Upgrading to Dapper

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I’ve been running on Ubuntu Dapper for quite a long time now, and my mom has been using the previous version, the Breezy Badger. So I figured since the official 6.06 release is final, I’d upgrade her machine to Dapper.

I ran into a little bit of a hiccup, and it seems that somewhere along the way her Python 2.4 install had been corrupted. Since stuff like that doesn’t usually “just happen” I filed a bug report on Ubuntu’s Launchpad. It was fixable without too much trouble, by just manually installing the latest python24 package from Dapper. After that the upgrade finished without a problem.

Nobody else has run into this issue that I’m aware of, which is very peculiar. I got a response from one of the Ubuntu hackers trying to get some more information, but by that time I had already forced the upgrade of python24 so it was too late.

Dapper is released!

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Exciting news today, Ubuntu has unleashed the Dapper Drake!

Hacking

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I’ve been getting back into Gnome related technologies recently, for variousreasons. I started looking into Gnome’s accessibility project, like ATK and atk-spi. It’s pretty cool, I think. I had long ago started to work on a speech recognition interface for Gnome using CMU Sphinx and a Bonobo interface. It never got further than occasionally being able to recognize when I say “hello” and display a popup “Hello, world!” dialog. But it was cool.