• Linux,  Mandriva

    Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (10 August – 23 August 2009)

    Two weeks have passed, so it’s time for a Mandriva Cooker update again. There were lots of interesting changes in Cooker during this period: Mandriva’s boot splash is now provided by Plymouth, the same technology used by Fedora. Together with kernel mode setting (currently enabled for Intel graphics chipsets in the standard Mandriva kernel), this will provide a high resolution boot splash and high resolution virtual consoles and seamless switching between virtual consoles and X. Plymouth also makes more complex boot splash themes possible, but for now the Mandriva boot splash theme is the same as the one used in 2009.1 A new vastly improved version of netprofile is out.…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (27 July – 9 August 2009)

    There were a lots of package updates in Mandriva Cooker during the last two weeks, amongst others because of rebuilds of all Perl packages. Currently a complete rebuild of all packages in the Main repository is going on. Here’s a list of some more interesting changes: Pam was updated to stable release 1.1.0 and Hal version 0.5.1 is now in Cooker. Pam_console and Hal won’t take care anymore of setting the right permissions on hardware devices for console users. Instead, udev and consolekit will deal with this. GNOME 2.27.5 is now available. Totem’s YouTube plug-in is working again, and it’s now possible to not to be warned again when a…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Noteworthy Cooker changes (15 June – 26 July 2009)

    An update of the noteworthy Cooker changes was long overdue. Here’s a short, incomplete summary: KDE is now at version 4.2.98 aka KDE 4.3 RC 3. Other KDE related updates include KOffice 2.0.1, Amarok 2.1.1, Digikam 1.0 beta 3, Kipi plug-ins 0.5.0. The KMess MSN Live instant messenger had its first stable KDE 4 release with version 2.0.0. GNOME 2.27.4 is the latest development version of GNOME which will finally lead to stable version 2.28. Thanks to client-side windows in GTK+, flicker will be reduced, the volume control applet has improved support for 5.1 configurations. Mandriva now also includes GNote, a C++ port of Tomboy. Alpha versions of Mutter, Zeitgeist…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Speeding up my Linux system

    My Mandriva 2009.1 system at home had become a bit slow lately, and so I decided to do some attempts to make it a bit faster again. This is not the most powerful system anymore (Asus A8N-SlI NForce4 motherboard, Athlon 64 3500+, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB SATA-1 disk, NVidia 6600 GT graphics card), but it sometimes felt very slow because of lots of disk activity, especially during start-up. I succeeded in improving the performance noticeably: the disk activity now stops much earlier after log-in and after starting Evolution. I did some different changes at once and have not always measured what was the impact of each individual change. So…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (18 May – 14 June 2009)

    It’s a long time ago I posted something on my blog, so this is a good moment to break the silence with a Cooker update: GCC 4.4: better code generation and many improvements for developers, such as OpenMP 3 support and support for the upcoming C++0x ISO standard. This new version also improves code optimization thanks to the Graphite framework. Glibc was also updated to the latest version 2.10. Xen kernel 2.6.27: Mandriva now includes a kernel for running on a Xen Dom0 based on the 2.6.27 kernel instead of the outdated 2.6.18 kernel. The standard Mandriva kernel is now at the latest 2.6.30. This brings faster kernel booting, lots…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (4 May – 17 May 2009)

    Here’s a short update of some interesting package updates in Mandriva Cooker since the last update: GNOME 2.27.1 entered cooker: Epiphany is now using Webkitgtk instead of Gecko as its back-end. In Totem support for libxine was dropped (only GStreamer is supported now) and Totem now includes a new BBC iPlayer plug-in and a faster Youtube plug-in (use Edit – Plug-ins to activate these) and it supports DVD navigation menus. KDE is now at version 4.3 beta 1, Amarok has been updated to version 2.1 beta 2 and there is now a snapshot of the KDE 4 port of Konverstation available. Speedcrunch, an advanced calculator, is now available in Mandriva’s…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Mandriva Cooker (2010.0) opened

    Since Friday the cooker repositories, which will lead to Mandriva 2010.0 in 6 months, are open again. In only 3 days about 400 new package releases were made, mostly new upstream versions which came out during the last month while the cooker repository was frozen. Some of the more important or interesting changes in Cooker include: KDE is being updated to a 4.3 development snapshot. Expect lots of new features but also many new bugs. Information about KDE 4.3 can be found in the feature plan. The KDE audio player Amarok was updated to version 2.1 beta 1. Firefox was updated from 3.0.8 to 3.0.10 XFCE was updated from version…

  • Mandriva

    Updating to Mandriva 2009.1 (Cooker)

    Today, the server running this website was update from Mandriva 2009.0 to 2009.1 Cooker by running urpmi –auto-select –allow-suggests with the Cooker mandriva-release package installed. All in all, the update went very smoothly. There was one file conflict in some KDE 4 related packages and I had to restart Apache 2 by hand because a httpd reload done when the awstats package was installed, failed because of the changed glibc. After the update I also removed KDE 4 because I don’t use it. Actually, it’s only extremely exceptional that I use X on this system (it’s mostly running headless), but it’s good to still have GNOME in case I have…

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    Call for testers for new hplip package (HP printer drivers) in Mandriva

    I just submitted hplip version 3.9.2 to Mandriva 2009.1 Cooker. If everything goes fine, this package will probably be available in a couple of hours, depending on the mirror you use. This version should bring many bug fixes to the QT4 interface (which was still experimental in previous hplip versions) and adds support for some new HP printers. In this package, I also merged lots of patches and changes from Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu. Most important, this includes some changes in the way permissions on the device are set. It would be good if as many people as possible could extensively test this. Make sure that your computer system is completely…

  • Linux,  Mandriva

    Updated system to 2009.1 beta/Cooker

    Yesterday, I updated my system at home from Mandriva 2009.0 (with lots of personal backports, such as GNOME 2.24.3) to Mandriva Cooker, which rougly corresponds to beta 1 now. I used urpmi to do the update. There were a few problems. Luma and anjuta2 still needed a rebuild (for new python 2.6 resp. binutils), so I submitted new releases of these packages to the repositories. Then the python 2.6 update would cause removal of some python packages, because the update of the python-devel packages was not done smoothly by urpmi. I submitted a a bug for that problem. All in all, it’s a nice improvement over 2009.0. My system feels…