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Debian Outreach Program for Women 2013

Debian's Outreach Program for Women (OPW) is underway. This is a huge thing and not just something that female developers need to be concerned with.

PostBooks packages available

A common theme that comes up in free software evangelism is the question of how to tap into the huge expenditure that small to medium-sized businesses make for off-the-shelf licensed software. It is well known that many small companies are paying over the odds compared to the site-license rates given to big business, so why is it that small businesses are not rushing to adopt free and open source solutions?

Install Debian wheezy and jessie directly with btrfs RAID1

Some time ago, I provided an installation report for installing Debian wheezy onto a btrfs RAID1 filesystem.

It is not supported directly from the installer partitioning menu partman, but it is not hard to trick the installer to do it, as described in the bug report.

Calendar and Contact data with free software in the Smartphone era

Since the rise of smartphones, first Blackberry, then iPhone and now Android, the world at large has had a convenient option to fall back on for management of contact and calendar data.

DebConf13: breakthroughs in OTP and WebRTC

Saturday, 17 August was a day that saw groundbreaking new work revealed at DebConf13 and may have been a watershed moment in the emergence of WebRTC for the free software community.

Fabian Grünbichler, Daniel Pocock, Catalin Constantin Usurelu, Emil Ivov, Yana Stamcheva

Free software for free markets

DebConf13 arrival

DebConf13 is about to get under way at Vaumarcus, Switzerland.

Bus stop

Swiss PostBus drops delegates at the entrance to Le Camp.

The ascent

Delegates get a feel for the Swiss landscape.

GSoC students progress

I've been lucky enough to be involved in a team mentoring two students contributing to Debian under the Google Summer of Code program this year. Both students have demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm and talent and have just passed their mid-term evaluations.

DebConf next week, free real-time communications session

DebConf13 is just about to get under way. While last year's event involved an exciting visit to Nicaragua, this year it is right here in Switzerland making it very convenient for many of those in the very populous community of free software enthusiasts across western Europe.

Effectively supporting virtual domains with Mailman

When I first decided to run my own list server, I was well aware of the popularity of Mailman but I was deterred from using it by the complexity of setting up virtual hosts. In particular, 99% of the software I use for servers is packaged. Whenever I choose a new piece of software, using something that is packaged and supported is high on my list of priorities. Mailman's distribution tarball and the packages built from it only have limited support for virtual hosting.