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Friday, January 11th, 2008
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I'm almost done with my computer migration. I am doing a complete OS reinstall, but leaving my homedir as is. Significant changes:
  • Gentoo has init scripts for everything I was running in rc.local now: MythTV, fetchmail, spamassassin.
  • Finally switched from sendmail to postfix. I don't know much about it, but I sure love the MENTALLY SANE configuration file.
  • Using Gentoo's version of MythTV, and wiped out my old myth database. It was crufty, and some of those early Good Eats episodes really need to be rerecorded.
  • And finally, I can't believe it but after something like 10 years,
    • I am switching from enlightenment to GNOME. The opposite of e, GNOME's pace of development is fast and is going in the right direction for a PC desktop. Problems with GNOME so far:
      • gnome-terminal doesn't play nice with the dvorak keyboard layout. Text entry is normal. I can press ctrl+shift+C to copy to the clipboard, but I have to press ctrl-J (J is where C would be on the qwerty layout) to abort a program.
      • I like to map Caps lock to Esc, but GNOME eats your xmodmap commands and only has an option to map it to ctrl. I had to edit a file in /usr/share/X11/xkb to do it myself.
      • I miss e's window locking and remembering. MythTV will only run fullscreen on my left monitor, no matter which xinerama screen I tell it to use. In e, I could lock it from changing positions and remember the location on my right monitor.
I'm really liking the onboard audio, which is of the "Intel HD Audio" variety. The expansion card with the stereo ports is flimsy, and the cable to attach it to the motherboard is too short, but it does four point surround no problem and there's no noise! What I hate the most about every onboard sound chip I've ever used is that once you plug in the headphones, it's noise city. I will probably stick with the onboard. And not just because I don't want to think about how to cram a PCI express card in there somewhere :)

You may have guessed that my original filesystem recovery went well. There seems to be very little damage to the files I've checked out, but I restored my important documents from an offsite backup anyway. I have ~2800 files to sift through in lost+found though.
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[User Picture]From: stargazer
2008-01-11 06:54 am (UTC)

gnome-terminal doesn't play nice with the dvorak keyboard layout. Text entry is normal. I can press ctrl+shift+C to copy to the clipboard, but I have to press ctrl-J (J is where C would be on the qwerty layout) to abort a program.

I think something else might be at work here; I've never had this problem or anything like it personally.

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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-01-11 07:49 pm (UTC)
Do you use multiple layouts? If so, is dvorak your first layout?

Edited at 2008-01-11 07:55 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: stargazer
2008-01-11 11:44 pm (UTC)
I have multiple layouts enabled on all my machines. On my desktop, qwerty is first; on my laptop, Dvorak is. Haven't had a problem on either one.
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From: thedexter
2008-01-11 08:12 am (UTC)
Ah man, we have a bunch of dummy terminals from Sun on campus so that students can check their email and whatever between classes, and half have normal keyboard layouts and half have UNIX keyboard layouts, with ctrl replacing caps lock, caps lock replacing ctrl, and I think esc is somewhere funny too... Anyway it's annoying as hell to go from one to the other and trying to open a new tab in Firefox, etc. Anyway your item about key mapping made me think of that.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-01-11 07:51 pm (UTC)
We had plenty of Sun machines with the same thing at Maryland. But yeah, all this context switching is the problem!
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-01-11 07:54 pm (UTC)
I do have both layouts enabled, but only gnome-terminal has any problem with ctrl-keys. Moving dvorak to the top of the list fixed it though, so thanks!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-12 04:42 am (UTC)
http://burtonini.com/blog/computers/devilspie will automatically position windows for you, partially emulating this E feature.

I've found it more flexible than the E feature and thus capable of more precision. Unfortunately, unlike with E you must manually come up with the expressions for window matching and positioning.
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