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Entries from December 2009.

Icedove 3.0 - an early Christmas present?
18th December 2009

I've just uploaded Icedove 3.0 to Debian experimental. The package is heavily based on Alexanders work in Ubuntu and Chris did most of the hard work.

It's currently named icedove-3.0 so you can (for now) install this version in parallel to Icedove 2. This version copies over your Icedove 2 profile so it doesn't get messed up.

As long as the package is sitting in new you can grab it from the pkg-mozext repository:

deb sid/i386/
deb sid/all/

We now need help with going through the Debian bugreports against Icedove.

If you want to help out: grab a bug, check if it's fixed in Icedove 3 and if it is, simply mark it as fixed in 3.0~rc2-2 in the bts:

bts fixed <bugnumber> 3.0~rc2-2

Once we're confident the package doesn't break everything we'll rename the binary package to icedove so it replaces the default Icedove on upgrades.

If you want to help out with patches: Git is here

git clone git://
Tags: debian.
KVM/Libvirt changes in Debian
12th December 2009

As already mentioned on <> libvirt 0.7.4-2 (currently in experimental) runs qemu and kvm processes as libvirt-qemu:kvm instead of root allowing you to use features like bridged networking without having to run the emulator itself with full privileges.

Kvm 88+dfsg-3 supports ksm to safe memory when running several similar virtual machines. On a recent linux kernel just do a

echo 1 > /sys/kernel/mm/ksm/run

to activate it. Then run two similar virtual machines and see how /sys/kernel/mm/ksm/pages_shared increases.

Thanks to work of Jan and Micheal Debian now also ships kvm's stable branch qemu-kvm.

Tags: debian, libvirt.

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