The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón My rating: 5 of 5 stars ““Is it true you haven’t read any of these books?” “Books are boring.” “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you,” answered Julián.“ “The Shadow of the Wind” is one of those books that leave me deeply satisfied and in tears. It’s a sweeping epic about Daniel Sempere, a bookseller’s son, who – by accident or pre...

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Because the lake’s been lowered by drought, the farthest-reaching branches scrape the bottoms of the canoes, sounding like fingernails trying to scratch their way out of a coffin.” Wow, this was an unexpected pleasure! Coming from the background of having read too many difficult books lately, I chose this book because it sounded like an easy, light who-dun-it with an interesting p...

Wilder Girls by Rory Power My rating: 1 of 5 stars “Why me?!”, I asked my wife, “Why do I always have to choose the worst books?!” – with the prettiest covers, I might add. Because this book is a classic example why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – which, in this case, is beautiful whereas the contents read like they’ve partly been ripped out of the script to some mediocre horror b-movie and partly been born out of th...

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks My rating: 4 of 5 stars “As these images were going through my head, my breathing suddenly went still. I looked at Jamie, then up to the ceiling and around the room, doing my best to keep my composure, then back to Jamie again. She smiled at me and I smiled at her and all I could do was wonder how I’d ever fallen in love with a girl like Jamie Sullivan.” The story is as simple as it gets: Boy (Landon) m...

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta My rating: 1 of 5 stars Let’s face it – I’m not going to finish this weird book. I’m totally confused: I pretty much loved Marchetta’s earlier novel “Saving Francesca”. It was one of the best books I’ve read 2019 so far. Thus, I expected to love “The Piper’s Son” as well but I never got into this book. Somehow, the entire book with its plethora of characters and jumps in time...

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett My rating: 4 of 5 stars “– ‘What’s that?’ ‘A book. I borrowed it.’ – ‘Dead, I suppose.’ ‘Who?’ – ‘The Beaton fellow.’ ‘Oh yes. Everybody’s dead.’ – ‘Good show, though.’ And he went off to bed glumly singing ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning’ as the Queen opened her book.” In this short novella, the Queen herself stumbles upon a travelling library and, ...

Enchanters’ End Game by David Eddings My rating: 1 of 5 stars Finally. I’m done with “The Belgariad”. For life. And I’m so happy about it. This epic fantasy adventure started out well with “Pawn of Prophecy”, went slightly downhill in “Queen of Sorcery” due to all the travelling, went straight into a wall when “Magician’s Gambit” turned out to be a lame duck, recovered somewhat during “Castle of Wizardry” and, ...

Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings My rating: 4 of 5 stars Finally, we’re (mostly) back on track: Garion gets to know his place in the big picture, Ce’Nedra finally becomes a character and not some one-dimensional caricature and Belgarath shows some human feelings. Whenever we’re not witnessing our heroes travelling but get to know them in their “natural habitat”, things get really interesting. I’m certainly never going to recommend ...

Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings My rating: 2 of 5 stars ““We all have our little shortcomings,” Silk admitted blandly.” This is yet more of the same I’ve read so far in the Belgariad. We’re still travelling, we’re still seeing some fights the result of which is crystal clear from the outset and it’s becoming stale and bland. There’s some character development finally but mostly everyone still feels like an arche...

Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Don’t think about it, dear,” Aunt Pol said quietly as they left the village and rode south along the highway. “It’s nothing to worry about. I’ll explain it all later.” This second instalment of “The Belgariad” had a lot of dialogue like the above. Our young hero, Garion, is still on the road, travelling south in pursuit of the thief of...

Version bump to systemd-43 / Move to /usr
Exherbo / February 19, 2012

(This is the same as the news item but I want this to get maximum exposure.) Read ALL of this, it’s important to everyone using systemd. Up to systemd[=42] we installed boot-critical components to / and others to /usr. This split was causing issues with respect to tmpfiles, intrinsic dependencies and dependencies on stuff on /usr. systemd[=43] finally removes this split and installs everything but udev and pam stuff to /usr. This ...

