LinuxParty 2006 and Ubuntu Edgy

Last night (this very early morning) I installed Edgdy Eft Knot 3 on my laptop at LinuxParty 2006 in Roskilde. Tried a network upgrade first… which fucked up totally. Then I trashed my entire system partition and used the live installer…. which worked out great.

For a moment I ran the kernel: 2.6.17-8-generic with which I experienced a problem with suspend (or resume). After I resumed my laptop my screen wasn’t redrawn correctly. After upgrading to 2.6.17-9-generic I haven’t experienced it since… but I haven’t tested it enough to say it is actually gone :)

The new power manager is soo cool :-D

When I’m on battery, LCD dimmed down and Bluetooth and Wireless turned of I only use 6-7W. Really fun to tru out different stuff and watch the graph.

So far the upgrade to Edgy works like a charm… though I still need to get VM-Ware and Citrix Meta Frame installed, but I don’t suspect it to give any trouble.

Where did all my time go?

… down a drain called World of Warcraft.

As a few people have pointed out, I havn’t blogged for some time now. I spend most my evenings playing World of Warcraft and havn’t really used my spare time on all sorts Open Source stuff as I used to.

This is my character so far. It is actually now pretty easy to get WoW running under Linux with WINE.

But at work I have tried to update our Instiki installation to the newest 0.11 version which wasn’t as easy as it may sound. I finally got all the old stuff migrated and all seemed to work until we tried to proxy from our DMZ to the internal Instiki wiki. Instiki didn’t like that… I is some time ago now so I dont have the error message. But if I stumble upon it I’ll put it here.

Instead I found a Media Wiki altered by MindTouch called dekiwiki.

The cool thing about that wiki is they made a page where you can get you own public readable wiki, I already made my own at emcken.wiki.com. Not much for you guys, but now have a place for all my notes and shit which usually just lie around on my disk until it dissappears in all the other mess.

Ubuntu Dapper Drake on my IBM X40

I installed Dapper Drake on my laptop and it went pretty well. At the time of writing it isn’t released as stable yet. I didn’t make a clean install but jut upgraded my current Breezy installation.

The first thing I noticed was the my SD card reader started working. YAY - kudos to the developer(s) how made that happen. Even if you dont use Ubuntu you should be able make it work on you machine too, because it was an addition in kernel 2.6.15 which now supports the SD card reader in IBM’s X40 (which is a Ricoh R5C822). I dunno which other SD card readers now work but take a look at this site

The reason I upgraded to Dapper was because I hoped that the problems with using an external monitor (or projector) would be solved. As you might have guessed they where not. Instead I found a SourceForge project: intel 855GM crt video out driver. This is a small program which can enable ad disable the extarnal monitor port. I works very well, and I can now use my laptop for presentations now that I can have both my laptop screen and the extarnal monitor enbaled at the same time.

A little bonus I got from upgrading Ubuntu was:

  • Speedups in GNOME which I can feel (not much, but they are there)
  • Firefox 1.5, yay - tab reordering
  • Gedit can now save files to remote locations trasparent via gnome-vfs (ie. ssh)
  • Better performance with gnome-terminal
  • Quicker startup time (I dont use that much because I usually just suspends my laptop to RAM) Important: Right now suspend doesn’t work right. It seems alot faster to suspend and resume but redraws of the screen totally fucks up after resume. Ie. scrolling on a homepage or moveing windows is behaving very weird. I’m planning to try installing from the flight 5 CD’s to test if it has something to do with my upgrade from Breezy.

LinuxForum follow up

2 weeks ago I attended LinuxForum both as a exhibitor with my work (Casalogic) and as a speaker. For my speach I takled about Windows integration through Samba. This was my first time talking infront of so many people and I was very nervous. Anyway I think it went very well, even thought I had trouble keeping in within the time frame. There is always something to improve but there always is. I think I can do it alot better next time, and I would like the chance to talk more in-depth about Samba and Active Directory integration. Though - first I’d like to play more with it, so I’m prepared for questions and detailed explanations.

You can find the slides I used for my presentation on the LinuxForum 2006 (slides) homepage

LinuxForum gave all speakers a little present: A Cordless screwdriver with the LinuxForum 2006 logo printed on it. VERY COOL.

Sitting on a train

Last friday I got a new computer. After gotten my girlfriend to play World of Warcraft we suddenly found ourselves in the dilemma: 2 people wanting to play but only one computer… mine. I took the consequence and bought a new one - a Shuttle. A really cool little fukka for me - and the old one for her :-)

A first I thought that it would take her a long time to figure it all out but she seems to has gotten a hold of all the keys and stuff really fast. She always says that she is to stupid to play games and for while she had me convinced. I usually thinks that one can learn anything, if you set your mind to it… and now she proven me right.

Right now I’m sitting in a train on my way to Randers, 4 hours from where I live with train. I have some work there tomorrow and have left my girlfriend at home (propably playing World of Wracraft). No worries, she told me that she had made her homework before I went out the door ;-)

I have just finished the movie “Sound of Thunder” - like Triumph would have put it: CRAP! Seriously, I mean it. The story wasn’t convincing, the acting was bad and the effects was really bad. Well I killed some time in the train. I saw a WoW movie about taking down Razor from BWL… Gloin now I’m prepared ;-)