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Wrote a good study about the Conectiva 9's installation. Received a good feedback from it. Although Cl9 is a bit far from perfect, it's doing quite well. As I was a bit upset this weekend, some of my comments were harder than the truth. Today's email changed my mind a bit. Tomorrow night I'll do some new proposed tests, I hope that Conectiva Linux 9's defects get fixed as soon as possible and it become a sucessfull distro. If not, my best wished to Conectiva Linux 9.1 ou X, I'm sure they'll sucess.

God, do help Conectiva and give them light so that can correct their latest distro.

Spent my whole day fighting againt Conectiva 9 and its bugs. I don't know if I was one of the first to install it but I can just say it's a damn broken piece of software! I think it was more than twenty bugs! I hardly doubt all them can be corrected by update disks, so I can just hope Conectiva launches a 9.1 as soon as possible and erase 9.0 from its history. Too bad it went that way. Beside those bugs, the Conectiva 9 is nice: beautiful, easy, fast, full of software.

Enjoyed the Easter Day with some cousins and (almost) nephews. Oh, and upgraded VLS (my computer) to the latest Conectiva Snapshot. Found some bugs (as usual).

Updated my Bugzilla/DR to Bugzilla 2.16.3 base.

Urgh, that was stupid, prefixing /etc/sysctl.conf options with sys... Of course it wouldn't work. Now everything is ok, tcp ecn is disabled and I can access openoffice.org, netbeans.org, periodicos.capes.gov.br and so on...

Simple fantastic. After watching some Divx video at full speed (thanks GATOS for the awesome video driver!), some hints about photographs of space related stuff (lunar modules, shuttles, etc). Let me explain: a V-2 or a F-1 engine are, ahm, wonderful, you can't see that everyday. But maybe your girlfriend may not agree with you, mainly when you are taking photos from those and not from her. Well, some good hints:

'maneuver her next to the object you want to photograph- in this way she is flattered, and you have a useful size comparison in the photo to give it scale....but don't be too obvious about doing this...personal experience shows that "Now stand in front of the V-2...hurry...hurry, the museum will be closing'

"OK, Broad, now over there!"

Ah, newsgroups (USENET) are just fantastic!

Random stuff, ditched a small (but quite important) but into Conectiva 8's rc.sysinit. Compiled a new kernel, mplayer and setup the GATOS ATI driver for my machine. Now I hope movies will run a bit smoother :-)

Played a bit with bochs. God, it's damn slow! Something is wrong, I'll check that on IRC this night. Finally wine recognized my keyboard! Ah, no more reboot to Windows.

This weekend I spent some time fixing my computer. Suddendly it had minus 256 MiB memory, not good. At least a good reason for its oops (since friday...). Opened it, pressed the ram's modules against its slots, everything working again, memtest runned for hour.

Used the computer hacking as a excuse to update its BIOS (screw up by screw up...). Fine! The computer stopped completely. After deeply breathing, I cleaned its nvram and everything went just fine. Nice, 3 mhz gain (!), the bios updates never tell you the real truth. I love tweakable's bios.

After much time, here I am, again. These days I'm studying Python. Suddendly I have to learn it to teach some fellows this year. But it's a cool language, no problem at all. Also spent some time setting up my computer. After a partition edition disaster with Conectiva 8 installation, I lost everything. My luck was that I have backup from all data till 08/2002 and, after that, everything useful was in my computer at LABES. Well, could be worse :-).

Preparing my stuff to go back home, uhuu vacations! Started translating some templates from Bugzilla to Portuguese (Brazilian). Any help is welcomed. I translated only some basic pages, simplified a bit the templates (tried to take out some tables, for exemplo). Each file is, at least, 20% smaller, the net effect is quiet good.

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