Don't Panic: A blog about Drupal: More reliable Drupal statistics?

Planet Drupal - Thu, 03/07/2014 - 11:23

Fact: Using the Update module for collecting data has been the standard since Drupal 6.0.
Another fact: Sites not using that module aren't submitting usage statistics to drupal.org.
Yet another fact: Third-party monitoring services are rendering the Update module rather useless.
Result: Misleading statistics on Drupal core and module usage.

When Drupal 6.0 was released the Update module started submitting statistics to Drupal.org, a great initiative. Though, you can disable this module for different reasons, thus creating misleading statistics on Drupal.org. The same goes for Drupal 7, you can disable the module there as well.

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DrupalCon Amsterdam: Symfony Community: Come to Amsterdam!

Planet Drupal - Thu, 03/07/2014 - 10:00

Symfony components have a significant presence in Drupal 8, and for those in the Symfony wanting to make themselves even more knowledgeable and marketable, DrupalCon Amsterdam is a great opportunity to learn new skills and make great new friends.

Just a few weeks before SymfonyCon in Madrid, DrupalCon Amsterdam runs from 29 September to 3 October and will have its own Symfony track. It will be a great opportunity to learn Drupal 8: with Symfony2 components included in core, parts of Drupal 8 will look very familiar to developers who currently use Symfony, as will the object oriented programming methodology.

If you’re considering coming to DrupalCon Amsterdam, you probably know that Drupal skills have been in high demand for years. That trend is only expected to continue and perhaps even accelerate with the release of Drupal 8— and Symfony developers are uniquely equipped to learn the platform quickly and hit the ground running.

DrupalCon is the best place to learn Drupal 8

If you’re interested in learning more about Drupal 8, DrupalCon Amsterdam will be a fantastic opportunity. The world’s foremost experts on Drupal and Drupal 8 will be in attendance, giving interested developers plenty of opportunities to learn.

Every DrupalCon is attended by more than just developers: the Drupal community includes web professionals of all stripes. From project managers to designers, back-end experts and even UX gurus, DrupalCon Amsterdam is a great chance to learn from the people who are working on websites at every point in a site’s lifecycle.

Plus, DrupalCon is always a good time. Expect a lot of smiles, laughs and even a few hugs (OK, maybe a lot of hugs).

If you’re interested in Drupal or Symfony, come to DrupalCon Amsterdam. You will be glad you did!

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Russ Allbery: remctl 3.9

Planet Debian - Thu, 03/07/2014 - 06:09

This release fixes an embarassing bug that caused the server to often abort sending information back to the client if the server-side program exited while the server was still sending data. It also fixes a more minor bug in which children of the server were spawned with SIGPIPE ignored instead of set to the default handling behavior.

The major new feature in this release is a new ACL type, localgroup, contributed by Remi Ferrand. When this ACL type is used, the remote principal is converted to a local username using the normal Kerberos krb5_aname_to_localname call, and then the server checks whether that local username is a member of a local (nsswitch) group.

This release also prefers calloc and reallocarray to malloc and realloc with calculated sizes across all code, and adds version and compatibility information to all manual pages.

You can get the latest release from the remctl distribution page.

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Russ Allbery: rra-c-util 5.5

Planet Debian - Thu, 03/07/2014 - 02:04

The most significant change in this release is a somewhat embarassing bug fix: the network_read and network_write functions introduced in version 4.2 to support timeouts didn't correctly handle a timeout interrupted by a signal. This is now fixed by restarting the calls on EINTR.

Also in this release is a general cleanup for integer overflows during memory allocation. rra-c-util now provides a replacement for reallocarray for systems that don't have it, and calloc and reallocarray are used internally where a size is calculated with multiplication. The util library also now provides a checked xreallocarray function.

There are also a few minor fixes: portable/system.h guarantees the inclusion of inttypes.h and limits.h, portable/pam.h will now build with a C++ compiler, the Kerberos Autoconf probes provide a Makefile variable that can be used to suppress warnings from Kerberos headers by forcing them to be system headers, and the util/messages-krb5 test will be skipped when not built with Kerberos support.

You can get the latest version from the rra-c-util distribution page.

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KatteKrab: Drupal Diversity

Planet Drupal - Thu, 03/07/2014 - 01:16
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:16

Drupal project founder Dries just published a blog post entitled Fostering inclusivity and diversity.

