Wednesday, May 30, 2007

First Day at LinuxTag

This first day of LinuxTag, I'm not standing at the booth and talking to people, I'm just sitting in a cafe am Messe-Berlin trying to fix the latest bugs in Revisor, sipping away *lots* of coffee and triple lattes and the like ;-). The other Fedora Ambassadors come sit next to me every once in a while so basically I have company all the time ;p

Back to the Revisor topic -I've spoken to Lance from CentOS telling him how cool Revisor is and that I want it to run on CentOS/RHEL as well... Or at least compose CentOS/RHEL media -from a Fedora box maybe? I don't know yet, we'll take a look at it tomorrow.

Anyway, I've taken all 2.0.3 release milestone tickets and fixed them, so that we are able to show off Revisor to the world, or at least that part of the world that is here.

It's 4:34 in the morning now overhere, so I'm going to try and take some sleep ;-) NN!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Does this look like a sane patch to send upstream?

I've been working on a patch to send upstream, to pungi to be exact.

Revisor as a GUI front-end for users allows them to easily create and customize installation media, but actually uses pungi to do so. Pungi, created by Jesse Keating, is the tool to create installation media as it's also being used to compose the official releases made by the Fedora Project. I'm not sure if pungi is also being used for RHEL releases, I think it is.

Anyway, Revisor wants to allow the user to choose the certain type of media to create, ergo CDs or DVDs. While pungi didn't have this option yet, Revisor needs to implement this flexibility upstream. This concludes in a patch, that upstream can choose to apply if it looks sane, or reject if it's insane or doesn't comply with what upstream sees fit.

Anyway, this patch is not just a patch, it really messes with the internals of things pungi does, so I'll need to make sure that my 'cheats' are plausible methods of changing how pungi does things.

I'm not sure this patch will be accepted, but I'm gonna give it a go anyway.

Proof-of-concept patch to pungi

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Today, I've tried and put together a development roadmap for Revisor, so that we can keep track of things we want or need to do...

When Revisor had been presented at the RH Summit a few days ago by two of Fedora Unity's key members, Robert Jensen and Jonathan Steffan, the responses they got where overwhelming.

While at first Revisor was to become the user interface to upstream tools like livecd-tools and pungi, just to enable the average non-technical user to do themselves the Re-Spins we've been doing and distributing, we are now building some sort of application to do whatever anyone wants to do... user or enterprise administrator. Cool, huh?

You'll probably here more about this later!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

I lost my Atheros wifi card!

Everyone's had it... Buy some Wifi Card and find out there's no Linux drivers that work with your favorite flavour... I just had a similar experience yesterday; I lost my X-Micro card (Atheros chipset), and all I had left was my Speedtough 110 (no typo). It just won't work.

So I spent the rest of the day looking for the X-Micro card, and I ended up tidying half my house then finally finding the card I was looking for, only to find out that when I inserted the card and went to install the drivers, my rawhide machine (or actually the F7 kernel), could not install madwifi because if wasn't build against rawhide yet, no surprise there. A previous version of madwifi however, build against an older kernel, would not load because of something with 'hal' -don't ask me. Again, no real surprise here either.

So I installed the latest fc6 kernel, which I know madwifi has been built against. While expecting major problems due to some package in fc6 vs. f7 requiring a f7 kernel, I was surprised to see it work.

It just works! I'm glad to know that I'll be able to do some Revisor tricks at LinuxTag, and still have networking ;-)

Ook maar eens een blog begonnen

Hij doet het! (Uhh, ja doh!)

Ik doe vandaag weer eens een poging een blog te starten. Eigenlijk is de voornaamste reden dat anders mijn Mugshot zo leeg is. Maar waarom neem ik dan een account op Mugshot? Weet ik ook niet!

Nu zien te zorgen dat niet iedereen te weten komt wat ik allemaal doe... *achterom kijk*