[Gentoo] X.Org modular tinderbox

Recently, anholt got the tinderbox working for modular X.

As the Pegasos that Genesi gave me holds the only place on the build page now, I encourage a few more people (especially those with interesting architectures) to jump on there. Just read the tinderbox page to get started. I recently ran a couple of days with a 2.4 kernel sparc, so that’s sort of covered. And daniels had an x86 and amd64 on there till recently, but they disappeared.

Trying to not suck at Magic, and other news

So I drove up to Salem last night to try and get a deck together, because there was a tournament with a $500 prize today. Spent about $100-$150 to get the deck finished, and had high hopes of winning. But then I got taken down by this really weird POS that I don’t think could really beat anything else, but crushed my deck. And then I ran into it again 2 rounds later and lost again. Oh well.

Haven’t decided whether to tweak this deck or start something new and put this one away for a while. I ended up 2-2-1, so I’m batting .500. Too bad this isn’t baseball. But that’s an improvement from last tournament, so I’m working my way back into practice after five years off.

I highly recommend picking up Magic to anyone interested in increasing your creativity and mental agility (or for that matter, anyone interested in winning poker or blackjack). It’s like a combination of chess and art. You can even play it for free online at somewhere like magic-league.com and the #magic-league IRC channel on solidirc, using the Apprentice program. In the past few years, Magic players have stormed online poker and won millions, as well as taking away more millions at the World Series of Poker.

In other news, X.Org RC2 is all the way in portage, and seems to generally be working quite well. I’m still having issues with XKB and VT switching both being broken (perhaps related? who knows.), but nobody else filed bugs about it so maybe I’m the only one.

Haven’t done a whole lot of Gentoo work lately besides the RC2 bumps on Friday. Trying to focus on classes and research for a while, in hopes of getting decent grades this quarter and not getting kicked out of grad school. Would be a bit annoying to have to job search, despite the many options I have with my multi-tined background, since we’re mostly living paycheck to paycheck.

[Gentoo] X.Org 7.0 RC2

The second release candidate for modular X began hitting the tree about 15 minutes ago. It should be complete later today.

For future reference, here’s the code I use to copy and commit all the ebuilds from my overlay. Run it from the category level.

msg="Bump for 7.0RC2."
for i in */*.ebuild; do ip=${i%/*}; iv=${i#*/}; iv=${iv%.ebuild}; cp ${i} ${cvs}${cat}${ip}/; cp ${ip}/files/digest-${iv} ${cvs}${cat}${ip}/files/; pushd ${cvs}${cat}${ip}/; cvs add ${iv}.ebuild files/digest-${iv}; echangelog "${msg}"; repoman ci -m "${msg}"; popd; done

[Gentoo] Linux Desktop Pocket Guide and Gentoo

O’Reilly recently introduced a new pocket guide to using Linux on desktops. They kindly made the first chapter, on distributions, freely available. In it, David Brickner has a nice table comparing the top 5 distros: Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, SUSE and Ubuntu.

On a 1-5 scale, Gentoo got a 2 for installation, a 3 for configuration, a 4 for package management and a 5 for documentation and community.

The installer project has put a great deal of work into what many see as Gentoo’s weakest point over the past couple of years. It’s now in its 0.2 release and working toward 0.3. I’m quite pleased to see that Brickner mentioned our beta installer in the book. Although I’ve since handed off leadership to Andrew Gaffney, I still feel some pride of parenthood.

Unfortunately the desktop research project has mostly died off, because that team promised much toward fixing our second-lowest point, configuration tools. If anyone would like to help revive it, please get in touch with me.

I’m a bit surprised that package management was only at a 4 rather than a 5, but perhaps that’s because Gentoo lacks an officially supported GUI package manager. Many exist, however, and porthole stands out among them.