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Jaldhar Vyas: Sal Mubarak 2071

Planet Debian - 8 hours 24 min ago

Wishing all of you a happy Gujarati New Year (Vikram Samvat 2071 called Parabhava.)

May Lakshmi Mata protect you and your loved ones from poverty, misfortune, and systemd in the upcoming year.

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Bálint Réczey: XBMC (from Debian) running on MIPS CI20 dev board

Planet Debian - 11 hours 58 min ago

Imagination Tech kindly offered many developers (including me) a CI20 development board which let me play with XBMC on it a bit and patching it alive. The OpenGL GUI works smoothly, but video can’t be played due to crashes in FFmpeg/Libav/libva (I’ll submit the bug reports soon.).
The patches needed  are sent to upstream and the latest Debian package already ships them.

Big part of the credits go to Cory Fields who created the first MIPS patches I found and updated for latest XBMC code. Thanks!

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Daniel Pocock: Positive results from Outreach Program for Women

Planet Debian - 12 hours 42 min ago

In 2013, Debian participated in both rounds of the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (OPW). The first round was run in conjunction with GSoC and the second round was a standalone program.

The publicity around these programs and the strength of the Google and Debian brands attracted a range of female candidates, many of whom were shortlisted by mentors after passing their coding tests and satisfying us that they had the capability to complete a project successfully. As there are only a limited number of places for GSoC and limited funding for OPW, only a subset of these capable candidates were actually selected. The second round of OPW, for example, was only able to select two women.

Google to the rescue

Many of the women applying for the second round of OPW in 2013 were also students eligible for GSoC 2014. Debian was lucky to have over twenty places funded for GSoC 2014 and those women who had started preparing project plans for OPW and getting to know the Debian community were in a strong position to be considered for GSoC.

Chandrika Parimoo, who applied to Debian for the first round of OPW in 2013, was selected by the Ganglia project for one of five GSoC slots. Chandrika made contributions to PyNag and the ganglia-nagios-bridge.

Juliana Louback, who applied to Debian during the second round of OPW in 2013, was selected for one of Debian's GSoC 2014 slots working on the Debian WebRTC portal. The portal is built using JSCommunicator, a generic HTML5 softphone designed to be integrated in other web sites, portal frameworks and CMS systems.

Juliana has been particularly enthusiastic with her work and after completing the core requirements of her project, I suggested she explore just what is involved in embedding JSCommunicator into another open source application. By co-incidence, the xTuple development team had decided to dedicate the month of August to open source engagement, running a program called haxTuple. Juliana had originally applied to OPW with an interest in financial software and so this appeared to be a great opportunity for her to broaden her experience and engagement with the open source community.

Despite having no prior experience with ERP/CRM software, Juliana set about developing a plugin/extension for the new xTuple web frontend. She has published the extension in Github and written a detailed blog about her experience with the xTuple extension API.

Participation in DebConf14

Juliana attended DebConf14 in Portland and gave a presentation of her work on the Debian RTC portal. Many more people were able to try the portal for the first time thanks to her participation in DebConf. The video of the GSoC students at DebConf14 is available here.

Continuing with open source beyond GSoC

Although GSoC finished in August, xTuple invited Juliana and I to attend their annual xTupleCon in Norfolk, Virginia. Google went the extra mile and helped Juliana to get there and she gave a live demonstration of the xTuple extension she had created. This effort has simultaneously raised the profile of Debian, open source and open standards (SIP and WebRTC) in front of a wider audience of professional developers and business users.

It started with OPW

The key point to emphasize is that Juliana's work in GSoC was actually made possible by Debian's decision to participate in and promote Outreach Program for Women in 2013.

I've previously attended DebConf myself to help more developers become familiar with free and open RTC technology. I wasn't able to get there this year but thanks to the way GSoC and OPW are expanding our community, Juliana was there to help out.

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Mediacurrent: Culture, Code and Karaoke

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 22:00

What is “culture” and why do we take so much time trying to define it? Is it really important or just another buzzword? This past weekend, we were afforded the opportunity to have a company retreat, that went the distance in proving that culture is something that can’t be bought and paid for, it’s something unique to us and our success really does hinge on its influence. Our people, our relationships, our “culture” is what makes Mediacurrent, Mediacurrent. 

