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dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Safe as Milk - Fri, 04/07/2008 - 9:11am

For anyone who has experienced pain when upgrading to a more recent version of Ubuntu with X and xrandr on Intel hardware, consider running this fabulous command.

This goes in particular for anyone who needed i915resolution before for wide-screens, and had a “ForceBIOS” option in xorg.conf. The driver to use for the hardware changed, and the xorg.conf got about 100 times smaller since Ubuntu 6.06 or 7.04.

Live from RMLL

Safe as Milk - Thu, 03/07/2008 - 12:52pm

I’m coming to the end of my two days in Mont de Marsan (and, as it happens, to the end of the charge in my laptop battery). I think the GNOME Accessibility presentation I gave went very well, certainly people seemed to get a lot from it. I’ll put my slides online at some stage (before the weekend), and I was filmed, when I have a link to the video I’ll throw that up too.

As usual, the great thing about conferences is meeting old friends, and making new ones, and there are a lot of familiar faces around.

Mont de Marsan, here I come!

Safe as Milk - Mon, 30/06/2008 - 4:00pm

This week, I will be travelling to Mont de Marsan, near Bordeaux, Agen, Bayonne and Pau (or let’s say, equally far away from all of those) to give a few presentations, meet a few friends, have a few drinks, and hopefully survive a 9am presentation slot on Thursday morning.

My three presentations (really, two, but they’re taking advantage of my bilinguality) are:

GUADEC hotel: If you haven’t heard back, start worrying

Safe as Milk - Sun, 29/06/2008 - 2:41pm

I got a definitive answer today from the Golden Horn in SultanahmetSirkeci as to why I hadn’t yet received a confirmation of my reservation: I don’t have a reservation.

Keynote news

Safe as Milk - Sat, 28/06/2008 - 9:47pm

It’s with great disappointment that I just found out that Eric Sink is cancelling his GUADEC keynote. Eric’s been told by his doctors not to take the trip for health reasons, and while I’m disappointed (I was really looking forward to his keynote), I can of course understand his decision, and I wish him a full & speedy recovery.

I only just found out, and let Baris and the programme committee know, so I don’t know yet what we’re going to do given Eric’s cancellation. I’ll keep you all posted, of course, when I know more. logo contest submissions - maemo wiki

Safe as Milk - Thu, 26/06/2008 - 1:59pm

The logo competition is going strong, and we now have many dozens of logo contest submissions.

Some of my favourites so far:

The very first one, Attila’s butterfly

Butterfly logo from Attila

7 young GNOME apps from a new generation

Safe as Milk - Wed, 25/06/2008 - 3:16pm

With the recent discussion in blogs around the GNOME world, it can be easy to forget that there have been some great new applications for GNOME appearing recently. Many of these are written by a new breed of GNOME developer, young students with none of the weight of history sitting on their shoulders, and they are great!

If you haven’t tried them yet, then you should. Most of these aren’t in the GNOME desktop suite, and could probably do with some more exposure.

Here’s a few that came to mind without me having to think too long:

“We all have some learning to do”

Safe as Milk - Mon, 16/06/2008 - 4:39pm

“We all have some learning to do” - that was the core message of Ari Jaaksi’s presentation, which has turned into a massive shitstorm over the past few days.

Yet again, I’m amazed at a knee-jerk populist reaction to a news story, and completely stunned at the spin which has been given to this, and swallowed hook, line & sinker by a large group of supposedly intelligent people. It’s been going on for years, so perhaps one more time shouldn’t surprise me, but it does.

IRC chat on decadence

Safe as Milk - Thu, 12/06/2008 - 8:24pm

This IRC conversation, in some sense, sums up all my feelings about the recent decadence  wave running through GNOME.


It seems like there are lots of interesting directions to go, which would add transversal functionality to GNOME which would be really new & useful. And they’ve been around for years.

