Linux font progress?

So I finally got around to hacking freetype yesterday. All I did was modify the FIR filter weights that are used for the “lcddefault”-style filtering. Where as they use to be a [1, 4, 7, 4, 1] weighting (relative), I tried a [1, 3, 4, 3, 1]. To my eyes, it results in a lot […]

That Itch

No, not that itch. I’m referring to the fact that I am now in the part of my 2-year circadian cycle where I want to buy a Mac again. It’s been a long time since I had the Powerbook, and there have been several developments since then that make me think things will be a […]

VMware Tools install in Fedora 10

Nothing special really, but there are a few fedora-isms. Install the rpm package from the tools dvd that gets automounted. Install the kernel-devel package that matches your processor type, which you can find out by looking at the kernel name obtained from uname -a. It appears that fedora doesn’t create the /usr/src/linux symlink for you, […]

Blog systems

I was reading through some of my very old posts and noticed that I used to spend a lot of time playing with different blog systems. At one point, I switched between wordpress and textpattern several times, constantly looking for the right set of features. I seemed to have been very preoccupied with the relative […]

Failure of the Open Source business model

Great article I saw on my facebook feed (thanks Eli!) And therein lies the great paradox: Open-source code is generally great code, not requiring much support. So open-source companies that rely on support and service alone are not long for this world. The traditional open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue […]

Outlook 2007 and Vista

It’s been about 2 weeks since I switched to Vista full time now at home, and I’m liking it quite a bit so far. Performance seems fine, and the machine seems to operate much smoother than when I ran XP. Suspend and resume is great too, both take just a few seconds, again, much better […]

Ubuntu 8.10 release notes

Found here. Interestingly, there’s a fairly long “Known Issues” section. It’s disappointing how many issues there are, but at the same time, the listing here is very helpful. It’s good to know that certain hardware is known not to work so that I don’t spend all my time trying to debug it. It’s kinda sad […]

Upgrade to Vista complete

Just about 2 years after Vista’s initial availability, I finally installed it on my primary desktop at home. Actually, the machine has been in a pretty sad state of running 32-bit XP on a machine with 6 Gb of RAM for several months now. Vista x64 is the only useful 64-bit version of Windows, so […]

I'll switch to Linux when…

It seems like I’ve been struggling with how to complete this phrase for way too long. But I think it just occured to me how it should go: … when I can _use_ all the hardware I paid for. That’s really what it comes down to. I buy hardware. I expect the software to work […]

The urge

My coworker just got a new HP EliteBook, and we put Ubuntu 8.10 and it and it works, well, suprisingly well. Almost everything works out of the box, and suspend and resume is actually fast. It is tempting me to try 8.10 on my X60 again (I still have a partition). I know this is […]