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Re: Indy (beta?)
On Sat, 18 Mar 2000, Donovan Rebbechi wrote:
> > Are we shooting for a beta release of Indy on this round
> I'd hope so (-; We really want to be on CD. It's psychologically
> us not to be. Speaking for myself, it's the main reason I slacked
> need to get *something* on CD.
I have already contacted the good folks at Cheapbytes.com and they
said that they would make the CD and sell it from their site. All we
need to do is supply the ISO.
> > 1) XFree86-4.0 has been released and I downloaded and compiled
> > source before the binaries were released and have been running it
> > since with no major problems. Do we want to include it? No other
> > has yet. We would be first.
> Does it work with all cards ? This is one problem. Another issue is
> it is *difficult* to configure, because Redhat's XConfigurator
> work with it yet ( unless someone can hack at it ).
No it dose not. But it should soon. Yea, It is a little tarse, but I
managed with XFree86 -configure. The hack is a thought, but I think
XFree team is working on a better one.
But it really flies and thus we should go for it. Problem is the
configurator. Two solutions: either we fix Xconfigurator or we keep
building the distro in other areas waiting for the momnet the big guys
will release their configurator.
> > 2) Daily RPM builds for the KDE 2 alpha have been released and
the KDE 2
> > code base has been frozen.
> I believe the APIs are frozen.
> > Only bug fixes allowed at this point. Most
> > reports a have read are fairly good.
> I find it usable but there are some stupid bugs at least with the
> using. For example, the logout button doesn't work.
There are RPM's and hacks built by a member of the KDE team that have
corrected some/most of these problems. I believe Kmail is still
and loosing mail. But the older 1.x version can be used in place of
> > 3) Add Donovan's fonts, Indialer and the Tips we have been
> > (Plus anything else I may have missed).
> Those Microsoft fonts are really good. ( as opposed to my ones
> basically cheap adobe knockoffs )
> We should, IMO, investigate the
> possibility of adding the gratis MS fonts. if we can't do this, we
> write a little program that downloads and installs them. ( I could
Basically either we copy MS fonts to a Linux dir a t install time or
we force the mounting of the DOS partition at boot time ( a bit
dangerous) and then we add the MS directory to the Font server config
> THere are some other nice tweaks we could include , such as
> ghostscript Fontmap so that it automatically works with the MS font
I'll take your word for it. I don't know much about fonts.
> BTW, I am trying to learn C and python to make myself more useful
The above reasons are all good reasons to state "Beta" in the
It may not work for everyone. But it will get us out the door and on
and generate bug reports to help with the final release later.
Also, we will be the first to release these new packages in a distro
claim some attention. Even if not all is perfect. It will probably
for most and be "bleeding edge".
I think my points are valid because we need a release, even a BETA
release! I think it will help.
Jean Francois Martinez
Project Independence: Linux for the masses