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Contributions to Mageia – April 2018

ActivitiesAs I’m back to work on some package for Mageia… let’s resume from where we stopped also on this blog.


  • areca-backup 7.5

areca-backup wasn’t properly working starting from Mageia 5 because of its dependency to Java (proprietary).

Consider also that areca-backup seems no longer maintained upstream (last version released on August, 26th 2015)  but there are still users that, like me, need that tool to backup/restore important data.

It was thus necessary to make it work with openjdk, with our current version of GTK and so on: that’s why I made a few patches to be able to make it fully functional again ?

  • davmail 4.8.5 (latest version)

The new version is now available in Cauldron.

davmail is awesome when you have to interface your thunderbird to and Exchange Server made available through EWS.

That’s all. See you next month and… thanks for reading


Contributions to Mageia – March 2015


Mageia 5 has been delayed cause we want to provide the best experience to our users.


  • mono-3.12.1

mono project released a new minor release shipping fixes for CVE-2015-231[89], CVE-2015-2320. It’s all about the TLS’s mono implementation that was causing some issue with TLS impersonation. You can find details here (some refining is still needed but it seems to work).

Now we are on release freeze, that means that until the final release cauldron repos cannot receive new versions neither new releases of packages.


  • mono-3.2.3-5.2

The TLS’s mono implementation was exposing users to TLS impersonation attacks also on the previous versions of mono thus I had to provide fixes also for the package for mageia 4. It has been quite a time-consuming task.


Finally we moved to the final name of our project and a few improvements have been added to manaclock and manawall.

manawall now uses a specification file for servers and ports: previously (as it was in drakfirewall) each server was specified statically inside the code alongside with ports, labels and so on.


manawall now retrieves servers from a well-formed xml file, easiest to maintain; this change causes some issue with nfs still to be worked out but, the huge part of the task has been successfully completed 😉

See you next month and… thanks for reading

Contributions to Mageia – January/February 2015

notvnobeerNo spare time and No Wing Chun make me something, something… go crazy… but do not mind if I do [paraphrasing]



Welcome to a new report of my contributions to Mageia.

As you can perceive by intuition it was difficult to properly maintain my packages and to develop the Mana Tools during the first two months of this year but, I managed to do something you can find  useful 😉


  • mono-3.12.0  o/
  • monodevelop-  o/
  • mageia-doc-5.2

Introducing mono during a version freeze was somehow risky but we were providing the aged version 3.4.0 and that could have been difficult to maintain. Moreover I required it for libyui-bindings as the upstream accepted my pull-request enabling mono-bidings for libyui o/


  • qyoto-4.14.3 (as it was broken by the introduction of mono-3.12.0)
  • gnome-do (as it was broken by the introduction of mono-3.12.0)


A huge work has been done rewriting drakfirewall as a manatool but I managed to complete the porting, to test it and to ship it with Mageia 5 🙂

This task involved mainly two steps:

  • port libDrakX/network/shorewall to modern perl and making it part of the AdminPanel framework
  • rewrite drakfirewall using Moose, libyui and the AdminPanel framework.

Mageia 5 has been delayed to round all the edges and we are working to build a reliable version as for every release.

See you next month and enjoy Mageia 5 🙂

Contributions to Mageia – December 2014


2014 is going to reach its end and another month of contributions to the Mageia project has passed.



  • noip

A new package has been added to the cauldron (thus Mageia 5): noip contains the well known open source duc for linux. I decided to package it for two reason mainly:

  • to provide a uniform way of installing and configuring noip on mageia
  • to better integrate it inside mageia by providing a systemd unit (noip2.service): this way you’ll be able to easily install and setup a noip client

Installing and Configuring noip on mageia now consists of a three-steps procedure:

  1. urpmi noip
  2. noip -C -c /etc/noip2.conf
  3. systemctl enable noip2.service


bash completions for mana have been provided and the package for adminpanel has been updated accordingly.

Angelo fixed other issues on rpmdragora.


