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  1. You can easily try xara with a klik package. The program seems to work well, but so far you can only save in the xara format, which is of limited use, I think
  2. You can easily install the latest krita 1.5 beta by using klik. I did so and got tablet support on a Mandriva 2006. This is not a real install, so it won't mess up with mandriva's krita. It will just download a self-contained version of krita which will work out of the box without messing your system. Just install klik (takes a couple of seconds): - Press Alt-F2 - paste this: wget klik.atekon.de/client/install -O -|sh - follow instructions (like restarting your firefox when requested to do so, or giving root previleges so that klik can modify fstab - only needed once) - go here to install krita 1.5-beta
  3. Ok, thanks for your help: - I did the modprobe -r usbmouse thing (don't know if it helped, but can't hurt, I guess) - I corrected the X configuration (it automatically changed event3 to event0, just like you) - after (machine) rebooting, I did again chmod 666 /dev/input/event3, before doing startx (I guess if cat does not work as user, it won't work for X After these three changes the tablet is working wonderfully. But the set up is far from perfect. Now every time I want to use the tablet, I need to change the xorg.conf file, reboot, do the chmod thing, and only then launch X. Quite cumbersome.... As for your Krita problems, I will make a post in the previous discution (I could get the 1.5 version working with the tablet with no sweat thanks to klik)
  4. Hello, I have problems with Kword and Kdissert in my mandriva 2006 install: Whereas with Kate I can type accented characters such as é or õ, this is not possible with Kdissert and KWord. With KWord I found out that changing the spelling dictionaries to a language with accents I could get accents. The problem is that if I close and start again Kword, the capacity to type accents is lost. To recover it I just need to change again those dictionaries (even if the first was already from an accented language). A bit painfull to have to do this trick everytime I open KWord. As for KDissert, I had absolutely no luck. It looks that accented characters are chinese to this application. What really gets me is that Kate and Kspread have absolutely no problem! [moved from Software by spinynorman]
  5. Hello, I'm trying to configure my wacom to work with a mandriva 2006 installation. I followed the very helpful post from devries on the subject: - I loaded the wacom module - I checked that output indeed came from /dev/input/event3 - chmod 666 /dev/input/event3 to allow the user to "listen" to the wacom - changed the xorg.con file with the code provided by devries - rebooted the X system - loaded Gimp - configured the advanced settings for input devices And got no response using the tablet... So, to summarize: The kernel can hear the tablet, and somehow the X windows system knows about the tablet, since Gimp suggests the stylus in input devices settings. But I can get no reaction. The tablet does not move the pointer under KDE, Gimp is impervious to it, same for Krita. Somehow, I have the feeling that the X system is not really listening to the tablent output. Can someone make some suggestions on how to proceed?
  6. I have a iRiver H340 media player. It's a wonderful machine and works perfectly with any Linux I tried, including Mdv. The player is completely OS agnostic, so it's really easy. It basically shows up as a USB drive, and you can do whatever you want with it. I have also heard complaints about later players from iRiver (iFP, I think), which seem to be designed to only work with MS Windows. If that's true, one should obviously avoid such models. It's a pity that iRiver spoiled their reputation among Linux users. I find their players the best of the market (but then, I'm not a specialist).
  7. Well, I suppose that while a high glxgears does not necessarily mean good performance in a 3D/OpenGL game, but low glxgears performance makes it certain that game graphics performance will be poor, unfortunatelly.
  8. You will need matching kernel and kernel-source rpm packages. Make sure to update your urpmi lists and download the latest and matching kernel packages. I run into the same problem, which I described here, it might be usefull to you.
