Archive for November, 2004

Boot poster challenge (2)

Some great progress has been made on the boot process time chart, and on solutions to get it much faster (on Fedora Core, but that could be tried on any other distribution). I must say I’m kinda surprised by the huge amount of data read at boot time…

I’m also curious to see what kind of speed-ups could be done by twicking all kernel-related boot-time things, such as modules loading and hardware probing. I guess if all modules were loaded so that they don’t have to probe for the hardware (it doesn’t change that much, you know), it would also improve the boot speed…

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2004-11-30 20:56:48+0900

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Ne lâchez pas, les gars

Les informaticiens de chez Schneider Electric sont en grêve. Leur revendication ? Ne pas se faire enc*ler.

Tenez le coup, et montrez aux informaticiens français qu’il faut qu’ils arrêtent de fournir eux même le gravier qui sert à les enc*ler.

Il serait temps que l’informatique française soit correctement syndicalisée, et c’est un grand pas en avant qui vient d’être fait. Tous ensemble !

Update [2004-12-01 18:53:33+0900]: le gravier vous a été offert par la CFDT.

2004-11-30 20:56:45+0900

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I see dead browsers

When Gary Schare, Director of Windows Product Management at Microsoft, talks about Internet Explorer and Firefox, I can’t resist but to think IE is dead meat.

And when Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe, comments on the issue, I can’t think something else than “that’s so true”. And even, the browser history has proven that Microsoft didn’t care that much not breaking stuff with newer versions (well, actually, that does apply to other software from Redmond too).

2004-11-28 12:02:16+0900

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CSS power

If you came around recently, you probably noticed some changes in the look and in the amount of information on the home page. It is now globally in its final state.

A very few changes have also been made in the XHTML structure, these changes involving grouping the blog entries and the “as seen elsewhere” briefs in a “blog” div, moving around the date and the subject of blog entries, and replace links on briefs titles by a “Read more…” link.

As for the content, the home page must avoid to be heavy, so I removed a lot of stuff, put only one blog entry (and cut it if it’s too long), 3 briefs and drastically reduced the amount of Releases, Articles, and ToDo List items.

The CSS, on the other hand, got a lot of changes, starting with a split of the stylesheet in several files. Some other changes involve bigger default font sizes, and a proper styling of most of the html elements in the page (much more were left with default style, previously). <teasing>I’m working on a better visual experience (which will probably render pretty bad in MSIE), all of which will happen without touching a single line of HTML code. I’m myself impressed by the result ;)</teasing>

The XSL stylesheets also got its load of refactoring, by splitting in smaller individual units, and its improvements such as adding ids in the blog so that the links to the blog entries on the home page go directly to the right item. Next step there will be to improve the RDF parsing.

Next global step for the site will be to have more subsections and pages. Stay tuned.

2004-11-28 02:21:42+0900

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RDF power

This is it. Now the main page is generated by treating 5 different RDF files through one XSL stylesheet. The power of XML to serve !

Next step will be to stop generating one flat page for everything and begin to split the whole in categorised parts, and actually make the navigation menu worth something, while improving the visual.

Stay tuned.

2004-11-21 21:38:31+0900

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Any problem with IE ?

Well, you should switch to Firefox, then, even Microsoft tells you so.

Screenshot for the record

2004-11-21 21:22:11+0900

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Firefox 1.0 Party @ Nagoya

Yesterday was held the Firefox 1.0 Party in Nagoya. Well, it was a small committee (4 people including me), but was an interesting japanese pratice, and a great korean food experience (at BSD dubu house, Ikeshita, Nagoya – nothing to do with BSD).

Picture of the gifts

Interestingly, the Mozilla Store people, who are very “aware”, while most of the celebrations all around the world were due to be held on this week-end, sent a mail to party organisers about the special launch party kits and the fact they could receive them in 2-3 days in the U.S. and 7-9 days elsewhere… on November 15th. Quite hard to get them in time, then.

2004-11-21 19:43:23+0900

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News from Middle Earth

OSGILIATH (Reuters) – Mordor Corp. warned Middle Earth kingdoms on Thursday they could face the wrath of Orc armies for harbouring and aiding Gandalf and his fellowship of hobbits instead of rightfully bowing to the will of Sauron. […]

Read more on slashdot.

2004-11-19 16:57:39+0900

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Mozilla Firefox progress

Today, mozilla-firefox 1.0 finally migrated to testing, pushing the old 0.9.3-5 version onto the verge of oblivion. Thanks to Eric, JoshK and the RMs.

Today is also my release of version 1.0-2pre3.1, second preview release of upcoming 1.0-3 (which might just be this one). Help yourself. Changes include:

  • an even more robust Extensions Manager,
  • usage of firefox’s internal locale auto-detection (making it also work with user installed languages packs),
  • some cosmetic fixes,
  • support for Internet search services in user profiles,
  • protection of users who run firefox through sudo without -H option,
  • and more…

2004-11-18 22:05:42+0900

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Sorry ? Not sorry ?

Sorry, not sorry, not sorry either, obviously not sorry ; all this is becoming ridiculous.

2004-11-15 20:59:39+0900

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