I took this photo at DrupalCamp Sydney last weekend. Not only were these three men from very different parts of the world, but they also had different levels of expertise, and different interests. Sure, no women in this picture, but I was taking the photo ;-)

max, taps and vignesh at #dcsyd2014 #drupalcampsydney  pic.twitter.com/GbL4vj508f

— kattekrab (@kattekrab) June 29, 2014

Difference is a good thing. Erynn Petersen spoke at DrupalCon Austin about the real bottom line advantage diversity brings to teams. She also spoke about the importance of tolerating some level of conflict and dissent. It makes us stronger. Challenging and testing ideas usually makes those ideas better.

It's a balancing act.

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Russ Allbery: C TAP Harness 3.1

Planet Debian - Thu, 03/07/2014 - 00:40

Most of the changes in this release are based on work by Peter Pöschl to make the behavior of the C TAP library more consistent with the Perl Test::More functions. ok, okv, and all the is_* functions now return true if the test succeeds and false if it fails, allowing them to be used in conditionals. diag and sysdiag now always return 1, making it easier to insert (possibly temporary) calls into compound statements while debugging test cases.

The C TAP library now provides a new breallocarray API that does the same thing as brealloc but takes calloc-style arguments and checks internally for integer overflow. Tests for integer overflow during memory allocation have also been added to several other parts of C TAP Harness, including the runtests harness and other internals of the C TAP library. These probably don't matter a tremendous amount for test code, but best to be safe and consistent everywhere possible.

All uses of sprintf have now been replaced with a simpler internal string concatenation function that checks for allocation overflow. The previous usage was probably safe, but this approach is much easier to audit.

You can get the latest release from the C TAP Harness distribution page.

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Mediacurrent: 2014 Atlanta Drupal Business Summit Recap

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 22:37

On May 15th, Mediacurrent presented the 3rd annual Atlanta Drupal Business Summit. Hundreds of business leaders from some of the top companies in Georgia came together to learn about how Drupal, the powerful open-source content management system (CMS) can provide personalized digital experiences, reduce total cost of ownership, and deliver superior business outcomes with speed and scale.

Some highlights include:

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Isovera Ideas & Insights: Things I Know Now About Drupal Development

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 20:45

If you are reading this thinking you are going to get some helpful Drupal development or site building tips...sorry! As a marketing person who runs a hardcore Drupal development shop, I often relate more to our clients than our developers. I am sure there are often times when my team wants to clock me over the head with their MacBook Pros as I play the role of the client during internal discussions.The fact is, many of the folks who are working with Drupal are more like me than my developers.That is why they hire us.

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Dries Buytaert: Fostering inclusivity and diversity

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 20:16
Topic: Drupal

The past few weeks, I've been thinking over and over again trying to rationalize how to best foster a culture of inclusivity and diversity. This in the context of creating a productive work climate of trust and respect.

I think it is fair to say we all want other people to feel welcome and respected. Where that gets difficult is that feeling welcome and respected means something different to different people. What seems harmless to you could be hurtful to another. For example, some people tend to be more concerned about the use of crude or sexual language than others. It's a complex issue based on a range of factors including gender, race, age, geographical location and more. There is also a lot of academic research about the fact that derogatory and vulgar language or sexually graphic behavior creates a hostile environment. These two facts combined, makes it a popular topic in the context of diversity and inclusion.

However it is not just a popular topic, it is also a very difficult topic. Why do we feel defensive and argumentative when confronted with a value and belief system different from our own? It is one thing to challenge someone's take on, say, a country's healthcare system, it is another thing to challenge someone's beliefs. Challenge someone's beliefs, and you challenge their sense of self.

Given all this, is it possible to be inclusive of everyone? For example, can we be inclusive of those who are easily put off by sexually graphic or vulgar language and at the same time be inclusive of those who often use crude or sexual language? Does supporting one group of people mean turning away others? I hope not, but I'm not sure. Can we find a balance when we have conflicting behaviors? Sometimes we need to change behavior (eg. tone down or refrain from using bad language), and other times we need to understand when no offense was intended, and try to accept and accommodate cultural differences.

Answering these questions to define our culture is very difficult. It is even harder to put them into written rules. I strongly believe that being inclusive is a mindset first. It is about wanting to be a good person to all other people. Once you have it in your mind that you want to make others feel respected and comfortable around you, you'll find that you'll be looking for ways to do so. The key is to be appreciative of our differences. If you show respect and sincerity and remain open to hearing differing opinions, we will automatically become more aware of how our actions affect people different from ourselves. We'll automatically become more inclusive and more diverse.

