AUG
2
2007

oKular without PDF support (for me)

My freshly installed kde4-okular package (grabbed from the openSUSE build service repository, using the 'smart' package management tool) seems to be without PDF support.

It doesn't even display PDFs for selection in the FileOpen dialog. Cheating the filter line, by entering *.pdf makes the files show up -- but open they don't ("unsupported format").

I remember this was already the case when I had occasion to look at a KDE4 pre-Alpha build on a customer site 2 or 3 months ago. But now we have Cnuth, a 'Beta 1'. So I expected it to work, somehow....

JUN
6
2007

"In Iraq there are now more foreign mercenaries than regular troops. With a license to kill."

According to this commentary in the online version of The Independent, there are now more hired mercenaries in Iraq than there are regular US and UK troops.

APR
10
2007

Questions about Beryl, Compiz, KDE4 and KDE 3.5.6

I'm sure I will be using KDE 3.5.6 for most of my personal Linux time over the next few months. And I'm evenly sure I want to follow the KDE4 developments (esp. regarding KDEPrint). But I'm also curious to have another look at Beryl and Compiz.

APR
10
2007

My openSUSE-10.2 adventure starts...

The notebook mentioned in my last blog: yesterday it got an openSUSE-10.2 installation completed.

What tempted me most in favor of openSUSE, was that I had read about their "build service", and that they offer regularly updated KDE4 snapshot RPMs from there, which possibly can save me lots of compile time while I familiarize myself again what's current with KDE developments.

However, KDE4 is not yet installed.

APR
10
2007

I'm now the proud owner of a semi-b0rken HP nx5000 notebook

So I now have a semi-working notebook for private Linux/KDE purposes again. May be able to build my own version (and follow the development of KDE(4)) again....

Paid 150.- EUR. Got it with a 120 GByte harddisk. It's a HP nx5000 model (same thing as 30 participants of aKademy 2005 [Ludwigsburg] may be familiar with). But it came with a specific, known kaputt-ness:

APR
10
2007

Cool and Uncool

My Cool Discovery of Today:
A few days ago a few little known Chinese friends of KDE must have translated the "Getting Started/Build/KDE4"-page on the TechBase wiki into Chinese ("zh_CN"; AFAIK, this is the "Simplified Chinese" as used on mainland China).
My Uncool (but Confirmed) Apprehension of Today:
FEB
23
2007

sidux -- a new star in the Linux galaxy

Two days ago the first incarnation of sidux was released, code-named "Chaos". sidux is a desktop-oriented distribution. It comes as a Live CD based on the "unstable" branch of Debian, but is easily able to install onto harddisk from the running Live CD using a completely new graphical installer frontend.

On Distrowatch, sidux already climbed into the Top 20 list for the last 7 days.

FEB
7
2007

"Freesoftware Magazine" ditches PDF download version (and hides previous issues)

What a stupid idea! How shortsighted, to not consult with their readers beforehand!

www.freesoftwaremagazine.com have announced that they will stop offering their publication as a PDF for download. Instead, they will go "online only"....

JAN
27
2007

Researching the state of PDF manipulation tools in the world of Free Software (2): PDFedit

Yes, pinotree, PDFedit is one of the two applications I discovered a few weeks ago when I searched Google for PDF manipulation tools... :-) (I'm really curious if you'd know about the other one already -- but that's a few days away to blog about. Today is about PDFedit.)

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