael !) wasn’t in fact working in all cases, so I also had to publish rapidly after a new mindi version 2.0.7.5 fixing that issue.

All in all that version is going well, and really becomes more and more stable. I’ve worked on 2.2.10 and still need to make tests with it befor’e it’s publication. But in parallel, I’ve also started the work on a perl version. And clearly I’d like to work more on it, as with the brick I get from pb, a lot of issues I’m having now, would be much easier to solve in perl. I initialy planned to do that much later, but as I’m traveling more these days, it gives me opportunities in plane to make some progresses on that 😉

Too many sites to follow for your FLOSS info ? Just use FOSSBazaar !

2010/06/17

It’s always difficult to follow the stream of info related to FLOSS. Many sites, duplication of info, some articles more interesting than others. The best would be a tool that could gather those and filter them for me.

But in fact even better is when someone is doing that, as a brain is irreplacable for this ! And on FOSSBazaar.org, Linux Foundation working group dedicated to FLOSS Governance, you have that ! Martin Michlmayr is doing an incredible job of gathering the best articles available on FLOSS. It has since one year become my single source of info, and I now have a quality feed, and do not miss important articles.

I’ve just subscribed to any new article, blog entry, … published on the site, and that’s it. And of course, if you do the same, you cancontribute as more and more are doing to it, including the main topic of Governance by sharing your best practices with others.

Great job Martin, and keep up the good work !

Project-Builder 0.9.10 announce for LinuxTag 2010

2010/06/09

This year, I’ve been very happy to be selected for the first time in 10 years for conferences at 2 majors events in Europe, and on one of my preferred subject: packaging. After Fosdem in February, tomorrow, I’ll present project-builder.org during LinuxTag in Berlin.

It will be the first talk covering the newly announced 0.9.10 version, which adds Ubuntu 10.04 support, and also a more robust version of rpmbootstrap. Hopefully making these presentations will help gathering other inputs and users so that the tools become useful for more FLOSS projects.

So would be happy to meet with you to discuss around packaging, disaster recovery, cloning, HP, Linux or anything related to Open Source … and early music as well 😉

FaceBook et le General de Gaulle

2010/06/08

Contrairement Ă  ce que dit David Abiker dans sa derniĂšre chronique de l’Express (2010-05-19), je ne pense pas que le GĂ©nĂ©ral de Gaulle, aprĂšs y avoir (peut-ĂȘtre) lancĂ© son appel, l’aurait utilisĂ© pour “structure[r] ses rĂ©seaux de rĂ©sistance”. Autant la premiĂšre idĂ©e peut paraĂźtre acceptable et mĂȘme plausible – Le GĂ©nĂ©ral aurait sĂ»rement tentĂ© de toucher le maximum de personnes, mĂȘme si on peut se demander si le FaceBook de l’Ă©poque n’aurait pas Ă©tĂ© Ă  la botte de l’ennemi de l’Ă©poque et par consĂ©quent si un filtrage n’aurait pas Ă©tĂ© mis en place, au moins a posteriori.

Autant cette derniĂšre idĂ©e de l’utiliser pour organiser la rĂ©sistance me parait totalement irrĂ©aliste. Cela ne m’aurait pas incitĂ© normalement a blogger sur le sujet, si l’on ne rapprochait cette idĂ©e de l’idĂ©e gĂ©nĂ©rale que se font les personnes de l’utilisation de FaceBook. Le peu que je vois de son utilisation me laisse un peu rĂȘveur, oĂč certains dĂ©voilent des pans entier de leur vie sans nĂ©cessairement envisager les consĂ©quences.

Je pense que le gĂ©nĂ©ral n’aurait pas Ă©tĂ© heureux d’avoir Jean Moulin comme ami sur FaceBook. Cela aurait Ă©tĂ© bien trop dangereux et il n’aurait sans doute pas fallu attendre 1943 pour le voir arrĂȘtĂ©, torturĂ© et tuĂ©. Vous imaginez la liste des amis du GĂ©nĂ©ral, fans de l’appel du 18 juin, diffusĂ©e par le monde entier ? ll n’aurait certainement pas utilisĂ© FB pour cela. Peut-ĂȘtre des mails encryptĂ©s avec GPG envoyĂ©s de point Ă  point, relayĂ©s par des serveurs SMTP de confiance. Ou l’utilisation de comptes temporaires. Ou tor. En tout cas, des moyens rendant le traçage difficile.

N’oublions pas toutes ces personnes qui ont luttĂ© pour que nous puissions aujourd’hui ĂȘtre fier de notre libertĂ©, de notre indĂ©pendance. Ce serait faire bien mauvaise commĂ©moration de leur sacrifice, que d’exposer systĂ©matiquement, publiquement, tout ce qui nous concerne. Mais si la France ne connait pas (encore ?) le filtrage que j’ai pu expĂ©rimenter moi-mĂȘme lors d’un dĂ©placement professionnel Ă  Shanghai rĂ©cemment, tout ne doit pas ĂȘtre mis sur la place publique. D’une part car la plupart du temps, cela n’intĂ©resse personne ! (Du reste, je me pose toujours la question de l’intĂ©rĂȘt de blogger ;-)) Ensuite parce qu’il est sain de se garder une zone privĂ©e, concernant ses opinions politiques, religieuses, … qui ne pourra pas donner lieu Ă  une exploitation par autrui ultĂ©rieurement. Sans compter que dans le cas particulier de FB, ces informations sont transmises et conservĂ©es par une sociĂ©tĂ© dont l’Ă©thique peut ĂȘtre fluctuante.

Il n’y a pas que le logiciel qui doit rester libre. Nos opinions aussi. Nos donnĂ©es personnelles. Accordez-y de la valeur, car qui sait si un jour vous n’aurez pas Ă  entrer en rĂ©sistance contre quelque chose ou quelqu’un. Et ce jour lĂ , il sera important pour vous de contrĂŽler les informations qui vous concernent. Et le gĂ©nĂ©ral Ă©tait bien trop fin stratĂšge pour tomber dans un panneau si grossier.

De toute façon, nous donnons dĂ©jĂ  beaucoup d’informations, volontairement ou pas du reste. Il faut au moins en avoir conscience et ne pas aller au-delĂ  de ce que chacun juge raisonnable. Ma libertĂ© informationnelle commence lĂ  oĂč s’arrĂȘte la collecte des autres.