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An excellent post from Jono Bacon (the Ubuntu community manager). Should be required reading for anyone in a position like ours (working for a company in a role where your responsibilities include representing the user community).


Y’know, I’ve tried to like Windows. Really. I have. I’m willing to overlook its little foibles…its big foibles…and hell, even some downright blunders, but I just keep running up against things that put me into a cheerfully homicidal rage. Latest – Windows does not support multiple partitions on a USB storage device. Not even Windows […]

User registrations fixed

Sorry to anyone who tried to register for an account on here lately – I just realized the other day that I didn’t set up postfix when I moved the server to a VM, so the mails haven’t been going out. Registering should now work. If you registered an account but never got the password […]


Ladies and Gentlemen; I humbly post this notice for the benefit of those of you who today were expecting me to: Write a newsletter Make you truffles Call you Answer your calls Pay attention to you at all Rescue you from a burning building You may all address your complaints to Red Octane, makers of […]


So I spent the last couple of days working on the 2007 Errata. It was a lot of work but I’m quite proud of the result. It’s pretty exhaustive and I’ve got it almost perfectly in sync with official updates and Bugzilla: everything for which we’ve issued or are working on an update is listed, […]

Lenovo 3000 v100 Mandriva Linux 2007 – full status report

So I worked some more on the laptop and I think I can now give a pretty comprehensive overview of everything. To recap from my first post, this is for a Lenovo 3000 V100 C5U. The stuff that works out of the box on Mandriva Linux 2007 (any version, don’t need commercial stuff) with no […]

Laptop update

So, today’s update on the laptop: I solved wireless. It seems with ndiswrapper 1.21 the trick is that you have to ‘install’ the Windows driver _on every boot_. This was clearly far too much effort, so I just built and installed ndiswrapper 1.28 instead. It seems to be fine, though it does take about a […]

Laptop reportage

So, here’s the inevitable ‘setting up the new system’ post! Just as a reminder (and for Google), this is about my new Lenovo 3000 V100 laptop on Linux, more specifically Mandriva Linux 2007.0. It’s the C5U submodel (this is important as the wireless chipset and CPU differ between submodels). The good stuff – most things […]

More new!

So to go with the new laptop (and to really finish off the rest of my savings…), I picked up a new monitor. I’ve been working on an LG T710BH 17″ CRT for a while now. As 17″ CRTs go it’s a nice display, but it’s still just a 17″ CRT. Like laptops, displays have […]

In with the new, out with the old

So, I done bought me a new laptop. It’ll be a bit of a struggle to afford, but I do need a new one; my beloved old Sony C1XD has served me well for the last five years but it’s really just too slow to use seriously any more. I considered upgrading the RAM and […]