Sat, 01 Aug 2009

Adios Debconf9

I backed home from Madrid yesterday. I had a precious time in this trip.

La Coruna, where was the place I visited first, had a beautiful beach. I was relaxed a long time there and adopt myself to Spain, though sunburn was a bit painful. (hey, I'm molting!) Galician octopus was the best I ate ever. Thanks my friend Kazuhisa.

I stayed at Madrid before/after Debconf. Because it was the second time I visited there, I could behave like a tour conductor for my friends :-P Plada museum, Sophia museum, and Toredo were nice to see. Foods were really nice also.

Debconf9, you know, was the best. I met and talked with many people; old friends, new friends, local people, and so on. Every sessions were fun. i18n meeting was hot. Day-trip provided me hiking, swimming, drinking, and talking. It would be hard challenge to prepare and coordinate for organization team and local staff, but you succeeded perfectly! I'd like to say thank orga, staff, and all attendees. See you!

Tue, 30 Jun 2009

Oh my...

Yesterday Debconf provisional schedule was announced. Thanks Debconf team for your hard work!

But I understood I couldn't attend some interesting sessions and keysign party due to my schedule... I have to leave Caceres on 29 July afternoon. I made a big mistake about my travel plan.

OK, so I'll try to exchange keysign personally during the conference and watch the talks later when Debconf video team create them.

Sun, 28 Jun 2009

Working for ext4 support

I had gotten some requests to support brand-new ext4 filesystem from my backport d-i users. Yesterday I implemented it. Download via previous article.

The work was harder than I assumed...

  • The implementation on d-i side was mostly done already on d-i trunk by cjwatson and otavio. I appreciate their good job! I merged it to partman-base and partman-ext3.
  • Because GNU parted in Lenny didn't support ext4, I had to backport from unstable. Plus, I had to build again some packages to follow ABI change.
  • e2fsprogs-udeb in Lenny didn't contain mkfs.ext4, though deb contained it. I backported from unstable for stability.
  • grub won't work with ext4. You have to use grub-pc instead of it, if you'd like to use ext4 for root (boot) partition. I left this issue alone and just wrote down FAQ.
  • Even you choose grub-pc, it won't boot because initramfs misrecognizes ext4 partition as ext3. You have to append "rootfstype=ext4" option to kernel parameter. I wrote it on FAQ.

i386/amd64 d-i images for Lenny, kernel version 2.6.30 + firmware + ext4 support

For those who would like to use Linux kernel 2.6.30 for installing Debian Lenny, here it is. Enjoy.

  • Debian 5.0.1 Lenny based.
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.30 (as same as Debian unstable)
  • Support IDE disk again. (yes, I hadn't noticed ide-disk renamed to ide-gd_mod)
  • pre-located firmware (linux-firmware package will be installed if d-i detects your machine needs it. This image supports bnx2 and bnx2x also)
  • experimental WPA support (not tested)
  • [update on 28 Jun] Added ext4 support. You can choose ext4 filesystem at partition manager screen. Don't try to use ext4 for your root partition (or see FAQ).

By the way,

I'm going to Debconf9.

Thu, 11 Jun 2009

My schedule for Debconf9 and vacation

Debconf9 is coming. I'll be there and will have a short trip to Coruna to visit my friend and to Madrid to visit some museums, before Debconf.

  • Tokyo-Madrid round-trip ticket (Thai airline): Reserved
  • Debconf attendance fee: Paid
  • Madrid-Coruna round-trip ticket (Iberia air): Reserved
  • Hotel at Coruna: Reserved
  • Hostel at Madrid: Reserved
  • Madrid Atocha->Caceres train Talgo (23 July): Reserved
  • Caceres->Madrid (29 July evening): Not yet.
  • Hotel at Madrid for 29 July: Reserved

Anyway, see you at Debconf9! :)

Sun, 12 Apr 2009

Opensource technology study meeting at GREE

Hideki Yamane and Nobuhiro Iwamatsu talked about Debian Project last Friday at GREE was one of famous SNS providers in Japan. GREE uses Debian GNU/Linux on large scale for its services.

Hideki, is active Debian Maintainer, talked that using Debian was pretty easy and welcomed every contributors. He also described how Debian Project was managing release, QA, and buildd for a large audience.

Nobuhiro, just passed NM tests and is awaiting final DAM's check, spoke about NM process with his personal experience. He is one of Linux kernel upstream developers and has good knowledges about embedded system programmings and device drivers. I hope he passes DAM's check early to improve Debian more.

I met and talked with some people who were interesting in Debian after the meeting. Yes, I enjoyed that time.

Wed, 08 Apr 2009

Debian GNU/Linux device driver check & report version 2.0

I updated Web service 'Debian HCL - Debian GNU/Linux device driver check & report page' is an easy tool to check and see the support status of your hardware on GNU/Linux, with many improved features.

Integrating the check page and submitted reports is convenience. The vendor tree view will make easier to find models what you'd like to see. Although Searching isn't implemented yet, I think new URL structure is friendly to search engine crawlers. I'll put Google search form on the page after Google crawls.

Handling your submission is semi-automatic periodically. So please don't submit again and again even it won't be shown soon. :)

This service is localized in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Spanish-Argentina, Italian, Polish, German, Portguese, and Chinese (simplified) at this time, by using your Web browser language information. Because I introduced the GNU gettext system for internationalizing, it's easy to translate and update the translations. You can take template.pot file and translate in your language. If you'd like to translate in your language, please tell me. Have a fun!

Mon, 06 Apr 2009

Cherry-blossom viewing

I went to see the cherry blossoms, at Kinuta park, Tokyo last Saturday. Many people came and enjoyed to see.

Tue, 03 Mar 2009

i386/amd64 d-i images for Lenny, kernel version 2.6.28 + firmware + WPA support

I bought new laptop, SONY Vaio TypeZ. Because e1000e and iwlagn weren't detected by Lenny kernel 2.6.26, I made a custom image with kernel 2.6.28 for myself. I brushed it smarter yesterday. You can download it from the usual place. Enjoy.

  • based on newest stable, Debian 5.0 Lenny
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.28 (as same as Debian experimental's)
  • experimental WPA support (not tested)
  • pre-located firmware (linux-firmware package will be installed if d-i detects your machine needs it)

P.S. I'm planning to attend Debconf9. See you there.