Monthly Archives: January 2007

Random Firefox Tweaks

The following options have to be changed or added in about:config. Those tweaks can of course be achieved through extensions, but by setting them directly you can abandon some extensions and hopefully conserve some memory.

In order to open a bookmark-folder with mid-click in tabs without overwriting the current tabs change:

browser.tabs.loadFolderAndReplace=false

To remove the close buttons on the tabs (they still can be closed by mid-clicking on them):

browser.tabs.closeButtons=2

Enable the spellchecker for inputfields and textareas (default is textareas only):

layout.spellcheckDefault=2

To override the useragent string:

general.useragent.override=foobrowser

And the last one really made my day: Open lastfm://-links directly in amarok:

network.protocol-handler.app.lastfm=amarok
network.protocol-handler.external.lastfm=true

BTW: Shouldn’t firef*cough* iceweasel open the composer of your mailclient when clicking on mailto-links?

Pimp My Boot Process

I’ve tested Ubuntu the other day and I must say I was really impressed how polished the boot process looked. Ubuntu uses the same image as grub splash and as usplash image. This has the nice effect that there is no visible switch between grub and usplash. I don’t remember if they even used the same image for the login as well, but it would surely improve the boot experience even further.

Since we have grub and usplash in our repository too, I thought it would be nice to create something similar for Debian. Creating an image and preparing it for grub is not that hard but creating something suitable for usplash actually is a problem.

First obstacle: usplash uses certain defined colors from the palette of the splash to draw stuff like text, background and progress bar, so you almost certainly have to re-arrange the position of the colors in the palette of the image manually. Second: installing the image is not exactly user-friendly. You have to create a .c-file from the .png. Compile it to a .so. and regenerate the initramfs in order to activate the theme…

While second part is not that hard and can be done by a script, the first problem (re-arranging the color palette entries) seems kinda unsolvable for me and my limited Gimp skills.

So does anyone know a tool which allows to create a usplash theme painlessly?

I think it would be nice to have some grub/usplash theme packs in our repositories. While it’s certainly uninteresting for servers it surely adds some extra fun for our desktop users.

Allow myself to introduce………. myself!

Ok then, this is my first serious blog entry. To break the ice, maybe an introduction would be appropriate: My name is Bastian Venthur I’m currently 26 years old and live in Berlin, Germany. I’m studying computer science at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin and I am Debian Developer since October 2006.

I maintain a few packages, mostly KDE related and am quite active in reporting bugs.

One of my current hobbies is to juggle. I started a few months ago and already master some neat tricks like Mills Mess, Over the Head and the famous four ball Async Fountain.