Linux Kernel Contributor

Having used GNU/Linux systems for some time now, and having submitted patches to a fair number of open source projects, it is nice to finally get a patch accepted into the biggest open source project of them all, the Linux kernel. While I did submit a kernel patch to OpenWrt back in 2011, it is maintained as a rebased patchset, and was never upstreamed to Linus' tree.

That changed today though, when a small patch I (had forgotten I had) sent to the linux-media mailinglist back in October 2013, was just pulled by Linus Torvalds into his tree for the Linux 3.13-rc4 release; so I'm now proud to be able to call myself a contributor to the Linux Kernel. :-)

New packages in Debian 7.0 Wheezy

Given that Debian 7.0 Wheezy will be released in a few hours, I thought it would be a good time to take part in Michael Prokop's #newinwheezy effort to publicise the new packages that have uploaded to Debian as part of Wheezy. I have introduced two new packages to Debian for this release:

  • nyancat - nyancat is a program to display an animated poptart cat in your terminal
  • transmission-remote-cli - ncurses interface for the Transmission BitTorrent daemon

I've also have become (co-)maintainer of the following packages, updating them for this release:

  • dhex - ncurses based hex editor with diff mode
  • figlet - Make large character ASCII banners out of ordinary text
  • lcd4linux - Grabs information and displays it on an external lcd
  • libconfig - Parsing and manipulation of structured configuration files
  • wavemon - Wireless Device Monitoring Application

I hope you find them useful. Enjoy!