Bug in OpenOffice PDF export with Type1 fonts

PDF export in OpenOffice 2.4.1 has a problem when exporting special characters (e.g. german Umlauts) of Type1 fonts. They appear as outlined squares in the PDF document. Everything is fine with TrueType fonts, and the export also works when using the Ubuntu default virtual PDF printer (note that it puts the generated file into the ~/PDF directory by default!).

This is on Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron with OpenOffice 2.4.1.

Easy selection of software sources in Synaptic with Kubuntu

In Ubuntu, there is a non-standard dialog for the Synaptic package manager replacing the “Settings -> Repositories” dialog; it looks like this: Software-Sources

It renders the selection of Ubuntu package sources a lot more comfortable, whereas the standard Synaptic dialog is simply a graphical representation of the file /etc/apt/sources.list.

On a Kubuntu system though, the standard package manager is adept, so this one is augmented with the comfortable source selection, while Synaptic is left with the standard dialog. The trick to get the Ubuntu sources selection in Kubuntu without installing the whole of the gnome ubuntu-desktop package is to install the package software-properties-gtk with its dependencies.

This is on Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.

Experience Report: Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop with Linux pre-installed

Well done, Dell and Ubuntu! What I received for my €550 is hands down the best overall Linux experience I’ve ever had on a PC. Finally, this is a package that feels like a no-compromise end-user alternative to the standard Windows offerings. Almost everything works as expected out of the box, from WLAN, multimedia keys, 3D graphical effects, hibernation up to bluetooth and even BIOS updateability. And last but not least, it is not the typical kind of half-hearted approach of “if it works for you, fine - if not, don’t blame us” - Dell offers support for their Linux machines similar to the Windows side of things, but at a lower cost.
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