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Es wurde gelegentlich gefragt, wo die Quelltext-Pakete der e-tobi vdr Binaries für Ubuntu bleiben. Tja: Es sind die Quelltexte von Tobi, die unverändert von mir compiliert und dann im Repository angeboten werden.

Falls Änderungen notwendig sind, patcht Tobi seine Quellen, damit sie später unter Debian und Ubuntu compilierbar bleiben.

Deshalb gibt es von mir keine Quellpakete, denn die gibt’s bei Tobi. Er bietet drei Varianten von vdr an: “standard”, “multipatch” und “extensions” – diese unterscheiden sich durch verschiedene Erweiterungen und die dadurch nutzbaren Plugins. Die Quellpakete sind aber für alle drei identisch, die Shellvariable “PATCHVARIANT” sorgt beim Compilieren automatisch für die nötigen Änderungen der Quellen.

Um die e-tobi Quellen der Variante “standard” unter Ubuntu zu verwenden, legt man zunächst eine Datei an:

  Some folks have asked why there are no source packages of the e-tobi vdr binaries for Ubuntu in my repository. Well: I’m using the original sources maintained by Tobi.

If changes are necessary or I run into problems, Tobi patches his sources to make them work with both Debian and Ubuntu.

That’s why I do not offer source packages – you can find them at e-tobi. He offers three flavours of vdr: “standard”, “multipatch” and “extensions” – they use different extensions and patches and allow using a different set of plugins. The source packages are the same for all flavours, the “PATCHVARIANT” shell variable will make sure that the sources are patched accordingly when you compile them.

To use his sources for the “standard” flavour, you need to create a file first:

# /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vdr-src.list
deb-src http://e-tobi.net/vdr-experimental sid base backports addons vdr-standard

Um z.B. die aktuelle Version 0.2.0-4 des “live”-Plugins für die “standard”-Variante von e-tobi zu backen, geht es wie folgt weiter:   If you wish to compile a plugin, e.g the current version 0.2.0-4 of the “live” plugin for e-tobi “standard” flavour, here’s how:

apt-get update
apt-get build-dep vdr-plugin-live=0.2.0-4
PATCHVARIANT=standard apt-get source -b vdr-plugin-live=0.2.0-4


Foto von Neil Alejandro via flickr

Die e-tobi vdr Binaries für Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex sind nun verfügbar. Wie bisher stehen sie für i386 und amd64 zur Verfügung.

Im folgenden Beispiel – ähnlich wie bei e-tobi beschrieben – bitte #SECTION# ersetzen durch standard, multipatch oder extensions.

Weitere Informationen zu e-tobi vdr unter Ubuntu findet Ihr in den früheren Blog-Artikeln zu diesem Thema.

  The e-tobi vdr binaries for Ubuntu Intrepid are now available. As usual, you can fetch them for i386 and amd64.

In the following sample setup, replace #SECTION# with standard, multipatch or extensions.

You can find more information about e-tobi vdr for Ubuntu in my earlier blog entries.

# /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vdr-etobi-hanno.list
# SECTION = standard | multipatch | extensions
deb http://www.hanno.de/vdr-experimental intrepid base backports addons vdr-#SECTION#
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ intrepid free non-free

# /etc/apt/preferences
Package: *
Pin: origin www.hanno.de
Pin-Priority: 1000

Eversince installing Ubuntu about three years ago, XP rots on unused partitions of my computers. Ubuntu has been a pleasure to use and except for occasional gaming, XP has become obsolete – both at the office and at home.

While previous Ubuntu releases have been one solid update after the other, the most recent “stable” release “Intrepid Ibex” has been a bit of a letdown.

They were unlucky with their timing. OpenOffice 3 isn’t included because it was released after Ubuntu’s feature freeze, and some more recent drivers seem to be out-of-date for the same reason:

The WLAN drivers for my shiny new (linux-friendly) Acer Aspire One Netbook don’t work, its graphics driver brings up garbage on the screen when using 3d desktop effects and I was also bitten by the inability to use an external monitor at native resolution – this worked out-of-the-box on the same machine with the previous release.

Ubuntu’s default email client Evolution still sucks with multiple IMAP accounts – no improvement after three years – so still the first thing to do is replace it with Thunderbird. Gnome VFS seems to have become slower with SFTP and its bookmarks don’t appear in the file dialog anymore, which they used to do in the previous release.

