Running Jack Keane on Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64 bit

Linux Port of Jack KeaneGetting Jack Keane to run on the 64 bit edition of Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Beta was not completely straight forward. Here is a summary of the problems I experienced and how I solved them in the end. [More…]

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.

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.

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…]