Monthly Archives: February 2005

Graphics apps on Linux

This Newsforge article goes several steps further than my blog post on the topic of graphics apps on Linux back in September.

I’m not sure I agree with all of the conclusions – does the Gimp really need to split into two applications, one for simple icon editing and another for more major graphics work? I certainly miss a simple icon editor, but should it be based on the Gimp? I stand by my original comments that the major graphics apps should work more closely together to unify UIs and approaches as a first step.

5th sentences

Bit late with this whole wave (a bunch of people did this on Planet GNOME sometime last year) but I came across it again on John Fleck’s blog recently:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do whatโ€™s actually next to you.

The nearest book to me is The UML Reference Manual (Rumbaugh / Jacobson / Booch).

We expect that editing tools will extend the notation to a screen format, including such things as the use of fonts and color to highlight items; the ability to easily suppress and filter items that are not currently of interest, to zoom into a diagram to show nested elements, to traverse hot links to other models or views; and animation.


Upgraded to WordPress 1.5 using the RPMs from
All pretty smooth:

  • Backed up the DB mysqldump --add-drop-table -h localhost -u mydbuser -p mywpdb| bzip2 -c > blog.bak.sql.bz2
  • Backed up wordpress.conf, wp-config.php and wp-layout.css (I actually gzipped the whole of /usr/share/wordpress just in case, but didn’t think I’d need it, and I don’t)
  • Installed the RPM using rpm -Uvh
  • Ran the upgrade script
  • Merged over my settings from wp-config.php into the new version

Theming remains to be done. As it is, the new default template does look nice, and the admin screens are a whole lot easier to use.

I’ve re-enabled commenting as an experiment, and blacklisted a whole series of words. I may have to go back and stop it if the same problems arise as last time.

Now to go looking for plugins ๐Ÿ™‚

WordPress 1.5 RPMs

I noticed that WordPress 1.5 came out, with sufficiently little fanfare that I didn’t realise until I read about someone else upgrading.

I’ve been installing from RPMs, but none were available. So I posted a comment to Jason Spangler’s blog, and he was good enough to build some new packages for the latest version.

For previous versions I’ve suggested changes to the wordpress.conf file. I’ll look later to see if they ever got incorporated into the packages.

Guess I’ll think about upgrading this weekend.

powermated and GNOME in harmony?

Looks like GNOME 2.10 will resolve my remaining PowerMate concerns ๐Ÿ™‚

Suppose I’d better get to work on the configuration GUI. When I find time…