Hello Planet Debian!

Hello everyone, this is (not actually) my first post to the Planet Debian. There was some older posts I filed under this category, sorry. My name is Aron Xu, and I’ve just passed my NM process so I’m now a Debian Developer who has his shiny new account to work on more Debian stuff. During […]

Things to do before becoming a Debian Maintainer

Today I received a mail asking me to give him some advice on how to become a Debian Maintainer and Debian Developer, I am glad to hear more people getting interested on joining Debian, :-) The 1st thing to keep in mind is that, involving Debian’s development is easy, but becoming something _official_ requires a […]

Linux input method framework brief summary

I am trying to keep this article concise for you to make you have an outline of current condition of Linux (and maybe other platforms like BSDs) input methods. It’s coverage is mostly CJK languages, but I think other languages that use input method would be sure to find there examples in this article. We […]

VM disk performance on btrfs partition

Recently I read Alexandre Rosenfeld’s blog post about low performance of btrfs while placing VM’s disk on it, so I had a try and got almost the same result. I tried to have someone look into the problem, and now get the answer, quoting Bastian Blank : This is a result of the filesystem design, […]

Sending files from initramfs busybox

I have to say busybox is so cool! Today I did an installation of Debian Squeeze using daily netinst ISO image in an i686 qemu-kvm virtual machine. I was using ext4 for /boot, and btrfs for /. The installation process was quite normal as expected. After the installation I rebooted the virtual machine. Grub2 loaded […]

Convert man page to PDF

It’s fairly easy: $ man -t bash | ps2pdf – bash.pdf “man -t” uses groff -mandoc to format the manual page to stdout. “ps2pdf – bash.pdf” means the input is from stdin and output to bash.pdf. We use a simple pipe to join the stdout of “man” and stdin of “ps2pdf”. That’s it!

Work around of file name problem while unzip handling CJK encodings

Unzip 5.x has an option -O to specific the encoding of file names in an ZIP archive, but when 6.0 is arriving with unicode support, that option disappeared as well. CJK users need special cares on support and conversion of obsolete encoding while they are switching to utf-8. Here is my workaround about this problem, […]

My way of choosing email programs

This is just another article about how to get your emails managed in a graceful way. Here is my former way of dealing with them: I choose Gmail as my primary email service provider, and use the online Gmail web page for managing most of the emails – view and move to trash. As for […]

Covert GBK/BIG5 encoded ID3 tag to UTF8

For Chinese Linux users, we may meet many mp3 files with GBK/BIG5 encoded ID3 tags, which are very time consuming to change them to UTF8 one by one. Before using the following solution, please confirm that you won’t use media players on Windows that cannot handle UTF8 encoded ID3 tags correctly, and you won’t use […]

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