What's new here? Not much.
I've gotten the LCD flatscreen to work in Linux. In fact, it was easier to set up in Linux than Windows and I didn't have to download drivers. I've gotten Xine working with Debian too, so I can now watch DVDs in Linux although for some reason, all my DVDs are showing in black/white when viewing them. If I dump the DVD viewing frame into an image file, the file is in color, so it seems like it could be a Xine or vidcard/monitor issue in combination with Xine. We shall see.
I've been having a few niggling problems with Debian unstable lately. I forcibly downloaded some packages that weren't supported by unstable and from that time on, I get certain errors. I can't be specific at the moment, but certain packages were installed but won't run. Most Gnome packages won't run and I get Gnome lib errors when I attempt to do so, but that's with select packages. I can run gkrellm fine but not GTOP (what's funky is I can run GTOP as a regular user but not as root...as root, I get lib errors).
One thing I don't like about Debian:
There are three levels of Debian, Stable, Unstable, and Testing. I used to run Stable but found that it lacks alot of the latest and greatest packages, which I like to use. I migrated to Unstable and found that I couldn't have my cake and eat it too. I lost the capability of running some packages from Stable when I went with Unstable. The recent libs for Unstable won't work with the older libs of Stable, so I can't run packages that need the older libs. Debian removes the older libs and the packages supported by them when using apt-get. Imagine my surpise when I tried to use Kmail inside KDE and found that apt-get installed KDE but not KMail. So I had to start using a mail client other than what I'm used to. I chose Sylpheed, which is nice, but I'm used to KMail. It took me awhile to set up Sylpheed and I had to redo ALL my mail filters, a REAL pain.
[break....gotta handle a work issue...BBIAB...]
About the above, I don't know if that's the price you pay for running Unstable but I don't remember reading about all this on the Debian install pages on their website. Perhaps they ought to add a few words of advice to those who want to give Unstable a try. A specific warning would be nice. The word 'Unstable' has meaning, yes, but I understood it as being more of a beta packages issue of some sort, not actual lib swapping and the package elimination that goes along with the lib swapping.
I'm buying a new hard drive after work tonight so I can get rid of the 4GB drive that I have FreeBSD is on. 4GB isn't enough for me. :o) The whole system has like 184GB between 3 drives: 120GB WD, 60GB Maxtor, and the 4GB WD. You'd figure that'd be enough! Well, I like to try to separate my OSs/distros on their own drives and currently I'm running XP, Debian, and FreeBSD. I want to start using QNX again, starting this weekend. XP is on the Maxtor, Debian is on the 120GB, and FreeBSD is on the 4GB. I figure I can move FreeBSD on the drive that I buy tonight and add QNX to that, then chuck the 4GB or just use it for backup. If I use it as backup, I need another IDE channel as my machine was maxxed out when I bought the 120GB. That's doable though, but if I keep adding drives, I'm gonna have to get a 400W PS instead of the 300 that's already in it.
And it goes on and on and on... Hahahah!
I can't even remember the last time I booted up FreeBSD. Maybe 3 weeks ago and when I did, I screwed up the network configuration, so I couldn't get on the internet with it. Another project for another day.
Have I played with my Zaurus lately? If you look on my Zaurus blog, you'll see that I haven't. There's just no time, with work along with my desktop OS exploration. It'd be nice if I could allot some time (a day or two a week) to the Zaurus. If I start using it enough, I can justify to myself that I could get that new Zaurus clamshell! :o) Maybe not.
I WILL look into a nice DVD digicam or at least a standard digicam. I've been wanting one of those for years. I just have no clue on what to get and I don't want to spend and arm and a leg on one. I want $300 max...is that realistic?