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Another friday, a week is over

I tried the USB stuff with 2.3.99pre-something kernel, and it worked fine. However the kernel crashed when I copied the linux source tree to keep a fresh copy before applying the ac-patch.

I then decided to go back to stable kernel, but I needed the USB for my mouse and Wacom. (no. it doesnt work in Gimp yet. You can use the tablet as a generic mouse without pressure etc. A serial version works fine. Xinput support for the usb version is on the works though..) Well the non-fun part is the backport USB driver for 2.2.x doesnt like my tablet at all. The backport driver is 0.2 I think and 2.3.99 kernel has version 0.5. The USB trackball works fine but the wacom just goes into a weird state, unplugging the tablet fixes it. It spews this to kern.log:

Apr 12 21:03:39 fun112 kernel: usb-uhci.c: interrupt, status
3, frame# 1114
Apr 12 21:03:39 fun112 kernel: usb-uhci-debug.h:
uhci_show_td d49a1de0 (149A1DE0) 
Apr 12 21:03:39 fun112 kernel: usb-uhci-debug.h: MaxLen=07
DT0 EndPt=1 Dev=3, PID=69( IN  ) (buf=0a0ae400)
Apr 12 21:03:39 fun112 kernel: usb-uhci-debug.h: Len=07 e3
SPD IOC Stalled Babble 

I wonder what it is. On the other hand, it is pointless to wonder, the current driver works fine. I just wish the backport was updated at some point. Or I just need to play with the devel kernel again.. Gotta take backups :)

Anyway, sleep time. Good night and happy hacking people!

Ack

I got a broken NIC. That is why my site was downlast night and this morning.. I first thought that the network was down but I found out my old tired SMC ultra was not feeling too well.

fix-a-fix

I took a Tulip card from the other box and got my connection working again, then decided to stick the SMC to the other box, and it worked. Go figure.

I got Redhat 6.2 in a shrink wrap box. They have a sticker of the most important Linux commands that you can stick to your monitor or keyboard. Handy. The box also contained a little book consisting of one page ads of all kinds of commercial software packages. Umm. I dont know what to think. We just need more free software. But dont write a napster client, please : )

I heard Redhat 6.2 does not start inetd at all unless you need it. Jonathan said that they turned a lot of services off by default. This is very good. I might consider having a look at it for a change - it's been a long time of debian lately. Not that I am not happy with it, it is also great.

Raph, I now have an Epson. Send me the Stuff. : )

Dum di dum..

I got Evolution running. I first added a new user account to my machine, named "crashtestdummy" - a good way to test out weird software. The Joys of a Real Multi-User Operating System : )

I got that beast to run, so I have an idea what it looks like. My job now is to make the Beast into a Beauty.. Lots of work but that's what I love doing.

I am also pondering of replacing some of the older Gnome Stock icons, it's been quite a while since I did them, and I think certain ones, like the "Save"-floppy icon could use some retouch. There might also be a need for some new ones.

I also added a load of new news headlines to tigert.gimp.org and put together a combined news page of most of the important news sources and slashdot. Google is a good tool for searching the RSS files for various sites.. : )

I finally dumped my old perl spaghetti that I used for the headlines grabbing, and I am now using XML::RSS Perl module (which contains a nifty example headline grabber script that I modified to suit my needs). I feel much more robust now :^)

I hope you like the new stuff.

Back to normal lifecycle..

So this is just a normal monday and I am having a short break between work stuff. At the moment I am doing some icons for evolution, trying to come up with something nice. Trying my best to make it kick some butt on the aesthetic side too..

Gimp just rocks.

Oh, I also did a new splash screen for CVS Gimp, you can check it out at my Gimp splash history page.

Hm.. back from GUADEC.

It was great fun meeting what was like 95% of the Gnome Hackers or something.. Raph showed up with some very interesting print stuff, and I even managed to draw some icons at the "hacking party". (yes, I had my Wacom Intuos pad with me)

I met a lot of people and brought some chocolate to Ettore to continue the GNOME Gastronomic (?!) Cultural Exchange. Ettore gave me some nice italian chocolate which is good (thanks dude : ) I also gave a box of cloudberry candy to Telsa, but I am afraid Alan took a lion's share of that according to his diary ; )

I also met Sven and Mitch and Raphael of the Gimp Hacker fame and we had a good time together talking about stuff and doing some hacking. They did a very nice user-install wizard dialog which is now in CVS, move away your gimp user dir and try a fresh gimp run and be amazed. It is nifty.

The Eazel guys had a very very nice demo of Nautilus, the new filemanager and looks like it is going to rock seriously. SVG icons is the right way to do make the icons scalable. Michael Meeks demoed a graph component in Gnumeric which should make any tie-wearing folks drool right away : ) All in all there are so many interesting things happening in the Gnome front.

drc had "The Imperial March" from Star Wars as the ringing sound in his cell phone. Is that geeky or what..

One weird thing though.. of what I understand of a "hacking party", it is not something that starts 8am and ends at 6pm, right? : )

Lots and lots of things to do..

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