Time for a status update?

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It’s been a while since I’ve commented on the MythTV book project, so it’s worth a quick status update. We’re basically into the home straight now — we’ve decided what to cover in the book (which of course involves missing out on a few things which could be in there if we had infinite space and time), written the chapters (which are all now done), and are now working through technical review and copy edits.

I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to final production.

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ImageMagick bug?

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Subject: imagemagick: If the trailing character of a montage label option is a percent sign, the output image is erroneous
Package: imagemagick
Version: 6:6.2.3.6-3
Severity: normal

*** Please type your report below this line ***

Executing this command line:

montage -geometry +10+10 -tile 2 -label "-sepia-tone 15%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20a.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 35%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20b.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 55%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20c.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 75%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20d.jpg ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20.jpg
Whereas this command line:

montage -geometry +10+10 -tile 2 -label "-sepia-tone 15%% " \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20a.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 35%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20b.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 55%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20c.jpg -label "-sepia-tone 75%%" \
ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20d.jpg ImageMagick_Chapter5_Insert20.jpg

Produces the expected output:
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
    APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
    Architecture: i386 (i686)
    Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
    Kernel: Linux 2.6.11
    Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

    Versions of packages imagemagick depends on:
    ii  libmagick6                   6:6.2.3.6-3 Image manipulation library

    imagemagick recommends no packages.

    -- no debconf information
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Why Debian?

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Why do I use Debian? Well, one of the reasons is the bug reporting. I think I just found two bugs in ImageMagick, one a simple documentation bug, and the other a functionality bug. With Debian, I can just run the reportbug command from the command line with the name of the package, and walk through the simple bug reporting process, instead of having to fight my way through mailing lists for the dozens of different packages I have installed. It’s nice.

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