I am a freelance Linux consultant by trade, a sysadmin by vocation and an Open Source developer by conviction. Welcome to my soapbox !

Enjoying alpine to the fullest

I know most of you don't care about my alpine fetish, but this goes out to my fellow alpine users :-)

Pine was almost dead for years and likely because of that I never reconsidered optimising my mail-usage. With alpine's rebirth I have been busy improving my daily overload of personal messages.

Last call for LinuxWorld Brussels

Again for the people that missed it, if your Open Source non-profit organisation or project wants to make some free advertisements at LinuxWorld, don't forget to bring your posters and flyers so we have them ready for visitors at the Open Source pavilion.

The audience is mostly business-focused, so you are welcome to promote your project/organisation in person at the booth or give away flyers at the booth.

For the conference part of the Open Source pavilion, the following presentations will be given:

  • Wednesday 19/3
    • 11h: Profoss - Raphael Bauduin
    • 13h: OpenDoc Society - Machtelt Garrels
    • 14h: Drupal - Roel Guldemond
    • 15h: CentOS - Dag Wieers
  • Thursday 20/3
    • 11h: Open Source at Hogent - Ilse Baetsle
    • 13h: Ubuntu LTS - Serge van Ginderachter
    • 14h: Joomla - Johan Janssens
    • 15h: OpenQRM - Kris Buytaert

Firefox 3 memory usage

As a fervent user of tabs in my browser, this article caught my attention. It explains in great detail all the different changes and improvements to Firefox that affect its memory usage.

At some point you start to wonder how it could have gotten this worse, but it usually takes a big swing in one direction to get corrective actions and a joint focus on what was neglected.

Belgian Open Source projects at LinuxWorld Expo Brussels

As announced before, 2008 will be the first year that LinuxWorld Expo Brussels has an Open Source pavilion to promote Open Source in an Enterprise environment.

The RFP for presentations is over since some time, but the pavilion also has some space for promoting and discussing Open Source software. So if your non-profit project somehow fits into what business need, you could use this area to put up a poster or distribute flyers.

RHEL 5.2 beta announced

RHEL 5.2 beta is released and many interesting features and software updates are expected.

It is very unusual for software to be updated (instead of bugfix backports) in a Red Hat Enterprise distribution (or CentOS for that matter) but there are exceptional cases where this makes more sense than the alternative.

Red Hat has decided that for desktop applications they can make that exception, meaning Red Hat and CentOS desktop users (me!) will soon be able to use a recent Firefox, Thunderbird or OpenOffice.

My ideal email client

Since 10 years I am praying for a much more convenient email program, one that understands my relation with incoming mail and incoming folders. Let me explain...

I get lots of mails from different sources. Some are addressing me, others have me in Cc:. Some are from mailinglist that are very important to me (because I am responsible for answering), others I just want to follow up if I have some time. My email-client however treats all these mails the same way.

CentOS needs a slogan

The CentOS project is looking for more slogans that may end up on promotional material (eg media, flyers, posters or stickers). We already collected a few funny, ironic, sarcastic or even distasteful ones.

Feel free to visit our Slogans wiki page for a good laugh or rude offenses and add your own slogan by sending them to this thread.

Late night Dstat release

I was surprised of the enthusiasm and feedback I got during and after my Dstat presentation at FOSDEM 2008. Even though I revisited my older slides and made the presentation shorter, I was not as prepared as I was with previous presentations but apparently that did not affect audience participation :-)


In an earlier discussion about commenting Kris mentioned using pingback, but...

Spam is a problematic issue. I had to enable comment moderation not because the Captcha was too easy to come by, but because apparently real people are adding genuine comments and are actively abusing the URL field to point to their commercial (or virus-infected) websites.

7zip: more versatile than meets the eye

Today I was surprised a second time with something I did not expect from 7-zip (but tried anyway). Let me start with the first time 7zip surprised me.

Imagine you *only* have a Windows system available, you have got a 640MB ISO image that contains a single 5MB file and you have a very slow network connection to the Linux system that requires this 5MB file.

Running Drupal 6 !

Somewhat in the heat of the moment I decided to move to Drupal6. I was not really planning on doing it until after a few months, but somehow the excitement took over to just make a copy of the database and test-run it on the copy.

I started over with the fresh Drupal6 codebase, copied over the relevant content from my settings.php and pointed it to the copy of the database. Without installing any module I just did an update and it simply worked.

Commenting on blog-articles

Dear Kris,

Would it be possible to comment an article on the originating blog instead of creating your own article. I found it very annoying when you did that to me, and now I see you doing it again :-)

I prefer discussions being held on the original article's blog (so people reading it can read your remarks) rather than having comments being posted as blog articles on different blogs. (That would only work for people reading a Planet anyway)

The thin line between genius and madness

It is a common problem with packagers. Developers release a package 0.4, then release a 0.5a (or 0.5pre1 or 0.5rc1) and then release the stable 0.5. Of course, when packaging you have to foresee such problems and maintain a proper upgrade path from 0.4 to 0.5pre1 to 0.5rc1 and to 0.5. Often that means finding the meaning of a release string.

uʍop-ǝpısdn plɹoʍ

(-: sɯɹoɟʇɐld ʇɟosoɹɔıɯ uo sʇıɯıl uoıʇɐɔılddɐ ǝɯos ʇıɥ noʎ uǝɥʍ ɟo sɹɐǝʍ ʎllɐnsn ʇuǝɯǝʇıɔxǝ ǝɥʇ


:ǝʇıs sıɥʇ ʇɐ ʇno ʇɹɐǝɥ ɹnoʎ ʇɐǝ uɐɔ noʎ ˙ƃuıʇıɹʍ uʍop-ǝpısdn ɹoɟ ʇǝs ɹǝʇɔɐɹɐɥɔ ɐ sı ǝɹǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʇ ʇno punoɟ ʇsnɾ ı

Addicted to Wii

After 2 months of having a Wii, I can admit that I am a bit addicted to it. But not in a way that one would expect though. I don't play that many games even though I did collect a few (= 7).

I try to use the Wii daily for 5 minutes of Wii Fitness and once a week I play some more tennis to try to reach my old hi-score of 2209 points. (I dropped to 2105 :-/)

We also like to follow-up on the voting channel and see how we did and vote for the new questions. It is a quick 2-minute break twice a week and it is fun to see what your partner and others think about silly questions.