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Open Source News from FOSDEM 2009 - Day 1

by Sander Marechal

A week ago, the 9th Free & Open Source Developers' Europe Meeting (FOSDEM) took place at the Université Libre Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. Your editors Sander Marechal and Hans Kwint attended this meeting to find out for you what's hot, new in the area of the Linux environment and might be coming to you in the near future.

Here is the blow-by-blow of the first day with talks about Mozilla's future, the role of Debian, two OSI talks, Reverse engineering and much, much more.

This article was originally posted on LXer Linux News.

Ubuntu package repositories removed

The package repository at http://packages.jejik.com is no more. I created it way back in 2006 to host packages for gnome-hearts for Ubuntu Dapper Drake because the initial gnome-hearts release came too late to get into the universe repository at that time. Starting with Ubuntu Edgy gnome-hearts has always been in the Universe repositories for Ubuntu. It␂s been over two years since Dapper Drake so it’ time to retire the old repositories.

In the unlikely case that you are still running Dapper Drake or use a machine that was upgraded from Dapper Drake, please remove http://packages.jejik.com from your apt sources list.

Subversion repositories relocated

by Sander Marechal

I recently bought a new server because my current server sucks almost as much power as the average 4 person household :-) Bugzilla, the subversion repositories and the Subversion webinterface have been moved to the new server.

Because I was moving anyway I have taken the opportunity to move the Subversion server from the svnserve protocol to Apache with SSL. That means that the Subversion URLs now start with https:// instead of svn://. The paths themselves remain unchanged.

Subversion, Bugzilla and Package repository downtime

Due to a change of IP addresses several services are temporarily unreachable until the new DNS settings have replicated over the net. This should take at most 72 hours although for most of you it should be far less—24 hours max. This currently affects Bugzilla, Subversion (both the repository as the ViewVC webinterface) and the Ubuntu package repository.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Setting up and managing an APT repository with reprepro

by Sander Marechal

If you are writing software for Debian GNU/Linux or deratives like Ubuntu then setting up an APT repository is a very useful thing to do. Setting up an APT repository for your users makes it very easy for them to keep up-to-date with the latest version of your software, far easier than providing .deb's as downloads on your website.

This tutorial will show you how to do just that with reprepro. Reprepro makes it very easy to set up APT repositories that use a common /pool directory to store all the package files. In this regard, reprepro is superior to APT tools such as apt-ftparchive. I am going to assume that you are already familliar with the basic workings of an APT repository.

Gnome-hearts subversion repository relocated

by Sander Marechal

I have relocated the subversion repository for gnome-hearts from svn://svn.jejik.com/hearts to svn://svn.jejik.com/gnome-hearts. The old URL was from before the name change of hearts to gnome-hearts shortly before the gnome-hearts-0.1 release.

If you have a working copy of gnome-hearts then you will need to relocate it to the new URL by running the following command in your working copy root:

svn switch --relocate svn://svn.jejik.com/hearts/<path> \

Secure-APT Repository opened

by Sander Marechal

We have created an Secure-APT repository with unofficial binaries for our software to make it easier for you to keep up-to-date with our latest releases. At the moment it only contains gnome-hearts for Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06, since it is impossible to get gnome-hearts backported to the official Ubuntu Dapper backports repositories.

To use the repository, you should add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

## Lone Wolves APT Repository
deb http://packages.jejik.com/ubuntu dapper main
deb-src http://packages.jejik.com/ubuntu dapper main

You will also need to install my public key, or you will get authentication warnings when installing software from this repository. You can import the sander.marechal.asc file, or get public key ID 019D48B7 from your nearest gpg keyserver. You can use the following commands to import the key:

gpg --import sander.marechal.asc
gpg --export --armor 019D48B7 | sudo apt-key add -