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Richard Hartmann: Release Critical Bug report for Week 43

Planet Debian - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 21:52

Just a friendly reminder: If your package is not in unstable (and reasonably bug free) by Sunday, it's not in Jessie.

I am not doing full stats as I am unsure about the diff format at the moment, but in week 43, we had 284 bugs for Squeeze and 468 for Wheezy.

(282 + 468) / 2 = 376; so we are a bit better off than on average. Still, here's to hoping this freeze will be shorter.

The UDD bugs interface currently knows about the following release critical bugs:

  • In Total: 1193
    • Affecting Jessie: 319 That's the number we need to get down to zero before the release. They can be split in two big categories:
      • Affecting Jessie and unstable: 240 Those need someone to find a fix, or to finish the work to upload a fix to unstable:
        • 20 bugs are tagged 'patch'. Please help by reviewing the patches, and (if you are a DD) by uploading them.
        • 22 bugs are marked as done, but still affect unstable. This can happen due to missing builds on some architectures, for example. Help investigate!
        • 198 bugs are neither tagged patch, nor marked done. Help make a first step towards resolution!
      • Affecting Jessie only: 79 Those are already fixed in unstable, but the fix still needs to migrate to Jessie. You can help by submitting unblock requests for fixed packages, by investigating why packages do not migrate, or by reviewing submitted unblock requests.
        • 0 bugs are in packages that are unblocked by the release team.
        • 79 bugs are in packages that are not unblocked.
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Ingo Juergensmann: Bind9 vs. PowerDNS

Planet Debian - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 21:20

Currently I'm playing around with DNSSEC. The handling of DNSSEC seems a little bit complex to me when looking at my current Bind9 setup. I was following the Debian Wiki page on DNSSEC and related links. The linked howto on HowToForge is a little bit outdated as it targeted to Squeeze. I've learned in the meanwhile that Bind9 can do key renewal on its own, but anyway, I did look around if there other nameservers that can handle DNSSEC and came across PowerDNS, which seems to power a large number of european DNSSEC zones.

Whereas Bind9 is well-known, well documented and serving my zones well for years. But I got the impression that DNSSEC is a more or less a mess with Bind9 as it was added on top of it without being well integrated. On the contrary, DNSSEC support is built into PowerDNS as if it was well integrated from scratch on a design level. But on the other hand there doesn't seem much ressources available on the net about PowerDNS. There's the official documentation, of course, but this is not as good as the Bind9 documentation. On the plus side you can operate PowerDNS in Bind mode, i.e. using the Bind9 configuration and zone files, even in hybrid-mode that enables you to additionally run a database-based setup.

So, I'm somewhat undecided about how to proceed. Either stay with Bind9 and DNSSEC, completely migrate to PowerDNS and a database setup or use PowerDNS with bind backend? Feel free to comment or respond by your own blog post about your experience. :-)

Kategorie: DebianTags: DNSDebianInternetSoftware 
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Acquia: Learning from hackers a week after the Drupal SQL Injection announcement

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 20:43

Since October 15th, hackers have been busy coming up with creative ways to exploit the SQL Injection in Drupal 7 sites revealed by SA-CORE-2014-005. A week has already passed, and attacks are still ongoing. In a previous post, Moshe Weitzman explained how we were able to protect our customers' sites the moment the vulnerability was announced.

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Zero to Drupal: Headless Drupal & AngularJS Hackathon (Recap)

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 19:07

Last night I had the privilege of walking us through our first interactive Drupal meetup here in St. Louis. I'll be honest, I didn't have time to fully plan the night out like I had hoped but everything actually turned out great and it was one of the most fun I've had at a meetup in a while.

Security Release

First up, we discussed the recent security release for Drupal 7. Thankfully, everyone in the room was aware of the release and had taken action to patch their sites. Beaven Rudge wrote a great article discussing how important it is to take action against any public Drupal 7 site you've got up. I highly recommend reading through the info-graphic that he posted.

