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The coolness of a 3D desktop

Well it’s happened I have been working full time for over a year now and I am just getting more and more slack at writing valuable stuff on my blog, he he he.

But something most wonderful has happened over the Christmas break the alsa bug report tracking the problem with my soundcard has heated up, and someone found that by poking a register my soundcard will work under Linux.

So I have been spending the last few weeks getting back into my OS of choice.

I have Compiz working which is the coolest innovation on the desktop in a long time. I actually started with the fork Beryl but that version has a problem with java swing that is only fixed for Compiz in a Beta update for Java6 but not Beryl. So I am now enjoying the spinning cube virtual desktop, wobbly windows and the like in all their glory.

I also received an old Dell Latitude 600m which I mentioned I could use as a server box at home. The idea was to use it to host a webserver for AME, if I ever get it finished, so that I could host my own ads and receive full donations as per the sourceforge terms of service. But since I have not managed to finish it yet, I have been finding uses for it as a home server.

Such as using it to host torrentflux, as well as a SAMBA server for home multimedia sharing and I think I will get rid of my embedded print server and use it as a print server for the house aswell no need to pay for multiple devices to be running all the time.

And our land development has been pushed back to a release some time in April so house is on hold for now. Should get this post out it has been way to long coming till next time.

I do Ubuntu

Not long back(July 2004) I told a story of my love for Gentoo Linux. However I must confess this is now over :( my wondering has continued and last Monday night (18 Oct) I installed yet another distribution over Gentoo.

I went out and installed Ubuntu Linux in it’s pre-release 4.10. Yesterday however (21/10/2004) “Warty Warthog” went “Gold” ie. out of pre-release phase so tomorrow it’s off to update my system. Which like Gentoo will never need a reformat because they promise that the distribution will be upgradeable via apt-get alone. Which is great, for this was one of the main factors I appreciated in Gentoo in the first place.

But what really got me changed was the fact that the initial pre-release with Gnome 2.8 went out only a few days after 2.8.0 was officially available. A lot sooner than 2.8 was even in hard-masked testing in Gentoo.

Finally I was sick of playing around with emerge for the entire time I was on the computer rather than enjoying my Linux which from what I have read on the Ubuntu Forums is a rather large sticking point for a lot of people.

And as for now on you will notice I no longer have a Gentoo section on the Blog and it is now Ubuntu and once I finally get to have a bit of a play and finish setting it up I might get around to taking some screenies :P.

Gaim 0.79

Gaim 0.79 was released today and there is one new feature that all of us MSN users will love. User Icons!

The icons come up everywhere:

  • They show up in your buddy list
  • They appear in the chat window
  • And most importantly you can set your own :)


For those of you who don’t know gaim is a multi-protocol IM(Instant Messenger) program. You can get it here and there is a MS Windows version too, I use it at work :P. Ohh one day, one day I will be able to work and use Linux at the same time. But until then there are so many great programs that are ported to Windows that I don’t fret too much.

A tale of emerge world

Last night I set out to update my Gentoo system1 using emerge with the simple commands:

$ emerge sync
$ emerge world

This was to be a fairly major upgrade as I was going from Gnome 2.4 to 2.6 which wasn’t anything to be laughed at but onto of this I would be upgrading gcc as well. I once tryed to upgrade gcc on Red Hat Linux 8 which ended in a system that would not boot :( so I thought I might be in for a rather hands on upgrade process, however I was wrong.

I also once upgraded Gnome on my Red Hat Linux 9 using GARNOME which took ages and killed my laptop when it ran out of hard disk space, but that’s another story, it rendered my system basically useless as I upgraded diffent libraries from underneath the currently running gnome. However with this upgrade everything still worked, except for Evolution (I see now it’s Novel Evolution instead of Ximian Evolution) during it’s upgrade from 1.4.5 to 1.4.6. Other than that all went well some icons went missing after the upgrade to GTK but it still kept going.

In the end it was time to get some rest but it was still upgrading so I did a quick ctl-c to call up halt and then issued a:

$ emerge world && poweroff

Then went off to bed :eek: got up this morning started it up again and it just booted and Gnome started no problems what so ever 8) ran a:

$ etc-update

Merged like 17 files and that was it. It just worked. I am so happy I knew Gentoo was good but hey now I’m a real Gentoo addict. It might be alot harder to install than a Red Hat and source distrobution takes ages to compile but hey who cares? When updating is this easy who needs to ever re-install anyway :D It has made my very boring week not too bad.

Should be taking some screenshots sometime soon check back then to see my Gnome 2.6 in all of it’s glory.

1 I am running a stable x86 Gentoo system with a 2.6.5-gentoo-r1 kernel with a Gnome window manager.