Tuesday, January 27 2015

Debian Jessie
[02:19:21] matt []/Psi+ I recently switched my home boot image from an ever-out-of-date Ubuntu installation to Debian Jessie, which was at one point "almost stable" or "almost frozen" or something like that. Then SystemD broke loose and it's still clearly testing.

Things that don't work:

NFS doesn't mount on boot. I give-up. I can't get it to mount anything from the init scripts. The Internet suggests this is because of something left in /var/run/network, but since /var/run is tmpfs this is clearly out (also, I checked, the directory isn't there).

Running sudo clears afs tokens. I've seen one other reported issue, but no solution. cf.

I can no longer get a gnome-session or gnome-settings-daemon running on top of spectrwm. I also can't figure out how to change the window manager for gnome, so it seems like I'm stuck with all of gnome, or none of it now. Why do I care? colord/colormgr is really the only reason why. The rest of the gnome environment is an exercise in frustration.

The most surprising thing that works? Qt now doesn't look like vomit when running in a 30-bit X display.

Thursday, March 1 2012

HP Touchpad
[16:17:55] matt []/Trip I've finally upgraded my Touchpad to WebOS 3.0.5 (I leanred with the 3.0.4 update to wait at least two weeks for the patches to be updated), and transferred Touchpads to my parents for Christmas.

Previously, I used the Touchpad tablet as a means for carrying a Debian computer around with me (using the Debian chroot). This allowed much greater flexibility, but the XServer didn't have ideal touch-support. It also completely lost the informational-messaging infrastucture built into WebOS.

Shortly before updating to 3.0.5 I started using my tablet more often for work business, synching with Exchange and configuring the mail client. I've also got it synchronizing with my personal schedule, and in general it's very good at those things.

Drawbacks to the standard usage:
a) no encryption. I wouldn't want to go through customs anywhere with my touchpad, especially not the US.
b) no PGP support in the mail client. The "flagged only" option doesn't seem to do what I expected (it's not showing anything; I'd expected it to sum-up all of the starred mailboxes).
c) Exchange synchronizing doesn't work at all unless you say to synchronize eMail. This seems odd, especially since my exchange system doesn't even synchronize eMail, but after telling the Touchpad to do this it works fine.
d) WiFi kept dropping out on an WPA2 network. Telling it to turn-off WiFi when asleep caused it to be smart enough to re-connect.

Saturday, December 3 2011

Compiz Settings Manager (ccsm) and Priority/Control issue
[03:39:39] matt []/Psi.generay We got new development boxes at work, so I set-up a fresh install of Debian testing. It seems like there's a bug in ccsm which prevents a user from adding the control key to any key combination. Instead it reads as "priority" which doesn't do a darn thing, and in fact doesn't get saved as part of the key stroke.

The work around is to edit the compiz config file (which is probably $HOME/.config/compiz/compizconfig/Default.ini) and add "<Control>" to any key combinations directly.

Tuesday, October 18 2011

[04:16:26] matt []/Vasilissa I've set-up a Debian chroot in parellel with Ubuntu (both thru the preware packages), and while Ubuntu has some newer packages in theirs, the Debian Iceweasel is actually stable, unlike Ubuntu Firefox. Also, in Ubuntu, I could not find the option to snow a menu in Psi with left click, which makes much more sense when I only have one mouse button in effect.

Saturday, September 3 2011

[22:26:31] matt []/Merch Hume's been upgraded to a Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, and Debian GNU/Linux. Restoring accounts and data now, with mail to resume after that.

Sunday, June 19 2011

[14:03:28] matt []/Psi.generay I'm currently running Debian Squeeze on my Samsung Series 5 Chromebook, basically following the directions from the Chromium team themselves. I'm seeing what's practical on the Chromebook, and trying to script what I can for the install. It's not so bad. It still isn't as easy as a real laptop however.

Tuesday, June 7 2011

Debian Stable
[01:32:06] matt []/Psi.generay It's a running joke that Debian Stable (currently Squeeze) is often behind on features.

It used to be a running joke about how Linux distros couldn't find your CD-drive (optical drive, for you newbies with your Blu-Rays).

Apparently that running joke just made its way to Debian Stable.

Thursday, March 25 2010

[13:14:08] matt []/kerberos I'm not a big fan of how Nokia has a large, slow, release cycle. It'd be much more linux-like if there were at least developmental repositories for the products that go into "maemo"--for instance so I could update modest independently. What I'm saying is that I think I'd be happier if Nokia were run by the Debian folks.