I'm busy, honest.
February 2, 2008
I haven't been writing so much recently - only one blog post for
January, and I didn't even find the time to finish all the things I
did in December. This is because I'm busy. Honest. So, before it gets
too far into February, I'd better summarize things a little.
Projects I worked on recently:
- f-spot - Near the end of December, I
joined the Debian Mono packaging team, and helped clear up a few bugs
in the photo management application I use. However, it turns out that
f-spot could really use more help upstream - the number of forwarded
Debian bugs is quite high, and there are some pretty nasty bugs
outstanding. In fact, the upload we made has been synced to Ubuntu
Hardy, so a bunch of users are going to run into horrible problems
unless we fix them before the release. Oh dear.
- enscript - I finally started to write some code
for GNU Enscript. Recently I fixed the build system so that it didn't
fail `make distcheck', for the first time in over a decade. Win. I'm
trying to work towards a maintenance release, rather like the new
maintainer of a2ps has done.
- gnu-standards - the GNU maintainers' information
document was under a license that didn't allow modifications, so it
had to be packaged in Debian's non-free section. I asked about it,
and it got relicensed. So now I'm trying to get the Debian package
updated and moved back into `main'.
- postgresql-autodoc - this was a random package I
picked up, adopted, and got uploaded sometime in December. I haven't
heard any complaints yet, but then my fixes were mostly for
Projects on whose sidelines I sat, while watching aspiringly:
- gnash - I tried it. It more or less works for
YouTube videos, and the next release (due in a few days) should be
even better. I want to spend more time supporting gnash this
- gnu pdf - a new high-priority project to produce
a PDF library better than libpoppler. I joined the mailing list, and
provided some input. Eventually I want to see PDF output support in
Enscript or its successor.
Things that resemble a social life:
- The Wise Guys had a concert in London in
January. (They're a German a cappella group who are quite funny. It
helps if you speak German.) So that was fun.
- The Rugby LUG had its second meeting, with ten
people attending. I asked O'Reilly for some books to review, and the
LUG now has four... but I'm wondering whether Josette really meant to
send us a second welcome pack. No matter, I'll deal with it next
Oh, and work is going well - credativ Ltd. now has a coffee
machine. Oh, and a new office.