Silk by Chris Karlsen
Book Review / May 16, 2015

Silk by Chris Karlsen My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is yet another win from Early Reviewers. Unfortunately, it’s a completely forgettable book. I’ve read “Silk” some time ago and waited to write this review for a while to see what I would actually remember and how I would feel about it. The story is pretty much standard murder mystery: Killer kills woman, police tries to find him with the limited means of the time, police catches murders. In between, there’s a bored guy from the landed gentry who tries to achieve eternal youth by acquiring an obscure potion, seduces every woman he meets and kills most of them because it turns him on. There’s the lonely cop with a funny name and his sidekick, their annoying boss and a bit of romance thrown in uninspiredly. The author tries to add a bit of philosophy (“Was he always like that or was it the potion? Everyone seems to have loved him! Must have been the potion” – “No, young padawan, he must have been a monster before because no elixir exists to turn someone into one.”) but fails at that as well. Honestly, find something else to read. This…

Gerrit updated to 2.11 – being in-line, changing change screens and the return of the king!
Exherbo / May 8, 2015

I’ve just finished updating Gerrit to the latest release 2.11. This gives us some amazingly cool new features to play with: In-line editing of changes! Till now, we could only edit the commit message; now we can fix typos, etc. ourselves. Let’s rule the (changeset) world! The new(er) change screen is more gorgeous than ever! (And you better like it because the old one is gone.) The Return of The King or: The Empire strikes back! Authentication using Google’s Oauth2 is supported now. When logging in, you can choose between github (the preferred supplier) or Google. (This is going to change once more this year and then hopefully never again. User accounts have been preserved now, though, and will be preserved when I’m done with the authentication changes I’m preparing.) Gerrit is now back where it belongs – in Tomcat. That makes it faster and more reliable. There’s one caveat: You mere mortals can’t generate your http passwords yourselves anymore due to security considerations. If you need this functionality, you’ll have to poke zlin or me. You can find the complete release notes for Gerrit 2.11 here.  

Great Article about Exherbo’s MultiArch is online!
Exherbo / May 7, 2015

Here’s a great article about Exherbo’s MultiArch! You’ll find it on these sites as well (please up-vote it if you like it!): – http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=4410889 – https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/357rkz/exherbo_the_first_gnulinux_distribution_to_gain/ – https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9508077 https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-7744266.html#7744266 Others will hopefully follow. I’ll update this post accordingly.

Gerrit update tomorrow
Exherbo / May 7, 2015

Just a short heads-up: I’m going to update our Gerrit installation tomorrow so please expect some downtime.