Debian 5, or the joy of working with prehistoric software

For various reasons I had to setup a Debian box. Debian 5. For building software that would be distributed in binary form and should run on any linux. The original software that mine derives from is being built on a debian 5 system. So, I needed one as well. Enter: VirtualBox for Mac + Debian 5 netinstall. So far, so Continue reading Debian 5, or the joy of working with prehistoric software

A tale of two internets

Lately I’ve come to think that there are two separate Internets out there, existing side by side and with little interaction between them. One of them is the internet that we all know, populated by people who write their little rants about anything they care enough about. The other is a scary place where semi-intelligent bots imitate human behaviour by Continue reading A tale of two internets

KDE 4.7 – You didn’t think you would get off that easily, would you?

OK, so now I did a clean install on some old work laptop. openSUSE 11.4, fresh off the DVD, on an empty harddisk. KDE 4.6 or whichever version comes on the DVD worked fine, using the GSM/UMTS/EDGE card that my company gave me works fine too. So I’m using that UMTS network to upgrade KDE to 4.7, and after that, Continue reading KDE 4.7 – You didn’t think you would get off that easily, would you?

KDE 4.7 – all your emails are belong to us

ok, so KDE 4.7 is out. Ye-haw. After updating to 4.7, kmail complains on startup (which takes ages, btw) that “the server does not support TLS”. It sure would help to know which server. It also would help to be able to get at my mails at all; all my folders are completely empty. Oh, and deleting a mail from Continue reading KDE 4.7 – all your emails are belong to us

About facebook and KDE…

Dear friends and family, I’ve had it with FB. Every single time I read something about facebook, it is something to be annoyed, angry, or concerned about. their permanent policy of introducing new privacy-breaking features without warning and enabled by default, and their almost frightening mis-concern for their user’s data has driven me to the point where I have to Continue reading About facebook and KDE…

Gnome 3.0 first impressions, or “Is this thing on?”

I just gave Gnome 3.0 a very short spin with VirtualBox and a Live CD based on openSUSe 11.4. Very short. 5 minutes, tops. I don’t like it. I can understand the general idea of not showing too many confusing things to the users at once. I can not understand why the gnome team seems to have decided that any Continue reading Gnome 3.0 first impressions, or “Is this thing on?”

The emperor’s new clothes, or “This pair of pants has three legs”

I’ve been trying to find a netbook distribution that works on my slightly ancient Asus eeePC 4G. [insert howls of frustration here] So far, not a single one that I’ve tried worked at all, with the exception of Easy Peasy. Problem is, I wanted to replace Easy Peasy since the latest version (1.6) doesn’t work too well with the ridiculously Continue reading The emperor’s new clothes, or “This pair of pants has three legs”