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Sink Or Swim: My Trouble With VirtualBox

I spent quite some time yesterday trying to build a package “just for fun” and realize that it is way over my n00b-packager head, but I do feel like I learned quite a bit in the process. I feel like it has been a bit like jumping into the deep end of the pool and figuring it out as you go. Granted I won’t die if I don’t figure it out, but you learn a lot very quickly when you’re in over your head. What I was trying to do was build a .deb for VirtualBox 1.6 that was released just a few days ago. I downloaded it to tinker with, assuming I would have to just compile the source, but I noticed it had a debian/ directory. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, so I tried building it. I wanted to outline what I tried to do (so all of the real packagers out there can correct me), but I will say that I am still stuck on getting it built in pbuilder. Read more

Thinking About Goals…

I spent some time this morning thinking about what I would like to do in the MOTU land. What projects/packages are important to me? What areas would I like to focus on? I wanted to write these down because, of course, until you write down a goal its just a wish. New Packages: I would like origami to be 100% compliant and available in Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid” I would like the EeePC to be supported / configured by way of a simple package installation. I know it is not recommended to start with new packaging when just getting started, but these are listed as some of my longer term goals for Ubuntu 8.10. Before I get to this point I hope to be of some help during the merge process and help with patches as well. I will continue to try and update daily with progress, thoughts and study. Read more