Using something better than Gobby for session notes at UDS

Dustin Kirkland kirkland at
Mon Apr 11 15:15:41 UTC 2011

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 2:11 AM, Thierry Carrez <ttx at> wrote:
> Dustin Kirkland wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 4:32 PM, James Troup <james.troup at> wrote:
>>> I appreciate the frustration people have with gobby and I'd be happy to
>>> run something better if that's what you guys want to do - the only thing
>>> I'd ask is that someone package Etherpad first[1].
>> I started with some source packages for Etherpad 1.1 I found here:
>>  *
>> I made a few minor modifications:
>>  1) used openjdk instead of sun java
>>  2) ported the most important subset of the (broken) init script to (a
>> working) upstart configuration
>>  3) updated debian/control and debian/rules accordingly
> Having discussed that issue with him in the past, I think James doesn't
> just want "binary packages", he wants "packages fully built from source
> that could end up in the main archive".
> The "source" packages at use prebuilt binary blobs in
> traditional Java fashion (see under etherpad/lib). Packaging them in a
> Debian policy compliant way is a bit more work, like JamesPage can tell
> from repackaging Hudson :) So the reason why this wasn't done yet is
> because it's non-trivial and time-consuming, not because of laziness.

Right ;-)  I'll get with James Page on that, and respond to his note separately.

>> Perhaps Jorge/Daniel could get an instance running in a beefy Amazon
>> EC2 instance (m2.4xlarge with 64GB of memory?) and drum up an
>> Etherpad-testing-day ASAP with your requisite 100+ concurrent
>> sessions.  I suspect some configuration tweaks will be necessary,
>> which should perhaps be folded back into the packaging itself.
> FWIW the OpenStack design summit will use Etherpad with ~400 attendees,
> I'll let you know if it breaks :)

Cool :-)

Using the package built from binary blobs?

Also, can you share with us the size (CPU, Memory) of the backing
server, presumably in the Rackspace Cloud?


Dustin Kirkland
Ubuntu Core Developer

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