Digging in - The Fun Part

Our goal for the evening was to build two applications for our faux pizza company "Dangulo's" (special credit goes to Jeff Geerling for the name). The first would use Drupal as a backend admin and data api. It would also be used to manage ingredient inventory and process orders. The second would be a separate AngularJS application that would serve a fairly dynamic form that customers would use to order our world-famous pie.

Before we dove in, we had to give an impromptu (and hopefully coherent) walkthrough of how AngularJS works and why we would chose to use it in this case. It's important to note that nearly any front-end framework could have been used for the customer-facing app. However, lately a good portion of my time has been spent with AngularJS so that's the route we chose for this project.

Once we had a good understanding of our architecture and how everything needed to be structured, we moved to the Drupal side. For this project, we decided to go with the beta2 version of Drupal 8. Thankfully, most in the room didn't have much trouble getting D8 up and running.

Drupal Configuration

Within our Drupal app, we needed to:

  • Create a Toppings vocabulary with:
    • Title - the name of the topping
    • In Stock (boolean) - Whether the topping was in stock
  • Create an Orders content type with the following fields:
    • Name (text) - The name of the customer
    • Quantity (number) - The number of pizzas being ordered
    • Toppings (taxonomy term reference) - Referencing Toppings
  • Create a view that ouput a json-formatted list of toppings with:
    • Title
    • In stock

After creating the taxonomy, content type, and views, we created some sample ingredients and ended up with a pretty cool api endpoint for our ingredients.

Hello AngularJS

Next, we moved onto the AngularJS side. For this project, I created a starter app (which can be cloned/downloaded at github) that everyone downloaded so that they wouldn't have to start from zero. I actually used Yeoman to generate this app but decided to just push up a build of the app since no one had had node and/or grunt installed. This led to a small issue that all of the files were minified & uglified but given that we only had two hours to get things going, we forged ahead. If you're interested in working with the full app, it can be found here.

After configuring our controller to use $http to query our Drupal endpoint, and adding some markup to our orders view, we ended up with a list of ingredients from Drupal. Woot!

I'll admit, the app isn't that exciting at this point but the fact that we were able to manage content in Drupal, have it output in a standard format, and then use a completely decoupled application to view that data was very rewarding. Sadly, we ran out of time before we could go any further but in the end, I think we covered a lot of ground.

Next up?

Obviously, our apps are lacking a lot of functionality before they could be considered "production-ready". Things that we weren't able to get to include:

  • Nesting ingredients into categories (ie meats, cheeses, veggies, etc)
  • Building the actual form in AngularJS that has dynamic components (ie showing/hiding toppings selection, order total, etc)
  • Creating order nodes in Drupal from the AngularJS app

Given that we've got so much work to do, we've decided to extend our interactive session into a second meetup. So mark your calendars as we will meet again in November for our last meetup of the year. Our goal will be to finish out our app and head into the holidays with a better understanding of this brave new world.

Special Thanks

Lastly, I'd like to send a special thanks to Relay Technology for hosting our meetup. Josh Paydon stopped by and gave us some great insight into their company, as well as how the tech scene is evolving in St. Louis. If you're a developer looking for work in the St. Louis area, I highly recommend getting in touch with them as they're a great company with some great opportunities available.

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Zivtech: Experiencing Portland at the HighEdWeb 2014 Conference

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:45

Over the past few days, Alex and I have been out in Portland, Oregon for the HighEdWeb Association’s annual conference. The conference, which is focused on technology in higher education, took place from October 19-22, and featured many incredible presentations, riveting keynote speakers, and talented higher education professionals. As sponsors of the conference, we were proud to be able to support an organization that is built upon the use of technology and the web in higher education, and we were excited to be surrounded by so many dedicated professionals.

One of my favorite parts of the conference (which was my first big conference, by the way), was the opportunity to learn about the jobs many of the attendees had within their universities. Hearing first-hand their experiences, struggles, and successes helped put their needs into perspective in a way I had not yet experienced. As a previous student, it was heart-warming to see the dedication of these professionals and to learn how integral each and every one of them is to the success of their college or university.

