The Dell XPS 13 (Ivy Bridge generation) trackpad (Cypress) and Linux (synaptics)

Wow, this makes me happy! edit: If you have an XPS 13 of the current-gen Haswell variety – or an XPS 12, or possibly other similar Dell systems – you aren’t affected by this issue. You may also have trackpad weirdness on such systems, but it’s not this bug, it’s a different one. If you […]

Presenting…Fedlet, and it’s my anniversary(ish)

So, today’s headline news: I finally stopped foot-dragging and put up a public image of Fedlet, my Fedora remix for Bay Trail based tablets. If you have a Dell Venue 8 Pro, Lenovo Miix2, or Toshiba Encore, you can go to that link, grab the live image, and give it a shot. If you have […]

Good morning: bugfixing and thinking about

Well, this has been one of the best mornings I’ve had for a while. I spent a couple of hours tracking down a rather subtle issue between OwnCloud, Google’s PHP client library, and Google itself – required me to bump up my PHP skills further and learn/remember some stuff about HTML entities, so yay self-improvement! […]

UEFI boot: how does that actually work, then?

It’s AdamW Essay Time again! If you’re looking for something short and snappy, look elsewhere. Kamil Paral kindly informs me I’m a chronic sufferer of Graphomania. Always nice to know what’s wrong with you. You’ve probably read a lot of stuff on the internet about UEFI. Here is something important you should understand: 95% of […]

Miscellaneous stuff: gedit configuration

Another thing I mentioned on G+ lately, and thought I’d throw in here: gedit configuration. I’ve been using gedit for years in pretty much its dead stock configuration, which is more or less ‘notepad clone mode’. It’s very, very basic. You get some highlighting if you open a file it recognizes as some kind of […]

SELinux RPM bug, QA tasks during pre-F21 quiet time

So, as you may well have read by now, over the weekend a rather unfortunate bug in Fedora 20 cropped up. A stray change in an selinux-policy update, intended for Rawhide, mistakenly wound up in F20, and caused package transactions to fail once it had been installed, if SELinux was in enforcing mode. This was […]

Fonts and font sizes in Fedora on the internet: hold onto your hats…

So I threw a somewhat disorganized note on some fiddling I’d been doing with my systems’ font configuration on G+ earlier today. Harish Pilay asked for some more detailed notes, so I’m throwing together another gigantic blog post. Hold on to your hats, folks… Fonts in Fedora: fontconfig There’s a rather important library for font […]

Please build this for me: GNOME sync

So, this is really just a random feature request being thrown out to the cold unfeeling lazyweb. But hey, it’s easy to type. GNOME folks, you have GNOME Online Accounts, which is one of the best features of GNOME 3 – a really nice and robust desktop-wide generic mechanism for pulling stuff from and pushing […]

Doings (including a not-too-short and possibly wildly inaccurate history of PHP class loading, for some reason), and OpenID is back (for now)

Doings Edit: As you can probably see, I also decided to switch up my blog theme, finally. Wanted something minimalist and single-column, and this looks decent. I also put a bit of effort into getting half-decent rendering of preformatted/code blocks, and installed an extension to let me write blog entries in Markdown, yay. Sorry for […]

PSA: Use Fedup 0.8 for Fedora 20 upgrades

Welp, turns out there was one last (I hope!) brown paper bag bug for Fedora 20: fedup 0.7, which was in the Fedora 18 and 19 stable repos today, can’t successfully upgrade to Fedora 20 any more. It certainly could last time we tested it, so this has blindsided us a bit, or else we’d […]