Back in Business

A burned video, a zapped hard drive and a corrupt RAM module later , I have now, finally, got my system running again (and no, my computer was not struck by a lightning).

For the fans of my Emacs package, I just uploaded a new release, and I will continue to provide weekly releases. Unfortunately, it seems, due to a licensing issue, Romain Francoise orphaned emacs-snapshot and its related packages. Therefore, this means I will have to work harder and fix packaging bugs myself, instead of relying on his bug fixes.

A week before I lost my system, I had promised a special Python quiz, in the issue #31 of Ubuntu Weekly News. I have not forgotten my promise. So if you’re one of the lovers my twisted Ubuntu quizzes, get ready for an awesome quiz. Date and time, when the quiz will be held, will be announced, as usual, in the #ubuntu-trivia channel on FreeNode.

On the final note, I would like to mention that will start posting more frequently on my blog. My current roadmap includes some cool tips-and-tricks, fun script recipes, more stuff about Ubuntu. So, stay tuned!

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  1. intrigeri said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 6:43 am

    Romain Françoise actually announced yesterday he would now maintain his emacs-snapshot packages outside of Debian.

  2. dNgpNg said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    Hi, Alex! After upgrading, my emacs cannot apply color-theme correctly.

    The (color-theme-dark-laptop) in ~/.emacs seems not working, while I can use M-x color-theme-dark-laptop to select the theme I want after emacs starts.

  3. Alexandre said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 6:02 pm

    I just tested it, and it worked fine. dNgpNg, which version of Ubuntu are you using? Also, tell me which version of color-theme.el, do you use — the one supplied by the package emacs-goodies-el, or another version you installed yourself?

  4. dNgpNg said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    I’m now using Feisty(beta) and the color-theme.el is installed from the official repository (package name: emacs-goodies-el).

  5. Alexandre said,

    April 7, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    dNgpNg, try to run this from the command line:

    emacs-snapshot-gtk -q --eval "(require 'color-theme)" \
      --eval "(color-theme-dark-laptop)"

    If it works, then there is a problem with your configuration.

  6. dNgpNg said,

    April 8, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.

  7. dNgpNg said,

    April 12, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Hello, I tested both emacs21 and emacs-snapshot with a very simple ~/.emacs which contains only

    (require 'color-theme)

    Then emacs21 can apply the correct color theme while emacs-snapshot just wrongly uses some weird color theme I’m not expecting, as before.

    Any hint to trace the problem?

  8. Alexandre said,

    April 12, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    Sorry, dNgpNg, I am clueless since I can’t reproduce it at all. I could send you the previous release sources to build it, if you like. So, you could use it temporarily, until I find the problem.

  9. dNgpNg said,

    April 23, 2007 @ 3:27 am

    Sorry for this late reply cause i was a little bit busy recently. I don’t know if you have found a solution or not, but after today’s upgrade, the problem has just gone away, thanks!

  10. Alexandre said,

    April 23, 2007 @ 7:36 am

    I don’t know if you have found a solution or not, but after today’s upgrade, the problem has just gone away, thanks!

    I am glad to hear that. However, I didn’t fix the problem myself — it’s an upstream fix.