Taking the wraps off the new

Safe as Milk - Thu, 12/06/2008 - 7:37pm

A few weeks ago, a new MediaWiki instance was installed by Ferenc Szekely of the maemo team. Over the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve been organising a small team which has moved over content from the old wiki, has worked on stylesheets, templates and categories which make sense, and we’re now ready to take the wraps off! Head on over to and have a look.

GUADEC table quiz is cancelled

Safe as Milk - Tue, 10/06/2008 - 10:26am

For those who were looking forward to the GUADEC table quiz, I’m sorry to say that it won’t be happening this year. Unfortunately, problems organising an appropriate site, and a lack of room in the schedule (which is packed with great social events) mean that it’s not going to fit in this year. Thanks for all your interest though - and hopefully the torch will get carried on to next year. Quizzes are, after all, great.

Brothers separated at birth?

Safe as Milk - Fri, 06/06/2008 - 9:04am

I only noticed this after finally meeting him in the flesh at LinuxTag - Aaron Seigo bears an uncanny resemblance to Franck Ribéry, French footballer extraordinaire (except for the scars that Franck got going through a windshield as a kid and the funky hairdo).

The proof?

links for 2008-06-05

Safe as Milk - Thu, 05/06/2008 - 11:31pm

Paperwork blues

Safe as Milk - Thu, 05/06/2008 - 2:54pm

There’s a curious phenomenon I’ve noticed when I attend conferences. During the conference, the energy of everyone around me pumps me up & keeps me going. I love meeting people & talking to them, hearing about the cool stuff they’re up to and making contacts for new projects. This was true of meeting the maemo guys last week - we had a great evening talking about tablets, maemo, and life in general overmugs of good German beer.

links for 2008-05-29

Safe as Milk - Thu, 29/05/2008 - 11:32pm
  • maemo LinuxTag Update Quim Gil’s update on’s future direction in LinuxTag. Some important new information here - including a commitment to GTK+/Hildon for at least two more versions of the software. (tags: maemo gtk+ presentation linuxtag) track in LinuxTag

Safe as Milk - Thu, 29/05/2008 - 2:13pm

So far, the track has been great - very informative. Some highlights:

Gary Birkett (better known on IRC as lcuk) gave a short talk on how and why he got involved in - an interesting perspective on motivations of volunteers, and a classic “scratching your own itch” situation. He’s developed a text reader which works in full-screen, and has smooth scrolling with finger & stylus (like the iPhone).

OLPC, OpenMoko and GNOME Mobile

Safe as Milk - Thu, 29/05/2008 - 11:43am

Some recent stories have started raising brows among some comentators on GNOME Mobile (see the comments in particular):

Live from LinuxTag

Safe as Milk - Thu, 29/05/2008 - 9:52am

I arrived in Berlin on Tuesday for three days in LinuxTag 2008 to meet up with some members of the community, see old friends, and generally chat with as many people as possible.

After arriving, I managed to  get out for a run, which was surprisingly pleasant - ourhotel is quite near the Tiergarten behind the zoological gardens, so while running around I accidentally went past some lovely landmarks, and managed to scout out a nice beer-garden beside the Neuen See where we had some nice Weisswurst last night.

Call for help!

Safe as Milk - Mon, 26/05/2008 - 4:50pm

I received my copy of Big Buck Bunny today, and I’m leaving for Berlin tomorrow morning for LinuxTag.

I’d like to be able toshow BBB on my Nokia N810, but when I copy the AVI file from the DVD onto the tablet, it doesn’t load (”File format not supported” it says). Same goes for “Elephants Dream”. The same also goes for the Nokia N800 (although there I just get a message the there is no application that can manage the file format).

links for 2008-05-19

Safe as Milk - Mon, 19/05/2008 - 11:35pm
  • Trolltech Labs Blogs » Introducing QGtkStyle… Quite a cool development from Trolltech - qgtkstyle styles QT widgets according to your GTK+ theme, making QT apps look good on your GNOME desktop. There’s no reason not to choose GNOME any more!

links for 2008-05-16

Safe as Milk - Fri, 16/05/2008 - 11:34pm


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