Archive for October, 2010

Working Broadcom wireless in Kubuntu live session

This turns out to be pretty easy now, although there isn’t any U/I for it.

sudo jockey-text -a

Then configure wifi normally.

I expect that clicking on hardware drivers to get the GUI version of jockey would work too, but didn’t test it, so no promises.

This post is being drafted from a live CD session that I activated this way.

FTBFS – Final Score

A little over a week ago, I published stats showing historical trends in Ubuntu for how many packages we’ve had in a Failed To Build From Source status at release time.  The Maverick numbers weren’t final then.  They are now.  The numbers show a noticeable change from just nine days ago.  The Maverick numbers are lower for every architecture in the archive than they’ve ever been before.

Ubuntu FTBFS numbers over time updated for final Maverick numbersGreat job everyone.  Another sign of progress in this cycle is that there are zero packages registering as waiting on another package to have a chance to build.  I don’t think that happened before.  In Lucid there were dozens.  It looks like this release is another step forward in archive consistency and completeness.

Kubuntu Hidden Extra: Message Indicator Shift Click

The plasma-widget-message-indicator is not new to Kubuntu, but it got some nice improvements in this cycle. It got a visual overhaul to fit the new visual theme of KDE 4.5 (and in my opinion looks generally more pleasing to the eye), but the new killer feature is one you can’t see at all.

Screen shot showing new Kubuntu message indicator

Normally, when you click on the indicator widget in the systray, it opens a menu and you can see the backlog of information for each application that uses it. If you shift-click instead of just click, you don’t get the menu. It takes you straight to the application where the most recent event happened. This way if you see a notification because you got highlighted on IRC (for example), you can shift-click and go straight to it without having to stop at an intermediate step. Based on this new capability, we decided not to show an application systray icon for Quassel (our default IRC client in Kubuntu).

P.S. The screen shot is from the KDE Plasma Netbook workspace, so the panel is on top (the image is not upside down).