Thursday, June 30, 2005

When Will KDE 4.0 Shipped?

Qt 4.0 has been released by Trolltech via Press Release. Qt 4 incorporates a wide range of new and updated features and capabilities, increasing developer productivity while improving runtime performance. More information about Qt 4 features can be seen in Qt 4 Info Page. The next question is when will KDE 4.0 that relies on Qt 4 be shipped? Will it be in the next six months? or perhaps a year later? We don't know about that, but one thing that i'm sure of is next KDE version will rocks as the 3.4.1 did.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Upgrade Your phpBB

phpBB team has released an update for their product, phpBB and it has reached 2.0.16. Get them and update your site. Don't let the bad guys messed up with your forum, just because you are late to upgrade them. It's just like MLTR's (Michael Learns To Rock) songs, "25 minutes" :)

I have experienced being hacked, so i used to upgrade the forum as soon as the updates comes out and now i never had them again (and i hope that it will last forever).

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

MPlayer Dependencies

I want to install MPlayer on Slackware 10.1 by downloading the package from LinuxPackage, but there were so many dependencies that have to be resolved before MPlayer could be executed. The only library that i haven't solved until now is Anybody can help me finding the package which contain this library? Any help would be appreciated.

Monday, June 27, 2005

New Members of KOffice

In 21 June 2005, KOffice has released the final version of KOffice 1.4.0, which includes 2 new components, Krita - a pixel based image manipulation application and Kexi - an integrated data management application. I have tried Krita and it works nicely. If you don't like GIMP, then perhaps Krita will be your alternative solution of image manipulation application.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Linux Workshop In UAJY

Yesterday i talked about at Linux Workshop in UAJY (Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University) and the attendees were eager to know more about GNU/Linux, especially Kubuntu, a special distro, based on Debian, that integrates KDE, rather than GNOME like in Ubuntu. They followed every session from 8 AM to 5 PM patiently. Unfortunately, i couldn't configure my laptop to use cable to connect to the Internet, but i managed to configure the WiFI, but only for chatting via Gaim, since i wasn't able to browse anywhere. Can't wait for another Linux Workshop in the future.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

OOo Writer - MS Word

Do you need some review before migrate to OOo? Well.. if you do, please visit NewsForge for the complete reviews. I'll just write down one of the conclusion made by the reviewers :

"OOo Writer is not only as fully developed as Microsoft Word, but often superior in terms of features and stability."

Friday, June 24, 2005

Wireless is Running

Finally, my wireless configuration is now active, thanks to Joshua M. Sinambela who helped me via YahooMessenger! to find my mistake on the configuration at mode selection. Now, it's ready to be connected via Slackware :)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

One More Steps

Finally i can configure my Centrino in Slackware. The main problem is the FIRMWARE_DIR variables. It pointed to a directory that doesn't exist. I changed the path and restart the laptop and voilaa.... everything works as i expected. I haven't tried the connection though, but at least i have make a basic configuration to detect the Centrino modules. Thanks To James Ketrenos for helping me and maintaining the Centrino Modules for Linux platform and also friends from Jogja-Wireless mailing list, especially Joshua M. Sinambela and M.S. Lubis.

Here is some outputs from my laptop:

willy@laptop:~$ dmesg | grep ipw2200
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.0.4
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2004 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:

willy@laptop:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 radio off ESSID:off/any Nickname:"laptop"
Mode:Managed Channel:0 Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
Bit Rate=0kb/s Tx-Power:off
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

eth1 no wireless extensions.

eth2 no wireless extensions.

sit0 no wireless extensions.

Jun 22 07:58:12 laptop kernel: ipw2200: Radio Frequency Kill Switch is On:

Jun 22 07:58:11 laptop kernel: ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.0.4
Jun 22 07:58:11 laptop kernel: ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2004 Intel Corporation
Jun 22 07:58:11 laptop kernel: ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

OOo Presentation

I will be a speaker at Linux workshop next Saturday in UAJY, presenting some basic OOo topics. I will present some trick on OOo to perform some task that is required for final project reports, such as making a dynamic table of contents, cross reference, and also page numbering. Let's hope that the event will be great.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Knoppix 4.0

The next Knoppix version, 4.0 which will be available on CD and DVD version will be released on the next LinuxTag 2005. It is based on the recently released Debian 3.1 (Sarge). Knoppix 4.0 is to appear in a slimmed-down CD and expanded DVD version. All in all more than 2,600 software packages with a total of more than 5,300 applications are to be found on the DVD. The DVD edition of Knoppix 4.0 also contains, for example, the software distribution system m23 as well as the books "Knoppix Kompakt" by Rainer Hattenhauer and "Knowing Knoppix" by Phil Jones.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Star Wars 3D

Are you a fans of Star Wars? If you do, perhaps you have watched the Star Wars Episode 3 that was released last month. It tells us how Anakin Skywalker turned into Darth Vader and the introduction of the next Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker and his sister, Leia. George Lucas said that it will the last episode, even though many fans of Star Wars predict that there will be next sequel of this two trilogy episode.