By the same token, being appreciative of how we are different also means you should be willing to give the benefit of the doubt in case you are offended. It's only through fostering an environment where it is safe to make mistakes and learn from each other that we can achieve diversity and inclusiveness in our community.

Last but not least, it also presents a tremendous opportunity to learn about new cultures. I hope to learn from people who are different than me and talk honestly about our differences. If you are one of these people, I hope to ask you questions respectfully to learn more about how your values differ, and would love to find out how you want to be treated.

I'll continue to think about how to best foster a culture of inclusivity and diversity, but I wanted to stop and listen first ...

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Tanguy Ortolo: PayPal cut a secure email project's funds

Planet Debian - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 19:36

It should be no news that PayPal have made an habit of opposing to projects that fight for the respect of freedom and democracy by cutting their funds. Anyway, they have just provided us another example of such an abuse, against the ProtonMail project.

ProtonMail is a secure email service project, similar to the defunct Lavabit service, with characteristics that should allow it a greater resistance to external pressure: it is based in Switzerland (which has specific privacy laws and with a strong democratic control) and developed by CERN and MIT researchers.

Well, it seems that this project was not appreciated by some organization, for which PayPal is just a puppet. Long story short, PayPal cut ProtonMail's funds without prior warning nor real explanation. When pressed to explain themselves, they eventually asked them if their email encryption project was approved by the government (which one, by the way?)!

As I said in introduction, this is not really a surprise, but it remind us that PayPal's major position is a threat to freedom and democracy as they still behave as enemies of these values (or as collaborator to known harmful organization, which is close enough) and that no project should rely on them. Fortunately, ProtonMail does not.

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Drupal.org Featured Case Studies: Social Networking Site - Sentizens.com

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 17:09
Completed Drupal site or project URL: http://www.sentizens.com/

Project Summary:

This project was developed from scratch by Faichi Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

The idea of building a social network for senior citizens was conceptualized by our client, Zlife Systems Pvt. Ltd, and supported by one of the well-known construction groups of India, Paranjape Schemes Constructions Ltd. In India alone, there are currently 98 million people who are aged 60+, and that number is expected to rise to around 173 million by 2026, or 12.6% of the Indian population. With these numbers in mind, our client wanted to build a dedicated social networking platform that focuses on the holistic living needs of senior citizens.

Together with our client, we chose Drupal 7.23 as the open source technology to successfully build Sentizens.com.

We used:
• Drupal Commons 3 for prebuilt applications
• Drupal modules like Panels Ajax tabs to show events
• Drupal modules Memcache & XHPr and increased RAM to handle more requests
• Developed & contributed new Drupal modules for customized features.

We partnered with our client from conceptualization to deployment. We are currently scaling up the business model through phase wise development, ongoing support & Mobile App conceptualization.

Key modules/theme/distribution used: Drupal CommonsAdvance ClockPanels Ajax TabsMemcache API and IntegrationXHProfAddress FieldStatuses (FBSS) to FacebookViewsRulesFeaturesRackspace CloudOrganizations involved: Faichi Solutions Pvt LtdTeam members: ravygKalyaniKrenukak
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Osamu Aoki: debmake -- checking source against DEP-5 copyright

Planet Debian - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 17:03
It has been already more than a year after my initial uploading of the debmake package which offers semi-automatic generation of the DEP-5 copyright file.

One recent feature addition is the "debmake -k" command which audits debian/copyright contents against the latest source.  If, for example, the upstream changed the license from GPL-2.0+ to 3,0+, this command will tell you this change.  (In the debian/copyright, the more specific entry should be listed after the generic entry since parser uses the last definition as the valid one.)

I admit that this package had some regressions in some previous versions.  It is now a stable tool to help making multiarch aware Debian packages of any types.  If you had negative experiences, please try this again.

