Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 on a thinkpad 570E
I installed Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 on a thinkpad 570E recently. I had to play a bit with the wireless cars, as usual, but I got it going...
See the full report here: Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 on a thinkpad 570E.
LaCie d2 DVD±RW
Well, I just gave a try to a LaCie d2 double layer DVD±RW DVD burner. I was using Mandrake 10.1, and trying to burn a DVD+R of 4.7 GBytes.
When I tried as a user, something went wrong (k3b was asking for a DVD-R and I did not insist). But as root, it worked straight out the box! No software install, no twiking, nothing.
Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 on a thinkpad x40
I installed Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 on a thinkpad X40 recently. I worked great! I had to play a bit to get the wireless going, but I got it going, I even managed to link my special IBM keys to a wireless network GUI, I was pretty happy about that...
See the full report here: Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 on a thinkpad X40.
Printing from word in crossover office
Crossover Office is a great program. It allows you to run some windows applications on you linux box, such as M$ Word or Powerpoint. I know, I could be using other programs, but when you have to go to a conference, they want ppt files, and nothing else. Also, it's not always possible to interact with others when editing word documents in OpenOffice...
Anyway, I had a small problem: I could not print! For some reason my files tend to disapear somewhere between Word and the printer. Solution is simple in fact: instead of sending the file directly to the printer, send it the
KDE printing system, and choose you printer from there...
Print from Acrobat
One of those things that drive me nuts from time to time. With the new version of mandrake (10.1), I could not print from acroread! When I tried to print, it offered me to use
kprinter, I accepted, and later used to get two error messages:
- one from acrobat, complaining about some filter,
- one from kprinter, because it could not find anything to print.
Well, the solution is quite simple in fact. Just replace
kprinter -c. It makes an internal copy of the files to print and everything works. You still get one of the error messages (from acroread), but it prints...
It seems that all files created in a Mandriva distribution are world-readable, but I don't like that! How do I change the default file permissions in Mandriva?
Read on for more: Changing default permissions
Kile and natbib
Kile does not recognize the
citep keyword from Natbib! What can I do?
The answer: Kile and Natbib.
Scanner Canon N670U
I got a second-hand cheap scanner the other day, flat-bed, USB, no external power supply, a Canon N670U.
Well, I was happy to see that it just works like a charm with my Mandrake 9.2. I plugged it in, started the control center, went into "hardware" and looked for scanners... At that point, everything was auto-detected and I had nothing else to do...
Also, have a look at this page, Scan your images with Mandriva, it will tell you all on how to operate your scanner.
Mixed french and japanese input
Well, since I've been in Japan for a while, I had to deal with all the forms to fill up and those kind of things. On top of that, it's quite fun to be able to send a few emails here and there in japanese so I started to look at how I could do that with Mandrake...
Documentation is hard to find, most pages on net are in japanese and my reading is not that good, so I struggled a bit. Second problem, it took me a while to get both the french accents and the japanese input to work within the same environment with my qwerty keyboard...
I got it working now, and since it's quite long, I made a separate page on it: Hiragana, Katakana, and even Kanji with Mandrake Linux.
Remove all those backup files...
I edit text files on Linux and always end up with tons of backup files ending with
~ all over the place! How do you get rid of it?
Let's go for it: remove all those backup files.
Nikon Coolpix 2000 and mandrake 9.2
In this holiday season we took quite a lot of pictures with our digital camera, and when I tried to transfer them I had a nice surprise: it just works, out of the box.
- Plug in you camera into the USB port, turn it on.
- You'll see an icon called "/mnt/removable" coming up.
- Click on it, you're browsing the memory card within the digital camera.
- Copy your pictures to your home directory.
- Turn the camera off, unplug it.
Happy new year.