[en] Welcome to euroquis.nl. Originally intended as a site for a European source-code-quality project, it now serves as the hub of my online presence. Most of what happens here goes on on the blog.

[nl] Welkom bij euroquis.nl. Dit was oorspronkelijk bedoeld als site voor een Europees code-kwaliteitsbeoordelingsproject. Nu is het centrum van mijn online aanwezigheid. Er gebeurt vooral wat op mijn blog.


  • Unbroken!

    Calamares is a distro- and desktop-agnostic Linux installer. It’s my day job. It is named for squid, in particular battered squid rings from the Mediterranean sea, Calamares. There’s lots of ways to catch squid and octopuses. One way is to use an octopus trap, and in Japan these have a fairly distinctive shape and are called tako tsubo. There is a specific kind of heart spasm that causes the left ventricle to take on the shape of an octopus trap; this is generally Not Good. Here’s a cute illustration from a squid-lover.

  • On Break

    I’m on break effective immediately and for some time, since my mom had a minor heart attack yesterday (right after giving a speech to raise money for the local classical music concert venue). She’s relatively ok, but my list of priorities is thoroughly shuffled, with “get her home” and “make sure she’s safe and functional at home” way ahead of things like “the Slimbook Base 14 runs KDE Plasma Wayland and has working WiFi” or “New Calamares Release”. I’ll be back when things are settled down again.

  • Calamares and Hacktoberfest 2021

    Calamares is an independent Linux-distro-installer. It was recently added to FreeBSD ports as well, although you won’t be able to use it as an installer yet. The Calamares project is KDE-adjacent – but independent – so it participates ins some things that KDE projects do not. One of those things is Hacktoberfest.

  • Python modules in Calamares

    Calamares is a distro- and desktop-agnostic installer for Linux distributions. Dozens of distributions, medium and small, use Calamares every day for getting the distro from an ISO image onto the computers of their users. There have been three Calamares releases in the past seven days: release, hotfix and another hotfix. That’s embarrassing, and annoying for the distributions that pick up the latest release on their rolling ISO images. There is one specific cause of this gaggle of releases: Python

  • Early Selfies

    My mom is moving house, which means that we’re packing things up. You could also call it cleaning up the cruft of a lifetime. From nooks and crannies come boxes of color slides – explain that concept to the kids, eh – and I’ve started scanning them. It’s a slow and laborious process, but yields some keen results.

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