Laptop is getting closer (About 20hrs total I'm guessing...)

The laptop is still trundling away building packages. It's up to 162 of the 183 it has to build, I've seen most of KDE pass by, as well as Firefox and a few others. Unfortunately, some of the versions of the desktop apps (e.g. Firefox) are the "stable" (read old) versions, so I'll have to re-emerge them when the system is finished.

Have spent the day on Cinemon, some emails, but mostly reworking some of the hierarchies so that they monitor modem-sets continuously, rather than calculating the sets on-demand. Reason there is that the generating the sets on-demand is causing extremely long delays in a few cases. Hopefully this will slay the dratted blocking once and for all.


  1. Leigh Honeywell

    Leigh Honeywell on 03/02/2006 11:18 a.m. #

    you know...<br />
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    i bet ubuntu would work really well out of the box on that laptop :)

  2. Mike Fletcher

    Mike Fletcher on 03/02/2006 4:03 p.m. #

    Sure, but then I'd be stuck with Ubuntu ;) . kubuntu might be okay I suppose, but the default Gnome install just seems so crude... But then I fled the Debian and RPM distributions because I got hosed systems one too many times with no reasonable way to get back from the edge.<br />
    <br />
    Gentoo is finished installing. Total time was about 19 hours, with about 40 minutes (including the unplanned extra download) for setting up the install. There are still some problems, but Ubuntu likely wouldn't have helped with those (e.g. the laptop requires X-org 6.9.99 (or something like that) to get its full (widescreen) resolution supported, didn't feel like unmasking it just yet).<br />
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    So you, little ubuntu imp, can go back to your binary boxes now, I'll trundle along with my Gentoo source installs and be reasonably content with them.

  3. Mike Fletcher

    Mike Fletcher on 03/02/2006 11:29 p.m. #

    X-org is updated now, with full resolution running fine. Only takes 7 or 8% of laptop CPU to view video from MythTV on the laptop. GMplayer is installed now too, though I seem to have broken the DVD/CD drive at some point (it worked before, but I seem to have lost the fstab entry for it).<br />
    <br />
    Most of the user-level packages are now updated to proper versions. Still don't have a development environment set up, nor have I got the wireless network running. I also need to get the firewall set up for use outside the hardware firewall here. Oh well, something to do some other day.

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