After a lot of fiddling, I got XFree86 4.2, GARNOME 0.18, Mozilla, and OpenOffice to all agree to use FreeType fonts. I have to say the results look very nice indeed, very smooth and nicely antialiased.
It took me ages to work out that I needed to re-run mkfontdir, because Debian had somehow forgotten. (I guess I probably have used that command once, years ago.) It's fundamental to friendly/reliable software design that caches should regenerate themselves if they're out of date. X11 is, as they say, a complete fucking flying circus.
I guess it's getting better, through FreeType and the GNOME font installer and so on, but at the moment the functionality is nice but the usability is very nasty indeed.
I'm sure Windows is just as ugly on the inside. A friend of mine, by installing a TrueType font using the approved method , managed to trash a Wince device so completely that the motherboard needed to be replaced. (Soldered-on persistent memory, I suppose.)
linux.conf.au registrations are open; the programme should be announced any day.
I am really pleased with the distcc test suite. It catches a decent fraction of bugs, and new ones that are reported can usually be tested to prevent regression.
I think the trick to testing is to start early, and be disciplined about keeping on adding them as you go. Like washing up, if you leave it for three months then it looks very intimidating. :-)
being non digital:
Canberra is accurately described as having pulse-width-modulated weather: Spring days fluctuate between maximums of about 12C and 25C, until eventually warmth wins out.
Last weekend was warm. I took my motorbike up over the Snowy Mountains highway from Cooma to Adaminaby. It was very beautiful indeed. It does feel like the roof of the continent.
Also, I just got the keys to my new apartment, and I'm going to start moving this weekend. Yay.