Well, perhaps your wish come true, but not a trilogy again, but rather Star Wars in 3D and TV Series. TV series will take place during the 20-year time period between EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH and EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE.

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Can't Connect to MSN

I'm a little bit confused with MSN Messenger in my laptop. I can connect to Yahoo Messenger! without any problem, but with the same setting, i couldn't connect to the MSN Messenger. It is directly connected to the Internet, so i turned off the proxy settings, but it keeps failing. Well.. no problem, since most of my friends joined YM! :)

Saturday, June 18, 2005

UKDW Hotspot

After running some internal testing, UKDW Hostpot is now active for public trial (well, not fully public, since it requires a security key), but at least, students don't have to wait until the lab is empty to use Internet connection. Just bring the laptop and do some network scan and voila.... you're connected to the Internet. Please install Antivirus and Firewall application before you're connected to the Internet, unless if you don't concern about the security.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Mandriva Project Will Continue

Even if i changed my distro from Mandriva to other distro, i shall continue as the coordinator for Indonesian team who translated Mandriva Packages into Indonesian language. I have already build a team and i won't let them dissapointed just because i use another distro on my box.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Maybe Not Today

Well, the changes has been delayed, since Slackware wasn't able to be installed on my desktop. It couldn't detect my harddrive. Perhaps i shall wait until i get the FC4 CDs. I haven't use RedHat since 7.2, and now, i will try FC4. What a great jump, but it doesn't matter. FC has been updated with many improvements, so i should get on it easily. Let's wait for a few days.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Good Bye Mandriva

I'm planning to leave Mandriva and change it with Slackware 10.1, since it had many trouble in the latest version, that should be better than the previous version. I can't browse anywhere and the last problem that i had is the PHP isn't working. I don't know what happened, since i used the same methods as i usually build PHP, but today perhaps is my bad day. Tonight it will be changed to Slackware.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Laptop Battery Monitoring

I have been searching for an application that can be used to monitor battery in laptop, since i need a good indicator for my battery, especially if i was travelling. In my Windows, it's available by default, but not in Linux. I have been trying to find some Linux application and found some good one, but i'm testing it right now. Let's hope i will find the best one.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Kernel 2.6.12-rc6

The next kernel version, 2.6.12 will contains a lot of new bug fixes. I can see it from the latest changelog for this version. It's rc6, can you imagine that? It's not unusuall for the kernel to reach Release Candidate 6 before it was published as the final kernel. Let's hope the final kernel 2.6.12 will be available soon and it's quite stable enough, just as the (i haven't tried yet).

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Kernel Installed

Finally i made up my mind and install the latest kernel version, on my laptop and it worked. I follow Patrick J. Volkerding's advice and documentation included in Slackware 10.1 and do the tricks and it ended with a big success. I have also made some short article ("Installing Kernel on Slackware") explaining how to install kernel 2.6.x on Slackware. For those who want to install kernel 2.6 on Slackware, you can use that article as your guide. Please feel free to give your comments, critics, or suggestion to my emails.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Dare to Upgrade?

My friend in Jogja Linux User Group has sentenced that it was easy to upgrade from kernel 2.4.x into 2.6.x in Slackware. I was quite suprised, since i thought the process will be much more harder. Perhaps Patrick has made them easy with the use of the pkgtool. The only question is do i dare to upgrade to kernel 2.6.x? Not in the mean time. I have to make sure that everything will be OK before i do such process.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Drag n Drop Tabs on 1.1

Opera has a nifty feature that can reorder the tabs by using drag n drop. Firefox lack of this, but soon it will be available in the next Firefox 1.1 release, which i don't know yet. Here is another feature, taken from Gemal's blog :

"Another really cool and important checkin is the landing of the groundwork for the new Software Update Service. The new Software Update Service will support binary patching and I think it's based on bsdiff and bspatch. This will allow Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird to be updated with security patches without having to download an entire new version. It will be possible to apply patches. Great work from Ben Goodger, Benjamin Smedberg and Darin Fisher."

