Waiting … and waiting …

No, I’m not waiting for a call from a beautiful girl.. mainly because she won’t call me ever anyway. I’m waiting for two, or three, releases.

The first release is Amarok 1.4.1 (beta1) that should be the first test version of thew new version of Amarok, and I have to see if Gentoo is ready for it, after the lot of changes happened. The main thing that scares me is inotify support, as newer linux-headers aren’t present on ~x86 (nor on ~ppc fwiw). Should be fine in ~amd64 tho. If I was quick enough, the strict-aliasing fix will be present on that version, too 🙂

The second release is Dejavu Fonts that was due today. I want to see what they added, I’m always interested in new glyphs, also if I just use a little subset of them, because I think being able to see the text written in different encodings is important, especially for Free Software.

The third release is a bit of waiting, a bit of “I’d rather not see it coming” of Linux 2.6.17, as that it seems to have broken alsa-driver again, and I found no fix on upstream’s HG repos.

Now, of course I could have better things to do Sunday afternoon. I could be playing, I could be trying to find a way to see someone, I could be doing wood carving… but the only thing I’m able to do is to wait here for the new release, and in the mean time trying to fix a few things. Sigh. I would so much like to have a real life 😛

On a different note, thanks to Stuart in the graphics driver post’s comments, I’m now more oriented on a R200-based ATI card to get out of the binary drivers enslavement, as of that I can tell it works fine (some people told me radeon 7000 can have some quirks with video playing, and the amount of on-board memory scared, me a bit, 32MB aren’t much for videos). I found something that seems to be appropriate, and that I wouldn’t even categorise as “downgrade for freedom”, a radeon 9200 with 256MB of memory, that would be good for video playing with xv, but it’s not that cheap, about €50, almost the double of the other one, but probably comparing the prices this has an higher quality/price ratio. I still have to hear from anyone about the compatibility with xinerama, that is another of my major concerns. If someone uses that card with two monitors, please tell me how the support is 🙂

Depending of what other jobs I’m going to take next, I would be very very happy to spend that money to be more free than before.