Friday, August 22, 2008

Call for Web Developers

I have recently worked to make the site code easier to install/configure.

A project was setup for the site bug reporting/features development:

The code is available from a bzr branch, you can check it with:
bzr branch lp:getdeb-web

The latest changes:
- Added a lighttpd conf module that provides all the configuration required to setup the site vhost
- Added a minimal sample data creation script
- Removed all the unnecessary files from the libs dir

This is the first time that the site development is generally open with all the required resources in place.
I hope that it get's some attention from web developers, there is a lot to improve and we have a great user base that will benefit from it.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Playbuntu is now Playdeb; beta starts Sept. 1st

Update: Playdeb beta is out now.

I've got some good news and bad news today.

The bad news is that Playbuntu is now Playdeb, since Canonical enforced their trademark policy and didn't wish to give us permission nor support. So, apologies for the confusion, but please refer to Playbuntu as Playdeb from now on.

The good news is that a beta for the Playdeb repository will be starting on September 1st! Everyone will be welcome to participate in the beta, so you don't have to wait long until Playdeb is available.

Please keep in mind that Playdeb is not another version of Ubuntu, but an "add-on" (a repository of software that you add) to your existing Ubuntu installation.

Additionally, we are still looking for mirrors - the basic requirements are 20gb space, rsync client, and a web server. If you're interested in helping us out, please contact me at ( Thank you!


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Monday, August 18, 2008

GetDeb server upgraded to Hardy

you may have noticed that our site has experienced some issues on the last months.
GetDeb main site is running from a vmware VM, and was using Ubuntu 7.04, this was the right time to do the upgrade. We hope the VM will be stable again, otherwise we will need to do some more analysis and research on the problem.
One of the major drawbacks of using VMware is the disk I/O performance hit, we have noticed a major performance impact on the site when rsync is running. In order to improve this we have moved the archive file system to the vmware host, accessing it via NFS. So far we got good results.
The move/upgrade took about one week because I have been busy, but the change was smooth, lighttpd/mysql/rsync/vsftp services are running just fine. A minor fix was required on the site code, the SQL for the downloads count was not returning the expected result with the new mysql server.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Maintenance outage

Due to a problem on the main server we had to perform and emergency shutdown. We are working on the problem. I will update the blog as soon I get more news.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Update: Playbuntu is now Playdeb, beta starting Sept. 1st

Update: Playbuntu is now Playdeb, beta starting Sept. 1st, a leading provider of new and updated programs for Ubuntu is announcing the start of a gaming repository for Ubuntu. The repository (codenamed "Playbuntu") will provide all games available on in an easy to use repository format - enabling you to receive updates for your favourite game via the Update Manager tool. Additonally, if a game has several packages, installing them is quite easy as it'll be automatically handled.

While work on the repository is still just beginning, you can obtain new and updated games from here.

We do, however, need your help in making this a reality. If you're able to provide a mirror, or would like to help us package - contact us. Otherwise, please consider making a donation - the money will be spent in purchasing mirrors, so we have enough bandwidth and acceptable speeds for this.

Look forward to the launch of Playbuntu soon!


GetDeb extends the existing software options for Ubuntu (and derived) Linux distributions by providing major updates and software not yet available on the official Ubuntu repositories. For more information about, please see here.