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Long Live the People of Libya!! Long Live The Revolution!

A report from Greece

My friend Tia Åvist recently went on a vacation to Greece, and she wrote a nice blog post about her trip, and what she did each day. Her post includes several cool pictures and videos of baby turtles and a stray cat coming up to say hello. 😀

Tia’s blog post: In love with Athina (Athens, Greece 7th – 14th of August

Mahinda Rajapaksa – War criminal on the loose!

War criminal on the loose!

Installing LibreOffice on Debian Squeeze

About 1½ weeks ago or so, LibreOffice was released for Squeeze via Debian Backports. Obviously great news given what has been happening to OpenOffice.org after Oracle’s take-over of Sun. However, when I first tried installing it on my Squeeze-powered workstation, it insisted on installing AbiWord and a couple of other packages as well, which I thought was absurd, and I thought it was a bug in the LibreOffice packages.

Today I decided to dig around a little bit on some mailing lists and I figured out that, the problem was caused by the package gnome-office having abiword or openoffice.org as its dependencies. gnome-office is a meta-package that supplies GNOME with an office suite, either AbiWord/Gnumeric or OpenOffice.org, so when trying to remove OpenOffice.org in favor of LibreOffice, this thing thinks I am removing OpenOffice.org for good, as it is not aware of LibreOffice, so after having removed gnome-office, I could smoothly remove OpenOffice.org and install LibreOffice.

As I wanted LibreOffice to be a drop-in replacement for my current OpenOffice.org configuration I executed the following commands:

apt-get remove gnome-office

apt-get remove openoffice.org openoffice.org-base openoffice.org-base-core openoffice.org-calc openoffice.org-common openoffice.org-core openoffice.org-draw openoffice.org-emailmerge openoffice.org-evolution openoffice.org-filter-binfilter openoffice.org-filter-mobiledev openoffice.org-gcj openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org-gtk openoffice.org-help-en-gb openoffice.org-help-en-us openoffice.org-impress openoffice.org-java-common openoffice.org-l10n-en-gb openoffice.org-math openoffice.org-officebean openoffice.org-report-builder-bin openoffice.org-style-galaxy openoffice.org-style-tango openoffice.org-thesaurus-en-us openoffice.org-writer

apt-get -t squeeze-backports install libreoffice libreoffice-base libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-calc libreoffice-common libreoffice-core libreoffice-draw libreoffice-emailmerge libreoffice-evolution libreoffice-filter-binfilter libreoffice-filter-mobiledev libreoffice-gcj libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-help-en-gb libreoffice-help-en-us libreoffice-impress libreoffice-java-common libreoffice-l10n-en-gb libreoffice-math libreoffice-officebean libreoffice-report-builder-bin libreoffice-style-galaxy libreoffice-style-tango libreoffice-writer

To install the exact equivalents of the OpenOffice.org packages I had previously installed.

KDE annoyances and GNOME frustrations

I have been using the KDE desktop environment since 2004, when I first switched to Linux, however in recent days I have been planning to start using GNOME, because of the dysfunctionality of the 4.x versions of the central KDE applications that I have used for years.

In my case, Kontact has just been a dog for two years, and it looks to get even worse for a while before it gets better given that the next version will be using the Akonadi storage framework, which has just worked absolutely abysmally for something as simple as a 20-entry addressbook. How on earth that Akonadi is going to handle 2000+ email archives like mine is completely and totally beyond me comprehension.

Another big drag has been the various the bookmarks editor in Konqueror. I have at least 1000 bookmarks, and every damn time I have tried sorting and arranging them, the damn editor has crashed, and ruined all my bookmarks, and even after several versions it still did it (I am using 4.4.3, however I have tested 4.5 and the problems persisted, and so far I cannot imagine 4.6 being any better).

Amarok has turned into the biggest hog I h ave ever seen, what the hell is with a 25 – 30 second start-up time? *sigh*

Kopete has been giving me problems for a while now, when adding people on MSN/WLM, they would not show up despite being online, and I would have to delete and re-add them several times.

So with all of these problems, I have been slowly gravitating towards replacing Kontact/Kopete/Konqueror with Thunderbird/Pidgin/Firefox, and I thought to myself, since all of these applications, which I spend the most of my time in, are GTK apps, why not just run GNOME and get a general GTK environment which would probably work and feel more integrated? It did not immediately occur to me, because I generally hate GNOME’s user interface philosophy of dumbing everything down to the lowest common denominator like the plague, however as a “shell” for applications, I find it usable. Having said that, there’s still some KDE applications that no GNOME equivalent even gets near in terms of functionality and power.

First of all is KWrite/Kate, because gedit just sucks, big time. Try writing some shell commands in gedit and skip through it using Ctrl and the arrow keys, and then do the same with KWrite, and you will see what I mean. A feature of KWrite I have always fond useful is the ability to quickly turn a bunch of lower case text to upper case, and vice versa.

Second is BasKet Note Pads, which is probably THE BEST note-taking program for Linux and UNIX, hands down.

During my research into using GNOME, which was done mainly with Debian Squeeze in mind, as that is what I am considering switching to. I wrote a small HOWTO for integrating Qt and KDE applications into GNOME or Xfce in case anybody out there finds it useful which can be found here: Integrating KDE applications into GNOME/Xfce on Debian Squeeze.

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