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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012

Keep an eye on Debian CUT

If the notion of a Constantly Usable Testing version of Debian is something you might be interested in, keep an eye on the project's web site, http://cut.debian.net.

Read the Original Manifesto to get up to speed. And follow the mailing list.

It was news to me that there is actually something there -- monthly Testing snapshots and even nightly builds.

I don't know yet how I feel about CUT. I've run Testing before, generally right around the freeze before the next stable release, and for the most part I haven't suffered from too much breakage. CUT aims to deal with that very problem.

The biggest problem I've had has been upgrading an existing Stable installation to Testing. I've had more trouble than not, and I recommend either installing Testing from scratch, or waiting for the official Debian release notes for a new Stable release.

Anything that gets more people using Debian is a good thing. If you've read this blog even a little, you realize that most of the entries consist of me telling why my Stable/Backports/Selected Outside Repos setup works for me.