Report from the UKUUG meeting.
August 21st, 2004
Discussions at the UKUUG.
This year the UKUUG meeting was taking place in Leeds. First of all I would like to congratulate the organizers of the event because it was one of the best meetings in its kind I ever attended. I already met Jon Masters early in London and we travelled to Leeds together with Paul Sladen (which kindly gave us a place to stay the night). That evening I got the whole building system working again. It had to be re-adjusted after all the good work Nikita V. Youshchenko had done on dpkg-cross. The files are not yet released because of some minor problems which should be solved soon by Nikita and me. Already on the train we had a lot of discussions about Emdebian, with some subjects that popped up again later.
Leeds itself then. We arrived quite late in the evening and after a quick visit to the pub we went to sleep.
The next morning started quite hectic for the Emdebian team as Jon and I had our embedded and Emdebian related
talks just then. My talk should be on available soon on stag.mind.be. I was lucky to have a very interested and
attentive audience. There was one very interesting point that came up. For the moment we rely on namespace changes
to distinguish Emdebian packages from Debian ones, and we also use this to make the dependencies work. The question
was if it would not be better to keep the namespace the same, to make it easier to mix Debian with Emdebian packages,
but having a sort of flags that would indicate which optimalisations have been used, which C-library,...
This happens to be a very good idea, which we are researching now. If anybody might have ideas about the implementation please help us discuss this on the mailing list.
Another subject that was brought up was how we would do the init system. Some people believe it would be the best if we stayed with the standard Debian system. Other people believe a simplified system would be better. Again see the mailing list for discussions about the subject.
> Well I would like to thank the Debian people, the UKUUG, Jon Masters, Wookey, and a whole lot of other people I met in Leeds for the great time I had there. And of course also for the very interesting conversations.
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