With disappointment and regret I decided to resign from the CentOS team after having spent the prior weekend thinking it through. It was not the first time I was in this situation, but this time the number of reasons weighed up against the belief that I can make a difference from within the team.
I love Firefox a lot, more than any other browser actually. With my small set of addons, me and Firefox, we conquer the world every day !
That's why I hate it when my buddy Firefox is chewing away too many CPU cycles while not doing anything. It is really frustrating because it heatens my lap(top), flattens my battery and slowens my work. (yeah yeah, I know that is not proper English)
I knew exactly what I signed up for when I got this crazy idea to create a CentOS newsletter, still the second issue was less well planned than I had hoped :-/ But then again I am very happy with the result and step by step I am sure things will go easier.
Publishing and announcing it was now a matter of minutes. Geerd-Dietger was of great help to get it to the finish line (in time) ! And the result of the hard work is now available here:
Comparing the green parties in both parts of Belgium is comparing apples and oranges (pun intended). The Flemish green party (Groen!) is a poor extract of what it used to be and if you heard Mieke Vogels debate (both in the Flemish parliament as well as during elections) I am surprised they didn't loose any more votes. You don't need to vote Groen! to vote green anymore although maybe some use their vote to make a statement. And they are free to do just that. And while Mieke's intentions are good, the execution is poor. (I liked the old Groen! politicians better)
A CentOS newsletter was what I wanted to have for a long time. It finally materialized the past week and was published today. You can read it at:
We plan to release a new issue every 2 weeks and for the time being I will be the interim editor. The foreword explains why the newsletter is a new starting-point for the CentOS community and hopefully we can use it to communicate decisions, needs, hopes and events better and in a transparent way.
Since some time I was wondering why my Gnome did not generated thumbnails for various video formats (avi, mkv, ...) as thumbnails in my file browser (nautilus) really help me navigate.
Today I investigated some more, and even though I have the whole gstreamer-plugins set installed what I apparently needed was gstreamer-ffmpeg !
When RPMforge is enabled, simply do:
apt-get install gstreamer-ffmpeg
yum install gstreamer-ffmpeg
One of the things I do on a weekly basis is follow the kernel development that Red Hat undertakes for their future RHEL5 kernels. This is very interesting because you can check the changelog for fixes, new hardware support, backported features (eg. kvm) and newly supported stuff (eg. fuse, xfs) that is coming in RHEL 5.4.
We discovered xfs was coming to RHEL, new ath5k fixes prove helpful on a friend's laptop, and I was waiting for I/O accounting, kvm and fuse to hit these releases too.
At this year's FOSDEM we finally had H. Peter Anvin to come over and discuss the syslinux project to a wider audience and I had been waiting for that day for about 3 to 4 years. (Even though I sadly missed hpa on one occasion before :-/)
I just read the ComputerWorld article "Are there too many desktop Linuxes?" and once again I think the author is missing something very obvious and important.
If we are talking about Desktop Linux, we are talking about the consumer and enterprise market. If we are talking about the consumer and enterprise market, we are talking mostly about non-technical people and not me or you (since you are reading my blog, I do not consider you the average computer user).
"Finally!" I hear you say. And you are right. Because of time-constraints and my wish to include much more than is essential for this tool I delayed and delayed and delayed the public release of wiipresent.
But now I convinced myself to be happy about it :-) At least my TODO list is nicely formatted and complete. And in itself the tool already works very nice. The fact that ct magazine already mentioned wiipresent in their April edition was another motivation to release what works already.
So let me introduce to you: wiipresent v0.7.2, an off-the-shelf tool to use your wiimote for giving presentations on Linux (or control your Linux remotely).
This morning in the shower it hit me, the song "Where's your head at" from the Basement Jaxx could be perfectly spoofed as "Wear your Red Hat".
So the complete song would be:
Wear your Red Hat
- Wear your Red Hat
- Wear your Red Hat
Don't let the walls cave in on you
We can't live on, live on without you
Don't let the walls cave in on you
You get what you give that much is true
Every year I am confronted with another VMware guest time synchronization problem, it seems. I have become pretty good at debugging such problems :-)
You have 2 different unrelated problems. Either time goes too slow in a VM guest, which is fixable. Or time goes too fast in a VM guest, which is basicly impossible to fix by any time synchronization method.
When you need to know whether hyper-threading is enabled without the luxury to reboot the system (and consulting the BIOS), you can simply look at the output of /proc/cpuinfo and compare the siblings with the cpu cores fields.
Even though /proc/cpuinfo shows you all the logical CPUs (processor field) in the system, the siblings field holds the number of logical CPUs for the physical CPU this entry belongs to (including both the cores and the hyper-threaded LCPUs).
In other words, if you see:
A new governmental campaign (Fit in je hoofd) is trying to get more public attention to psychological health and a questionnaire together with advice provides you with enough food for thought to reflect on yourself and the people around you. (It is in Dutch only!)
At the end of the questions they summarize how you cope with problems and stress and compares it to average good behaviour and average bad behaviour.
My summary looks like this: