On my new mac book pro 13inch, I decided to install Fedora 12 for my daily use (I like Mac OSX but not for work) and as GNU/Linux consultant I need my dear lovely Linux laptop :-)
But out of the box 3D support for the video card is not supported nouveau (open source nvidia driver) and the WIFI is also not working.
Using rpmfusion I've installed kmod-nvidia and kmod-wl and it works fine. (YOU STILL NEED TO INSTALL THEM, even with the packages bellow, the current packages are : kmod-nvidia-190.42-1.fc12.9.x86_64.rpm and kmod-wl-22.214.171.124.3-3.fc12.11.x86_64.rpm)
But (there is always a but it seems) the nothing comes out of my speakers or headphones... (Whhhyyyyyyy!!!?).
Due to a lack of time and a reasonable level of frustration, I stayed several weeks with my new brand silent laptop.
00:08.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP79 High Definition Audio (rev b1)
This is the ouput of the sound preferences :
and in alsamixer :
I finally decided to have a deeper look to my problem (frustration level reached the limit :-P )
I installed the kernel from rawhide (kernel-126.96.36.199-18.fc13.x86_64) but of course no driver for nvidia video card and wifi available for that kernel :'-( (I told you there is always a but)
UPDATE: that kernel is not more available (seems to be updated while writing this post), new packages are now attached at the end of this post for kernel-188.8.131.52-21.fc13.x86_64
So I recreated the rpms to support them.
You just need to install them
and add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/sound :
options snd_hda_intel model=intel-alc889a
Reboot, check sound preferences:
Increase the volume and unmute in alsamixer, save it and enjoy (no more but !) :)
For those looking how to turn on the lights of the keyboard, just try this :
echo X > /sys/devices/platform/applesmc.768/leds/smc::kbd_backlight/brightness X is a value from 0 to 255
I packaged imspector 0.9 for fedora 12 x86_64
IMSpector is an Instant Messenger proxy and it supports MSN, Jabber/XMPP, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, IRC and Gadu-Gadu.
The package is available in the inuits rpm repository
Those packages are still in development, don't hesitate to send me feedback.
How to setup the repository :
edit /etc/yum.repos.d/inuits.repo with (for Fedora):
[inuits] name=RPM Inuits repository Fedora $releasever baseurl=http://repo.inuits.be/fedora/$releasever/os/ enabled=1 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-inuits
Don't forget to import the GPG key (you can find it here
rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY-inuits
Today I was attending a conference in Mons (Belgium) from libre-tic about open source software, free (as freedom) the enterprise ?
To be honest I was disappointed, the conference didn't achieve my expectations. (and I don't talk about the lack of WIFI or the massive use of windope vista)
The majority of the speakers didn't convince me, they didn't really focus on the subject of "l'entreprise en liberté". We had examples of people using FLOSS to make business, to retrieve money from Europe but they don't contribute to the community and they even seem proud of it !
Of course some speakers were great :
- Robert Viseur talking about the licenses and the economical models
- Fabien Pinckaers, CEO of OpenERP, explained his economical model and showed an amazing demo of his product (it's really time that I invest more time in it!)
- the presentation of a company that contribute to the community of Alfresco with mailmanagement solution
I was also interested about the presentation of TechnoCité form Gilles Betrand.
The great idea was to ask to a radio animator (Cédric Godart) to animate the discussion, but to be honest there was not really a debate due to timing and interest of the presentations.
Something I don't understand is how the organization selected the speakers, there was people from the South of France defending a nice open source product (lundi matin business) but that can't be used in Belgium. On logiciellibre.be there are 96 open source companies referenced and certainly many real players and not only users acting as a open source company.
for those that are using ptxArchiver, this is a new version.
zipkid added the timestamp when the archiving is done on files (to not override them)
What a surprise, this week-end I received I very nice email asking me some help on the plugins I wrote for dstat. I wrote them more then 2 years ago while listening to Linus Torvalds in Cambridge :)
The request was to enable the read of the password and user from the my.cnf file instead of exporting them in environment variables.
