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report from the Emdebian/FAI Work Session in Extremadura 2008

A joyous meeting for a few days discussing and working on in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. The meeting and work session took place in the gnuLinEx center and was attended by 18 Debian contributors.
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=== Emdebian/FAI Work Session in Extremadura 2008 ===

A joyous meeting for a few days discussing and working on
[http://emdebian.org|Emdebian] in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. The meeting and
work session took place in the gnuLinEx center and was attended by 18 Debian
contributors.

==== Lenny bug squashing results ====

RC bug squashing with 7 or 8 closed RC bugs affecting Lenny and 3 sid only
ones. (Lesson learned: don't count the number of bugs, but list the bug
numbers.)

==== Emdebian results ====

* Cross-toolchain work – trying to fix gcc cross-multilib builds in mips/ppc.
Problem lies with differnces between gcc and debian lib64 paths. Could be
fixed with links in glibc. Disabled for now so that these arches
cross-toolchains can build.
* dpkg-cross gained cmake cross-build support
* Documentation overhaul
* emdebian Server overhauled and updated
* Exploring the need for an Emdebian system based on coreutils instead of
busybox.
* Significant reductions in the size of glibc and tzdata for Emdebian
(courtesy of Aurelien), expected to save 5Mb in all Emdebian root
filesystems.
* Improving uClibc support in Emdebian
* Emdebian '5 year plan' including a full code audit in 2009 (preceded by
NMUs to close existing cross-building bugs)
* Goals and flavours for Emdebian Squeeze
* Emdebian crush – maximally squeezed with dependency changes, package name
changes and a lot of work to ensure that Debian packages can still be mixed
in.
* Emdebian grip – smaller amounts of squeeze, as few functional changes as
possible and highest level of compatibility with Debian.
* Clearer support for native builds of Emdebian packages.
* Ideas and improvements to best handle the new buildd.emdebian.org
pseudo-package along the lines of ftp.debian.org using usercategories and
usertags.
* Work on DEB_VENDOR and how dpkg classes will, together with a few other bug
fixes, provide the basis to migrate all Emdebian patches into Debian before
Squeeze.
* debhelper patch for tags in packages.* files
* MTD support in Debian-installer discussed. Proposal for work/analysis
drafted.
* Balloon3 networking and touchscreen improvements for Emdebian
* all bugs filed against busybox 1.11.2 have been verified and fixed
upstream.

==== FAI work ====

We made FAI ready for Lenny. In that course, we fixed 1 serious, 3 important
and 16 other bugs. We also had long discussions about changelogs and quite
some fun!

==== Other relevant stuff ====

While it was hot and sunny, it wasn't as hot as it will be in July 2009 ;)
(air-conditioning is going to be *so* needed for DebConf!)

As usual when people meet keysigning party took place. (yay \o/)

30GB of DebConf7 videos (as ntsc and pal mpeg1 file formats) where uploaded,
so that DVDs can be created now.

Muchas gracias a la Junta de Extremadura for giving us this opportunity!! It
is very much appreciated!


regards,
Holger

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