The past month or two
I’ve been very silent for the past few months – sorry about that! -, there’s just so much going on that it is hard to find time to sit down and write. It’s hard enough even to keep up with everything going on as it is. Nevertheless, since my last summary back in December, there have been a number of interesting developments.
Apart from continuing my work on syslog-ng, about which I don’t want to speak this time: my git repository and mailing list postings are a great way to keep track of this part of my work, I believe. And there’s nothing extraordinarily interesting on that front just yet, just a lot of grunt work to pave way for great things to come. However, one thing closely related to syslog-ng is the Lumberjack project, which started after a logging conference held in Brno earlier this year. As part of this project, I released libumberlog, a small library you can
LD_PRELOAD and turn legacy syslog messages to CEE-enhanced structured logs with a few extra bits of info, such as a high-precision timestamp. I’m quite proud of how this project turned out: not only does it get great stuff done within a few hundred lines of code, it also has a great logo, and a funny name to boot!
More interesting is my Debian work, I believe: as every year, Debian is participating in Google Summer of Code, and I’m one of the admins this year for Debian. I also helped the effort to get BalaBit to participate, and while we weren’t accepted, the awesome folk at openSUSE offered to be our umbrella organisation this year, many thanks to them!
But back to Debian! I continued down the path of eliminating free time and sleep from my life, and am running for DPL this year. Unlike my previous nomination, this one’s serious, and even if I don’t win (and winning over Stefano would be quite a feat in itself), I do hope this year’s election will be tighter than in years past.
And finally, the highlight of the past months were definitely my brother’s TV appearance. Both the the website and the interview is in hungarian only, sorry. However, we tried to make the website accessible even to those who don’t speak hungarian: just click around, and see the photos!