Thanks to the HighEdWeb Association and its sponsors, we were also able to attend some of the awesome evening gatherings throughout Portland. My favorite event was the social at the World Forestry Center, complete with a live karaoke band, incredible doughnuts from Portland's own Voodoo Doughnut, and various other food and drinks. The karaoke band, Karaoke from Hell, really made the night, as everyone bravely belted out some tunes from their favorite songs. At times it felt like a true, live concert--some of you HighEdWeb members can really sing!

I am truly thankful that HighEdWeb was my first big conference experience, and I am so happy I was able to go and meet many of the wonderfully talented individuals who attended. It was great getting to hear from everyone, and I loved learning more about their work. I know everyone I spoke with had a blast, and we are all looking forward to 2015.

Were you at the HighEdWeb 2014 conference? Let us know what you loved most down below in the comments.

Terms: HigherEdWebHEWeb14Higher EducationDrupalDrupal PlanetSponsorshipHighEdWeb
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Deeson: Five Drupal modules you're probably missing out on

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:12

Here are five under-rated Drupal modules with less than 10,000 installs (at the time of writing!) which we use all the time.

1. Paragraphs 

Take a look at this fully flexible content creation module called Paragraphs which has 822 reported installs.

Our Content & Marketing Strategist, Emily Turner, explains: 

"Paragraphs enables me to create visually interesting content easily. I can choose from a variety of block types which support text, images and iframe content. I can reorder them and control the look quickly, switching alignment left or right. At Deeson, we've put a lot of effort into customising Paragraphs to help with the editing and publishing process. It makes blogs look more lively and gives creators the control they crave."

2. Coffee

Navigate through Drupal admin quickly with Coffee, which has 7,577 installs reported.

So if you're finding the nav bar a little slow, give this a go! Just Alt+D and type away.

Mac users will know this as similar to Alfred

3. Navbar

Take a look at Navbar, with 6,238 reported installs, for a mobile friendly nav bar. 

This is a backport of the Drupal 8 mobile friendly nav bar. We are using this for all new sites.

4. Image Field Focus

We're a big fan of Image Field Focus, which has 5,525 reported installs.

It allows smart cropping of images and combines well with the Picture element, as we explored in our recent post.

5. Publication date

The Publication Date module is the missing date stamp in Drupal and has 1,548 reported installs.

It automatically sets itself when you tick the publish box so that newly published content will always be at the top of your listings, even if it’s been in draft for months.

Have we missed any?

Come and tell us on Twitter the Drupal modules you think need a shout out. 

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Drupal Watchdog: Drupl'Art

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:34

I like new movies and old music.

Why new movies but old music?

Maybe new TV is better because old movies – and TV – were not very good simply because moving pictures were a new medium, and it has taken artists time to mature.

Maybe old music is better because rock 'n' roll of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s was particularly brilliant, a musical Renaissance era.

But we do know that art is subjective; what I like is not necessarily what you like.

So though I prefer contemporary movies over the classics, some people opt for the opposite; they think old TV shows were the Renaissance period – and I just have no taste for good television.

Is there possibly another explanation, having to do with repetition?

Does repetition strengthen and reinforce one’s preference? Or do we just repeat things we like... a lot?

I often watch every episode and every season of a TV show I enjoy, but I watch each episode only once. Each episode is similar, but different. The patterns of the characters and interactions are similar, but the dialogue and exact story is, of course, different.

But with music, not only do I listen to the same artists, I listen to the same songs over and over again. I’ve heard “Jailhouse Rock” a million times, but only watched the movie once or twice. Hearing something I like, repeatedly, reinforces the song’s pattern, makes me more comfortable with it, and, I think, ultimately leads me to liking it more.

The same could be said of software patterns.

Building on my last article on “Sculpting Conditionals,” nothing helps me more than reviewing someone else's code. I can quickly detect a pattern I’m not familiar with. Frequently, an unfamiliar design pattern indicates trouble. And if the bad pattern occurs once in a code review, it’s worth checking to see if it was done elsewhere in code that is already committed. Unfamiliar patterns should be a klaxon horn, something deserving attention. After some study I might discover that the new pattern is actually better than the old pattern, and it will become something I adopt, but it is always initially a warning.