Multilib migration after The Great Merge (optional)
Exherbo / January 5, 2012

Disclaimer: The entire migration procedure as described below is completely optional. If you don’t need or want multilib/multibuild/multiple C targets support, you can ignore this email. We won’t force anyone to use it. I’m only going to use it on my desktop myself. 🙂   We’ve now merged all multilib branches into master (this will go down into history books as “The Great Merge”!). Thus, we don...

Exherbo – my goals for the remainder of 2011 & 2012
Exherbo / October 1, 2011

(Disclaimer: The following is just my personal opinion and what *I* want to achieve for Exherbo. It’s fairly likely not everyone will agree with everything I’m going to state. 🙂 ) We’ve come a long way with Exherbo since we started: – We have a pretty much complete set of packages to use Exherbo on desktop, notebook and server systems. – With exheres-0, we have a very powerful and useful EAPI. – We...

You all suck at working on patches, my fellow Exherbo devs!
Exherbo / March 26, 2011

I originally posted this in 2011. Unfortunately, hardly any significantly changed since then. I decided to add !pd statistics this time, though: Philantrop: 557 sepek: 271 ar: 207 keruspe: 180 SardemFF7: 105 zlin: 98 compnerd: 94 sepek_: 88 SuperHeron: 67 heirecka: 53 moben: 43 mrothe: 37 woutershep: 33 pipping: 33 Bruners: 33 virkony: 30 arnej: 27 nicoo: 24 tgurr: 22 freeedrich|: 22     What really annoys me lately is the unw...

HowTo: systemd on Exherbo
Exherbo / October 18, 2010

This comes up all too often, so here’s a HowTo for systemd on Exherbo: You have to run a Linux kernel >=2.6.39. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. You should run a Linux kernel >=3.8. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. Kernel options for systemd: cf. systemd’s README, here’s an excerpt: CONFIG_DEVTMPFS CONFIG_CGROUPS (it’s OK to disable a...

systemd and the Linux kernel
Exherbo / September 13, 2010

This comes up all too often, so here’s a HowTo for systemd on Exherbo: You have to run a Linux kernel >=2.6.39. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. You should run a Linux kernel >=3.0. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. Kernel options for systemd: In your kernel config, enable autofs4, devtmpfs and cgroups. Do not enable autofs3. Here’s what ...

systemd in Exherbo – what’s happened so far…
Exherbo / September 12, 2010

It has been quite a while since I last wrote something about my work on systemd in Exherbo, so here’s an update: What has been accomplished so far: The Exherbo patches are done. Do NOT try to submit them upstream yet, though. I’ll take care of that when the time is ripe. Lots of services are done. You can boot and run most systems using systemd now. I’ve built new amd64 and x86 stages without any init system so you can...

systemd in Exherbo – Rules of Engagement
Exherbo / June 9, 2010

As you may have noticed, I’ve recently added systemd to ::philantrop for use in Exherbo. I’m writing this to warn you that I will break systemd (and consequently your boot process) until further notice recklessly, repeatedly and without prior warning to anyone make clear what I intend to do with systemd in Exherbo make a plan for myself. What I want to do first is get a feeling for systemd and see if it might have the potent...

Exherbo – what we’re good at, what we should improve
Exherbo / April 17, 2010

Exherbo has developed nicely since we went public about it two years ago and even though we haven’t yet accomplished all of our major goals yet, I think we’re doing well. In this post, I’d like to comment on a few things that we’ve accomplished, some we’re still working on and some which we yet have to deal with. This is, of course, just my personal point of view and not necessarily shared by any other Exhe...

Gentoo packs it up – joins Exherbo
Exherbo / April 1, 2010

In an unexpected move, the Gentoo trustees have contacted us, Exherbo, recently with a suggestion. Disappointed with the intense internal quarreling among Gentoo developers (which Gentoo has been famous for anyway), the general inability of the current Gentoo council to provide the necessary vision and strategic governance for Gentoo as a whole as well as the lack of implementation of newer EAPIs in Portage, the trustees deemed it neces...