  9. Providing them with CDs is a wonderful idea. That's actually how I started with Linux (thanks Mr. Knopper :) ). This would allow them to easily check that their computer works reasonably well with Linux without too much troubleshooting. One possibility is to go with knoppix (to have state of the art linux demo), or with a home cooked puppy linux live CD. Puppy is a nice simple distribution, and I heard it's very easy to add what you wanto to it. If you have some computer addicts in your class room, you should mention geekbox to them (it even runs on Xboxes), a distribution made for gaming (never tried it myself, but I plan eventually to do that). The Dos games are also a very good idea (I have been wanting to do the same, so I'm interested in how you do it), but make sure you can re-distribute the games you burn on the CD. One of the strong arguments of the Libre/OSS movement is that it allows people to do sophisticated computing at reasonable prices in a legal way. And letting them take home a system full of games is a sure way of getting them interested. I think there are websites that can inform you if the games you are planning to demo can be legally distributed (use "abandonware" keywords in your search) Another thing that I did not mention is the opportunity to teach them how to use firefox in an efficient way (and sometimes in ways that IE can't match :) ) - popup block - tabbed browsing - search box - Extensions (Adblock, Flashgot, etc... see here) - Bloglines, del.icio.us bookmarklets (an introduction to these services would also be nice) - search box with yubnub* * That's one of my latest discoveries: configure your firefox searchbox to use Yubnub. This turns the search box into a powerfull command line interface: - Ctrl-K g whatever : searches for whatever in google (Ctrl-K is to access the search box from the keyboard) - Ctrl-K gim whatever : gets you pics of whatever, from google - Ctrl-K sudoku : gives you a sudoku to waste your time with (beware, very addictive!!) - Ctrl-K wp whatever : gives you info on whatever from wikipedia (there are other wikipedia languages versions of this command) - Ctrl-K imdb movie : gives you info on movie You get the idea. Here is a nice introduction to what is possible with yubnub. . I heard that the UK is a MS Windows stronghold, but there are things that you can do to get support in your computer educational activities: - look for LUGs (Linux User Groups) in your region (a quick search brought me this). People you meet there could provide you guidance and assistance with software and material. They might also point you to opportunities and sponsors in your region that you don't know about. - contact Oxfam. I know they are pretty active in refurbishing old computers to provide computing and communication to disadvantged communities. They may have (or may set up with you) a school program, or otherwise tell you who is doing this in the UK - once you have introduced your students to LibreOSS movement principles, you might ask them and their parents to donate unused computers to the school, so that you can set up a real Linux computer lab. One of the key points of Libre software is that you can do a lot with little, so I don't think getting lots of expensive material to demo Linux would be that impressive. I, for instance, have used my previous laptop for 5 years (and now offered it to my wife). Using Linux really extended the computer usefull lifetime, by allowing me to run modern but lean applications. I also used the laptop a lot as a thin client terminal, something you could also set up in the long term in your Linux lab. - it would not hurt to convince some of your peers to help you on you activities, it's more fun to work together than to climb the mountain alone. Finally I would like to tell you that I think it's really important that teachers like you take a more pro-active role in educating students to Libre software and the principles that underlie and power this movement. I am an enthousiastic Linux evangeliser, but I find extremelly difficult to sensibilise even very intelligent and open minded people. You need to start early to avoid having to uproot too many misconceptions about computers, software, privacy and civil rights. Good luck!
  10. I'll second that. Puppy Linux rocks, and not only in only computers (if you prefer computer reactivity to nice graphics).
  11. No problem, I would be happy to save you some the pain I went through. $ glxinfo | grep render direct rendering: Yes GLX_ATI_render_texture OpenGL renderer string: MOBILITY RADEON X700 Generic And what about the test with glxgears ? Which framerate can you get ? $ glxgears 23283 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4655.661 FPS mandriva 2006 official (free) Yes, that was the source of the problem, because to solve a buggy X server distributed in the official CDs, Mandriva updated to X.org 6.9, to which my ATI drivers were not compatible. So the solution is to install the new drivers that ATI released the 20th january (they say compatible X.org 6.8, but it also works with X.org 6.9, I found out). You can try to install them by yourself but the good folks from PLF already did the dirty job for you, so it's better to benefit from their experience. I installed those packages, but in order for kernel-source package to work, you need to update your kernel (mine was still kernel...12, not kernel...17. BTW, make sure that your urpmi lists are updated, I could not see the kernel package because for some reason my urpmi lists were not up to date. rpm -qa | grep x.org gives nothing, one needs to type rpm -qa | grep xorg $ rpm -qa | grep xorg libxorg-x11-devel-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk xorg-x11-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk xorg-x11-75dpi-fonts-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk ati-xorg-8.22.5-0.1.20060plf libxorg-x11-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk xorg-x11-xauth-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk xorg-x11-server-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk xorg-x11-xfs-6.9.0-5.2.20060mdk $ rpm -qa | grep kernel kernel-source-2.6-2.6.12-17mdk kernel-source-stripped-2.6-2.6.12-17mdk kernel- kernel- Note: I kept kernel...12 as a security, but I'm using kernel..17 $ uname -a Linux ***** 2.6.12-17mdk #1 Mon Feb 13 14:24:15 MST 2006 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 2.00GHz unknown GNU/Linux This should work all right. For me the ati drivers were configured during boot by dmkz. Good luck and don't forget to write down in this thread wathever you learn about this issue.
