Staring At Pumpa

This is a somewhat stream of consciousness post...

$rmadison pumpa
 pumpa | 0.8.2-1               | trusty/universe           | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9-1                 | vivid/universe            | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.1-1~ubuntu14.04.1 | trusty-backports/universe | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.1-1~ubuntu15.04.1 | vivid-backports/universe  | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.1-1               | wily/universe             | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.2-1               | xenial/universe           | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el, s390x

Thank you Timo Jyrinki for signing off on getting this into Unstable Debian-side. It looks like the auto-lander caught it nicely for xenial. Since it builds against Qt5 I wonder if it plays nice with Touch or other type environments. That is an errant thought, though.

Changelog bits from Debian's tracker:

pumpa (0.9.2-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New feature: user profile and avatar image editing.
  * Shares are now visualised with a recycling icon.
  * New language: Finnish.
  * Fixed bug where a shared object might be seen as already liked.
  * Fixed bug where certain authors were seen as being followed even
though they weren't.

 -- Mats Sjöberg <>  Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:21:25 +0200

And we can go ahead with setting up the test backport copies so that I can later file the backports bug:

backportpackage -s xenial -d wily -d trusty -y -u ppa:skellat/tests -k 030BB05A

Now to wait for that to build in Launchpad and to test it later this week. Right now there isn't a hurry as the upstream Debian package is still in Sid and I want to let it marinate until the 10 days are up. Once it falls into Testing then I may go ahead and file the backports bug.

The network remains a work in progress. There are some W3C activities pushing towards standardizing federation protocols that will be based off If you can conceptualize the software as just a mere engine where even the web page is but one more client, you can find ways to leverage it nicely.

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Starting 2016

Happy New Year! 2015 was not a happy time for some. In other cases we saw great things happen that need to spread further this year.

To reduce things to list-like form:

  1. Humorist Dave Barry's year in review column for 2015 is #disturbing. He's trying hard to make things funny. Relative to 2015 it is just hard.
  2. The local newspaper's look back at 2015 is simply sad news. There is not much happy to it.
  3. We're being asked to "do more with less" at work while attrition is skyrocketing. We've also got quite an imbalance between 12-month staff and staff who are on variable seasons of 10 months duty or less per calendar year. There has been talk of expecting "weeping and gnashing of teeth" this year.
  4. I will be taking classes at Lakeland Community College once the Spring 2016 semester starts.
  5. Whatever happened to the new season of Person of Interest? There is still no air date.
  6. It was disturbing to hear of the loss of Ian Murdock. I'm left with various questions that bother me greatly. For now I'm keeping them to myself.
  7. I try not to make predictions for the year ahead. It is bad enough that it is a presidential election year. If the Republican Party's candidate is that real estate developer then I might be reconsidering continuing in my job as a civil servant. Reviewing boltholes in the Pacific is an evergreen matter, it seems.

And finally...

$ ubuntu-support-status
Support status summary of 'WOTAN':

You have 2011 packages (67.8%) supported until July 2016 (9m)
You have 18 packages (0.6%) supported until September 2016 (9m)

You have 0 packages (0.0%) that can not/no-longer be downloaded
You have 939 packages (31.6%) that are unsupported

Run with --show-unsupported, --show-supported or --show-all to see more details

I'm doing okay on Xubuntu 15.10 for the moment but when a second alpha milestone rolls around I may see about jumping to test Xenial Xerus on my amd64 hardware. Dodo Chaplet is nowhere to be found. The computer is also nowhere near the Post Office Tower for those certain fans of black & white television serials from the past.

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Starting 2016 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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