Author Archives: Sam Thursfield

About Sam Thursfield

Who's that kid in the back of the room? He's setting all his papers on fire! Where did he get that crazy smile? We all think he's really weird.

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The way we organize content on computers hasn’t really evolved since the arrival of navigational file managers in late 1980s. We have been organizing files into directories for decades. Perhaps the biggest change anyone has managed since then is that … Continue reading

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How BuildStream uses OSTree

I’ve been asked a few times about the relationship between BuildStream and OSTree. The answer is a bit complicated so I decided to answer the question here. OSTree is a content-addressed content store, inspired in many ways by Git but … Continue reading

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2017 in review

I began this year in a hedge in Mexico City and immediately had to set off on a 2 day aeroplane trek back to Manchester to make a very tired return to work on the 3rd January. From there things … Continue reading

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Using BuildStream through Docker

BuildStream isn’t packaged in any distributions yet, and it’s not entirely trivial to install it yourself from source. BuildStream itself is just Python, but it depends on a modern version of OSTree (2017.8 or newer at time of writing), with … Continue reading

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Manchester transport consulation

Manchester council is running a transport survey at the moment. There’s nothing I like more than ranting into pointless online forms, and here’s an extract from my response: Manchester is not the worst city to cycle in due to having … Continue reading

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GUADEC 2017: timeline

After the statistics perhaps you are interested in reading a timeline of GUADEC 2017! In particular you can compare it to the burn down chart from the GUADEC HowTo and see how that interacts with reality. Of course lots of … Continue reading

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GUADEC 2017 by numbers

I’m finally getting around to doing a bit of a post-mortem for the 2017 edition of GUADEC that we held in Manchester this year. Let’s start with some statistics! GUADEC 2017 had… 264 registrations (up from 186 last year) 209 … Continue reading

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