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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

More Desktp and Scanner Fun

I guess, unless I want to run OpenBSD current, which I don't, or if I can figure out how to get the os to pickup correctly on my Epson scanner, I'll never be able to use it again, at least directly, with The Gimp. I can use

xscanimage epson:/dev/uscanner

and it works fine in XWindows, but at the terminal, scanimage just doesn't find the scanner. It shows up fine in dmesg, and I can use sane-find-scanner and it finds it, though the info for it like manufacturer, etc., is lacking with usual advice about adding the info to the kernel or using libusb. Guess I should count my blessings it works at all. Insert smiley. Ha!
Also have been having a lot of problems with Firefox crashing, but it's a lot more stable if I disable all the extensions. I hate doing that, especially for the Wizz News Reader and a few others, but it's not worth much if it's always crashing. Opera does fine, as long as I don't mess with news feeds. It chokes immediately and does a core dump if I load news feeds. So, I went back to an old friend, Snownews. It works great from the terminal, and the only drawback is it won't load some of the php or atom feeds. For the most part, though, it works fine. Took another shot of the desktop with The Gimp and am putting it in here. If anyone reads about some of these problems and has anything to add that might help, please leave a comment.

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