Archive for June, 2005

27
Jun
05

Switching to git

I’ve finally created git repositories for vesafb-tng and fbsplash (I was using BitKeeper before it became non-free). So far everything seems to be working smoothly. I’m quite happy that once again I’ll be able to do a simple cg-update instead of manually unpacking, patching and diffing two kernel trees. Git appears to be a little slower than BK, but it should still be a huge time-saver for me.

Moving the repos to git also means that theoretically they could now be made publicly accessible, should anyone need access to the latest code. Unfortunately, due to some rather annoying limits my ISP is imposing on my net connection, this will most likely remain a purely theoretical possibility.

During the preparations for the migration I was searching for some documents describing the new git SCM. I read a few HOW-TOs on the lkml, but it turns out that the best doc is the Cogito README. If you want to start your own repo, you might just as well skip the HOW-TOs and go straight to the README.

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27
Jun
05

Back from London

I’ve been back home for the last few days, but I also have been too busy/lazy to blog about the trip. But finally, here it is.

My visit to this strange place called London (where people drive on the left side of the road and you need “look right/left” marks on the pedestrian crossings, and where you get to see and meet people of tens of different nationalities, speaking dozens of languages) despite being quite short, has been very enjoyable and fruitful.

Participating in a Gentoo dev/user meeting and meeting in real life some of the people I had so far only known from the IRC was a lot of fun, as was my visit to the Science Museum and particularly to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy exhibition (it’s always fun to see something related to h2g2 :)).

My trip to London wasn’t a purely touristic one, so in addition to the usual sightseeing and meeting different people I also got to do some real coding and debugging. The results are not bad — more than ten patches for various fb-related applications and libraries, including fixes for vesafb-tng, fbsplash and splashutils. I also got a chance to test vesafb-tng on a dual processor SMP-enabled machine. To my own surprise, it worked. And it worked perfectly. Despite my best attempts I was unable to crash the machine and reproduce any of the bugs that were reported by some people in the past. Well, I guess that for now vesafb-tng will be left ‘half-working’ on SMP.