Long time, no update. But winter is now over, and many months of blissful summer days await.
I'm heading to Sweden for a brief holiday tomorrow. Looking forward to spending some quality time near the sea, in Skåne.
Donning the Fedora
I downloaded Fedora Core 2 yesterday to install onto my new laptop (my old one, which was running debian-unstable, was stolen roughly a month ago). Installation (over NFS) was pretty much painless, and the base system seems up to RedHat's usual standard.
Initial impression of the desktop is relatively positive, minus the Gnome SMB browser which still seems to crash immediately when I try to browse NITI's internal network. It's rather unfortunate really: I had heard some good things about the one in 2.6. Both GNOME and KDE's SMB backend are based on libsmbclient: why one works while the other doesn't bears investigation. I might look into this after I return.
I still think that Ximian Desktop 2 is the best Linux desktop environment out there. I'm not sure whether it's the menus, the artwork, the panel layout, the gnome print dialog, OpenOffice.org Ximian edition, or something else entirely-- but it just feels right.
.. continues. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I can say anything about the bits that I'm really excited about at the moment, so I'll have to keep my mouth shut on this one for now.
libwpd progress seems to have stalled somewhat after a huge release last February. Fridrich's been doing some impressive mapping of WordPerfect indent functions to tab stops (paragraph properties), and I've been slowly trying to expunge the libgsf/glib dependancy, but that's about it.
Sun (Hamburg) did some QA work back in March/April, but I just haven't had time to really look into the bugs in any depth.
I'm going to try to book some time off to work on libwpd full time in the semi-near future, but help would be enthusiastically welcomed here.