I managed to get Ardour packaged and uploaded last night, with all of it's dependancies, yes there are a fair few. One of these was LADSPA, which doesn't use autoconf/automake to compile sample plugins. This quite annoys me as I have to hack and patch to build it with optimizations, and place everything where I want it to go for the package build. Thank god for bash scripting, which saves the day for this problem, as well as for all other packages I now build.
Well I sat down at the piano today and went through those music ideas mentioned earlier. There is certainly something possible there, but I need to let my unconcious brain work more stuff out yet. Amazing what the mind does.
TAFE is quite enjoyable at the moment. I have a bit of work to do for it, but nothing I can't handle at this stage. The subject matter thus far has been quite simple for me at least.
We were examining Windows 2000 and simple networking this week, which was an absolute bore. I look forward to the day when we are setting up DHCP servers with domains etc. Of course we will be learning 2000 Server, but I am quite tempted to prepare my laptop with Samba 3 and wack it on the network, and show that things can be done with free software.
Unfortunately, only my TAFE teacher knows anything about Linux in the class it seems. I know there is another student learning it, but I don't think he is as far on as my teacher. Even then I think I am way ahead of both of them. I am not getting a big head over this at all, because I want to try and show them all that free software can do the same things as proprietory software.
The move to Linux
As also stated earlier, I am using windows for my day-to-day tasks, because I am vision impaired, and thus far, none of the screen reading packages, except Gnopernicus (which is still under heavy development), on Linux apeal to me. However I am quite sure I know what email client I will use, after playing with it a bit. I eagerly await the GNOME 2.6 release.
This blogging is new to me
Well I just discovered http://www.advogato.org after finishing up some long-overdue work for AudioSlack, my little piece of contribution to the Linux Audio arena. I actually found it while browsing some GNOME related stuff and blogs on Planet GNOME.
Want to prepare and update more packages this afternoon, particularly the kernel and other really neat apps.
I have some ideas for what I think would make a deacent song that I may eventually write. I must sit down at the piano and play them through to see whether they in fact do work.
Glad to say that Gnopernicus is really coming along well, particularly since version 0.7.1. I am really keen on jumping to Linux for all my day-to-day tasks, particularly web browsing, but since I can't seem to get Mozilla 1.6 running, I may have to wait a bit.
I used Garnome to build GNOME 2.6 RC1, and Mozilla crashes before it gets started. Maybe a rebuild of garnome tonight may be a possibility.
Windows and JAWS never co-operate
JAWS, the screen reader that I currently use for Windows is always being a pain. Even now while writing this blog, it doesn't always want to read the text in the text field. Come on Gnopernicus and GNOME, give me access to Mozilla damn it!!
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