Here are the patch for the release 7.x (fedora) and 6.x (centos 5.3)
The patch is only for one of the plugin, but it's easy to apply it to all of them.
ptxArchiver 0.1 is released, this tool uses mk-archiver from maatkit to archive tables into another table, a file or simply purged BUT it follows the foreign keys defined in a config file and archive then the linked table.
Feel free to test it and report improvements, comments, encouragement :)
Special thanks to zipkid for the help reviewing some code.
I had to setup a nice mail solution for friends on their GNU/Linux server: a nice Debian 4.0 :-)
As you should know, I'm not a Debian afficionados, never knew why but this is not my favorite distro and this is where the opensource world takes all his sense: freedom of choice :) "...tous les goûts sont dans la nature..."
Ok then I started to setup ldap, not really a problem, the 4 db's were inserted via ldif; postfix with ldap support for domains and users was also not problem. Cyrus and Sasl was ok untill I discover that the autocreate patch was not present in the package... oh my root !
As I didn't want to install cyrus from sources, and as I wasn't able to find a package already patched (but I found a huge amount of bugs requesting that feature and this for all cyrus version, it seems that postfix's debian maintainers don't like that patch... but I guess that all the other common distros have the patch included in their package...)
Ok then I started to try to remember how to make a .deb again (loooooong time ago)
step 1: apt-get install devscripts
step 2: apt-get source cyrus-imapd-2.2 (I know it's old :( )
step 3: create a dpatch (cat ~lefred/cyrus-imapd-2.2.13-autocreate-0.9.4.diff | dpatch patch-template -p "85-autocreate.dpatch" > cyrus-imapd-2.2-2.2.13/debian/patches/85-autocreate.dpatch
step 4: add 85-autocreate.dpatch between 80-kbsd-no-psstrings.dpatch and 99-update-autoconf.dpatch in cyrus-imapd-2.2-2.2.13/debian/patches/00list
step 5: apply the patches : cd cyrus-imapd-2.2-2.2.13; dpatch apply-all -v
step 6: build the packages : dpkg-buildpackage -uc
ARRGH it fails :
reverting patch 85-autocreate from ./ ... failed.
step 7: rm debian/patched/85-autocreate.dpatch
step 8: redo step 6
ARRGH it fails again, it seemd the dpatch creation is not ok
I found another dpatch  and I replace it, so step 3 can be replaced by the copy of the new 85-autocreate.dpatch into cyrus-imapd-2.2-2.2.13/debian/patches/
Then back to step 4 and everything works !
in the mail.log using the standard debian package :
Oct 15 20:12:53 ns2014675 postfix/pipe: 6506571620: to=
with the new fresh package :
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, INBOX was successfully created in partition default
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.Learn creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.Learn.Ham creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subscription to INBOX.Learn.Ham succeeded
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.Learn.Spam creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subscription to INBOX.Learn.Spam succeeded
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.Drafts creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subscription to INBOX.Drafts succeeded
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.Sent creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subscription to INBOX.Sent succeeded
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.SpamMail creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subscription to INBOX.SpamMail succeeded
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subfolder INBOX.Trash creation succeeded.
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: autocreateinbox: User alain, subscription to INBOX.Trash succeeded
Oct 15 23:09:28 ns2014675 cyrus/lmtpunix: User alain, Inbox subfolders, created 7, subscribed 6
I'm very happy to present you my new phone :
I was hesitating between an iphone, an android or an openmoko... but the first two were not following the standards I was expecting, the last one was not stable enough.
This one is compatible with all the software I use every day and follows real standards !!
I can sync now !
Inuits changed name to Pinuits.
This name is more following the open standards and naming convention for companies giving consultancy around MySQL and other open source technologies like PhP, lamP, Python, Perl, druPal, ect... follow the P and read our press release at www.pinuits.be.