Upgrading to Ubuntu 6.06

The “To do the upgrade, edit your /etc/apt/sources.list, …”-game is over. Finally!

Michael Vogt worked very hard to make upgrading to a new release the overall pleasurable experience that Ubuntu in general is. Let’s have a look how it works.

1. Run gksu "update-manager -d" and type in your password afterwards.

2. Find out there’s a new Ubuntu release to upgrade to – click the “Upgrade” button!

3. Read the release notes and find out about all the shiny new stuff that the Ubuntu developers worked so hard on.

4. Watch the dist-upgrader do its calculations.

5. See what it presents you with.
The fancy thing about Michael’s tool is: it will resolve conflicts on its own, respect your choices about software and make sure you benefit of all the transitions that happened behind the scenes.

6. Watch the upgrade happen, do the dishes in the meantime, go shopping, etc.
Note: the planning of your activities is depending on the speed of your network connection. :-p

7. Let it remove the cruft.

8. Watch the clean up happen.

9. Restart your system.

Thank you Michael for working on this – it will make life much easier.

If you happen to be in Paris – be sure to get him a beer. ­čÖé



If you

  • know this picture too well or
  • you read “This application has quit unexpectedly.” once too often or
  • you thought of a pet name for bug-buddy, gdb or valgrind already

make sure you visit us. We’ll be fixing, triaging and examining Crashers and Segfaults and hope you’ll join us in #ubuntu-bugs on tomorrow.

Life OpenSource People

Nobody prepared me for this

Having read this (don’t have the original link) in my early OpenSource years, I never questioned it and took it for granted. You could say that it formed my views on how KDE and how GNOME developers are. However yesterday’s night showed me how far from the truth that was. Ellen Reitmayr took me to Bar25 – a lovely place to hang out all night outside or as somebody pointed out, even the whole weekend. During the whole evening, I was introduced to a lot of Berlinian or semi-Berlinian crooks, Scott Wheeler among them. It was funny that Ellen, Scott and I all had lived in Mannheim for a while, so we could annoy the surrounding people by recollections, what was in M4, G2 or whatever. We had a brilliant evening. The music was full of energy and the whole place was just nice. Rereading the first paragraphs of ‘Experimental Culture’, I can’t really say that the KDE guys are reserved, only listen to quiet classical music, etc.

This morning I feel like having drunken rum out of big mugs the whole night.

Jeff posted the original link.


Ubuntu cakes…

Ubuntu cakes are so yesterday: look here.


Laptop Love on Friday

Drum'n'Bass Life

Berlin nights

DJ Patife paid a visit to Berlin and to celebrate the looong weekend, I really wanted to go there. So I met up with Matthias and had a good time at Il Casolare – an amazing pizzeria just right at the Planufer in Kreuzberg. After being watered and fed, we brought home Murphy and went straight through the G├Ârlitzer Park to the Watergate.

Having been there before, I really looked forward to it – it’s a nice location with a very nice view on the Spree and when the big Universal logo on the other site is lit in different colours on the night, it reflects on the water – I need to take a picture of that. What expected us there was nothing that worried me; a small queue was standing there, I imagined they were all taken care of. Once it was our turn, I was asked if we were on “the list”, even now it didn’t occur to me, that this might be a problem. As we weren’t on the list, we were told that “they had a constant overplus of males” and that we couldn’t get in. – WTH? After telling him, that this has never been a problem before and there was no mention of “invited people only” on any of the announces, he didn’t change his mind. I am still upset about the fascistic attitude – “overplus of males” – a simple and friendly “sorry, we’re maxed out, try again in 1-2 hours” would have been something completely different.

YUCK on Watergate! I can’t imagine going there again anytime soon.

After that we went to the Sofia (Wrangelstra├če) – a tiny bar, which always looked kind of nice from the outside. It was a strange atmosphere, as the music was weird rock music with crackpot German texts. But as I calmed down a bit, I enjoyed it there. We were chatting for quite a long time and a cute pair of girls was having Tequilla the whole time at the next table. They started snogging animatedly and after some time – I really didn’t want to intrude on their privacy, I just couldn’t help but listen – one of those girls tried to explain in quite an intellectual way, why they couldn’t go home together. That was just so sad to watch. I hope those guys have the change to make it up again. All in all, it was a nice evening – even if I anticipated something quite different.

Drum'n'Bass Life

Samba de Futebol

It was just unfair: after looking forward to a show of Brazilian Drum’n’Bass DJs, I was tortured by the head ache of Doom on Friday. Matthias ‘doko’ Klose insisted on going out for something to eat and have a drink – it was a good idea. The food at the Greek place (somewhere around Bergmanstra├če) was very good and the Cocktail bar was crowded by 16 year old (at least it seemed so), but it was fun.

So I brought home Murphy at 0:30 – I felt like partying and the head ache was nearly gone. I went to SO 36. I instantly liked the place and the music was simply brilliant. The DJ and MC were from Brazil and had brought a huge lot of Brazilian people with them, who were dancing and singing like mad – the atmosphere was great. A good way to measure this was the amount of people who were not dancing, but staring at the (historic) soccer scenes, which were projected at the wall: nearly nobody. ­čÖé

A personal highlight of the evening was, when the DJ played

Both records seem to be out of stock wherever I look. If you happen to have one of them in good condition (Vinyl) and what to do do something good to me, grew bored of the record or need the money, please let me know.



On Jani Monoses’ last visit to Berlin he saw an old 350 Mhz, 160 MB RAM box in the corner of a room. It was my old router, which I didn’t need anymore and always watched out for a purpose to use it again. I didn’t know that the instruction already existed, but I roughly did the same. It didn’t take long and I was impressed:

  • It looked nice
  • It was snappy, even on this old box
  • the choice of default applications was a good start

Daniel T. Chen and Jani Monoses did awesome work in putting the bits and pieces together and shape the Xfce Ubuntu flavour.

If you have an old box standing around, an old computer you use just to rest your feet on or know of a youth club with old computers who still run Windows98 – use Xubuntu. I see this as a big chance for development countries without brand-new spanking hardware as well.

The Xubuntu team needs your help.

  • Testers are welcome.
  • New Artwork is needed
  • Documentation is needed
  • People to join the community and discuss where to go with Xfce will emerge
  • Bugs have to be fixed
  • New apps to be added
  • The spec to be improved and all the TODO items on it cleared
  • Jane Weideman would like to add that cake bakers are needed

There’s a Xubuntu Meeting at 14:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting

As you can see there is enough to be done and with Daniel T. Chen and Jani Monoses you have the chance to work with two very nice guys, who have the best for Xubuntu at heart.

Thanks for your efforts and Long Live Xubuntu!


Ubuntu vserver and the domain… finally

I always wanted to register the domain and now it’s there. Finally. I’m so glad nobody in Switzerland had the crazy idea to register it.

Stefan Himpich, an old friend of mine suggested to talk to the guys at, a company where he had worked for quite a while. I mailed them and they made me a remarkable offer, were absolutely friendly and helpful. They even installed Ubuntu Breezy on the box and I’m delighted, everything just works now. Thank you very much, guys – you ROCK!



Everybody knew that mdz and jdub were a good team in the open source world. But this is *just* cool: