No Case selection in KoverArtist

KoverArtist case templatesI wanted to do some DVD cases with KoverArtist, but the case template selector was empty, so the program only offered a standard CD jewel case template. It turns out that the Ubuntu Gutsy package is not only old (0.3.2 vs. 0.5) but also incomplete: It is flat out missing the template files. I just had to copy them over from the 0.5 source archive’s src/cases directory to my installation’s /usr/share/apps/koverartist/cases/.

How to resurrect invisible LVM volumes

I had some LVM volumes configured in PCLinuxOS. Never utilised the features, only suffered from the occasional problem or incompatibility. I find the whole thing immensely complex and obscure, so I probably won’t use this again any time soon.

But at least I would like to have access to my old LVM volumes from Ubuntu Gutsy now, and I had a hard time figuring out the correct command sequence to make them visible again (given you know the name of the volume group you want to resurrect):

Repairing SD memory cards hosed by N800

Unfortunately my N800 still “eats” memory cards from time to time. It seems to be due to a corruption of the card’s partition table. Here are the steps I use to recover the cards. The example is for an 8 GB PNY SDHC card formatted with Ext2 filesystem. I used Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy and TestDisk 6.6 for this.

Migrating a KMail installation including GnuPG

These are the steps to migrate a KMail installation with GnuPG (GPG) keys and mail account passwords maintained by KWallet. It worked perfectly for a migration from PCLinuxOS 2005 (0.93) to Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), which is KMail 1.9.5/KDE 3.5.5 to KMail 1.9.6/KDE 3.5.8. [More…]

Kubuntu Gutsy on Toshiba Tecra 8000

Tecra 8000 windowsMy Tecra 8000 is an ancient notebook with a 366MHz Pentium II processor, a 6 GB harddrive and an installed maximum of 256 MB RAM. Kubuntu 7.10 installs nicely on it, albeit very slowly.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the result. The systems feels faster than expected and is a perfect fit for its designated purpose, which is browsing the web and emailing. Application startup times are long, but once loaded, even a monster like OpenOffice is quite useable. There was only one major installation problem, namely getting WPA encryption to work with my PCMCIA WLAN card. [More…]