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Wouter Verhelst: Not using adirent

Planet Debian - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 15:33

About a month ago, I received an upstream bugreport that the nbd-server wouldn't build on Solaris and its derivatives. This was because nbd-server uses the d_type field of struct dirent, which is widely implemented (in Linux and FreeBSD, at least), but not part of POSIX and therefore not implemented on Solaris (which tends to be more conservative about implementing new features).

The bug reporter pointed towards a blog post by a Solaris user who had written something he calls "adirent", meant to work around the issue by implementing something that would wrap readdir() so that it would inject a stat() call when needed. While that approach works, it seems a bit strange to add a function which wraps readdir to become portable. After all, readdir() does not always return the file type in d_type, not even on systems that do implement it. One example in which this is true is XFS; if one runs readdir() on a directory on an XFS filesystem, then everything will have DT_UNKNOWN as its filetype, indicating that you need to run stat() after all.

As such, I think a better approach is to use that fact so that things will just work on systems where d_type isn't available. The GNU autotools even have a test for it (AC_STRUCT_DIRENT_D_TYPE), which makes things easier. In the case of NBD, I've added that to configure.ac, and then added a touch of preprocessor magic to reuse the infrastructure for dealing with DT_UNKNOWN which is already there:

#ifdef HAVE_STRUCT_DIRENT_D_TYPE #define NBD_D_TYPE de->d_type #else #define NBD_D_TYPE 0 #define DT_UKNOWN 0 #define DT_REG 1 #endif

(...opendir(), readdir(), ...)

switch(NBD_D_TYPE) { case DT_UNKNOWN:

(...call stat(), figure out if it is a file...)

case DT_REG:

(...we know it is a file...)


(...we know it is not a file...)

this seems cleaner to me than using a wrapper, and has the additional advantage that the DT_UNKNOWN code path could receive some more testing.

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Code Karate: Entity Reference View Widget

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 15:14
Episode Number: 175

If you have ever built a site using the entity reference module, then the Entity Reference View Widget module is a module that you should know about. It isn't always necessary, but can be a lifesaver if you have a lot of referenced content that you need to sort through and select from on your Entity Reference fields. This is a good replacement for using a traditional autocomplete field for your entity reference fields..

In this lesson you will learn:

Tags: DrupalEntity ReferenceDrupal 7Drupal Planet
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Stefano Zacchiroli: Italy puts Free Software first in public sector

Planet Debian - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 14:20
Debian participation in Italy's CAD68 committee

(The initial policy change discussed in this document is a couple of years old now, but it took about the same time to be fully implemented, and AFAIK the role Debian played by Debian in it has not been documented yet.)

In October 2012 the Italian government, led at the time by Mario Monti, did something rather innovative, at least for a country that is not usually ahead of its time in the area of information technology legislation. They decided to change the main law (the "CAD", for Codice dell'Amministrazione Digitale) that regulates the acquisition of software at all levels of the public administration (PA), giving an explicit preference to the acquisition of Free Software.

The new formulation of article 68 of the CAD first lists some macro criteria (e.g., TCO, adherence to open standards, security support, etc.) that public administrations in Italy shall use as ranking criteria in software-related calls for tenders. Then, and this is the most important part, the article affirms that the acquisition of proprietary software solutions is permitted only if it is impossible to choose Free Software solutions instead; or, alternatively, to choose software solutions that have already being acquired (and paid for) by the PA in the past, reusing preexisting software. The combined effect of these two provisions is that all new software acquisitions by PAs in Italy will be Free Software, unless it is motivated—in writing, challengable by a judge—that it was impossible to do otherwise. Isn't it great?

It is, except that such a law is not necessarily easy to adhere to in practice, especially for small public administrations (e.g., municipalities of a few hundred people, not uncommon in Italy) which might have very little clue about software in general, and even less so about Free Software. This is why the government also tasked the relevant Italian agency to provide guidelines on how to choose software in a way that conforms with the new formulation of article 68. The agency decided to form a committee to work on the guidelines (because you always need a committee, right? ).

