Loud ramblings of a Software Artisan

Wednesday 21 February 2007


The intent of this post is to be humoristic

ELER had a strip about GUN/Linux.

Now Eric announce that he abandon Fedora for Ubuntu. I think that Alan Cox pretty much summarize it well.

Will Ubuntu be renamed Gunbuntu?


Friday 24 February 2006

Recent Ubuntu uploads

Ubuntu got recently the following packages I made:

  • autopano-sift: a tool to assemble the pictures together for stitching. It does generate the panotools panorama files so that you don't have to find the matching points manually in, say, hugin.
  • exifprobe: this tool displays EXIF information of various image files, including RAW files. Yet another EXIF parsing utility, that one being actually quite convenient.
  • pandora: a Gimp plugin to assemble together by putting various pictures in layer.
  • gphotofs: a Fuse filesystem using libgphoto2. Make you Kodak or Canon camera visible as a disk.

Hugin got rejected because of libvigra. Fortunately this problem will be addressed upstream. Same would happen to enblend (I have to report the problem upstream).

Update: see enblend bug 1438069.

Monday 2 January 2006

Ubuntu Linux on a Thinkpad Z60t

I posted my installation notes of Ubuntu Linux on my Thinkpad Z60t.

Feel free to comment for questions and/or feedback.

Saturday 24 December 2005

Ubuntu on Z60t

My Thinkpad Z60t has arrived. I open the sealed box, I broke the seal that say I have to agree to a license I can't read, I plugged in the AC adapter (damn, they have a new AC model, different from the previous I have used...) powered it on and inserted the Ubuntu Dapper Flight 2 CD (it is a pre-release of the upcoming Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.04).

The install went smoothly but for an ata2 error clogging the screen (known bug in kernel fixed in a more recent image/package). I login into X, but with some glitches. Default resolution of 1024x768, a bit stretched, but 915resolution fixes it (see bug 6089 for details about the problem with the current package), and after an X11 reconfiguration, 1280x800. Thanks to mjg59 for the hints.

I'll post a more detailled installation procedure.

Saturday 5 November 2005

Pizza and Beer

Beer and pizza. That was the programme last night with several people from Ubuntu. We ended up being 14 at my place. Lot of talk, lot of fun. We should do that more often. When will there be another summit or conference in Montreal?

Wednesday 2 November 2005

UBZ Day +3 - Plugging nightmare

The problem when people come around from the world with laptop is that you end up with a huge nightmare of plugs and adapterm. This come to an addition of all the cables because everybody is working on their laptop:

Marilize, the woman behind shipit and Kiko, who codes large parts of Launchpad:

Lamont Jones and Claire, without who UBZ wouldn't be UBZ:

In the morning, we have had a presentation of Launchpad by Brad Bollenbach:

gallery 1 - gallery 2

Sunday 30 October 2005

Duck or Dragon?

According to Daniel Robitaille, we should vote whether "Drake" is a duck or a dragon. We were reminded about that at UBZ.

I must say it is a man Drake.


Saturday 29 October 2005

UBZ Day -1

Ubuntu Below Zero starts tomorrow and people already arrive in Montreal. Yesterday we went to meet Ryan, Behdad who arrived from the lands of Ontario and 2 of his friend that live in Montreal.

I know that other ubuntuites are already here and that others are coming. I look forward to that. They cool thing with having been "reorganized" (that is the new buzzword to avoid saying you start a new round of lay-offs) is that I can attend UBZ.

Friday 14 October 2005

Breezy Badger

Breezy Badger the Ubuntu 5.10 release is out since yesterday.

Congrats to the Ubuntu team for the work.

Monday 26 September 2005

I <3 Ubuntu

I really love Ubuntu, the Linux distribution. Debian packaging with a user / UI oriented setup.

I have been lately uploading a few package in REVU for inclusion in Universe. So far, the only one that went thru was dcraw that is just an updated upstream version.

Pending either needing work or due to the freeze are:

  1. hugin
  2. autopano-sift
  3. enblend
  4. libimage-exiftool-perl
  5. libiptcdata

You'll notice the trend toward digital photography tools...

And I'll attend Ubuntu Below Zero at least to some extent (I still haven't figured out about the days off).

Saturday 13 August 2005


Lately I have been packaging hugin, enblend and autopano-sift for Ubuntu. I originally did them for my own use, but I felt like trying to become a MOTU. Packages have been uploaded to REVU for review.

These tools are a set of tool to perform picture stitching to do panorama from several pictures.

Mental note: post one or two.