Backporting new code to Debian packages

I like Linux distros packaging systems, especially Debian’s. It makes it trivial to install, remove and change to different versions of programs. The only problem is that sometimes there is a delay in packaging the latest version of an app.

Never fear though, if you are willing to do a little bit of work . . . → Read More: Backporting new code to Debian packages

Firefox 3.5 startup problem (solved)

Firefox[1] 3.5 has been out for a while now, but I’ve only recently managed to switch due to the program not starting up unless I use a weird command line hack.

By using the strace command I found it was hanging on a futex call, starting in safe-mode and even deleting .mozilla didn’t fix . . . → Read More: Firefox 3.5 startup problem (solved)

Control your Music player via bluetooth

I don’t need no steenking iphone with its fancy apps. I have a fairly low end phone, a Motorola RIZR Z3 but it can run Java J2ME apps. The other day I found an awesome one that lets me control my music player MPD via bluetooth, with a nice little GUI and everything (it . . . → Read More: Control your Music player via bluetooth

Who-T: Synaptics 1.1 and what your touchpad can do now

The synaptics driver. So, here’s a list of things that have changed recently with version 1.0 and 1.1.

Perhaps the most important changes have to to with auto-scaling. Synaptics obtains the touchpad dimensions from the kernel and adjusts speed, acceleration, the edges and more depending on these dimensions.

via Who-T: Synaptics 1.1 and what . . . → Read More: Who-T: Synaptics 1.1 and what your touchpad can do now

Let my kernel be Free

Playing a movie using Free driver

There has been some interesting progress on the open-source drivers for ATI graphics cards recently. It has long been a goal of mine to have a completely Free kernel, it’s why I bought this laptop rather than an NVidia-based one. I want better 3D performance than Intel . . . → Read More: Let my kernel be Free