Archive for May, 2007


KDE 4 + Bling

May 30, 2007

I promised to blog about bughelper and its a work in progress. However, I saw this post and had to share it.Kwin seems to have a lot more bling in it. There are quite a few videos which do some pretty neat things…check out the link for yourself. My anticipation for KDE4 grows more everyday.



May 23, 2007

I fixed my connection issues, I was able to ping the router, set the proper properties and it worked. Perseverance was the key, who would have thought. I really appreciate all the comments that the readers left, it really demonstrates how active the community is in helping each other.

I have seen the related blogs about discrimination on the planet and I decided to write a bit about this topic. When I first started using Ubuntu, I was frustrated at a lot of the basic issues: setting up mp3 support, playing DVDs, etc. So due both to my unfamiliarity to the CoC and my frustration, I would express expletives over the IRC channel. Since then, I have become more involved, signed the CoC and became more involved in the community. I see this now as a natural progression. While I wish I had not been so frustrated, it does allow me to relate to users with familiar experiences. Yet, never in these moments did I ever harass a user. I have had to kick users before being offensive and I always point them to the CoC. One kick message read something to the effect of “Come back when you read the CoC, you’ve been warned”. This extends to women in all regards. I too am shocked by 1.5% of all FOSS developers being women and this relates to community as well. A community that is not welcoming, to anyone, will not succeed. Therefore, we as a community must be extra diligent to make sure we are are always open. To anyone whom is interested in development, please email me, your LoCo team leader and please realize that we as a group are dedicated to the ideals of being non-discriminant.

To general users of Ubuntu, consider reading and signing the Code of Conduct and thinking about what it means to you.

A preview of the next post: Beghelper and clue files.


XP and Feisty.

May 22, 2007

I am sitting here on my Feisty machine which barely functions. Everything works but I can’t stay online. After struggling with a router, I plugged straight into the DSL modem. I can connect for X number of minutes, but my connection drops. My Feisty machine and my families XP machine are both set to DHCP and get the connection automagically. Yet, the XP machine does not drop the connection, Fesity does. (As do Dapper and Edgy). So, my problem is a sort of identity crisis. What is different in Linux that Windows seems to do right (at least in terms of not dropping my connection). What can I do to fix this? Blah…wired connections…

In other words, KDE 3.5.7 is out not. Read more at the announcement and grab the latest update…


a mix of ideas

May 20, 2007

– My internet is down … again. The only system that connects online is a Windows machine. My Dlink (DI-514) is the culprit as it refuses to establish a connection.

– The Illinois LoCo team meeting was a good time. There was some bughelper love and I wrote a small clue file to demonstrate it to the attendants but I have yet to commit it. I do wish there were more members from Illinois, the Chicago LoCo’ers car pooled to get there. Thanks go to everyone who went and manchicken for hosting.

– After reading Beuno’s post about Dell models, I was excited about the prospect. I was in the market for a laptop and I though about getting a Dell. I went to the Dell site to look at their 1505. I’m happy to see they offer an on board Intel card (after some digging). I was considering I would not buy a Dell if it came with an ATI/Nvidia card but I am glad I have a free option.


Illinois LoCo Meeting / Back to Work

May 17, 2007

So I have two things to write about: I am done with school for the summer and will be getting back to work on Ubuntu much heavier than before. I plan to work on Xubuntu Marketing, Xubuntu Documentation (we need help on that, anyone that wants to help let me know), Mozilla Team work and bughelper clue files.

Secondly, I will be attending the first ever Illinois LoCo team meeting hosted by Manchicken. Some members of the Chicago LoCo will be looking to drive down for that and Jim Campbell was kind enough to organize a car pool page. Sign up if you want to go and / or drive. Feel free to check out LoCo posts here and here.