I have been looking for this feature since my Internet connection is rather slow, so download the full file would take a long time.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

New OpenSource Community

One of my lecturer has tried to start a new OpenSource community on my campuss and i attended on their biweekly meetings to join up and see if i can be any help. They have good motivations to learn about GNU/Linux, even though using text mode. That's a nice start. Good work and keep it up guys.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Addicted To Fiction Novel

In the last two weeks, i have been addicted to Fiction Novel, especially to Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress, and Deception Points (i'm reading it right now). It was a great novel and i love it, even though it brought some controversial theory within. I have collected them all and i can't wait for his next novel.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Object Oriented Programming

Starting today, i will be a practical assistant on Object Oriented Programming Class in my campuss. I worked with Setia Budi and we have 8 class in each week. We have prepared the modules and today was our first class. It uses Java for the primary language and i hope we can make the students understand what OOP is.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Upgrading Kernel on Slackware

Yesterday i tried to do my first experiment on upgrading kernel to my Slackware. I have downloaded all kernel 2.4.30 packages (kernel-ide, kernel-modules, kernel-headers, kernel-source) and also alsa-driver for the same kernel version from Slackware Package Browser website. It's not the latest version though, since the last kernel version for 2.4 version is 2.4.31, which has just been released few days ago. It will show up in the list in the next few weeks, after the Slackware developer customize the kernel package in order to make some changes so it suited to Slackware.

Here is what i did yesterday :
- make a backup copy of /etc/lilo.conf in case anything bad happened
- install all kernel package and alsa-driver using pkgtool (not UPGRADE)
- go to /boot and make sure vmlinuz pointing to the new kernel
- check the /etc/lilo.conf and check if it was correct
- run /sbin/lilo -v to make a lilo's changes permanent
- reboot (and pray)
- do some testing and check for kernel version with uname -a in konsole
- remove the old kernel package using pkgtool (do not use removepkg, since there are 2 version of kernel installed on your systems)

Can't wait for the next kernel arrives at Slackware's website.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Last Version of Knoppix

Knoppix 3.9 has been released with updates to Kernel, KDE 3.4, and also 2.0 BETA (German and English) and also all software upgrades from Debian packages, but the bad news is it will be the last version of Knoppix, since in the future, it will be split into a "Light" CD version, and a "Maxi" DVD release. For now, enjoy the latest version of Knoppix.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Star Wars on TV

Starting yesterday, there will be Star Wars episode on one of our local TV station every Friday (except for the newest episode, Episode 3). My Friday night schedule has to be cancelled, since i don't want to be disturbed. Can't wait for the next friday for Episode 5.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Office 12 and New Formats

Microsoft's next Office Suite, codename Office 12 will use new formats for their default file formats and it will use XML-based format. The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats will be designated as .docx, .xlsx and .pptx , respectively. Microsoft is referring to the family of new formats as "Microsoft Office Open XML Formats."

For users of older versions of Office — specifically Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office XP — Microsoft will make available software downloads that will allow them to read, edit and save using the new file formats. Microsoft also plans to release a conversion tool that will allow users to point to files in an older format and convert them en masse to the new Office 12 XML format.

The problem is "Will OOo able to read and modify the content of the next format of MS Office?" I'm looking forward to see this happening in the next OOo major release (perhaps OOo 2.2.x ?) since MS Office 12 will be launched next year.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

MySQL Problem Solved

Finally MySQL is running well on my new Slackware. I missed the permission on the database directory (mysql). After a little chmod and chown, MySQL works perfectly. New problem arises when i want to access MySQL via web browser. I'm installing phpMyAdmin, a web-based application to manage the MySQL and when i loaded the index.php page, it displays an error message saying that MySQL Socket is not configured or something like that.

The main problem is the location of mysql.sock file in PHP configuration is different with the actual location. In PHP, it should be located on /tmp/mysql.sock, but in reality, it is located on /var/run/mysql.sock. The solution is to recompile PHP with another options '--with-mysql=/usr' '--with-mysql-sock=/var/run/mysql.sock'. After compiling, configuring, and installing PHP, restart Apache and reload your browser. It will display the correct page.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Touchpad On Slackware

My touchpad isn't working on my Slackware. My friend told me about a site that tried to discuss this. I shall try this and see if it works. Thanks to Agung from Jogja LUG mailing list.