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Wednesday, November 23 2011

Dotclear 2.4 upgrade

Yet another upgrade of Dotclear for this blog. The version is now 2.4.0.

All went absolutely fine, as usual, except the need to edit the config.php to add a line like this:

define('DC_ADMIN_MAILFROM','foo@bar.com');

And after relogging into the admin section, a new style is there, your dotclear with the same cools things and almost the same issues...

Tuesday, May 17 2011

Dotclear 2.3 upgrade

Blog and dotclear

As you might know, I am still running a dotclear core for the blog part of this website...

The rest of the website is still some custom code written by me.

Dotclear

For some reasons, I have never moved from dotclear to Wordpress, like everyone advised me to do.

The biggest reason is probably that this blog using dotclear just works fine for me and I haven't had major issues...

If it ain't broken, don't fix it!

So, I thought that the Dotclear team was 100% dead, until this morning when I saw that there was an upgrade available. Unbelievable!

The upgrade process was hyper-simple and easy, like usual, and everything is working like before. The new administration panel is quite better looking and more clear to use.

If you see any issue, please tell me.

Monday, October 5 2009

Ubuntu Karmic tryouts

Ubuntu update required

My girlfriend had a very weird bug on her openoffice and on many gtk apps, where hovering the buttons or going one page down or up wouldn’t refresh the display correctly. I have tried many things, but nothing worked correctly. She had also weird bugs while using WPA2 WiFi network.

So, instead of doing an update, as usual, I took the beta of the Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 and reinstalled the laptop.
I usually have /home on separate partitions, and that proved once again to be a good idea.

Installations

The installation went without many issues, once I fixed the Dell MediaDirect mess that screwed up the partition table. The installation was quite fast too. The new look seems quite ok, but nothing "woauw".

Then, I reinstalled it on 3 other machines.

Good

  • Great installation, wifi and most devices worked, without issues,
  • Many applications correctly installed,
  • Great new look for the windows and overall look,
  • Ubuntu Software Center seems quite a nice step forward,
  • vlc has moved from multiverse to universe and is up-to-date,

Bad

  • nVidia drivers install is still counter-logical,
  • Humanity icons suck. Orange ones are too much of the same, and the grey ones (WiFi and so on) are impossible to read,
  • F-Spot and Tomboy… .Net crap and slow… Seriously I don’t get it.

Meeting Mark and Ubunteros

For some reasons, I met Mark at a conference and said "Hi!". Nothing important, but still cool.

He made a cool talk about Cadence, Quality and Design.

Then, I met a few cool Ubuntu developers (and former DD) and it was nice, except that we had a big discussion about vlc not being in main.

Here are some of the reasons and some ‘bad faith’ comments from me:

  • VLC is too big for core install (haha, Mono!)
  • there is already one multimedia stack, GStreamer (then WTF does xine hang there?)

Anyway, it was quite cool, and this Ubuntu release seems very promising.

Sunday, February 15 2009

Debian Lenny released!

$subject!

Congratulation, Debian team...

And sid is now unfrozen!

Sunday, November 23 2008

New Machine

In order to do some Windows development for VLC, I just bought myself a new machine:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
  • Noctua NH-U12P
  • 2x2GB G.Skill RAM
  • Asus P5Q-E
  • Radeon HD4670
  • Pioneer DVD-Drive
  • Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
  • Sonata 3 Case

Issues

I had huge issues to make this working correctly.

Motherboard

First, my Asus board controller was completely broken... I couldn't boot ANY install CD and memtest was screaming so much...

I went back to the store to change it...

Graphic Card

I initially had the gigabyte HD4670, with a native HDMI output.

The fan was so load (100%) all the time that this was such a pain, I couldn't deal with it.

I went back to the store, and they changed it to another Gigabyte that had the same problem. Therefore, they gave me a Sapphire and the card has been working great so far.

ATAPI CD-ROM

Finally, I couldn't boot the Vista 64bits CD because of some issue that made the installer crash. In fact, when trying to load a driver to run the CD, the Vista64bit installer from the CD was just crashing...

I tried different stuffs, but my old DVD writer could get an improvement with the rest of the machine...

Impressions

The computer is very fast and Vista64 is not that bad... Windows still crashes way too much (one BSOD every 2 days or so, usually in USB driver or NTFS driver), but well, what did I expect?

Monday, November 3 2008

Ubuntu migrations to 8.10

This post is about the new update to Ubuntu 8.10, as usual.

This narrates the few issues that I had during the process...

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