  12. Thanks for the help. Mcc leads to XFdrake, which is what I was using. But following your instructions made me realize that there were many more options than I thought (they were hidden as a collapsed tree). Sure enough, fglrx was among them. Now not only I recovered my X, but I even have graphics 3D acceleration! THIS IS GREAT!, thanks
  13. * sigh! * So, it happened as I feared, I'm writing this from the command line with w3m, since I don't have a functioning X anymore (BTW: what's the problem with MUB cookies? I get plenty of bad cookie format errors when using w3m). Here is a recap: A nice guy from freenode: #mandriva suggested me to download the kernel...17, since the sources were for kernel...17. This I did, and then rebooted. During reboot the ati dmkz launched the installation of the ati driver, which it completed without mentioning any problem, so I suppose it went ok. I was then left on the command line. After loggin in I typed: $uname -a Which told me that I was indeed with a kernel...17. So far so good. I then launched XFdrake under root, to finish the setup The monitor resolution was set correctly, and I could choose without problems the monitor type (Flat Panel 1680x1050). But when I hit Graphic Card section, the default selection for X.org server is vesa. I could find in the list Radeon and ati, but when I try to select them nothing happens, and XFdrake behaves as if nothing had been selected. If I try to launch X with startx I receive a predictable black screen. Any idea on how to proceed?
  14. Continuing my graphics card installation hell: I read here that I should install plf packages to make the ATI card work (and deal with the X.org mess): ati-xorg-8.20.8-2.1.20060plf dkms-ati-8.20.8-2.1.20060plf kernel-source-2.6-2.6.12-12mdk Now when I try to install those packages, I end up with: ati-xorg-8.22.5-0.1.20060plf.i586 dkms-ati-8.22.5-0.1.20060plf.i586 kernel-source-2.6-2.6.12-17mdk So when the system tries to install the ati packages, it does not find the kernel-source...12 tree: Préparation ... ############################################# 1/2: ati-xorg #warning: /etc/fglrxprofiles.csv created as /e c/fglrxprofiles.csv.rpmnew warning: /etc/fglrxrc created as /etc/fglrxrc.rpmnew ############################################ 2/2: dkms-ati ############################################# Creating symlink /var/lib/dkms/ati/8.22.5-0.1.20060plf/source -> /usr/src/ati-8.22.5-0.1.20060plf DKMS: add Completed. Error! Your kernel source for kernel 2.6.12-12mdk cannot be found at /lib/modules/2.6.12-12mdk/build or /lib/modules/2.6.12-12mdk/source. You can use the --kernelsourcedir option to tell DKMS where it's located. Error! Could not locate fglrx.ko.gz for module ati in the DKMS tree. You must run a dkms build for kernel 2.6.12-12mdk (i586) first. What do I do now? should I do as sugested and use I don't know which command with --kernelsourcedir to point to the I don't know where but finishing with 17 source tree? and how do I try again the install? (I have the feeling I'm trapped in the DLL chamber of hell)
  15. So I got a laptop with Mdv 2006 installed on it. The laptop is equiped with an ATI Radeon Mobility X700 and everything was fine since Tux racer was conveniently accelerated. But then I updated the system throgh MCC,, which caused a lot of updates to occur (among others the X.org rpms, etc. Since then (or at least I think it's linked to it) Tux Racer achieves a blasting 4 FPS, and glxinfo gives me this: When I check xorgconf I see this: So somehow remains of the ATI installation are still present in the X.org configuration file, but the driver or card does not seem to load. Another piece of info: in MCC the card is correctly mentioned, but there is a mention "module: unknown". I don't know if it's relevant. I have never tried to set up a 3D card, and I am spooked about turning matters from bad to worse by making dumb troubleshooting. On the other hand the thing worked once, so it should be able to work again. Can anyone give me some directions? (and yes, I have read quite a few pages on the topic, but came out of them even more confused than before).
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