Me and Ana travelled to Cambridge last weekend for the Debian UK BBQ. We travelled by train and it was a rather scenic journey. In the past, on long journeys, I’ve used APRS-IS to beacon my location and plot my route but I have recently obtained the GPS module for my Yaesu VX-8DE and I thought I’d give some real RF APRS a go this time.
While the APRS IGate coverage in the UK is a little disappointing, as is evidenced by the map, a few cool things did happen. I recieved a simplex APRS message from a radio amateur 2M0RRT with the text “test test IO86ML” (but unfortunately didn’t notice until we’d long passed by, sorry for not replying!) and quite a few of my packets, sent from a 5 watt handheld in Cambridge, were heard by the station M0BPQ-1 in North London (digipeated by MB7UM).
Some of you will know that since my trip to the IETF in Berlin, I’ve been without a working laptop (it got a bit smashed up on the plane). This also caused me to miss the reminder to renew the expiry on my old GPG key, which I have now retired. My new GPG key is not yet in the Debian keyring but can be found in the Tor Project keyring already. A request has already been filed to replace the key in the Debian keyring, and thanks to attendees at the BBQ, I have some nice shiny signatures on my new key. (I’ll get to returning those signatures as soon as I can.)
We’ve been making a lot of progress with Debian Live and the BBQ saw live- tasks being uploaded to the archive. This source package builds a number of metapackages, each of which configures a system to be used an a live CD for a different desktop environment. I would like for as much of the configuration that can be done within the image as possible to be done within the image, as this will help with reproducibility. A new upload for live-wrapper should be coming next week, and this version will allow these live-task-* packages to be used to build images for testing. I hope to have weekly builds for the live images running very soon.
As I’ve been without a computer for a while, I’m just getting back into things now, so expect that I’ll be slow to respond to communication for a while but I’ll also be making commits and uploads and trying to clear this backlog as quickly as I can (including my Tor Project backlog).
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