Boy Is It Ever Monday...

Backport Work

Currently there is a new version of Dianara that Mònica Ramírez Arceda got uploaded to Debian. It made the transition from Unstable to Testing on November 12, 2015. In keeping with normal practice in working with the Debian Maintainer as well as the upstream author I've done the usual testing on my end and filed the backporting bug LP #1516123 for the backports team to poke and prod my testing to see if we can update things. This proposed backporting the version currently in the release pocket for Xenial Xerus to 15.10, 15.04, and 14.04. No, there is no retconning of Dianara into 12.04. This was uploaded by Micah Gersten of the backports team while I was writing this blog post and should eventually show up once the archive copies it to the necessary places.

Why Bother?

In working with the upstream author, the goal is to keep the new features available in supported versions of the flavours of Ubuntu. Dianara serves as one of many clients to the social federation. Identica never went away but was part of a fundamental architectural shift that brings us the federation. Many servers make up this social federation. If you are so inclined, there is even a client implemented in emacs.

With all the new features that have been developed in the new architecture provided by, it makes sense to backport the new versions of Dianara to supported versions of Ubuntu. Backports are enabled by default normally so the goal is to not have people fooling around with PPAs unless truly necessary. Granted a PPA was used to build the testing versions of dianara for this backport request but there are many other things in that specific PPA that may potentially make your computer go crunch, bang, kaboom unless you pin packages. I hope I put up enough caution tape around it.

It should be noted that this is a case of Mint not exactly duplicating Ubuntu as they do not pick up any of the backports that have been done of Dianara here.

Isn't This Just Identica?

The developer of Dianara has an entire post publicly visible on part of the federation explaining what has changed in making the world so much bigger. Just remember that though Identica itself is closed to new registrations and is home base to old-timers who made an architectural jump, there are more servers out there in the federation to use. Hosting your own is possible, too.

Why Should I Care?

There actually is a getting started guide. Unlike the radical changes being introduced by Twitter lately, this is an attempt to see what can be done to build an architecture for all. There is some standards work in the background which may result in interoperation with MediaGoblin too.

If you haven't checked out the federation, check out the guide above and give it a try. You'll find plenty of discussion and the guide gives recommendations on people to follow. It certainly isn't Twitter. For many it is a different path to walk...and that's okay.

When Do I Get Back On Cadence?

When I find a job that is not as madcap as the current one. I really don't work for nice people. You could send a dollar via PayPal but unless I get some fundamentals shifted around I'll still be working for the not so nice people for a while longer.

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Where am I not this weekend?

In no particular order:

  • Successfully upgraded to Xubuntu 15.10 after finding a bug that trashed my in-situ upgrade process. Thankfully the bug was later fixed.
  • I am not traveling to OggCamp yet again. {sarcasm} Thank you security restrictions on travel! {/sarcasm}
  • Happy Halloween
  • Pondering the backport path for 12.04 when it comes to pumpa and dianara since they had to switch to Qt5 upstream in Debian and what is upstream doesn't play nice in 12.04. I don't want to leave 12.04 behind as we've tried to keep backports up to date so that supported *buntu versions have the latest clients for accessing the network. I'll need to kick this up the chain.
  • This weekend's movie is Manos: The Hands of Fate. You can watch the free version from The Internet Archive here or you can purchase a "riffed" version from RiffTrax here.
  • No, I am not at Ghoulardifest currently although I may need to make an appearance at that Cleveland heritage event. Updated on November 1st: Went to Ghoulardifest on Sunday and it was wonderful. The bzr repository will show the prior version of this post, oddly enough, back one revision.
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