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Monday, July 26th, 2004

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5:18a
Gimp, or Gump?
Ok so here's the problem; i'm currently running Gentoo Linux on my laptop. I try to run emerge gimp, and i get this error:

checking for gtk-config... /usr/bin/gtk-config
checking for GTK - version >= 0.99.7... yes
checking OpenGL... no
checking Mesa... no
checking Mesa with pthreads... no
configure: error: You need GL or MesaGL libraries

!!! ERROR: x11-libs/gtkglarea-1.2.3-r1 failed.
!!! Function src_compile, Line 25, Exitcode 1
!!! (no error message)


i've tried looking in packages.gentoo.org for Mesa or OpenGL libraries and i've found the "Mesa" package which i've tried to emerge, with no luck....

bash-2.05b# ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge -f mesa
Calculating dependencies
!!! all ebuilds that could satisfy "mesa" have been masked.
!!! possible candidates are:
- media-libs/mesa-3.5 (masked by: package.mask)

!!! Error calculating dependencies. Please correct.
bash-2.05b# ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge -f =media-libs/mesa-3.5
Calculating dependencies
!!! all ebuilds that could satisfy "=media-libs/mesa-3.5" have been masked.
!!! possible candidates are:
- media-libs/mesa-3.5 (masked by: package.mask)

!!! Error calculating dependencies. Please correct.


what do i need to do to unmask this so that i can emerge it, and once i get it emerged, will it allow me to finish the gimp emerge?

Thanks in advance.
-Matt
P.S This has been x-posted to the gentoo community, and i only received a bit of obscure advice. Please help :-)

Current Mood: perplexed
12:03p
I just installed Suse 9.1 Personal.
I installed and ran Firefox fine, but I'm having a tough time with Gaim.
I downloaded the rpm, clicked it, hit "Install package with YaST"
It asked for the root password, so I entered it.
YaST popped up for a brief second, and disappeared.
The same thing keeps happening, and I'm not sure what to do.
Any help?
2:37p
Have any of you recieved your software from the Novell Suse offer?

Or an update on its ETA?
3:39p
oss driver installation failure - soundon.log
i'm trying to install an m-audio delta 44 soundcard (recording card) on my homebuilt athlonxp system - using the oss drivers suggested at the m-audio site.

the installation seems to go fine, until you try to hit the finish button... the card never becomes avtive, and when i checked the logfile, like the error told me to, i see this...


=== Running /usr/lib/oss/bin/soundon ===
Install directory: /usr/lib/oss
Will use /usr/bin/ld for linking.
No /lib/modules/2.6.3-7mdk/build/.config
Cannot use the kbuild method
which: no cc in
(/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/lib/oss/sbin:/usr/lib/oss/bin)
No C development tools installed.
No sndshield module available.
Building the OSS/Linux module failed.


i'm running mandrake 10official (2.6 kernal and gnome 2.4)...

i'd like to get this thing installed by tomorrow, so any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

thank you in advance, i'm dying here...

Current Mood: aggravated
4:19p
yesterday i installed mandrake linux 10, and it worked fine all day yesterday, but now when i try to boot into linux it goes straight to a command prompt instead of a GUI. how do i fix this?
6:08p
For whom the source tolls?
I've been finding as of late that having a self-maintained source-based distribution of Linux has given me some interesting perspective on the state of affairs in the Linux world. Most notably, the state of source. Obviously, source for Linux is maintained by a variety of groups - the kernel devs maintaint the kernel, the hackers at GNU maintain those essentials like ls and mv, and then the people behind GTK, XFree86, and other large groups give us our big apps. The GNOME and KDE maintainers keep up their software packages. But what happens to everything else? What happens when you depend on something that has fallen through the cracks?

Recently I was on a hunt for netcat - I think I needed it to try out Ettercap on my system. After some searching I discovered that the original developer of that utility had left the project years ago, the only relic being a by-the-way website that I had to find with a little digging IIRC. When I actually tried to use those dated sources, my 2.6 GCC 3 system pooped out on me and wouldn't build it. I then ended up having to travel to Debian land to find a source package which I could use on my system.

So is this a good thing? We all know the distro maintainers like to put in their own little tweaks and nudges to software to keep things going the way they like them. But what happens when distro maintainers start maintaining things that were originally outside their distribution, that they used to just tweak? Take netcat as an example (as that's the only one I've seen so far). What happens if maintenance forks, from the Debian team maintaining one version of the tool to Fedora Core picking up and making their own changes? Will more and more of these small utilities that routinely get rolled up into the distros get dropped by their mantainers and be rather uncerimoniously bequathed to whoever feels like looking after the tools for a distro? Is having the distros look after more of the bits and pieces of Linux independently a good thing? I'd like to hear from everyone else. Do whom do we trust our source?
7:36p
Which Distro?
I'm looking to install a new Linux distro on an old laptop (IBM 560x). I currently had Mandrake 9.1 installed but it's been giving me nothing be headaches. Sound refuses to work. The system is really slow, even for the specs of the laptop! I want to install a basic desktop setup with a word processer and maybe a few basic games. I can't make up my mind on using Fedora or Slackwear. Which would you go with?

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Thanks in advance!

Current Mood: cheerful
10:41p
Kopete
For some reason, everytime I've tried to use Kopete, I've had a problem with incoming messages being at about a size 6 font, even though the sender has their font set to 10+. I've looked all over, and cannot find a way to change this, and it's killing my eyes.
I'm running SuSE 9.1 and Kopete 0.8.1

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