MageiaOnline now provides new forum sections for Mageia 5 and Mageia 4 backports are slightly on their way 🙂 Still work in progress, stay tuned

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!
See you next month 🙂

Contributions to Mageia – November 2014


One year has passed since my last relevant contribution, Mageia 5 is on its way and Mageia 3 is going to reach its EOL.



  • gambas3-3.6.2
  • gmic-
  • screenfetch-3.6.5
  • libtorrent_rasterbar-0.16.18
  • qbittorrent-3.1.11
  • tortoisehg-3.2.1

Gambas3 latest version comes, like the others item of this brief list, with a lot of bugfixes since 3.5.4 version and some new component (like inotify).


Lots of efforts have been putted inside this project and we currently have quite a few modules doing their jobs, against all odds 😛

We introduced a few changes inside the naming conventions: each launch script has been prefixed with the word mana (e.g. manauser, manahost, manaproxy, etc).

Why mana?

It’s what come out from a night session of IRC while we were working on the migration of some drakxtool to adminpanel … Ok it doesn’t sound so nice told this way so… 🙂 lets say that we find out that adminpanel was somehow inflated and we decided to look for something more representative.

mana recalls energy and magic and somehow the names of the authors, Angelo Naselli and Matteo Pasotti.

A list of the working modules follows:

  • manaclock
  • manahost
  • manalog
  • manaproxy
  • manaservice
  • manauser

There are other minor applications able to run inside AdminPanel (embedded or sharing its modules/subroutines):

  • contribfinder: a simple utility written using libyui and python
  • rpmdragora: a fork of rpmdrake, the effort to port its code to libyui and the 3rd millenium :p

AdminPanel/MaNa is a beautiful example of object oriented programming using Perl, Moose and Modern::Perl alongside a very readable code style.

Some screenshots demonstrating how those modules are able to run natively as Qt, Gtk and NCurses applications 😉

manauser rpmdragora



Stay tuned and see you next month for a new summary of my contributions to Mageia.

Contributions to Mageia – November 2013

Activities inside the Mageia ProjectMageia.Org

Mageia 4 beta 1 is out and my perl-fu © is stronger than ever! 🙂

Give it a try!    Provala!

Unfortunately my daily job doesn’t leave me enough time to properly contribute to the Mageia Project (that’s definitely true for the last 4 months).


  • gambas3-3.5.1
  • mageia-doc-4.2
  • polkit-kde-agent-1

I’m not the maintainer of the polkit-kde-agent-1 package but, I decided to help Filip who worked to the Slovenian translations for that piece of code.

Gambas3 3.5.1 is a minor release bringing some bugfixes and a few new features related to those ones.


  • qupzilla 1.4.4


I’m still working in my spare time on rpmdragora which takes a few steps forward each time I put my hands on its code 🙂

MageiaOnline Backports for Mageia 3

Few new packages are available:

  • gambas3 3.5.1


Stay tuned and see you next month for a new summary of my contributions to Mageia.

Contributions to Mageia – September & October 2013


Running for Mageia 4…

Give it a try!    Provala!


  • libqxt


  • qlipper
  • syntastic
  • mageia-doc
  • razorqt desktop environment
  • screenfetch
  • gambas3
  • scite
  • areca-backup

A lot of work was required to update qlipper because it’s now relying on libqxt and this library wasn’t already packaged for Mageia.

Gambas3 3.5.0 was released and then packaged a few days after the Mageia versions freeze. It ships now with a lot of bugfixes and some new components like gb-loggin, gb-net-pop3, gb-mime, gb-openssl and so on.

Areca-Backup 7.3.7 add some new feature and it fixes some delta blocks backup bugs.


Angelo was finally able to bring some improvement to the yui library (libyui) so I’ll hopefully be able to continue my work on rpmdragora. Stay tuned! 😉

LINUX DAY 2013 – Italy

The Oct 26th, 2013 I participated to the Linux Day event in Vigevano, a northern Italian town near Pavia and Milan. The event was organized by the Linux User Group DUCALE (LUGDucale) from Vigevano.

During the entire day I was standing near my Mageia powered personal computer (1GHz cpu, 1GB ram memory and stuff like that) with a lot of fliers, to show people the powers of the current stable version and to provide any kind of information about Mageia and the software it provides through its repositories.

