On the road again

Debconf is over. Boo. :(

Like those I've attended in the past, Debconf9 was well organized with plenty of interesting talks, in a great venue. I had loads of fun, learned a ton, and even managed to get a bit done. Many thanks to the organization team, the local team, the speakers, and the sponsors.

This year I managed to sneak an extra couple of days post-conference which will be spent in the general vicinity of Madrid. I'm going to continue dumping my camera daily so tune into my flickr stream if your interested.

Cassandra 0.3.0 for Debian

As announced here, I put a Debian package together for Cassandra 0.3.0.

I don't have any (immediate )plans to upload a Cassandra package to the Debian archive, (this package isn't even policy compliant), so consider this unofficial and report any packaging bugs directly to me.

deb http://people.apache.org/~eevans/debian cassandra/
deb-src http://people.apache.org/~eevans/debian cassandra/

Enjoy.

Debconf9: Day trip

Yesterday was the Day Trip at Debconf, an opportunity for folks to step away from their computers (usually), and leave the venue (always) for some sort of group activity or tourism.

When the organizers first started talking about this years Day Trip there were two candidates, Valle del Jerte and Teatro romano de Merida, or "Roman theater of Merida". I'm kind of a history junkie and generally get pretty excited at the idea of touring ruins so I was heartbroken when Merida lost out. The closer it got to the scheduled day the lower my enthusiasm sank, until eventually I just opted out entirely. The obvious by-product of skipping the Day Trip though was a need to find something else to do, and the obvious choice seemed like a trip to Merida. Michael was pretty keen on the idea too.

The entire thing was thrown together very last minute (we barely made it to the bus station), but luckily there was enough time to spot a generous offer via IRC from itais (a Merida local) for transportation from the bus stop to the theater.

As promised, itais was waiting for us at the bus station and took us on a quick tour to see, among other things, a Roman acquaduct and The Arch of Trajan. He then dropped us off in front of the theater with a recommendation for a place to eat.

After an awesome meal we walked the ruins for a couple of hours, tracked down The Temple of Diana, and then settled into the main square for a couple of beers before catching a cab back to the bus station.

Much fun.

A few of the pictures I took can be seen here, and I'll get the rest up eventually.

Cassandra 0.3.0

The Apache Cassandra team has managed the release of 0.3.0, its very first.

It took a lot longer than I had hoped to get a release in the can, (almost a month from the approval of the last release candidate). Part of this was a lack of familiarity with ASF's processes, but part of it was poor or incomplete documentation, or lack of consensus about what is required. In the end, it boiled down to a combination of carefully studying what other poddlings had done, and a few iterations of trial-and-error.

I'm confident that this will all go much smoother for 0.4.0, (which is progressing nicely, and should be ready Real Soon Now).

Debconf9

Going to Debconf9

A week from today and I'll be headed to Spain for Debconf9. Can't wait!

NP: Worlds Collide, Apocalyptica

Transitioning My GPG Key

A few months ago a group of researchers announced a fairly serious attack that shattered everyone's faith in SHA-1. It has frightening implications for anyone who relies on cryptographic signatures, and while consensus is that there is little danger in the near-term, most people agree that now is the time to start a move to something stronger.

So, I've begun my transition, (document here), and submitted my new key for the Debconf9 signing party later this month. I intentionally left out any mention of a time-line in the transition doc, and I'm in no big hurry. I'll retire the old key once I have enough signatures, or once there is evidence of a real threat, whichever comes first.