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... And I wonder, which of the two: planet.gnome.org or planet.freedesktop.org would first put my (corresponding) hackergotchi in place?..


Upgrade of my laptop to Feisty (Herd 5, of course) passed rather smoothly. I just wonder - is there any chance they release PowerPC ISO? Or - is Ubuntu's PPC support dropped to the point where there will be no PPC ISOs any more?

Video editing on Ubuntu/PPC

Yesterday tried to edit some personal .avi files using Dapper. Unpleasant surprize - neither kino nor pitivi even starts editing. Pitivi dies at startup (low level X Window error "BadWindow"), kino - while reading media files (trivial segmentaion fault). Too bad :/

N800 + GPS

Yesterday I got cheap BT77 Bluetooth GPS module (16 channels), charged overnight - and drove to the office checking my way on N800. Sweet. Maemo mapper is really nice piece of software, no kidding. I just wish it to be a bit more stable - for example, not to die when BT connection dies. Other than this - it "just works" © for me.


Now that ESR is moving from FC to Ubuntu - is it another reason (other than dropping official PPC support) for me to move back from Ubuntu to FC?..


Strongly disappointed by the decision of Ubuntu board regarding dropping of official support for PowerPC. If things progress this way, in a couple of years I'll have to install Gentoo :///

Nokia N800

Hardware Easter Eggs are much more exotics things than Software Easter Eggs. Nokia did it. N800 happened to have FM radio inside. Yesterday Nokia provided the application (well, the applet) which wonderfully utilizes that capability. Really nice touch. May be, a week later someone finds 3G hardware in this wonderful (like in "full of wonders") device?


It seems fd.o's bugzilla is broken. It neither sends mail notifications nor allows putting attachments ("The file you are attaching is empty"). Too sad:(

Some while ago I asked about plans of Nokia regarding giving away some N800 devices. They came up with the Developer Device Program - which is not exactly "give away" but very close to it; EUR99 for the device worth $399 is a lot better than just great bargain. And - HURRAY! - yesterday I got the promotion code. The device is on its way to my door.

Big thanks to Fernando Herrera for putting my name into the list, thanks to Nokia for not taking it out of the list, thus recognizing my humble contribution to OSS.

LEGO and Linux

I spent some time trying to make LabVIEW/Win32 shipped with Mindstorm work under wine. Thanks to Daniel Skorka for some insightful tips (in comp.emulators.ms-windows.wine). So, finally LabVIEW started but ... now full stop, they are using special Windows device "LEGO MINDSTORM NXT" (they even care to create special device class "LEGO Devices"!) - so wine cannot help me after this point, since wine does not handle windows device drivers.

Yes, I know there are more powerful tools (like NBC, ICommand etc) - but I need some GUI-based IDE allowing to program without text editing. LabVIEW is a really nice tool, I must admit (and it seems to be based on the mozilla codebase BTW)

I know NI ships LabVIEW/Linux but AFAIK there is no linux driver for Mindstorm.


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