Distro Sprint Day 5 Summary

Jane Weideman janew at hbd.com
Fri Feb 3 18:07:52 GMT 2006

This is today's installment of **Distro Sprint News**.

After hearing the news of the Distro Sprint 'Plague of Death'  Paul
Sladen could not keep himself away, and has joined us in our den of

In related news, 'the plague' seems to be fairly widespread across the
charming place that is, the UK in winter. Not only have half the hotel
staff and other guests had it, it has now even caught the attention of
the BBC. [1][2][3][4]. Clearly while Linux itself may remain steadfastly
virus free, it's developers are not as resilient to attack.

As the team recuperates and the end of the sprint looms the pace of work
is picking up, so as to push as many of the sprint goals to completion
as possible.

Today's progress is listed below: 


Work started on Kubuntu live CD installer (espresso)

Seeds  were cleaned up.

Further espresso work carried out.

First part of PimpMyLanguageSelector done. This involved processing the
available keyboard data and giving out only suitable alternatives for
the given country.

A productive discussion was held regarding the Toolchain for Dapper+1.

Twisted, an asynchronous networking framework for python, was updated.

Zope packages also updated to new version - to be completed.

Work started on mISDN, a new ISDN driver, to apply the new stuff to the
current package.

Another kernel regression was hunted down.

Snakeoil certificate management implementation was started. This allows
for any (ssl enabled) daemon to use one certificate by default.

Work was done to ensure that all supported lts.conf options in ltsp
actually work properly.

Support added for adjusting color-depth, and 3 button emulation. 

Added support for installing to USB and IEEE1394/Firewire devices and
make those be able to boot on other systems.  (ProbeForRootFileSystem).

Wrapped all config options to not be executed if empty (for thin client
faster startup spec). 

Investigated the gtkmozembed python crash (Malone 26436) and finally
reproduced it in lab conditions; a fix will be forthcoming soon.

Identified a bug in dpkg conffile processing producing a misleading
message   when the file has been removed - a fix is now being tested.

Released AutomatedTesting's testing framework for package developers and
potential test harness designers via an announcement in ubuntu-devel and

Several usplash default values set, including usplash on thin clients 

Tons of LTSP fixes.

Other small fixes were applied including, fixing a failure to build and
some sparc64 specific changes to allow gcc-3.3 to move out of main

Lots of archive cleanup was done today including, finishing transitions
to throw out old versions of OpenSSL, MySQL, gcc 3.3 and Gnome 1 from
main; other transitions are almost finished.

Proper suspend/resume support was added to linux-wlan-ng

The XPDF security update was started.

Bug triage carried out as usual.

A lively discussion about bug triage and debug packages was held.

Also a talk by Scott James Remnant's about a New World Order [5], be


[1] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4675082.stm
[2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/4674116.stm
[3] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4671116.stm
[4] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/4625306.stm etc
[5] http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/20060202_new-world-order_keybuk.ogg

Jane Weideman
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Canonical Ltd.

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