My book review made it onto Slashdot

I submitted my recent book review of Andrew St. Laurent’s open source licensing book to Slashdot, and it was accepted. A friend notified me in time to see it on the front page. I snagged a screenshot before it got knocked too far down the page, since it was a busy day of posts to Slashdot. I was pretty psyched; my wife suggested we celebrate (it is so great to have a wife who supports your geek tendencies), so it was wine and hot wings for dinner. Yes, the wine and hot wings was my choice of combination. I had pizza for lunch, so that unfashionable combination was not an option.

Here’s my review just below the Google news entry:

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If this is all foreign to you, don’t worry; it’s a geek thing, you wouldn’t understand. 8^)

The comment thread on the Slashdot posting has been interesting; I jumped in on a couple.

Debian Lucene source package is online

My first official participation in open source made it online today. Jeff Breidenbach and I have updated the lucene source package for Lucene uploaded to Debian. This release is 1.4.3-2, based upon the upstream sources for 1.4.3.

For those who aren’t into this stuff, this is basically a piece of software known as a library, which is used by other programs to perform searching, somewhat like Google does. Packaging it for Debian GNU/Linux means that we take the software and package it in such a way that Debian and Debian-based Linux distributions can install the software easily without creating conflicts or failing to ensure that any dependencies have been met.

Lucene is an open source Java library. Currently, our package only compiles with the Sun 1.4.x JDK. The next big initiative is to get it to build and test with open source Java compilers and Java virtual machines (JVMs). The first JVM to test will probably be Kaffe, followed by SableVM.