Intrepid Ibex released…

October 31, 2008

Now it’s there for the taking, released in all its glory. I haven’t installed so much more, mostly been working on getting my 3G mobile connections to work. My “3” connection works flawlessly now, and it is such a blessing to have the mobile connections available in the network manager, absolutely a gift for me that is working mobile, wired and wireless every day. In addition I’ve been able to configure the VPN-connection to the office in the network manager. I never managed to do that in 8.04 or previous releases, I think it had something to do with support for OpenVPN.

My “ICE” mobile connections is working somewhat. Yesterday I managed to get it working on the train and started a rather large download (Severed Fifth album – Denied by reign), it went really well. It continued to download during a 15 minute train-ride and continued into my car. Then the computer hung. Really hard, like it has done before. No Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, no Ctrl+Alt+Del no Ctrl+Alt+F1 and no Alt+SysReq+REISUB. Powerbutton still worked though.. Something is seriously wrong here, gotta dig deeper into it, since it would be really cool to get it working. I had speeds above 200 KB/second on the darn train, which I find pretty amazing (not all of the time though, it was moving between 20 and 200, with most of the time spent around 70 KB / sec, still pretty good if you ask me).

Unstable programs in Intrepid

October 27, 2008

So for most things seem pretty stable, or as stable as you could expect them to be right now. The most annoying things I’ve found so far is:

Pidgin – Just disappears, no crash report or anything (haven’t had the time to go through the logs though).

Network-manager – the support for 3G cards seems flaky. I’ve been trying seriously to get two of my cards to work, both requiring some sort of switching (usb_modeswitch for one card and RDEVCHG for the other). While testing this I’ve experienced hard hangs, with the computer completetly unaccessible. After a hard reset on two occacions my system has refused to mount /home and to start GDM / Xwindows. Gotta get this to work, will give it another shot soon.

Another take on font rendering

October 27, 2008

Found on the Tombuntu blog

Tom describes ways of getting hinting to work by using the fonts.conf files – I wonder how this differs from my previous post about readability where I ran:

sudo ln -sf /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-autohint.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/

Found from another blog (

Will test when I get bored… 🙂

Synergy, on keyboard and mouse, several computers

October 27, 2008

At home I’m using my laptop as well as a stationary computer running Windows. This computer is primarily used for keeping status screens of my work data center as well as my mail client running, nicely displayed on a 24-inch LCD positioned above my laptop screen.

I do want to be able to use this computer also, and this is where Synergy comes in. Synergy is a program that I run on both computers (QuickSynergy is the name of the Linux client, which is available in the regular Ubuntu repositories). Synergy takes the keyboard and mouse movements, and sends them, over the network to other computers.

What I do is that I tell synergy on my stationary computer to “Use another computer’s shared keyboard and mouse (client)” and enter the host-name of that computer in the field “Other Computer’s host name”.

On my laptop I run QuickSynergy and under the tab “Share” enters the computer name of the stationary computer in the field above the computer and hit Execute. After this I go back to my stationary computer and hit “Test” if everything works fine I can just press “stop” to end the test and hit “Start instead”.

What happens now it that as soon I move my mouse pointer up to the edge of my laptop screen it jumps over to the stationary computer, as well as moving focus for my keyboard to the stationary computer. It works exactly as having to screens attached to the same computer, ultra-cool if you ask me.

One thing I had to work a little with is the naming in Synergy. My stationary computer is a Windows machine, where I enter the hostname “johan-laptop” which can be found by writing “hostname” into a terminal or by just checking the portion after the @ in the terminal prompt:


On the Windows machine I had to look by right-clicking the “my computer” choosing “properties” and hitting the tab “Computer name”. Full computer name is: johan-c234805.

What I did wrong was to enter that name without the period. Windows computer-names seem to include a period (.) in the end by default which might seem odd, but it works.

Improve readability in Ubuntu 8.10

October 24, 2008

I was trying to read a page and saw that the font rendering was terrible and hard to read. Found a partial solution here “How to Achieve Nice Font Rendering in Ubuntu Hardy

It didn’t make the world a perfect place, but it certainly improved the readability as seen in the example below. In the first pic some letters are practically printed on each other, while in the second the spacing between characters has been notably improved.

Improve text rendering, hinting of fonts

Improve text rendering, hinting of fonts


October 24, 2008

I’ve been using Dropbox ( for a while to sync my most important documents. Works like a charm and works on both my Windows computer, my virtual Windows machine on the laptop as well as under Ubuntu. I have to restart the computer now to see if it works but I just tried to install the deb-package for 8.04.

Other neat features, apart from getting your docs synced on several computers, with Dropbox is the ability to access your documents from a webpage and to share folders with your friends.


October 24, 2008

Really nice program for storing all passwords in. Protect your passwords with both a keyfile and a password. Works beautifully!