Jono Bacon just announced The end of Lugradio on his blog.
It find it sad since I’ve considered this show to be one of the best Linux and open source related ones and I’ve been a fan for quite some time by now.
I hope this encourages others to step up and fill out the hole these guys are leaving.
As it has become somewhat of a little tradition of mine, I’ve put up a little summary of devcon 2008 page to round up the previous very intense weekend we spent in Berlin. And I just feel a need to include the tower picture here as well:
This evening we collected all the different targets we have represented here at the Rockbox devcon and made little picture of them. We managed to pull together 24 different models for it. All these devices run Rockbox, although some of them are not really mature ports. 9 different models didn’t make it to the picture since they failed the runs-Rockbox test! 😉
The beers happen to show some the liquids we’ve been enjoying here!
See all Petur’s Devcon 2008 pictures here.
You just have to go there to watch the biggest Tower of Rockbox yet. I’m sure it’ll pop up in the tower of rockbox wiki page on the rockbox site soonish.
We had an almost two hour discussion today on Rockbox devcon, and we recorded the thing on ustream and you can enjoy it here.
Topics: release 3.0 about 55 minutes
Some little about gsoc2008
GPLv2 discussions about 1h:00 in
Rockbox steering board
Menu and button discussions
Pluginlib action and buttons in plugins in general
Plugin patches in the tracker
Update: Petur’s recording of the same meeting as 146MB MP3.
In Berlin, we’re playing with the webcam and we’re now broadcasting Rockbox devcon live using the fun service of ustream.tv. Check this:
Update: I replaced the actual stream with a capture screen capture after the event.
In just a few hours I’ll take off to Berlin to go visit The Rockbox International European Developers Conference 2008. This year is hopefully going to become the biggest devcon so far. If you’re in Berlin this weekend, show up and say hello!
For you people living on a continent more to the west, keep your eyes open for DevconWest2008, probably taking place August 22nd to the 23rd somewhere in the US.
There have been so many open source initiatives for mobile phones in recent years it’s not even funny (limo, openmoko, Android to name some of the possibly biggest ones). The amount of actual phones on the market using one of them have been very very limited. Apparently there are some Motorola phones running Linux and you can get the Linux-based Nokia N800 tablets but they’re not even phones!
Obviously something has happened in the market though. Perhaps all those initiatives have pushed the big ones into thinking in more open source ways. The most interesting part of today’s news about Nokia buying the entire Symbian is their stated intension to open source it. (they’ve even already chosen the Eclipse Public License for it). It’ll be intereseting to see if there’s any interesting synergies coming up from Nokia’s previous purchase of Trolltech.
Of course, even Symbian has but a small fraction of the entire phone market as they sold 18.5 millions units in Q1 2008. IDC says 291 million phones were sold in the world during Q1 2008, which thus should position Symbian on roughly 6% of the phones that are sold today in the world!
I’m also curious if this will mean that Nokia will use Symbian on a larger scale on their own phones, as currently they seem to use Symbian only on a very small portion of their high-end phones. With Nokia owning the whole thing, they might see a bigger motivation to consolidate their own use of operating systems.
As previous years, Haxx is sponsoring the Rockbox team with a set of tshirts for Devcon this upcoming weekend.
If you intend to show up in Berlin and join us, do tell me (on IRC or email) your preferred tshirt size, M, L or XL, so that we can bring along the suitable amount of shirts of proper sizes.
I’ve already before mentioned my antispam setup, but today I just ran a little check on my “hispam” mailbox (the spams with so high spam points that I never even bother to check them for false positives), 43MB of 7900+ spams (received during ~40 hours), to see which ones of my own handicrafted rules that get triggered the most. I use a set of 40+ custom spamassassin rules to help it trigger more mails as spam, since some of the very short mails seem to be hard to catch otherwise, and some of the mails are in many ways looking like mail I would normally get.
Anyway, my top-10 rules are:
- 1624 6.0 DS_BODY_DRUGBRANDÂ Â Â Â Â BODY: mentions drug brand
- 1428 6.0 DS_SUBJECT_DRUGBRANDÂ Â Subject mentions drug brand
- 828 6.0 DS_FROM_HAXXÂ Â Â Â spoofed haxx.se address
- 769 4.0 DS_BODY_DISCOUNTÂ Â Â BODY: mentions percent discount
- 745 4.0 DS_SUBJECT_DISCOUNTÂ Â subject mentions percent discount
- 415 2.1 DS_TO_OWNERÂ Â To contains -owner
- 200 6.0 DS_BODY_NODOCTORÂ BODY: mentions “no doctor”
- 195 2.0 DS_MAILER_THEBATÂ sent with the bat
- 189 6.0 DS_BODY_DESIGNBRANDSÂ BODY: mentions designer brand(s)
- 158 3.0 DS_BODY_REPLICASÂ BODY: speaks of replicas
The first number is number of hits. The second is the “spam points” I assign a match. Then there’s the name of the rule and my description for it. The “spam points” can best be seen relative to the other rules, as what makes a single mail a spam in the end involves multiple factors that aren’t shown here.
For the last few years I’ve been running Debian systems for most of my home machines and the handful of servers I admin. I tend to run Debian Unstable on my desktops and development machines and Debian Testing on the servers.
I have no idea what Debian release names these corresponds to and I really really don’t care. People sometimes ask me or tell me about their Sid or Lenny or whatever the names are and I can just never learn them and I really don’t need to know them.
I dist-upgrade most of my machines frequently so I’m really not on any of Sid or Lenny or similar. I’m truly on Testing and Unstable, and even if I think Unstable possibly is a rather unfortunate name I think they are more describing as they are mere labels on very moving targets and remain the same over the years independent of Debian doing releases or not. Which is just a reason for me to just not care at all if Debian does infrequent releases or not, as long as packages go into these repos without too much lag.