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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

AbiWord 0.9 Released

AbiSource has released version 0.9 of their AbiWord word processor. Versions are available for Windows, Linux, BEOS, *BSD, and others. AbiWord is open source software. I'm trying it in Linux right now. It seems very nice. It's not as feature-laden as WordPerfect or MS Word, but since most people only use 10% of what a word processor can do, that might not necessarily be a bad thing. It looks like a very viable alternative for me. I'll have to try some "real world" tasks on it and see how it behaves.

In Red Hat 7.1 (and other versions of Linux if you get a font error on startup), you need to execute the following command as root before AbiWord will run properly:

/usr/sbin/chkfontpath -q -a /usr/share/AbiSuite/fonts

After that, restart the xfs daemon and you are all set. I imported a rich text document and it converted flawlessly. Most impressive. Thanks Linux Today.

Q3A 1.29h Released

id's Robert Duffy updated his .plan with word that a new 1.29h patch has been released. Here are the fixes:
The 1.29h point release is up. You can auto-update to it from 1.29f or 1.29g or grab the whole sha-bang from our ftp. The Linux version will be up asap. This is STILL a beta, we plan to go final with it after QuakeCon.

Hopefully the server exploit fix is the one I just posted about. Here are some mirrors:

Win32 (25.5M): id Software, Blue's News.

Q3A/Linux Vulnerability

A vulnerability has been discovered in the 1.29f and 1.29g versions of Quake III Arena for Linux. Sending a certain string of characters to a server in an attempt to connect will cause a server to segfault. Check out the Bugtraq information here. The only workaround is to go back to 1.17, which is a pretty miserable option. Hopefully id will address this soon. Thanks Linux Games.

WinXP Desktop Not Quite So Free

In an obvious response to AOL's deal with Compaq to feature their online services prominently on new WinXP-running computers, Microsoft has changed the license again for the desktop. Now it's either no icons, or if you do include icons, you much also include the MSN icon. Of course, I don't know which is worse, having MSN branding or AOL branding. It's sort of like asking how you'd like to be stabbed to death. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: Microsoft Marketing: Okay, change the licensing so the government will get off our backs. !**! our biggest rival just got a deal! Change the license again. Now they lose. He he he.

Is anyone ever going to take down this corporate monster? Blatent abuse of monopoly power IN THE FACE OF A COURT RULING takes balls of solid rock, let me tell ya. Wonder who M$ has bought that they think this can keep going on . . .

Monday, July 30, 2001

Q3A Point Release Update

Robert Duffy updated his .plan with word on the status of the point release after yesterday's broken release:
Point Release status.

We have made the fixes we wanted to make to the latest version, including having the proper pak files in the full installer. We did not make any input code changes between 1.29f and 1.29g, but we did link with a different version of Directx ti get NT Sound functioning properly. This fixed NT 4.0 sound but produced an FPS loss on some systems and changed the way input was working as well which allowed in_mouse == -1 to work like some folks like but causes mouse wheel problems under some versions of Intellipoint. We have since done the following:We are testing this now and should release it in the am.


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