[PlanetCCRMA] (no subject)

John Lowry jal@eskimo.com
Mon Sep 10 10:29:30 2007

Fernando and Nicholas,

Thanks for your suggestions.  Will try them out tomorrow.  Just about to rush
off to my brass band rehearsal.  (Although American, I am living in Leeds
and get to play in a genuine Yorkshire brass band!)


On Mon, 10 Sep 2007, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano wrote:

> On Sun, 2007-09-09 at 13:41 -0700, John Lowry wrote:
> > Perhaps these are more Fedora issues, but as questions to this group have
> > been dealt with quickly in the past I thought I'd start here.
> >
> > I'm running Fedora 7 with CCRMA.  I have two issues:
> >
> > 1. Networking enablement.  It didn't used to work.  Machine would freeze up.
> >    So I disabled networking and manually started it up when not running
> >    low latency kernels.
> >
> >    Don't know why, but networking no longer freezes the low-latency kernels.
> A newer version of the kernel with a different set of bugs? :-)
> >    It may have to do with my ISP (Orange) changing their service slightly or me
> >    now using  their router.
> >
> >    But I can't figure out how to get networking to start automatically.  The
> >    interface (eht0) always starts disabled.  Services have networking configured...
> >    what must I do to get the hardware enabled at boot?
> In the network control panel you can set an interface to be (or not)
> active on boot. Or you can
> edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 to have "ONBOOT=yes" in
> its defined configuration.
> You could also activate NetworkManager to automatically detect lost and
> recovered network connections (useful if you move your machine between
> networks). Do "/sbin/chkconfig NetworkManager on" and "/sbin/service
> NetworkManager start" to stat the service (you'll get an applet in the
> panel that shows you the status).
> > 2. Fuzzy characters.  When I run windows, Firefox displays text very, very
> >    crisply.  In Fedora, it's super crisp in an Xterm, but not in Firefox.  Looks
> >    similar to what happens when pixel configuration (e.g. 1280x1024) doesn't
> >    match the hardware, but I know I have this right and it's fine in an Xterm.
> >    But Firefox and other programs (e.g. konqueror and the desktop) have a 'soft
> >    focus' quality.  Any clues as to what may be going wrong?
> Hmmm, the fuzzy quality is probably anti-aliasing (which probably is not
> being done in xterm).
> There's two things (well, probably more) you can to to optimize font
> rendering - you should be able to find plenty of articles through
> google. Probably the most effective is to rebuild freetype to have the
> byte code interpreter enabled (it is disabled in the Fedora build due to
> patent problems with the hinting method). Get the source package,
> install it, edit the spec file to enable the byte code interpreter,
> rebuild (possibly up the release) and install.
> This will make freetype use the font hinting included in the fonts
> themselves (if I remember correctly). It does make a difference.
> Hmmm, I think the Liberation fonts are installed by default in Fedora 7
> but I don't know if they are used by default. These are free fonts that
> have the same metrics as the Microsoft fonts so they will/should/may
> render the same as in other platforms.
> > 3. Finally, and this is definitely off topic, but bizarre enough I thought I
> >    would include it for your amusement(?)  Whenever I go to two monitors, my
> >    internet connection dies.  This happens with two different machines (HP and
> >    Acer) and with both Windows and Linux.  Also with the Orange router and a
> >    Belkin router.  I can't even think of a way this would be happening--how would
> >    two different OSes bugger a router just because you're using two monitors?
> >    Has anybody EVER seen this one before?
> Nope, first time.
> Double weird points because it happens on both Windows and Linux. Would
> seem to point to a hardware issue except for the fact that it happens on
> two different machines!
> -- Fernando