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5 Marketer types in Open Source world

An interesting post I found @ Ubuntu Planet today,

There are five broad types of marketer in the open source world:

Town criers: shout loudly but not always clearly, don’t listen, make a big noise but actually only reach a tiny number of people.
Frustrated philosophers: so interested in the academic niceties of marketing that they mostly fail to communicate with anyone.
Secondary practitioners: they fell into marketing-like practices by doing something else and probably wouldn’t think of what they do as marketing.
Professional visitors: one of the small but growing group of professional marketers employed by open source software companies, for whom open source is just another job. Further divided into those that engage with the community and those that don’t.
The people that get it: they know the difference between free software and open source, they’re a part of the community and they know marketing.

I think I'm in Se…

Accessing SVN https repository through proxy

the title says it all .. I was trying to enter an SVN repository from within UTP .. but that requires proxy ... exporting http_proxy and https_proxy doesnt give any results ... so I googled for a while .. however, it seems like not many people having the same problem as me and trying to find a quick guide took some time .. and then I found this page from apache's website

Problem solved .. yay~!

The Subversion client can go through a proxy, if you configure it to do so. First, edit your "servers" configuration file to indicate which proxy to use. The files location depends on your operating system. On Linux or Unix it is located in the directory "~/.subversion". On Windows it is in "%APPDATA%\Subversion". (Try "echo %APPDATA%", note this is a hidden directory.)

There are comments in the file explaining what to do. If you don't have that file, get the latest Subversion client and run any comm…

Entering UTPchat Through Tor

Since's box have broken, there has been lots of ppl who pm'ed me asking on how to enter UTPchat from outside the LAN .. I have tried to find volunteers to host a replacement servers but none of them willing sacrifice their home pc .. So, I decided to create a tor hidden service for Togakure server


The current Tor hidden service address for UTPchat is wubkdspcbpabqjmb.onion

If your IRC client can handle socks5 with remote dns, you can just connect to the .onion address directly. Otherwise, use Tor's "mapaddress" feature to fake it. (We do not recommend that you use Privoxy with irssi. It's unnecessary. Just use the 'mapaddress' approach and torify irssi to start it up.) Add a line to your torrc, as in this example:

mapaddress wubkdspcbpabqjmb.onion

Be sure to HUP (reload) Tor if you change your torrc. After you've made the change, just connect your torified IRC client to the IP you spec…

Fedora 7 schedule delayed

One of the big Features of Fedora 7 is a merged core and extras. In order to
accomplish this, we need some improvements to the buildsystem currently used
by Fedora Extras. We need these improvements done or mostly done by the
Feature Freeze of Fedora 7, which was originally set to be the 20th of
February, 4 days from now. It is very clear that these changes will not be
ready by then.

To accomplish these changes (and others) in time for the Feature Freeze, we
have added another month to the schedule, introducing a Test 4, and moving
the Feature Freeze as well as String Freeze up to Test 3 freeze, March 19.

This moves the general availability date from April 26 to May 24.

For further discussion on this topic, please use the fedora-maintainers list,
which I am attempting to set reply-to.

For reference:

Jesse Keating
Release Engineer: Fedora

If its for stability , …

yum-keep-retry plugin

This is my first try to write something useful using python .. so, please tell me if something not right with this plugin ..

This plugin add a retry download functionality to yum when download errors happen. Those that got a fast and stable internet seldom get download timeout/checksum/no more mirrors error, but theres a lot of ppl in 3rd world n developing countries have slow/unstable internet and timeouts sometimes occurs too frequently. I wrote this plugin to make yum retry downloading for a few more times before die.

JDK 6 RPM messed up with zip mimetype

I installed JDK 6 RPM from Sun's Java SE download page for my Object Oriented Programming course. After installation, I was annoyed by all of my zipfiles and files that uses zip format to be identified as x-java-archive. This change created an annoying "Warning wrong filetype" when opening files that uses zip format but uses different extension - like ODF files. And when I select those files, their icons also changed to java-archive icons.

Being greatly annoyed, I started hunting down the mime-type definition. First, I tried to find the definition by grepping x-java-archive from the jdk rpm
# rpm -ql jdk|grep x-java-archive|grep -v icons
/usr/java/jdk1.6.0/jre/lib/desktop/mime/packages/x-java-archive.xmlBingo!. Found it.

I fired up vi and edited the definition file and commented out the <magic> tag
<!-- <magic priority="85">
<match type="string" value="PK\003\004" offset="0">
match type="host16"…

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy chinese new year to all chinese visitors of this blog~~

Geany : A multi-language, fast and lightweight IDE using GTK2

I noticed a package in Fedora Extras called Geany while shopping through packages using synaptic .. The description says
A fast and lightweight IDE using GTK2
Currently I'm using Anjuta for my assignments and course C/C++ work, but to me, Anjuta is too much for my simple day-to-day programming - which sometimes I just do it on Gedit or Vi - , so I decided to give Geany a try.

At first, I expected it to be a lightweight C/C++ IDE , but to my surprise after launching it, it support lots of languages~!!!!!. C/C++, Java, PHP, Bash Scripting, Python, Ruby, Perl, etc etc. And it does not only support syntax highlighting, but also a basic code completion, a basic class browser, some other simple tools , and best of all, compiling/executing the programs written despite the various languages it supports. Geany select the compilers/interpreters automatically and use it when you click the compile/execute button

The UI is easy enough for use, simple, and effective. It does not have all those a…

HOWTO: Setting up SVN and DAV in Fedora6

This Howto is based on a similar howto for FC4 by Ferdy Christant HERE

I've been trying to set-up a SVN repository for my university's usergroup to get some kickstart in Opensource development among my batch and friends, and UTP as a whole. With some googling, I managed to find some good guides in helping me to set-up up. (to newbies, just for your information, I'm using root user throughout this guide)

Step 1 : Getting the packages

To set up the repo, you'll need subversion, apache and mod_dav_svn.
yum install subversion mod_dav_svn httpd

Step 2 : Preparing the SVN repository root

After getting the required packages, set up a place for storing the SVN repos in a suitable place. In this howto, lets assume we store it in /var/svn/.
mkdir /var/svn/
mkdir /var/svn/permissions/ #where the permission settings will be stored
mkdir /var/svn/repos/ #where the repos will be stored
mkdir /var/svn/users/ #where the user htpasswd will be stored

We'll need to give apache access to th…