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Kinda like Fedora

I admit it, I'm a little jealous of the Fedora feature of being able to install signed packages without a password prompt. I set out to get close on Ubuntu. The way that you edit the PolicyKit practices towards package install is to edit the file /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/. If you look at the action for "Install packages" you can change <allow_active>auth_admin_keep</allow_active> to <allow_active>yes</allow_active>. Then software center works as expected.

Syndicated 2009-11-19 17:44:00 from TedBlog

Desktop Summit Talk

I gave a talk at my first ever Desktop Summit, which went well, though a little short. Brought out some of the technical underpinnings of the messaging menu and indicator system, and had some frank discussion about the mistakes that we've made (and are fixing). I've put up the slides for those not there, I'm told there will be video shortly.

Desktop Summit '09 Talk

Also, I forgot to blog about the talk that I was giving to my local Rotary chapter about Free Software. It was a fun talk and one that was more of an emotional talk than the technical talks that I normally give. Which allowed me to be a little more Tufte-ian.

Rotary Talk

Lastly, I made a project on Launchpad for people to put thier presentations in so that they're easy to find. It's creatively called "presentations" you can upload your presentation with: bzr push lp:~<lp username>/presentations/<talk name>

Syndicated 2009-07-08 00:28:00 from TedBlog

What's GNU?

I saw this at Target today. It made me laugh; enjoy.

A children's game called 'What's GNU?'

Syndicated 2009-02-10 20:46:00 from TedBlog

A small utility you probably don't know

Back when I wrote the Bazaar Power Management plugin (still the only VCS with desktop power integration) I also wrote a small little command line utility. The utility came out of a discussion at UDS that no one wanted computers sleep by default if there was no easy way for command line apps to ensure that the computer won't go to sleep while they're running. I really want all Linux desktops to sleep by default. So I wrote this small utility.

And a few people asked me questions, which resulted in me sending it to them, and then I thought that I'd just make things simple and put it into the gnome-power-manager package for everyone. And I did. And that shipped with Intrepid. But nobody uses it because I never promoted it. Now I am.

If you go and you call the utility gnome-power-manager-inhibit it won't do much. That's because it works similarly to nice and time in that it works while the rest of the command line is running. So if you do:

$ gnome-power-manager-inhibit ls
Then you can rest assured that your computer won't go to sleep while listing that directory. What is more common for me is that I'll kick off a build before going to bed:
$ gnome-power-manager-inhibit make install
Where I know that if the build takes over a half hour (my configured sleep time) the computer won't go to sleep. But, my computer will be asleep when I wake up in the morning.

I hope that helps people to start configuring their laptops (and desktops) to sleep automatically. It really is important.

Syndicated 2009-01-24 04:28:00 from TedBlog

Inkscape works on Cancer

Pinkitude for life!  A pink reminder that self breast exams are 'for life' by QuichLouraine

When people try to talk about how working on Open Source is some sort of social work I'm usually dismissive; saying something like "well, we're not curing cancer." Wouldn't you know it? People are trying to prove me wrong!

Recently Deviant Art held a contest with the Susan G. Koman foundation to make art informing people (okay, mostly women) about breast cancer. Lorain A. Baird won for her work titled Pinkitude for life (right) which was done in Inkscape. For those who don't know Deviant Art it's a website where artists from all over using all different mediums gather to share and comment on each other's work. This means that that the contest included entries spanning the possibilities of tools and techniques, and an Inkscape entry won. Of course, the true credit there goes to Lorain for her great work, but I'm proud for Inkscape too.

Louise Brooks the silent film star by Quiche Louraine

Looking through Lorain's Gallery there is a ton to love, but I started reading through the comments on her portrait of Louise Brooks and noticed a comment that was really nice. From montroytana:

ive never seen a piece of art (before yours) and said GOD ive got to have the program that made that! your stuff is really wonderful
That's the feeling that I want everyone to have when thinking about choosing Open Source software. I want them to be so impressed with what they can do that they feel empowered to go get it done.

I'm hugely proud of the Inkscape team in what we've accomplished and I think that I can speak for all of us and say that we're impressed with all the great work that Inkscape artists do to make us look good.

Syndicated 2009-01-12 04:05:00 from TedBlog

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