In this post I will give a quick tutorial on how to set up fast Debian package builds using sbuild with mmdebstrap and apt-cacher-ng. The usual tool for building Debian packages is dpkg-buildpackage, or a user-friendly wrapper like debuild, and while these are geat tools, if you want to upload something to the Debian archive they lack the required separation from the system they are run on to ensure that your packaging also works on a different system.
I recently got a new NVME drive. My plan was to create a fresh Debian install on an F2FS root partition with compression for maximum performance. As it turns out, this is not entirely trivil to accomplish.
When Pine64 announced the Pinetime, it was quickly clear to me, that I want to have one. I was already looking for an affordable and usable “smartwatch” to use with Gadgetbrige.
After DebConf20 I didn’t plan to take part in any MiniDebConf soon, but when the topic for the MDCO got announced (“Gaming”) it was clear to me that I had to give talk about my current work in Debian, which mostly consists of packaging gaming utilities.
So for some reason, probably boredom without the part of having time, I want to rent a VPS (virtual private server). It’s actually quite cheap, and you can run your own little cloud on it.
I’ve been contributing for Debian since late 2019, I submitted a talk to the DebConf20. One of the topics that annoyed me the most at that time was how tedious it was to write and read larger d/copright files.