Bembel-B Blog

2007/05/13

Ubuntu Feisty Fixes Done and Pending

A few things when switching to Ubuntu weren’t working out of the box as I’d liked. Some still aren’t. The maybe not that trivial or obvious fixes are listed here.

Ubuntu Logo

Evolution Spamassassin Plugin

The bogofilter plugin must be disabled, else spamassassin plugin won’t work. Only one of the two spamfilter plugins may be enabled.
I’ve installed spamassassin and spamc packages with service spamd running.

GnuCash HBCI Support

The Ubuntu and Debian packages don’t include HBCI/FinTS support used for online banking. I had already installed aqbanking and QBankManager, but meanwhile there’s the apt repo geole.info which provides the GnuCash HBCI functionality for Debian Etch and Ubuntu Feisty.
This should install all required packages for GnuCash HBCI from geole:

aptitude install gnucash-aqbanking-hbci

Amarok German Localization

After I installed language-pack-kde-de Amarok speaks German.

Hide Gnome Printer Applet

The tray icons for installed printers are permanently shown and eat up my precious screen space. I think the following shouldThis will get the behaviour I know from Fedora, that the icons are only displayed when I ran a print job. But I haven’t tested that yet!
System > Settings > Sessions: untick “print queue applet”

Azureus with Sun Java

I’ve installed Sun JDK (also containing the JRE) and set /usr/bin/java to point to the Sun version. Azureus for Sun Java installed via apt-get was crashing regularly. Using the binary release from the Azureus project website did the trick.
I even rebuilt the Ubuntu Azureus package, but the result was as unstable as with the apt version.

Things Still Unresolved

  • Automount for smb shares (preferably with cifs)
  • Improve keyboard configuration like inputrc, tab completition, vim as setup in Fedora
  • A working ssh-agent and gpg-agent setup (preferably with Seahorse)
  • Crackling sound with Amarok and web streams (xine engine)

ChangeLog

[070523 Gnome Printer Applet works as expected]

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2006/04/24

Watch Frank Zappa at CNN Crossfire defend “immoral” words and arts

Yesterday I found a quite funny but also inspiring video recording featuring Frank Zappa when surfing around the Chaos Computer Club website in the Chaosradio Podcast Network section. It’s a recording of a CNN Crossfire talk show from 1986 discussing the impact of “evil” rock music with its “immoral” lyrics and music videos and which countermeasures should be taken to “save” the US American society.
I love how this Washington Times gnome tries to find arguments and is making a fool of himself, even though he has his two fellow conservative rightwingers with him and Zappa is on his own defending freedom of speech and arts.. The recording quality of that 20 years old video tape isn’t that good, but it’s really worth watching this 20 minutes dispute also if you might not be a fan of Zappa.

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