To my surprise, the call for participation to be part of the committee explicitly listed representatives of Free Software communities as privileged software stakeholders that they wanted to have on the committee—kudos to the agency for that. (The Italian wording on the call was: Costituirà titolo di preferenza rivestire un ruolo di […] referenti di community del software a codice sorgente aperto.) Therefore, after various prods by fellow European Free Software activists that were aware of the ongoing change in legislation, I applied to be a volunteer CAD68 committee member, got selected, and ended up working over a period of about 6 months (March-September 2013) to help the agency writing the new software acquisition guidelines.

Logistically, it hasn't been entirely trivial, as the default meeting place was in Rome, I live in Paris, and the agency didn't really have a travel budget for committee members. That's why I've sought sponsorship from Debian, offering to represent Debian views within the committee; Lucas kindly agreed to my request. So what did I do on behalf of Debian as a committee member during those months?

Most of my job has been some sort of consulting on how community-driven Free Software projects—like Debian—work, on how the software they produce can be relied upon and contributed to, and more generally on how the PA can productively interact with such projects. In particular, I've been happy to work on the related work section of the guidelines, ensuring they point to relevant documents such as the French government guidelines on how to adopt Free Software (AKA circulaire Ayrault). I've also drafted the guidelines section on Free Software directories, ensuring that important resources such as FSF's Free Software Directory are listed as starting points for PAs that looking for software solutions for specific needs.

Another part of my job has been ensuring that the guidelines do not end up betraying the principle of Free Software preference that is embodied in article 68. A majority of committee members came from a Free Software background, so that might not seem a difficult goal to accomplish. But it is important to notice that: (a) the final editor of the guidelines is the agency itself, not the committee, so having a "pro-Free Software" majority within the committee doesn't mean much per se; and (b) lobbying from the "pro-proprietary software" camp did happen, as it is entirely natural in these cases. In this respect I'm happy with the result: I do believe that the software selection process recommended by the guidelines, finally published in January 2014, upholds the Free Software preference principle of article 68. I credit both the agency and the non-ambiguity of the law (on this specific point) for that result.

All in all, this has been a positive experience for me. It has reaffirmed my belief that Debian is a respected, non-partisan political actor of the wider software/ICT ecosystem. This experience has also given me a chance to be part of country-level policy-making, which has been very instructive on how and why good ideas might take a while to come into effect and influence citizen lives. Speaking of which, I'm now looking forward to the first alleged violations of article 68 in Italy, and how they will be dealt with.

Abundant popcorn will certainly be needed.

Links & press

If you want to know more about this topic, I've collected below links to resources that have documented, in various languages, the publication of the CAD68 guidelines.

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Enrico Zini: systemd-cryptsetup-password

Planet Debian - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 10:20
cryptsetup password and parallel boot

Since parallel boot happened, during boot the cryptsetup password prompt in my system gets flooded with other boot messages.

I fixed it, as suggested in #764555, installing plymouth, then editing /etc/default/grub to add splash to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT:


Besides showing pretty pictures (and most importantly, getting them out of my way if I press ESC), plymouth also provides a user prompt that works with parallel boot which sounds like what I needed.

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Drupal Bits at Web-Dev: Drupal: Altering Page Title and or Title Tag

Planet Drupal - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 02:41

Sometimes you need to alter the title that appears on the page and or the title tag in Drupal 7. If you need to make them both the same, a call to drupal_set_ttile() from within a hook_preprocess_page() will do it.

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Drupal core announcements: All the sprints at and around DrupalCon Latin America Bogotá

Planet Drupal - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 23:10
Start:  2015-02-08 (All day) - 2015-02-13 (All day) America/Chicago User group meeting


We have a great tradition of extended sprints around big Drupal events including DrupalCons and Drupal Dev Days. While there is a sprint day included in DrupalCons (usually) on the last day of the con, given that a lot of the Drupal core and contrib developers fly in for these events, it makes a lot of sense to use this opportunity to start sooner and/or extend our stay and work together in one space on the harder problems.

DrupalCon Latin America in Bogotá is the next DrupalCon! We are still looking for space and additional sponsors for the sprints before/after to help with space, internet, coffee, tea and maybe food. There are already various sprints signed up including Multilingual and Sign me up for anything. We are really friendly and need all kinds of expertise!

Now is the time to consider if you can be available and book your travel and hotel accordingly!

