Mark Shuttleworth – Conflicting goals create tension in communities

September 9, 2006 at 9:53 am (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

This is a great post by Mark Shuttleworth and which I couldn’t agree more with:

“I’m of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian. So it’s absolutely my intention to see that Ubuntu is a constructive part of the broader Debian landscape. It’s vital that Ubuntu help to sustain and grow Debian, because it’s the breadth and strength of Debian which make up the “shoulders of greatness” on which we in the Ubuntu community stand when we reach for the stars. That doesn’t mean I’m naive enough to think this relationship will ever be an easy one, but I would hope that the discussion doesn’t turn into one of “Ubuntu versus Debian”. Because it isn’t the case that one of them will succeed and the other fail. You could only perceive that as an outcome if you assumed that the two have exactly the same goals.”

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu6 has been released!

August 26, 2006 at 8:48 am (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

This update is warmly recommended to Ubuntu Edgy users.

See the changelog:

* Fixed: gcc (the symlink) needed to be set to gcc-4.1 (instead of 4.0) in Edgy
* Redirecting the output to /dev/null (when stopping gdm) prevented envy from stopping gdm in Edgy

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu5 has been released!

August 25, 2006 at 9:56 am (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

* Fixed: gcc (the symlink) was previously set to gcc-4.1 (instead of 4.0) after the installation of the driver

to upgrade envy:

sudo apt-get –purge remove envy

and then install the new package

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Get list of installed software for reinstallation / restore software

August 25, 2006 at 9:08 am (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

In order to reinstall or restore your installed software you need to have a list of all installed software.

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu4 has been released!

August 24, 2006 at 9:57 pm (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

Here is the changelog:

* Added the support for driver 8774 and 7184
* Removed the support for 8762 and 7182
* Added the support for Ubuntu Edgy Eft and Debian Etch

To upgrade envy:

sudo apt-get –purge remove envy

then install the package

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Why I Love Debian

August 8, 2006 at 9:20 am (Debian)

“There’s a lot of great distros out there, but Debian just meets my taste. I’ve been using Debian over a year now and this is why I love it:

Freedom: Martin Krafft has a wonderful book, “The Debian System” which compares Debian to a ship. One way to run a ship is to have a few aggressive officers who force the crew to run a good ship. Another way is to get your sailors to love the sea, to the extent that they voluntarily strive with all their power to make their ship the best in the Ocean.”

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On the development of Envy 0.42

August 4, 2006 at 2:49 pm (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

First of all if you don’t know what Envy is, please have a look at this link:

What is Envy?

Good News:
I have successfully ported Envy from Bash to Python (and it seems to work just fine).

Bad News:
I have decided to delay its release. I want to make a deb package therefore I need to read a guide about it (which I won’t do right now). Unfortunately learning python in half month (and I’m not a programmer) and porting my script caused some additional stress to my already stressed mind (I must thank the exams for that).
Anyhow I’m posting here on my blog to let you know some of the features you will see in Envy 0.42:

New features:
1) Automatic Detection of the model of your graphic card:
Envy checks that your card is supported by the Nvidia driver and warn you if it’s not.

2) Automatic Detection of your Operative System:
Only Ubuntu Dapper and Breezy are currently supported.

3) Automatic choice of the Nvidia driver:
Envy will install the latest driver (8762) or the latest Legacy driver (7182) according to the model of your graphic card


Envy is written in Python so that adding new features will be much easier for me (Python is such a powerful language…)

Things you won’t see in Envy 0.42:
1) Support for Debian Etch and Ubuntu Edgy Eft

2) Automatic tweaking for the graphic cards for which the Nvidia driver does not work out-of-the-box.

3) Resolution and Refresh rate selector

I need your help with the latter feature as I can’t test all the Nvidia cards available on the market. If you want to help you can post on this thread on the Ubuntu Forums:

Post the way you got the Nvidia driver to work
I need to know which cards (they all have an identifier code) require some tweaking (and of course also what kind of tweaking they require).

Here is a screenshot of Envy’s new textual interface:

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