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Dell Studio Hybrid: Update

I have had the Dell Studio Hybrid up and running for some time now, but I haven’t put it into actual use because I am having trouble with the sound. Everything works just fine over S/PDIF, but that requires me to have my surround system turned on. And getting sound over HDMI to work has so far been a dead-end. Combine that with the fact that my TV refuses to use the sound from the mini-jack output (since it can probably sense that sound should be coming over HDMI) and it all adds up to me not having a new media center yet… Bummer. I even tried using the DVI output with a converter instead of HDMI directly, but that didn’t help. So it seems that for the foreseeable future I will have to use the surround system.

I have also gotten the new remote up and running, but hardware-wise I am not entirely please. The buttons that are mainly used with a media center are up/down/left/right, and on the iMON Pad remote they are – well a pad. And that just makes for a rather weird feel and responsiveness. It does have the ability to function as a mouse, though, but I don’t see myself using that.

Since everything is running in parallel with the existing setup I have had to throw in a switch to get network connectivity, and there is also an S/PDIF converter and the Dell’s power brick in there alongside the Wii – it is getting a bit cramped.

One thing I have found out is that when you have an existing solution that works (even if it does make a lot of noise) it is a slow process to replace it with something new. The main thing that is missing right now is getting all my music, movies, and pictures exposed remotely – and the symlink hell I have going on with the current media center (which will become tv recorder and file server) isn’t helping.

And I have to make a decision about whether to use Freevo (as I currently do) or use Moovida (and develop some code for a few missing features myself). Impress Slow?

When working with Impress in Fedora I can’t help but be incredibly annoyed at how slow it is. Yesterday I found a way to speed it up a fair bit.

Go to Tools/Options… and under deselect the “Use Anti-Aliasing” check box. And for me everything was a lot faster – if I make any graphs they don’t look as nice on screen, but when exporting to PDF they still get anti-aliased, so everything works out fine.

Fedora 11 Released

Fedora 11 is now released. Go and get it now. Be sure to read the release notes as lots of low level stuff has changed in this version.

I Voted Today…

Old School Voting by Just Us 3. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

Old School Voting by Just Us 3. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

…five times: The European Parliament, changing the Danish law about who is eligible to be successor to the throne, FESCo, Fedora Board, and Fedora 12 Release Name.

Ideas for smoltGui

I submitted a small patch for smoltGui, and when then informed that the developers were planning on a total rewrite of the gui. So I started thinking about what was actually needed in an application of this type.

I came up with three things that I have mocked up in glade3 and gimp. I decided on using a tabbed interface, since that allows easy hiding of the less used part of an interface.

The main feature of smolt is that it allows you to submit information about your system, and go to a website and further edit this information. Therefore the first tab is based around that. It shows some basic information about the system, contains a clickable link to the website (along with the password you need there), and a button to submit the information to the central server.


For those people that want more information about the hardware in their system there is the next tab: “Devices”. In the screenshot it is merely a copy/paste of the current smoltGui, but the plan is to make a proper tree that you can fold in and out, and possibly show ratings information there as well.

screenshot-smoltguiglade-2The last tab is for showing all kinds of interesting and fun statistics – including information about all the stuff that is in the smolt database, but also more personally relevant information, such as the number of users that have the same laptop as you.


So that’s my basic idea. Comments, questions?

Fedora 11 Beta released

Yesterday Fedora 11 Beta was released. However I have not been able to try it out yet due to bug #493078 🙁

The workaround for the moment appears to be to install syslinux from rawhide, and then create the LiveUSB.

yum –enablerepo=rawhide install syslinux

This works fine but of course is unusable as a solution for the final release.


I have been working my through some of the FUDConF11 videos. Of particular interest were the ones on the desktop and file systems.

The desktop session covered two thing. The new GNOME Shell and Wayland. GNOME Shell is an experimental rewrite of the desktop interface in javascript. They have some interesting ideas, and the code (while in a really early stage) does compile and run – so check it out and play around with it.

Wayland is a bit harder to explain (at least for me). Apparently it can function as a composited layer on top of the graphics hardware – but it is planned to potentially be much more. The beauty of it is that existing software (such as can go about their business without changing a single line of code – even though they access the hardware directly. Kristian Høgsberg is a very clever man… You should watch the video to see what is possible.

The file system talk was about the features of the upcoming btrfs file system that has just been merged into the kernel, and some talk about making ext4 the standard file system for Fedora 11.

Fedora 11: Leonidas

Fedora 11 has now been officially named. It will be known as Leonidas.

Fedora Rawhide Live USB

I have been looking for an easy way to try out Fedora Rawhide, and the answer is of course to make a Live USB based on Rawhide.

Basically I followed the instructions found at the Live CD HowTo.

Start out by installing the required tools and configuration files:

sudo yum install livecd-tools spin-kickstarts

Copy the following files from /usr/share/spin-kickstarts/ to someplace where you can edit them:


Then edit fedora-live-base.ks and comment out the two lines pointing to the current stable release, and uncomment the one line pointing to rawhide. This will give you a configuration file that you can use to compose a livecd image based on rawhide. Use this command to do make the magic happen (it takes a while as it has to fetch all the packages):

sudo livecd-creator –config fedora-livecd-desktop.ks

This will create a file called livecd-fedora-livecd-desktop-<timestamp>.iso

To test using a usb stick you simply do this (of course replacing paths and filenames to match your own system):

sudo livecd-iso-to-disk –overlay-size-mb 512 livecd-fedora-livecd-desktop-200812311500.iso /dev/sdb1

For more information read the wiki page on using Live USB.

It should also be possible to test using qemu – however it runs so slowly on my computer that it is useless.

Java Applets and Fedora 10

After upgrading to Fedora 10 a lot of Java applets started freezing Firefox 3.

The solution is to use the new Java plugin. I didn’t know there even was a new plugin but there you go.

So after installing Sun’s Java 6 do the following:

[maxx@ice ~]$ cd .mozilla/plugins/
[maxx@ice plugins]$ ln -s /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_10/jre/lib/i386/ .

At least it fixed all of my Java applet related problems.