[rock-devel] October 2004
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Tue Nov 2 19:31:27 CET 2004
Newsflash October 2004
- Linux Info Tag in Dresden
- ROCK Linux Talk at OS04, Graz
- ROCK Linux Talk in Amazonas, Brazil
- Crystal ROCK
- Roadmap 2.0.3
- Roadmap 3.0.0
- Mailinglist bits
- Changes to the Newsflash
Linux Info Tag in Dresden
Daniel Jahre got an invitation for a ROCK Linux booth at Linux Info Tag in
Dresden on the 30th of October. He also gave a talk about subversion there.
Here's a short summary from Daniel:
On Dec 30th I presented ROCK Linux at the Linux Info Tag at Dresden. Due
technical limitations of the building the booth was "integrated" into
the general merchandising booth. Nevertheless I met the Pegasos People
there, who are trying to port ROCK to the Pegasos platform, which is
a PowerPC based computer. Giftnuss, who has already contributed to ROCK
is a member of that team. I gave them the ROCK Linux PowerPC Live CD,
and I got a report that it is still giving trouble but basically
working. So we can expect mails about their progress and patches soon.
Daniel attached the following image:
ROCK Linux Talk at OS04, Graz
Clifford Wolf held a ROCK Linux talk at the "OS04" in Graz, Austria.
As usual he made the papers available at http://www.clifford.at/papers/
ROCK Linux Talk in Amazonas, Brazil
Miguel Bolanos held a ROCK Linux talk at the "II Encontro Amazonense de
Software Livre" in Amazonas, Brazil. Unfortunately he lost the
presentation afterwards due to malfunctioning hardware.
Clifford announced Crystal ROCK this month.
Crystal is aimed what may be called "ROCK - The distribution." Different
from the "generic" target - which is a one-size-fits-all configuration -
Crystal aims to provide one solution for one problem.
This means there is one Desktop Environment (KDE),
one SQL Server (PostgreSQL), one webserver (Apache),
one video player (xine) and so on.
Personal preferences may vary, but the concept is clear and meaningful.
Early October René Rebe announced T2, a fork of the ROCK Linux
development tree at revision r3594. T2 aims to solve the problem of
building a distribution with a number of differences from the ROCK
approach, some of subtle nature, others with a big impact on
Roadmap for ROCK 2.0.3
Tobias merged lots of package updates (mostly security related) from the
Development tree, none of which causing regressions.
For the release of ROCK 2.0.3 a cleanup of the lvm, lvm2 and
device-mapper packages is needed. The lvm and lvm2 packages share the
same filenames which causes a lot of confusion.
Roadmap for ROCK 3.0.0
Clifford announced the roadmap for the 3.0.0 release:
Notably here are the improvements to Emerge-Pkg, Update-System and
rocket which will make maintaining an installed ROCK system even easier.
Bernd Petrovitsch pointed out that a users shell environment could
bleed into the build environment on occasion. Clifford fixed this the
very same day.
Alejandro Mery wrote a script to compare two ROCK trees for differing
package versions. This greatly helped Tobias with merging package
updates in 2.0-stable and will bring package updates to 2.0-stable
faster and easier in the future.
Benjamin Schieder started a lengthy discussion about automatically
creating entries in the "Start"-menus of different window managers and
desktop environments. Clifford, Stefan Paletta and Mathieu Doidy gave
hints for improvement which were incorporated.
Changes to the Newsflash
With fakes help the statistics of the Newsflash have been improved as to
not deliver the illusion of competition between the contributors.
These changes - while subtle in nature - also provide a better overview
of the progress driving ROCK forward.
New Patches: 270
Applied Patches: 266
Discarded Patches: 76
Difference in open Patches: -72
Changes in ROCK 2.1: 279
Changes in ROCK 2.0: 23
Messages on rock-devel: 222
Messages on rock-user : 34
That's all for this month.
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