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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Back to work

After ENSL and Latinoware I am back to work... or kind of, I am going to talk to my current employer tomorrow to decide my future in the company. In the meantime I have fixed one bug in the Mobile Connection Wizard (MCW) which Anselmo, from INdT (Nokia Technology Institute) told me during ENSL conference two weeks ago. Now if MCW finds something wrong opening or parsing the two files it needs to work it will fallback to the old manual configuration dialog. The two mentioned files are /usr/share/zoneinfo/iso3166.tab and /usr/share/mobile-broadband-provider-info/serviceproviders.xml.

Yesterday I tried (again) to fix one crash in Plasma NM when NetworkManager restarts. It seems to work now and without the side effects that forced me to undo the changes last month. I am going to do some more tests and commit the changes later on.

I did not posted about Latinoware's second and third days but I must say they were great :-) really fun, no rain during all event (last year it rained a lot in some days), I could visit Paraguay at last, I gave my DBUs mini-course lecture, it was like a private lesson as only one person appeared :-). Unfortunately I could not solve Camila's netbook wifi card problem. In the end I recompiled the kernel, which took more about 10 hours (!) in her netbook and the driver complained it does not recognise the wifi card. The problem is just that: there is no (100%) opensource driver for that wifi card, there are some binary drivers (3dsp.ko) but not for Arch Linux kernel, so I tried to recompile this old driver I found in the manufacturer web site. After a couple of changes I had to do in the driver's source code it compiled but not worked. Even ndiswrapper crashes when loading the Windows driver, so no go for now. The last options are changing from Arch Linux to one of the "supported" distributions or buy another card.

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