Summary of the event: 10+ Mageia Live KDE burnt on demand, 1 usb key prepared, many user really interested. I was really excited.

I want to say thanks to the entire crew for their great efforts and their passion.

Keep going this way!

MageiaOnline Backports for Mageia 3

I reactivated the backports repository a couple of days ago and the first packages are now available:

  • gambas3 3.5.0
  • areca-backup 7.3.7
  • qupzilla 1.4.4
  • vlc 2.1

This new versions brings some new features, mainly bugfixes. Other packages will follow but I’m currently working on testing each one of them very deeply. At the same time Victor is growing and it will provide better and useful informations.


Stay tuned and see you next month for a new summary of my contributions to Mageia.

Contributions to Mageia – August 2013


Back to my contributions and Mageia 4 alpha 1 is already out shipping a lot of new stuff  o/

Give it a try!    Provala!



  • yaflight
  • yalib
  • yainstall
  • libtorrent-rasterbar 0.16.11
  • qupzilla

yaflight, yainstall and their shared library -yalib- have been ported to the Qt5 framework on Mageia o/

The upgrade of libtorrent-rasterbar to its latest version required qbittorrent to be rebuilt against it while qupzilla was in need of some love only.


Some web pages were updated (look at and some blog post was also translated.


I managed to fix some minor bugs into the online documentation for the Mageia Installer (bug mga#10237).


Our efforts to port drakxtools to a modern abstraction layer, libyui, continue. While anaselli concentrates on libyui-mga, I’m focusing on admin panel and the way it is going to be able to acquire root privileges using different authentication backends.


Stay tuned and see you next month for a new summary of my contributions to Mageia.

Contributions to Mageia – June and July 2013


I didn’t have the time to contribute to Mageia during May and June and I’m slightly back maintaining my packages starting from July.



  • csslint
  • nomacs 1.4.0
  • screenfetch
  • tortoisehg
  • qxkb
  • scite
  • juffed
  • qupzilla
  • mono 3.0.12
  • mono-addins
  • mono-tools 2.11
  • libgdiplus
  • monodevelop 4.0.9
  • monodevelop-database
  • monodevelop-debugger-gdb
  • mageia-doc 4.0

Packaging mono required a lot of time and a lot of work. A bit of refining it’s still needed but finally we have mono 3 ready for Mageia 4 😉

libgdiplus will make you (hopefully) able to launch dotNet applications using mono on Mageia  o/

The mono-tools were also upgraded to the latest version but there are still a few issues to fix: for example the package doesn’t contain gendarme and other useful stuff.


Some web pages were updated (look at


I had no free time to work on it but anaselli‘s work on libyui continues. I hope to be able to continue my work on rpmdragora asap.


See you next month for a new summary of my contributions 😉

Contributions to Mageia – April 2013


Mageia 3 RC is finally out with a lot of improvements, bugfixes and so on!



  • qupzilla 1.3.5 wasn’t compiling on cauldron anymore that’s why I updated the entire package to the new version
  • urpmex
  • sdlbasic (fixed bug mga#9354)


  • qupzilla 1.4.1 (it helps fixing bug mga#9584)
  • mageia-doc 3.5 (the Estonian documentation for the Mageia Control Center is finally complete, ctxhelp improved).



A lot of blog post translations, see by yourself 🙂


From now on I made the application menu entries for the Mageia MCC documentation fully translatable.

The patch previously applied to the estonian files is now applied to all languages except for the english one (see bugs mga#9917 and mga#9918).This patch hides the author credits introduced automatically by Calenco into the official documentation: they are not so nice to display so I managed to hide them 😛

The update-doc script required a bit of refining.


A lot of work has been done to migrate the phpBB forum to Drupal to improve the overall integration. I’ve to thanks the authors of the Migrate and phpbb2drupal modules because those guys made my job a lot easier 🙂


I had no free time to work on it but anaselli‘s work on libyui continues. I hope to be able to continue my work on rpmdragora asap.


I wish you an awesome International Workers’ Day (Buon 1° Maggio a tutti!).

See you next month for a new summary of my contributions 😉