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UNIX, HPC, cyberwarfare, and chasing perf in Atlanta.

SprezzOS Weeklyish Oblations, Objections, and News (SWOON) Vol. 1 Issue 4.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:59:33 -0500

SprezzOS Weeklyish Oblations, Objections, and News (SWOON)

Volume I, Issue 4. 2013-02-22. Editor: Nick Black.

Historic portrait of London Bridge, circa 1922
The Unreal City. Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, a crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many. Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled, and each man fixed his eyes before his feet. Flowed up the hill and down King William Street, to where Saint Mary Woolnoth kept the hours with a dead sound on the final stroke of nine. There I saw one I knew, and stopped him, crying “Stetson! You who were with me in the ships at Mylae! That corpse you planted last year in your garden, Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year? Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed? Oh keep the Dog far hence, that’s friend to men, or with his nails he’ll dig it up again! You! hypocrite lecteur! — mon semblable, — mon frère!” (London Bridge circa 1922).


“Come in under the shadow of this red rock,
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

—T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland

It has become more than clear from feedback in private emails, webfora, mailing lists and statistics that the installer is not just a major timesuck for me (see last week's SWOON), but a major impediment to SprezzOS adoption in general. Reasons appear to include: So maybe I'll whip up some virtual images tomorrow, put those up, and that'll hopefully relieve pressure on the first three issues. In the meantime, I'm going to try and hang out on the #SprezzOS IRC channel more regularly; feel free to pop in, ask questions, and enjoy replies of coherence inversely proportional to time since last REM.

By the way, this entire SWOON was composed while listening to “In the A” on repeat. Dig the Brand Nubian shout-out: punks jump up to get beat down! Atlanta love!

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.


Blender 2.65a ⇒ 2.66, packaged today. Linux ⇒ 3.8.0; we're sitting on 3.7.9 for the moment. Cogl ⇒ 1.13.4, packaged today; I also built cogl's GLESv2 support, in its own cogl-gles package. Clutter ⇒ 1.13.5. GNOME getting ready for 3.8, updated to 3.7.90 about halfway across the board. Kicked out most of the KDE 4.10.0 update. Haskell's Yesod, Conduit and WAI are all up-to-date with their big release from this month. OpenImageIO ⇒ 1.1.7. GNU's uPNP stack all got refreshed. Rygel got major packaging work and is now up-to-date and fully lethal. New Intel X server, input ABI 19.1, and colord ⇒ 0.30 round out the remaining big updates from this week.

καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν Μονογενῆ.


Work on Raptorial is accelerating. I have high hopes for it.

We'll soon be the fifth OS tracked by HackageDB. I got it approved by them yesterday, and am already generating our matrix for intake. Now, on the subject of Comparative Haskell Stacks, a visual aid:

welllllllllllllllllllll after that display of kicking ass, hrmm...

one does not simply drop the mic

Fair enough. This guy, this guy knows what I'm talkin' about, though...

alan turing

^__________^ kekekekekekeke

Mysterium fidei.


Totally lame—no SprezzOS patches were accepted upstream this week! I've got two that I was hoping would go in (one for Muffin, one for gnome-disks), but neither have yet been taken up. Bah! That was a nice little streak we had going.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.


Ite, missa est.

Rock over London; rock over Atlanta.
Folgers: It's good to the last drop.

Per ardua ad astra.
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