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Archive for January 19th, 2009

Graph of Storage Devices

January 19th, 2009 by

With openSUSE 11.1 on the road we developers can use some time for new ideas. One idea on my mind for month was to show the dependencies of storage devices in a graph. Using graphviz and QGraphicsScene a first version was running within few days.

It’s far from finished. Some items still missing are:

  • Use different shapes and colors for different devices types.
  • Some basic user-interaction.

Will be available in Factory within the next weeks. Further improvements are welcome.

OpenOffice_org 3.0.1 rc1 available

January 19th, 2009 by

I’m happy to announce that OpenOffice.org 3.0.1 rc1 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project.

The packages are release candidates but they might still include even serious bugs. Therefore they are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …

We kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs.


I’ll put these packages to the OpenOffice:org:STABLE project if no blocker bug is reported if they pass the internal testing and the upstream sources are marked as final. I hope that they will be ready there within one week.

I would like to put OOo-3.1-alpha version into the to the OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project by the end on January.


Modding the openSUSE flashlight

January 19th, 2009 by

The openSUSE flashlight

The boxed version of openSUSE 11.1 comes bundled with a LED-flashlight. Nice black and sturdy aluminum, Modern design with 9 white LEDs, no old-fashioned bulb that would produce more heat than illumination. Not flimsy, not heavy, just practical and quite bright. Batteries included. Exactly what I like.

But alas, this high-tech-toy is not perfect. The LEDs produce a strange unnatural light, which makes people look really sick. It gives a bluish-greenish tint to everything. This I don’t like. Okay, it is state of the art with regard to white LEDs, so this is no real reason to complain. Still, it leaves room for improvement.

Let us adjust the color of the light, so that objects look more natural. This posting explains you how to do it in 3 easy (or 4 not so easy) steps.