Donnerstag, 22. November 2007

Compiling source code

I've found a kate plugin for sorting but had to compile it. I had gcc installed but still ./configure told me that the ,,C compiler cannot create executables.'' I quickly found out that some packages for doing development stuff were still missing, so that was a quick fix.

Dienstag, 6. November 2007

libxine1-extracodecs is now libxine1-ffmpeg

I've already posted about installing libxine-extracodecs in august and april. This is no longer true since Gutsy, now the package is libxine1-ffmpeg.

Actually, now there is a meta package kubuntu-restricted-extras with commonly used restricted packages which also contains libxine1-ffmpeg. I've not installed the meta package, since I didn't want Java6 to be installed, but I've installed most of the other packages contained.

Freitag, 2. November 2007

Speeding up Konqueror

Upgrading from Kubuntu Feisty to Gutsy didn't work for me, so I've installed Gutsy from scratch. As Konqueror still was far slower than Firefox, especially for sites with many images like GMX or Xing, I started to search again for solutions. Here's what I found out, and now Konqueror is nearly as fast as Firefox for me:

  • deactivate IPv6, otherwise IPv6 DNS queries will happen that can result in timeouts when some servers don't support it yet: append KDE_NO_IPV6=true to /etc/environment

  • install a local DNS cache, as Konqueror/KDE doesn't implement it (in contrast to Firefox): I'm using pdnsd, see here for installation instructions.

  • Konqueror uses a disk cache by default, the directory is /var/tmp/kdecache-username/http. I found out that the directory had root:root ownership for my installation, I have no idea how that happened. After chowning back to my user, the directory is now used as expected.