Join the sprinters -- sign up now! Practical details
February 8 - 13 2015 (all days at DrupalCon and some days both before and after).
Times and locations
Day/Time Location Feb 8 Extended sprint, location: TBD Feb 9 Maybe at the venue. There is also training this day). Feb 10 - 11 These are session days. Sprint lounge at venue. Feb 12 Official sprint day, location: TBD Feb 13 Extended sprint, location: TBD


Looking for sponsors

We are looking for more sponsors to be able to pay for extra expenses. If you are interested sponsoring or if you need sponsors to cover expenses, please contact me (YesCT).

Frequently asked questions What is a sprint?

Drupal sprints are opportunities to join existing teams and further Drupal the software, our processes, drupal.org and so on.

Do I need to be a pro developer?

No, not at all. First of all sprints include groups working on user experience, designs, frontend guidelines, drupal.org software setup, testing improvements, figuring out policies, etc. However you can be more productive at most sprints if you have a laptop.

Why are there 6 consecutive days of sprints?

DrupalCon is the time when most people in the Drupal community get together. We try to use this time to share our knowledge as well as further the platform in all possible ways. Therefore there is almost always an opportunity and a place to participate in moving Drupal forward.

What if I'm new to Drupal and/or sprinting, how can I join?

If you feel new and would love helping hands, the best day to start is the Thursday Feb 12 sprint day. This is the biggest sprint day with lots of people sprinting and different opportunities based on experience level. For a guided introduction to the tools and processes we use to collaborate, go to the First Time Sprinter workshop in the morning. If you know the tools but still could use help picking issues and going through the process, the Mentored Core Sprint is for you.

I worked on Drupal before, which sprints are for me?

If you have experience with Drupal issues and maybe already know a team/topic, any days of a DrupalCon may be your sprint days, and even the days before and after. These sprints do not have formal mentoring available, but of course if you have questions, there are always plenty of friendly people to help you. The community organizes off-site sprint opportunities for the days before/after DrupalCon and the event itself provides sprint locations from Feb 10 -12 throughout the session days in the event venue and in the official event hotel. These sprints are broken down to teams working on different topics. It is very important that you sign up for them, so we know what capacity to plan with.

Further questions?

Ask me (YesCT), I am happy to answer.

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Petter Reinholdtsen: I spent last weekend recording MakerCon Nordic

Planet Debian - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 23:00

I spent last weekend at Makercon Nordic, a great conference and workshop for makers in Norway and the surrounding countries. I had volunteered on behalf of the Norwegian Unix Users Group (NUUG) to video record the talks, and we had a great and exhausting time recording the entire day, two days in a row. There were only two of us, Hans-Petter and me, and we used the regular video equipment for NUUG, with a dvswitch, a camera and a VGA to DV convert box, and mixed video and slides live.

Hans-Petter did the post-processing, consisting of uploading the around 180 GiB of raw video to Youtube, and the result is now becoming public on the MakerConNordic account. The videos have the license NUUG always use on our recordings, which is Creative Commons Navngivelse-Del på samme vilkår 3.0 Norge. Many great talks available. Check it out! :)

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Last Call Media: The Drupal Throbber

Planet Drupal - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:42
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Blair Wadman: Improve Drupal email delivery rates by using Mandrill

Planet Drupal - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 22:40

Recently one of my clients had a problem with a large portion of transactional email never being seen. The emails were being directed to the recipients' spam folders and were generally being over-looked. These were important emails regarding things like membership confirmations, invoices and event information and were critical to the experience of the members.

Why was this happening? Mostly because the emails were being sent by the web server. I switched it to a Mandrill, a service designed to take care of the headaches of sending transactional email, and this greatly improve the delivery rate.

It is notoriously difficult to ensure emails from your application (such as Drupal) actually get delivered without getting caught in spam filters. Email providers like Mandrill have the expertise to maximise delivery rate. You are unlikely to have the time or expertise to manage this process for your own web server.

Mandrill provides great stats so that you can gain a greater understanding of email delivery, if it is getting caught by spam filters, bounces, open rates etc. You can also test different versions of the same email to see which one performs best in terms of open rates.....

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