No hacking

No hacking tonight; I’m standing by Irina who is writing query letters to agents for her novel. And I’m compiling Qt 4 beta 2 in a daemon process. I think I’m going to have fun with Qt 4, although in general I really don’t like having to spend time updating code that I could have used for new features.

But I did catch one or two memory errors today, Bart made floodfill faster. I do hope we’ll be able to fix the rotate/shear/scale code before the release…

Anyway, since I’m rambling… I’ve been using Kubuntu for a week or two now. I lost my SuSE install in a domestic accident involving a new kernel and a daughter claiming attention just when SuSE thought it had me monopolized.

Kubuntu… I like it, in a touchy-feely sort of way. It’s quite friendly. But I really miss the enormous load of functionality of Yast — I need to do way too much by hand, from the dma settings of the dvd drive to the switching on of the secondary network interface.

And there are little niggles. Nothing somebody who hasn’t been a pampered command-line veteran since 1993 (when Linux was still fun, and not a battleground where whiny whippersnappers whine to win, and the platypus ruled supreme) will notice. No coloured directory listings. Vim forgets where it was between invocations. The tab-completion doesn’t know what’s a directory and what not. SuSE has a much, much more comfortable commandline installation…

Other things missing are fish, java out of the box, flash out of the box, ogg123 — I like Amarok, I really do, but 10 out of 20 GB of music on my hard disk is copied from vinyl records and carry no metadata except for their directory path. This does not make for easy listening with Amarok. And there are no daily updates as with apt4rpm and SuSE. But that’s maybe for the best, seeing what happened to me…

On the other hand, SuSE had trouble working with my sound card, was much slower in booting and shutting down, and didn’t have the nifty kdm theme of Kubuntu.