JUN
2
2006

How Dapper LTS Succeeded To Spoil CUPS Printing (Part One -- The Prelude)

Yesterday (K)Ubuntu Dapper was released. The final version. I'm sure it is a great release, and most users will find it highly satisfactory for all their needs.

However, this blog is not all huggin' 'n luvin' for Dapper. It is a rant. I want this to be a wake-up call. It will sound negative to most of you. So be it....

Two months ago I blogged about Dapper's printing problems which had shown up in the various beta- and pre-releases.

APR
16
2006

SVS, a klik-alike application for the Windows OS?

It looks like the general idea of klik has come to the MS Windows world now too.

APR
15
2006

A first summary of topics discussed at OSDL Desktop Linux Printing Summit

Exhausted, but happy about the work we've done I'm now back in Stuttgart. I have attended the 3 intensive days of discussions and work that were the Desktop Linux Printing Summit, jointly organized by OSDL (John Cherry) and Linuxprinting.org (Till Kamppeter). It was held in Atlanta, hosted by Lanier at their Education Center. The hosting was made possible by Uli Wehner.

APR
2
2006

Help! KDEPrint on KDE-3.x will break with CUPS-1.2 (or with 1.3 at the latest)!

I'm suffering from another CUPS+KDE frustration right now.

Today I learned that there are two bug reports in our bugzilla which I had missed to see before. They were submitted by Mike Sweet from CUPS. See yourself: #115891 and #124157. The first one was submitted last November, the other one a few days ago.

APR
2
2006

Frustrations with Kubuntu Dapper Flight 6 and how it handles CUPS 1.2svn

A few weeks ago, Jonathan had asked me on IRC in passing why kprinter and KDEPrint 3.5.1 didn't work with CUPS-1.2. My reply had been like "CUPS-1.2 hasn't even released an alpha or beta tarball -- w.t.h. does Ubuntu Dapper plan to include an SVN version of a piece of core software which has a yet unknown release date??" Of course, this is not Jonathan's personal field of work -- Kubuntu just inherits the CUPS version and setup which the Ubuntu main developers decided for.

MAR
25
2006

Playing with Opera9's "Widgets"

I should have been doing some serious work during the last 30 minutes, but....

...I came across this weekend's Opera9 build (no. 181) and decided to make a new klik (*) recipe for it.

MAR
24
2006

How to simulate a slow network (after all, QT_FLUSH_PAINT=1 doesn't work with Qt3)

I think it is time to reveal a nifty little tool that I like to simulate a slow network connection, even without a network. It is called "tc" (think "traffic control") and is present on every modern Linux system. It is part of the "iproute" or "iproute2" package.

MAR
19
2006

Xara releases sources for GPL'd Xara LX

The vector graphics package Xara Xtreme so far was only available for Windows. Back in October, the Xara company announced the porting of its flagship product to Linux and Mac OS X. Not only that -- the complete source code should become available, and subject to the GPL license. But at the time they consoled hopes for an immediate release to a later date.

Now the day has come.

MAR
15
2006

iPod marketing (how someone else could have done it)

This is a hilariously good movie -- apparently from inside Microsoft. It outlines how MS would have marketed the iPod "the MS way". It is meant to be self-joking about the company's own marketeers; and indeed it is.:-)

But still, the thing has a serious lesson behind it.

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