Niels Thykier of the Debian release team writes:
We're pleased to announce that the freeze for Debian 10 'buster' has now migrated to the soft freeze stage.
The next stage of the release is on target. It is:
2019-03-12 Full freeze
Please take this opportunity to check packages are in their final shape and stay vigilant for release-critical bugs.
Voici ma version de la #comète 46P/Wirtanen obtenue mardi 11 décembre au soir.
Je n'avais pas encore eu l'occasion de jeter un œil à cette comète en raison d'une météo bien pourrie. Mardi soir, étonnamment, le #ciel était très clair en Beaujolais. J'ai pu admirer un très beau croissant de Lune accompagnée de sa lumière cendrée dans les lueurs du couchant. J'en ai profité pour longuement observer la comète aux jumelles 10 × 50, très facilement visible (magnitude visuelle limite à l'œil nu dans la Petite Ourse ~6,2 mag., T1) et constater son rapide déplacement parmi les étoiles au fil des heures. Elle passait alors non loin des étoiles Kappa 1 et Kappa 2 de la Baleine.
La comète est d'ailleurs bien visible à l'œil nu. Pas en vision directe, mais très facilement en vision décalée (VI1).
Le temps de la laisser monter dans le ciel, j'ai installé ma petite monture #SkyWatcher Star-Adventurer pour essayer de la photographier. La météo étant restée clémente toute la nuit, j'ai pu lui tirer le portrait pendant près de trois heures avec le #Canon EOS 600D équipé pour l'occasion de l'objectif #Rubinar 300 mm. Malheureusement, vue la focale et l'erreur périodique, j'ai dû me limiter à des poses unitaires de trente secondes. Même ainsi, il a fallu me débarrasser d'une bonne partie des brutes acquises pour cause d'étoiles trop allongées. J'ai finalement conservé 192 poses.
Le prétraitement a été réalisé dans #Siril, le post-traitement dans #Gimp, le tout sous #Debian GNU/Linux. J'ai décentré le cadrage pour inclure les deux étoiles Kappa de la Baleine. Un peu trop peut-être, car je me suis trompé dans l'estimation du sens de déplacement de #Wirtanen :D Toujours est-il que c'est toujours aussi chiant à traiter, compte tenu du déplacement de la comète parmi les étoiles...
À noter que j'ai bien fait de sauter sur l'occasion car, dès le lendemain et jusqu'à aujourd'hui encore, le ciel était de nouveau pourave.
J'ai quand même bien les boules que l'ordinateur du télescope contrôlable à distance de l'observatoire Sirene, Pollux, soit en maintenance. Ça aurait été l'idéal pour cette comète, et sous un bien meilleur ciel qui plus est. Bien évidemment, il faisait grand beau...
- Date : 11 décembre 2018
- Appareil : Canon EOS 600D
- Instrument : objectif Rubinar 300 mm f/4,5
- Temps de pose : 192 x 30 sec., soit 96 min.
- Sensibilité : 3 200 iso
- Qualité : Raw
Acquisition effectuée sur monture Sky-Watcher Star-Adventurer. Traitement sous Siril et Gimp.
Movim is 10 years old and it's with a lot of satisfaction that we are bringing this version 0.14 after 9 long months of development.
Ou goal is to bring everything you need to communicate with your community, classroom, company or friend circle in one simple application. Movim can easily be deployed on a server and rely on the XMPP protocol to federate them. Therefore Movim can, by design, already communicate with many XMPP/Jabber clients and doesn't need you to create a new account if you already have an XMPP one 😋.
This new #release is coming with several core changes that greatly improved the stability and performances of the project but it also brings many design and navigation improvements to always provide you with the best experience regarding publication of content and messaging.
Movim and PHP 7.3
Movim is currently having technical issues to run on the upcoming version of PHP 7.3.
This is a known and documented issue that is caused by some incompatibilities with one of the official dependencies of PHP, php-zmq, that is used at several places in the core of the daemon.
A ticket has been open to track and give updates about this issue: Movim is not working with PHP 7.3.
Before presenting the improvements and new features let's talk a bit about what was done under the hood.
The biggest change in this version is certainly the complete replacement of the database layer from the historical, Movim specific, Modl library to the widely used Eloquent.
This work has been detailed in a previous article: From Modl to Eloquent, or how to change a social network database engine. To sum it up, it brought coherence in the database of the project and a huge performance boost on all the pages.
Without any cache involved, Movim is now loading pages in only a few hundred milliseconds.
The new database structure is also keeping good performances with a huge amount of data (millions of messages, thousands of articles on our official pods a this moment).
With Eloquent, Movim is compatible with #MySQL, #PostgreSQL but also, since this version, with #SQLite which can greatly simplify the deployment of small instances. Thanks to JKingweb for his awesome work on this port.
Packaging and dependencies
Scotty will be the first version to be packaged for the #Debian project. Big improvements were made in the dependencies of the project thanks to the work of our contributors mirabilos and nik. Several were fully removed and some are replaced with more stable and reliable ones (like the SASL library, used for the authentication). This package will come a bit later regarding the issue that we have with PHP 7.3.
Movim 0.14 is also the first version to drop the support of PHP5 (now deprecated) to focus on PHP7+.
After being a bit boring with those technical changes let's have a look at what you will find as a user in this new version.
The publication of articles is now simpler than ever and has been fully redesigned. You can quickly publish a link or upload a picture directly from the home page or you can still switch to the more complete form to write long articles (like this one 😉).
When sharing a link that contains several pictures you can now pick the one that you would like to include in your publication (or no picture at all).
The publication visibility toggle has been redesigned to be clearer as well.
The cards containing the preview of the articles were fully redesigned to be more compact and adaptable to smaller screens.
The news page, contact publications and communities are now paginated allowing simpler navigation.
If you receive articles containing NSFW content and you asked to not display them in the configuration, Movim will now display a spoiler overlay on top of them.
The search feature has been improved and now supports searching in tags as well.
The loading performances of the articles and comments were also greatly improved. Navigating between the articles feels like a breeze.
All the notifications are now grouped in a panel easily available from the main menu both on desktop and on mobile. Thanks to XMPP all those notifications are received and synchronized in real time 😀.
Those notifications contain likes, comments and invitations that you received.
Several message synchronisation issues were fixed allowing Movim to handle properly the receival and read acknowledgement of the sent messages.
The chatrooms were slightly redesigned, the moderators messages are now shown with a specific color. The messages addressed to you are also displayed with a colored border.
You can now also publish Stickers and emojis in your favorite chatrooms.
You can now use Movim to authenticate to third party websites using your XMPP account. On the websites that implement that feature, you just have to give your XMPP account and a notification will be displayed in Movim.
You just have to accept it and you'll be automatically authenticated to the external website. How easy is it?
More information there Journal of a Bot - Authentication with XMPP.
Several small bugs were also fixed in the Video Conference feature. Movim is now clearer about the state of the video session and is giving proper feedbacks if the contact hung-up.
The pictures can be directly previewed within Movim before going to the external link.
Around the project
The new redesigned version of the official website will now present more clearly what the project is about and all the exciting features that you can use within Movim.
You will also find there all the apps for your desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux) and your Android phone.
We are not done yet! There is already some plans for the upcoming release.
The 0.15 will focus on the integration of the OMEMO end to end encryption protocol. The related ticket has been reopened with more proper explanations. This will be a big risky project.
Some improvements will also be done on the suggestions of the chatrooms and communities to allow Movim users to explore and discover content more easily.
In the meantime we all invite you to try out this new version on our official instances or deploy it on your server. You will find everything to do so on the official website.
That's all folks!