Thanks for the input I recieved here, I've bought an Epson R300 color
printer for making photos. Once I figured out that the debian package
for libcupsys has the permissions borked for the files in
/usr/lib/cups/backend so that they aren't executable, all is well.
I've been happily browsing images in 'gqview', then loading them into
gimp 2.0, then printing them.
But I'm having issues with scaling images. I have to guess how/where
to crop the images so that I can get the maximum amount of the picture
onto the paper. It's a real pain, with lots of back and forth.
Is there a tool out there, or a gimp plugin, which allows me to take a
picture, select a paper size and gives me a template to crop/scale the
image to fit that paper size nicely? Any hints on what tools/packages
I should be looking at for this type of work?
For example, I've got a picture of my nephew and son which I wanted to
print out. I also wanted to zoom in a bit (or crop the image down to
get closer to them) so that when it printed, I maximized the use of
the 4x6 stock. A real pain in gimp 2.0, but since I'm just using the
standard Debian install, maybe there is a plugin to help with this?
Staples has a low-priced machine advertised in the Globe: $199.94 for
a Compaq Presario with an AMD Sempron processor. Any idea how this
might work with Linux? I picked up a cheap Compaq at Walmart a year
ago, and I returned it because it was such a dog.
Not sure if anyone has experience with this, but I would like to lock
down the /etc directory so common users cannot run through the
directory and read all the files. However, programs still need to be
able to read the files to work.
I'm trying to do this because we have several users on our system that
like to peruse the files within /etc.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks for your help,
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I'm having problems with an SATA DVD burner (Plextor 712). I can't get Linux
to see it. Any advice you might offer would be appreciated.
Kernel 2.6.10 x86_64
The (I think) salient portion of /var/log/messages is shown below. I get this
when I "modprobe sata_via":
amdtux kernel: libata version 1.10 loaded.
amdtux kernel: sata_via version 1.0
amdtux kernel: sata_via(0000:00:0f.0): routed to hard irq line 10
amdtux kernel: ata1: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xB800 ctl 0xBC02 bmdma 0xC800 irq
amdtux kernel: ata2: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xC000 ctl 0xC402 bmdma 0xC808 irq
amdtux kernel: ata1: dev 0 cfg 49:0f00 82:0000 83:0000 84:0000 85:0000 86:0000
amdtux kernel: ata1: dev 0 ATAPI, max UDMA/33
amdtux kernel: ata1: dev 0 configured for UDMA/33
amdtux kernel: scsi3 : sata_via
amdtux kernel: ata2: no device found (phy stat 00000000)
amdtux kernel: scsi4 : sata_via
The chipset is VIA VT8237. The rest of the system:
MB = MSI K8T Master2 FAR (2xOpteron 244)
adaptec 29160 with 1 scsi disk
sata plextor 712
crappy pci-based sound card
ATI Radeon 7500
onboard Gb ethernet
Another data point: I booted KNOPPIX V3.6 (kernel 2.6.7), in the hope that
its generally good hardware detection might make this device magically work.
It notices the drive quite nicely and tries to make it available as "hde" (as
seen in dmesg). However, once KNOPPIX comes up, I cannot successfully do
anything with the drive. I'll burn a KNOPPIX V3.next CD and try this to see
if the result changes (since that CD will probably have a more recent
kernel). This gives me some hope that this device *might* work with Linux.
FYI: When buying HW to build this system, I ordered the Plextor 712 ATAPI
version, figuring I'd have trouble like this with SATA. The vendor shipped
me the SATA drive at the cheaper ATAPI price...go figure.
Andy Stewart, Founder
Worcester Linux Users' Group
Worcester, MA USA
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On Tue, Dec 28, 2004 at 12:06:49PM -0500, Andy Stewart wrote:
> Well, I got it working with SuSE's kernel version 2.6.5-7.111.19-smp, but that
> doesn't explain to me why I can't make it work with a stock 2.6.10 kernel.
> Now I'm hitting the "kernel madness" which broke CD/DVD burning for all but
> the root user.
I believe it was 2.6.8+ that changed the way cd burning (SCSI generic
or ATAPI SG_IO) support worked. This was done to fix some security
issues where a user could e.g. reflash the firmware on your drives,
rendering them toasters. There is now some SCSI command filtering
done to prevent such things.
Fedora has pretty much abandoned ide-scsi and has switched instead to
the SG_IO API directly on the underlying ATAPI device. This allows
applications to send SCSI Generic commands by using the ATAPI device
instead of the SG device which required the ide-scsi hack for ATAPI
devices. I know this change broke a lot of things, mainly people's
expectations on which device to use with cdrecord et al. It is now as
I go back and forth on this, but I have a Compaq
Proliant 1600, dual 450 (or 500, i forget), with 6
18gig drives, plus an F1 full of 18gig drives, plus
some spares. I can also put in a DLT drive.
It runs fine, but is loud. I go back and forth with
wanting to sell it 'cause I didn't think anyone would
But is anyone? $600 for the whole shabang. I can get
more specific specs once I get home. I can bring it
to a lug meeting, or can arrange shipping.
Let me know...
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The all-new My Yahoo! - What will yours do?
I came across this article today that some might find interesting. It
touches on Sun's disadvantage with regard to Solaris development costs
compared to Linux and how it plans to deal with that, as well as the
probable demise of UltraSparc.
Would anyone here HAPPEN to know of any yum repositories for Aurora Linux
(Sparc flavor, 1.0 is based on RH 7.3, 1.9x is based on Fedora)?
I've been looking for a repository for upgrading my 1.0 installation to
the latest 1.91/1.92, but I cannot find an up-to-date repository. 8(
(For anyone that's curious, I'm running Aurora on my Sparc Ultra60...)
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated...
William Smith wsmith-at-chezsmith-dot-com
Fall River, MA http://www.chezsmith.com
"Uncouple faith from truth altogether, and bad things
can happen. People come to believe without truth, and
then the truth becomes something nobody will believe."
-- Charles P. Pierce (in 'The Truth About Polygraphs',
2003/10/03 edition of Boston Globe Magazine, p18)
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On Thu, Dec 09, 2004 at 08:35:29PM -0500, Andy Stewart wrote:
> The next WLUG meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:00 PM.
Sorry to go off-topic for a minute, but I'm going to be moving in the
near future, and have a lot of items which need a new home. With the
upcoming WLUG meeting (which I'm planning to attend), it seemed like a
good time to post the list. :)
If you're interested in any of the items, I'll be happy to bring them
out to Worcester on Wednesday, and you can get them after the meeting.
The list is available at: http://www.kluge.net/stuff/
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