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Ubuntu Karmic Release 29th October

I’m wondering if there is anyone interested to either hold/assist with an Ubuntu release get together? Note: I used the wording “Get Together” as they are usually referred to as release parties.

If there is little response then I have my answer!

I was thinking the location to be at a local on-line access center. I’m not sure if this is possible but the official release date is 29th October. Now allowing for time zone differences this places the release on the 30th here.

So what are your thoughts?

UPDATE: I should have added that I’m located in Hobart TAS

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Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night Hobart

Well with the weather Hobart has been blessed with for the last 24 hours the original plans for this occasion had to be changed due to the heavy rain !!! However a large turn out packed the Hobart City Hall for the first Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night. It was announced that Tasmania had raised $68000 $70000 + with still more donations being given during the event.

This is the path taken on the night!

The red is the modified path taken! Starting in Market Place, it was interesting to see that the line of balloons stretched about 1.5 Km in length so that nearly the whole circuit was alight for the duration. I’m not sure on the total amount of people in attendance, but City Hall was a pretty crowded place! so in all the night was a good one!


I’ve reached 2 1/2 years remission from Extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) and I too was supported by the Leukaemia foundation during my treatment…

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How to make your own unique font…

Have you ever had a need to have a unique font for a particular task? Well watching a past episode of Category5 there was a short segment on a particular website offering just that! a way to create your own font. Now there maybe easier way to do this, I am not an expert on this by any means! but here is the run down for FontCapture

Firstly visit and click on the area that says “Create your font now” you then need to click on the link “Download font template” You will need to print this .PDF then click on link “Continue to step 2” this page gives a bit of detail on the form_template.pdf file and some things to be aware of when filling it out etc…  Once you have completed filling out the form you will need to scan it using your flatbed scanner! you need to save the scanned image as either .PNG or .JPG In the boxes provided enter a unique font name and author then select the previously scanned image and submit. As the site says this part could take some time depending on the size of your image and connection speed!  Once this has completed you then get a download of the font and you now have your own unique custom font!

I won’t cover how to install a .ttf font here, as there are many resources that cover this! but it’s not too difficult!

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Internode Usage Meter for GNOME updated! (ver1.7)

From time to time, err OK, well when I remember to check the site for any updates to the Internode Usage Meter for GNOME. I was pleasantly surprised today to notice that the Usage Meter has recently been updated  and now supports the newly introduced Internode Easy Plan. So again keeping tabs on my 30Gib monthly quota has returned! 🙂

To get a hold of this updated version please visit … Internode Usage Meter for GNOME
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Kubuntu Karmic Alpha5 on Eee PC 701SD

as of today I have installed kubuntu karmic alpha5 onto my Eee PC 701SD. I’ve used the standard desktop install not the netbook version! the first issue I struck was that my WAP is old, and it only uses 40 bit WEP. Now the default network manager wouldn’t connect, even though I had selected the options that should have worked! so what was the problem? it looks like the network manager is using 128 bit WEP so here in lies my problem!

I’ve managed to bypass this issue by installing wicd this has allowed the needed 40 bit WEP that I require to connect to my LAN! I’ve used the version available in the karmic repo’s and so far all is working well…

I am liking KDE 4.3 so far! (always used GNOME!) so still have a little tweaking to do on the Eee but so far it’s looking good, running smoothly and boot time is impressive! (I haven’t done an official timing just yet!) but I have a working desktop well under 30 seconds (as a guess!)

So the Karmic path is shaping up well, and I’m looking forward to the official release in late October…

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Ubuntu-au Obsolete? or Needing a Revamp?

Is it still fair to say that Australia still has an “active” ubuntu team?

It seems that the proposed monthly meeting have failed, if a call for help goes out on #ubuntu-au it generally goes unanswered as the person doing the asking is in need of a quick answer and possibly leaves assuming no-one wants to help them.

Is ubuntu-au still a current valid loco team if it’s essentially inactive?

What I’m hoping to achieve here is constructive comments/criticism of the current state of ubuntu-au and hopefully get some activity happening again… (may just be banging my head against a brick wall!)

Now I have abandoned any future applications (already tried twice only to be rejected) to become an ubuntu member due to the narrow minded ways of the force! but I’m keen to make a go of making something of ubuntu-au.

Currently the ubuntu-au mailing list averages about 25-75 spam emails a day! and it’s rare to see a valid request (from mirrored sources of this list) also they are generally requests for help. I realise that not everyone is at their PC 24/7 or active on IRC but if I was asked as to the current involvement of ubuntu-au I’d be hard pressed to give an truthful answer to it meaning as currently it achieves very little (IMHO)

So please bring forth a plethora of suggestion/ideas & comments…

I am but one… as many we are a community… lets make it “happen”