I finally sorted out some remaining issues and released a new Jockey. This brings support for third-party package repositories, and implements an XML-RPC driver database client, aside from the usual load of bug fixes. The test suite improved again, too, it (optionally) uses python-coverage now. Planning ahead, the next things I want to get to are Find some interested people to work on a driver database server (I will write a specification page for it soon). ... Read More
As a lot of you were rightfully complaining, the automatic Apport crash bug retracers had been offline for about two weeks. The main reason was that the hardy chroot became totally broken, due to bugs in fakechroot. Yesterday I finally took some hours to track them down and fix them (see LP #228534). Now, after also dealing with the usual breakage of python-launchpad-bugs and Launchpad getting out of sync, the retracers have been restarted and are working happily again. ... Read More
Thanks to David for summarizing the future of hardware management. Interesting read, and the thread promises an interesting discussion.
The other day I read about the current c’t programming contest and got addicted immediately. The task is to create a program which plays the Atari Asteroids game from 1979: Unfortunately they do not send that gem to everyone :-), but they do send the original 8 KB of ROM, so you can play it on the MAME emulator. So far I got the emulator and the game running, and have a Python script which tracks the objects and their velocity vectors. ... Read More

Python code coverage
8 April 2008

Today I was playing with python-coverage, which seems to be the tool of choice for code coverage measurement in Python. Since I am constantly hacking on Jockey’s test suite, I want to strive for perfection and cover everything, so it does sound like something worthwhile. First I tried to use it like documented: python /usr/share/python-support/python-coverage/coverage.py -x tests/run which just caused the tests not to run at all, for no immediately obvious reason (it worked fine with real Python modules in apport). ... Read More

7 April 2008

After 17 hours of long flights and hectic interchanges I made it to Austin, Texas last Saturday, yay! Admittedly there are much fewer cowboy hats around here than I anticipated (but then again, Austin is said to be the most non-Texanian city in Texas). Instead I have to readjust my mental scale of the size of everything; the country itself, the vast cars, the hilariously big TV in my giant hotel room. ... Read More

The new toy in town
3 April 2008

After having (happily) lived without a TV for about 8 years, I now bought a DVB-T USB stick (cheap Hauppauge Nova WinTV). Not so much because I would actually watch TV a lot, but I’d like to improve Ubuntu in the future to support them out of the box. That turned out to be much harder than I anticipated: Even if Hardy is not even released yet, the kernel is already too old to have the necessary modules, so I built the modules from the upstream development tree, which fortunately worked flawlessly. ... Read More
I’m really looking forward to go to Austin next Saturday, for my first LinuxFoundation collaboration summit. I’m particularly interested in bringing forward the work of the Driver Backport workgroup, where my focus is on delivering drivers to the user.