This time, I tried Xubuntu und Kubuntu on my Netbook to see how they deal with limited screen estate, but KDE still looks very much like work in progress and XFCE wasn’t really that much better than Gnome as a user interface.

To sum it up: Not much of an improvement, this time. Hoping for the next release.

Tonight Only:

Heike und ich machen unsere eigene Wahlparty und gucken Wag the Dog. Hoffentlich ist der Film in der Videothek noch zu haben.

How to foster self-regulation in internet discussion forums (and turn flamewars into profit):


via flickr

When it comes to portable electronic gadgets, there are three major annoyances.

  1. The three hour limit must fall

    Photo by AndyArmstrong via flickr

    There is an unwritten rule when designing portable computers:

    The battery will last three hours.

    Once technological advances allow the next generation to run longer – be it thanks to more efficient hardware or more powerful battery technology – the manufacturers decide to shrink the battery, capping the device back to the three hour limit.

    Three is a nice psychological figure. “Lasts three hours? – not too short!” “Less than three kilogramms? – not too heavy!” After all these years, today’s 3 kg laptops usually still run for 3 hours or less.

    This must end.

    Three hours is not enough for a true mobile device (especially since the advertised three hours of battery time usually result to less than two in real use).

  2. Batteries should be replaceable

    Photo by merfam

    A rechargeable portable device that doesn’t allow the user to replace its battery is a disposable item, it was made to break.

    Enforcing planned obsolescence by making it hard to replace the device’s consumable parts is a design choice that should be opposed.

  3. We need a standard battery for gadgets

    Photo by Eva the Weaver

    This is the hardest task for the future and it’s unlikely to happen soon. But we desperately need a new battery standard.

    Good luck when you try to find the battery type used in a laptop or cellphone at a reasonable price just few years after its release.

    The AA battery‘s format was standardized 60 years ago. Battery technology has improved since then, yet you can still use today’s AA in a 1980s walkman or a 1950s flashlight.

    There are several manufacturers. You can buy AAs anywhere in the world. Recycling is possible.

    It’s insane: Gadget manufacturers keep a stock of fast-aging device-specific batteries for a limited time and sell them at premium prices. There are no or few competing offers and formats change with every new device generation.

    We need standard battery formats just like AA for laptops, cameras, cell phones and other portable gadgets.

#1 is just my personal requirement. The technology exists to design sub-500-gramm computers that run for a whole day, but few customers buy them, so unless people decide that a three hour MID isn’t really such a mobile internet device, the industry has no reason to change.

But #2 and #3 are ecologically disastrous and I’d even welcome government regulation to enforce these if the industry doesn’t come up with solutions by itself.

Photos via flickr by AndyArmstrong, merfam, Eva the Weaver.

This article was written for umpcportal.com.

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Illustration: http://www.tsamedien.de für c’t

Die e-tobi vdr Binaries für Ubuntu sind nun vollständig: Ab jetzt stehen alle drei Varianten Standard, Multipatch und Extensions für i386 und amd64 zur Verfügung.

Die drei vdr-Sektionen unterscheiden sich durch die verfügbaren Plugins und die aktivierten Patches, im Wiki gibt es weitere Details, was diese bedeuten.

Das Repository auf hanno.de wird ggf. noch auf einen anderen Server umziehen. Schaut im Blog vorbei, falls der Download der Pakete nicht mehr klappt.

Im folgenden Beispiel – ähnlich wie bei e-tobi beschrieben – bitte #SECTION# ersetzen durch standard, multipatch oder extensions.

   The e-tobi vdr binary packages for Ubuntu are now complete. You can choose between the three flavours of vdr from e-tobi: standard, multipatch or extensions. Packages are available for i386 and amd64.

The differences between the three vdr-sections are the plugins and the patches used in vdr. Some patches are described on the English wiki, but the German vdr wiki page is more complete.

The repository on hanno.de may move to a different location in the future. If the download stops working, please return to this blog.

In the following sample setup, replace #SECTION# with standard, multipatch or extensions.

# /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vdr-etobi-hanno.list
# SECTION = standard | multipatch | extensions
deb http://www.hanno.de/vdr-experimental hardy base backports addons vdr-#SECTION#
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ hardy free non-free

# /etc/apt/preferences
Package: *
Pin: origin www.hanno.de
Pin-Priority: 1000

Viel Spaß! Have fun!