Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha3 Testing

As usual, it's time "to eat my own dogfood" - and therefore I'm updating now my laptop to SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha3 as part of the pre-release testing.

This is the first release of SUSE Linux that installs NetworkManager by default. The integration has still some rough edges. The new kernel 2.6.14.2 has changes in the wlan area and the madwifi driver was updated and NetworkManager cannot handle it the device. Fortunately the network scripts work (after updating wpa_supplicant and a small change to the udev rules) - and kinternet should work as well. With a prism PCMCIA card, NetworkManager was working as expected.

I created yesterday a Factory News Page at openSUSE.org that tells about ongoing development changes.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Just read: Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography

Just finished reading
"Inner Game of Outdoor Photography" by Galen Rowell. The book is based on his columns in the Outdoor Photographer magazine. Galen was not only a great photographer but also a great writer. He shares with his reader the passion he has for the outdoors and for outdoor photography, puts a focus on what it takes him to take great photos - and shows some of his great photos to illustrate his points.

The book has four parts, the first one is called "Visions" and explains how we see and thereby helps us understand better what others see in photos, the second is "Preparations" and speaks about techniques, the third is "Journeys" where he puts some of his photos in context and explains what it took him to take such photos, and the last part in which he describes the effects of photography is called "Realizations".

He speaks a lot about visualizing photos - which is still needed nowadays with digital cameras since the monitors are far too small and you need to look with the eyes of others at it - and the effects of light. Many of his stories tell that he stood up before sunrise (I'm not sure whether I want to be that enthusiastic ;-) to be at the right place for the morning sun, he know where to stand to take good photos and did so.

A great book which needs to be read several times.