Month: April 2010

FOSS Nigeria 2010 report

It’s a cold and windy day here in Kano; that’s comparable to a nice warm day in summer in Nijmegen, so I keep explaining, and sitting around in shorts on the steps in front of the university guest house at BUK old campus this morning was very nice. Frederik has already blogged a bit about […]

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Kanuri and Hausa Keyboards, part 2

Thanks to the comments on my previous blog entry about Hausa and Kanuri keyboard layouts, I’ve looked into the topic a little more, adding yet more options for typing. Dead keys: the keyboard may have “dead keys” for accents. A dead key does not print anything when pressed, but combines with whatever you type next. […]

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Hausa and Kanuri Keyboards

To type Hausa and Kanuri letters like ə, Ɓ or ƙ you will need to modify your keyboard layout. A keyboard layout maps the buttons on the keyboard to symbols which are displayed — you do not have to look at the letters painted on the keyboard and the computer doesn’t know what’s painted there […]

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On Source Signing

Brian Gough (a gentleman with whom I’ve stood in a room at one point, but I don’t think we’ve ever spoken) points out that KDE (that is, the release team for KDE) doesn’t GPG sign the source packages that it releases. Hm, interesting, as it’s true that the recent KDE SC 4.4 source tarballs don’t […]

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Heat it Up

With highs below 40 degrees it’s hard to know if it’s Minnesota in November or Kano this week. Scale is the thing here, and I do hope to be hotting it up in Kano for the second annual FOSS Nigeria conference this week. Akademy 2008 in Mechelen brought us Mustapha Abubakar and he went back […]

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New Beginnings

In spring I tend to write sentimental bits, like this one. I’ve spent the past two weeks mostly in the vegetable garden, fostering new life — potatoes, carrots and beans — and tearing out unwanted plants — stinging nettles and crab grass. There must be a metaphor for software development there somewhere. It’s a matter […]

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VirtualBox on FreeBSD

For some of the things I would like to do with the EBN code-quality checking machine — things outside the immediate realm of quality checking — I need some VMs beyond what FreeBSD’s jails give me. In particular, I need Solaris running on the machine as well as FreeBSD, so I looked into VirtualBox. I’ve […]

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FreeBSD and Radeon 4350

The revival of my FreeBSD system meant that I was once again confronted with Xorg driver issues. The on-board GeForce 7050 isn’t recognized by the nv(4x) driver, and the proprietary nvidia one is a no-go because I’m running FreeBSD amd64 (and the Linux driver only works on FreeBSD i386). So, time to shop around a […]

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Compliance Engineering

Compliance engineering as a topic covers those activities that make it possible to ship a (consumer electronics) product that complies with the license(s) of the software contained in that product. That includes things like: figuring out what software actually is in the product (you’d be surprised how often vendors don’t even know); ensuring that you […]

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Moving and Updating a FreeBSD Boot Disk

Part of my FreeBSD update effort consists of tackling a peculiar problem. I haven’t found the problem described online anywhere else, so I’m going to detail the steps taken. But first, an effort to pin down the problem itself. I have a (remote) server. It has no DVD drive. It should remain up as much […]

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