Ubuntu: Shutdown problem, CIFS related

If you install Samba on a Ubuntu Gutsy box and you are using the Networkmanager for your network settings you are very likely to encounter the following error message when you shutdown:
CIFS: VFS server not responding
CIFS: No response for cmd 114 mid 3

It’s a bug in Gutsy and it looks like it’s a bug in Hardy as well but there is a work around. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m back again

You didn’t even notice I was gone, I am sure, no biggie. The reason I have been gone was the fact Ubuntu on my laptop decided I mess it up to much and therefor went on strike :). GDM wouldn’t start any more and the error message I got, two of the actually were unreadable. Read the rest of this entry »

Is there a vanilla Linux distribution?

As some of you might know I create/update packages for Ubuntu for the GetDeb project. What the project tries to accomplish is supply updated or newly created packages that aren’t in the Ubuntu repository. Ubuntu is sometimes late with updates for packages, like the official repository still has Pidgin 2.2.1 while 2.3.1 has been out for quiet a while and maybe a few days after it’s release you could download the latest version on GetDeb. One of the reasons why Ubuntu hasn’t updated their version yet is because of the focus on the new release, Hardy, and because of all the patches they create themselves.

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The Getdeb project.

I’m a Getdeb package builder and on the Ubuntu development discussion list there’s currently a thread about the Getdeb project and why we don’t participate in the backports program.

A little bit of history, I stumbled upon GetDeb when I was looking for Pidgin. Back then it wasn’t available in Feisty and I wanted to use the latest version. When I saw the website I got very excited about the goal to supply the latest software for Ubuntu.

The main reason why I started creating packages for Getdeb was the fact it was so easy to participate. I created an updated package and within two days it was up on the site. I tend to create packages I use myself or I believe it is a great asset to Ubuntu. This is one of the reason you won’t see me creating packages for games at the moment.

I did check to see if I could help out creating packages for as some call it, the inside Ubuntu community. All I could find was becoming a MOTU which is a whole process and I wasn’t, and I’m still not, ready for that. I didn’t know you help out in the backports without becoming a MOTU.

I will check out the backport process and see if I could help out there as well. I won’t abandon the Getdeb project, it’s a great project to participate in.

Running Gutsy

I upgraded my laptop from Feisty to Gutsy and it didn’t go as smoothly as others have reported.
I’m not really surprised as I don’t run a default Ubuntu desktop, I had installed some applications from source instead of the Ubuntu repository,

I’ve been running it for a week now and it’s pretty stable, good to see the integration with Compiz-fusion. I still am running software from source because I don’t like the fact Ubuntu doesn’t allow updating of certain software by the software itself, like Firefox and friends, Azureus etc.