MEPIS Linux with KDE 3.1.4

30 12 2003

MEPIS Linux it is now with

KDE 3.1.4

Kernel 2.6.0


Mozilla 1.5

Upgraded to Libranet 2.7

29 12 2003

Upgraded to Libranet 2.7 with Kernel 2.4.19 While trying to upgrade to Kernel 2.6.0 from Libranet 2.0, grub broke resulting in an unbootable system. In the absence of boot floppy / Knoppix, went for 2.7 upgrade. There was no upgrade option and ended up fresh installing 2.7. Most of the things work, but I cannot upgrade to Kernel 2.6.0 yet due to dep problems. (cannot install libqt-dev).

Two reboot over the weekend ending 42 days of upti…

29 12 2003

Two reboot over the weekend ending 42 days of uptime. The clock is one hour ahead after reboot. Later: this is because the system time in BIOS is set one hour ahead. Fixed it in BIOS and that fixed it.

Java Pluggin for Mozilla 1.5: I used to get this …

29 12 2003

Java Pluggin for Mozilla 1.5: I used to get this error while invoking mozilla with java pluggin enabled.

nram@libra13 [~]LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/java2/plugin/i386/ns600/ [/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/java2/plugin/i386/ns600/ undefined symbol: __vt_17nsGetServiceByCID]

A google group browse pointed me to this page plugin doc. According to this, I require Java 1.4.2 & the plugin shd be for ns610 gcc 3.2.2.

about:buildconfig gave me the following:

Build platform



Build tools

Compiler Version Compiler flags

gcc gcc version 3.2.3 -Wall -W -Wno-unused -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -Wno-long-long -pedantic -g -pthread -pipe

c++ gcc version 3.2.3 -fno-rtti -fno-exceptions -Wall -Wconversion -Wpointer-arith -Wcast-align -Woverloaded-virtual -Wsynth -Wno-ctor-dtor-privacy -Wno-long-long -pedantic -g -fshort-wchar -pthread -pipe -I/usr/X11R6/include

Configure arguments

–disable-tests –enable-extensions=default,irc –without-system-nspr –without-system-jpeg –without-system-zlib –without-system-png –without-system-mng –disable-debug –enable-optimize –disable-elf-dynstr-gc –enable-optimize=-O2 –enable-crypto

So, I softlinked /opt/java/j2sdk1.4.2_02/jre/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/ in /opt/Mozilla-1.5/plugin and all is well now.

(Important: must be softlink)

Now personal worldwatch Java applet version is running cool.

Returned the wireless keyboard and mouse. Lesson: …

27 12 2003

Returned the wireless keyboard and mouse. Lesson: Corded optical is better than cordless trackball.

Archos with Rockbox

23 12 2003

Archos with Rockbox: Got the rockbox firmware loaded (not flashed yet) . It is Rockbox V2 version (not recorder). Seem to have some interesting features.

* Auto playlist creation, a simple (find+print) list of mp3 files.
* Hi res vol meter
* better fonts, more fonts
* Quick split track while recording (Play/Pause)
* Seem to have better battery life (played for 6 hours now on a fully charged battery & battery is 50% down)
* Pluggins (Eg: Calendar)
* Less confusing key layouts
* Key shorcuts

Ripping with Grip

22 12 2003

Ripping with Grip

Tried ripping Shakthi with John McLaughlin (thanks troy).

Had trouble ripping as user in Grip. The window will display the title, etc and play the tracks, but will not rip. It errors out with “cannot open /cdrom” on shell and exit.

Tried ripperX and though it did not work either, atleast gave a sensible error message “cdparanoia cannot open device /cdrom. either run as root or add user to group cdrom”

Changed /dev/cdrom -> /dev/scd0 to 666 (nram is already in group cdrom). But this did not help.

Went back to grip and changed ripper from cdparania to cdda2wav. also changed encoder from lame to other (/usr/bin/toolame with params: -b %b %w %m)

Worked ok.