Kubuntu: Unable to activate Media Player Keys

I’ve recently given Kubuntu 8.04 a whirl, after 2 years with Fedora and Sabayon Linux exclusively. And Kubuntu’s quite nice!

But, whenever switching to a new distro, there’s always an irritating issue or two. For Kubuntu, the most vexing was trying to play any kind of a file with the Totem media player. I . . . → Read More: Kubuntu: Unable to activate Media Player Keys

Sabayon Linux: upgrading to GIMP 2.4.1, xsane .994, and hplip-1.7.4a-r2

That “dash of Linux talk” in the sub-heading? After a long hiatus, here it is.

I recently attempted upgrading to the latest GIMP and xsane on my Sabayon desktop machine. In the process, I temporarily lost my HP 6210 scanner/printer functionality and could not install either GIMP 2.4.0 or 2.4.1. After much swearing and . . . → Read More: Sabayon Linux: upgrading to GIMP 2.4.1, xsane .994, and hplip-1.7.4a-r2

Lists of Linux equivalents to Windows software

Collection of Windows to Linux software equivalents . . . → Read More: Lists of Linux equivalents to Windows software

Turning off synaptic driver in FC6

A new release of Fedora is out, which means an entirely new fight with hardware for a lot of folks. My struggle from Fedora Core 4 through Fedora Core 5 has been dealing with the synaptics driver for the touchpad on my Toshiba M45-S269 laptop. And with Fedora Core 6 out, the synaptics driver . . . → Read More: Turning off synaptic driver in FC6

Getting the free radeon driver working in Gentoo

Diverting from our normal comic book geekery, it’s time to tackle some tech related stuff.

As promised a while back, here’s the lowdown on getting the DRI radeon driver working on my desktop computer. I tried the proprietary ATI fglrx driver, but couldn’t get a vertical refresh rate above 60Hz. After some work, I . . . → Read More: Getting the free radeon driver working in Gentoo