Re the article: I notice a lot of diary entires in the ‘most recent’ list are by Journeyers. A few weeks ago the entries were weighted towards Apprentices and Observers much more. Is this:
- An abnormal sample?
- Symptomatic of the fact that over the long term, people who post diaries to Advogato tend to be medium-level free software developers.
- Symptomatic of Advogato moving away from a certification of free software development towards a certification of Advogatans – if you’re here a lot and talk about free software, and list a project on the projects page, you’re a Journeyer.
Hopefully it’s the second alternative.
New computer hassles – my life as a newbie sysadmin
Had a bad time trying to get Windows to ignore my extended parition (instead of mounting the first 2GB as E: since it couldn’t see any logical drives). Eventually changed the partition type to 85 (Linux extend) and it was happy.
Now trying to uninstall sendmail in favour of exim (oh the dependancy horror…). At the moment, I think the permissions and ownerships are buggered. I think the exim page is down, so I can’t RTFM right at the moment.
Update: That’s OK. It was bad permissions. But now I have to rewrite its init script for SuSE since I installed the Red Hat RPM.
… is my new computer. Named for Titus Groan, Earl of Gormenghast in the chronicles by Mervyn Peake.
Default SuSE install was fine. Not too concerned abiout open ports today due to machine being completely isolated 🙂 Will eventually close off almost everything and especially the telnet port to annoy my ssh-wastes-bandwidth- won’t-install-it flatmate.
OK, so it’s a 566 Celeron, which isn’t top of the line these days, but KDE shouldn’t take that long to load. Will have to take that off. Yay for fvwm2!
Windows yet to go on, left a partition for it, plenty large enough for Baldurs Gate and BGII (and Quake and …)
If kannel looks any good when I get round to compling it, I’ll probably get the relevant bits and build a better testing environment around it. One where the gateway gives helpful error messages.
Andrew will probably burn a Linux distro for me tomorrow. Maybe SuSE. Hopefully he won’t sneakily install it, either because he’d be really interested (and he would be), and because I will stress if anything goes wrong (which I will). Neither is a valid reason to do an install without me present. And in control.
Got my personal homepage to validate, which is… concerning. Now trying to sell stylesheets (as opposed to formatting with FONT tags and such like) to everyone.
Have discovered I seem to have the power to pass along ‘Apprentice’ certs single-handedly. I discovered this by certifying Judith, due to her being a being documenter. I like documenters :). About to certify farrellj , because he certified me. And claiming to have coined the term ‘Slashdot effect’ deserves credit.
Wow… I just beat the rush to join.
Diaries, certificates and certification
I notice an unusual number of diary entries today by Observers 🙂 For a few days, I was one of maybe two Observer diary entires there – I guess they tend to get ‘trying hard’ Apprentice certs and blend in more nicely with the other colours.
But most of the diary entires seem to be by Journeyers. I wonder if:
- Most of the Advogatos (?) are Journeyers or;
- Most of the people who stay interested are Journeyers.
It does seem that Journeyer or Master is the level you’d settle at. Hacking doesn’t appear to me to be the sort of thing you just ‘dabble’ in every so often – it’s too much work – you either love it or go away and install it.
It would be interesting to know the number of all certificates on the site, and the levels of participation (measured by certification, certifying others, replying to articles, or diary entries) over various time frames by various groups, and the certification of the participants. This site is very much skewed, it appears to me, to the Journeyer level of participation. Is there flexibility to skew it towards the Apprentice level, or Master level? Are the certs pyramidrical, should they be, will they be?
It will be interesting to see what happens. I hope the diary entries don’t scroll too fast – it would stem the trickle of people saying ‘you want a project – here’s a project!’ to me – thanks guys!
Now has a few projects, adding a couple a day.
New computer being paid for today! I’m nearly convinced to use Debian.
I am getting quotes for a computer, and might be machine-enabled by the end of the week.
Which OS? Do I do the Debian GNU/Linux thing with my partner, the FreeBSD thing with his flatmate, another *BSD, another Linux distro, Windows 🙂 ?
Might have to dual-boot something and Windows to feed my baby RPG addiction.
No longer sore! Fitness – here I come…
Still sore from Judo. Only 5 days to recover for the next lesson…
Unchanged – but Telsa sent me a lot of her favourite links. It would be a bit of shame if that’s all I get, since this is Telsa’s dream site, and shouldn’t just be her bookmark file 🙂
Hopefully I’ll do some research on the weekend and track down the stuff lots of people know already – bug reports for the well-known projects.
Thanks for the certifications in advance (or for good intentions) from people! Hopefully it will prove to be merited. *bows humbly*
Judo has been the sport of choice for science geeks at Sydney Uni for a while, and last night I decided to take it up. This morning: ouch!
At least I got to throw Andrew over my shoulder a couple of times.
Anyway, now I am a white belt. 🙂
Well – it’s up. No one has contributed anything – but it only existed as an idea since last night – thanks to Telsa, and as a webpage for a few minutes 🙂
I figure my learning curve about free software projects will be sort of fast – if I don’t get any submissions, I’ll just research it myself. And maybe I’ll find one to code… anyone got a non-urgent project for a proto-apprentice to cut her teeth on?