Let me quote from its documentation for the features. (Also available in the package.)
The debmake command is intended to replace functions offered historically by deb-make and dh_make commands. Its features include:
  • use of dh syntax under the new debhelper (> 9.0) package
    • extensive check of copyright for DEP-5 (debian/copyright)
    • substvar supports for binary packages (debian/control)
    • support of compiler hardening options (debian/rules)
  • keep pre-existing Debian package configuration files untouched
    • automatic generation of the missing template packaging files
    • easy verification of the debian/copyright file against the current source. (-k option)
  • easy packaging command line UI supporting
    • non-stop execution with clean results
    • direct operation on the tarball archive
    • direct operation on the source tree from VCS
    • the multiarch Debian package
    • the multi binary Debian package
    • the non-native Debian packages from the VCS snapshot
    • seamless work with debuildpdebuild, etc.
NoteI wrote this debmake command because there was no easy command like "python setup.py bdist_deb" to create the Debian binary package. Now "debmake -d -s -b":python" -i debuild" does the job for me.This documentation comes with detailed packaging examples, too.
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Drupal Commerce: Launching Commerce on Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 17:02

With the entity API maturing in Drupal 8 as it approaches its first beta, Commerce Guys gathered a variety of Drupal Commerce contributors and maintainers in its Paris office to begin active development on Drupal Commerce 2.x. The week long sprint began with architectural debate and validation incorporating the collective experience of our professional services teams and delivery partners.

Drupal Commerce 2.x will ultimately be a complete rewrite, reflecting the drastic changes in Drupal 8 itself. We’re excited to announce that long-time community contributor and Commerce Guy par excellence Bojan Zivanovic has been added as a co-maintainer to help us make it happen.

Read about all of the changes!

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kevinquillen.com: Add 301 Redirects to a Drupal Migration

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 17:02

Migrating content from one platform to another saves lots of time from doing grunt work and gets data moved fast. However, simply moving the content doesn’t mean the job is done. There are other considerations too, such as 301 redirects for example. Since we are moving content, our aliases are likely changing too. We can create 301s while migrating content in all at once.

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Appnovation Technologies: One Useful Module For Your Local Drupal Development

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 16:20

Stage File Proxy is one of my favourite modules that I always enable during a local Drupal

var switchTo5x = false;stLight.options({"publisher":"dr-75626d0b-d9b4-2fdb-6d29-1a20f61d683"});
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Open Source Training: The 20 Most Popular Drupal 7 Modules

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 12:21

One of the most common questions we get from new Drupal users is, "Which modules do people normally use?"

That's a big question, with over 20,000 modules, but some are far more popular than others.

Webchick, one of the Drupal core developers, has used the statistics available on Drupal.org to make a list of the most popular Drupal 7 modules. This is different from the public stats on Drupal.org module pages which show the popularity of modules across all versions.

Here's an introduction to the 20 most popular Drupal 7 modules:

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KatteKrab: DrupalSouth Melbourne 5-7 March 2015

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 12:09
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 20:09

Hey @drupal Beware the ides of March. Over 5-7 March 2015 @DrupalSouth is coming. See http://t.co/YP1LJMSD30 & sign up for announcements

— kattekrab (@kattekrab) June 29, 2014
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Pronovix: Behat coverage for all of Drupal - how it could be done

Planet Drupal - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 09:54

There is a lot of excitement in the Drupal community about Behat, especially from more advanced teams that are investing in their Devops infrastructure. It now even looks like Behat might some day make it into Drupal core. I guess that is why several Web development teams that use BDD (Behavior-Driven Development) have asked me how WalkHub relates to Behat. I’ve written a longer post on the WalkHub blog that explains how it could be done, and what the benefits would be. In this post I will focus on how WalkHub could help the community complete the creation of Behat tests for all of Drupal core and contrib.

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Mike Hommey: Firefox and Gtk+ 3

Planet Debian - Wed, 02/07/2014 - 08:24

Folks from Collabora and Red Hat have been working on making Firefox on Gtk+ 3 a thing. See Emilio’s blog post for some recent update. But getting Firefox to build and run locally is unfortunately not the whole story.

I’ve been working on getting Gtk+ 3 Firefox builds going on Mozilla build infrastructure, and I’m proud to announce today that those builds are now going through Mozilla continuous integration on a project branch: Elm, and receive the same automated testing as mozilla-central.

And when I said getting Firefox to build and run was unfortunately not the whole story, I meant it: if you click on the Elm link above, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of orange, when it should be all green.

So, yes, Firefox on Gtk+ 3 is a thing, and it now has continuous integration. But there’s still a whole bunch of things to fix. So if you’re interested in making those builds work better, you can hop in, there are many things you can do:

  • check the Gtk+ 3 tracking bug and its dependencies for a list of known issues or improvements to be made.
  • download one of the builds from the elm branch, test it, and file bugs if you find some that aren’t currently tracked. There aren’t nightlies, but you can get the latest builds for 32-bits and 64-bits systems.
  • and if you have level 1 commit access, you can test patches on the Try server, provided you pull from the elm branch or apply this patch on top of the tree you push there.
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