Gentoo and an Aptana Howto

Well yesterday, both Gentoo 2007.0 and Aptana milestone 8 were released. Thanks to some bugs in a previous release I was able to test milestone 8 on Gentoo last week; that was before ATI’s drivers went kamikaze.

Overall I am impressed with milestone 8, it features more advanced support of PHP, including variable highlighting. With Gentoo to install Aptana just make a folder in /usr/lib called aptana, then extract the archive to that point. After that make a file in /usr/bin called aptana, open it in your favorite editor (nano) and add the following:

#!/bin/sh
export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/mozilla-firefox
exec /usr/lib/aptana/Aptana

Save the file and do a chmod 755 on it so that it becomes executable. Now try typing in the command aptana& into your terminal. If all goes right you should see the aptana splash screen. If you get a bug, look at the log file it directs you to. Should you see something like org.eclipse.swt.SWTError: No more handles [Unknown Mozilla path (MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME not set)] then your mozilla path is not correct. If the executable fails in general, you need to make sure you have the JRE 1.5 or newer. To get this just run emerge -p sun-jre-bin (you don’t have to use Sun’s JRE but that is what I use) if you like what you see then rerun the command without the -p. Once portage finishes doing its stuff, try executing Aptana again. It should work then, if not search the Aptana forums.

-John Havlik

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Vista, Ha! No, Thanks.

Currently Windows only serves one purpose that Linux cannot. Think about it for a while. The only thing Windows does better is gaming. For the past 5 days, I lived without Windows.

There was a method to the ‘madness’, though something crapped out on me (ATI’s display driver) that just set me back a week. Luckily, I now work off of a 20GiB USB hard drive for anything important (work), which is good for when a system goes bonkers. In the process I realized two things:

  1. I really need a wide screen monitor.
  2. Having a laptop or some other powerful computer combined with my current setup would be nice.

Honestly, the realization of needing a wide screen monitor came earlier, but with the multiple desktops Gnome and KDE have, switching between them was fine, but it would be nice to fit Aptana and Firefox side-by-side for the benefit of testing. I’m just waiting for the ones that can fit 1080p HD video plus the taskbars to drop in price—one step down in resolution saves 300 USD. As for having an additional powerful computer (ideally a much more powerful one) so that I can have two separate computers, one that only runs Gentoo for work and daily use. Leaving the other open for playing games, and probably running distcc to aid in compiling for the other.

-John Havlik

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Bug Squashing

A certain reboot day rapidly approaches, and for the first time I am ready. In reality there are dozens of little bugs to fix and tuning to do, but for the most part things are falling into place for the new theme, berry. Right now nothing should be horribly broken, but there are no guarantees. Things happen, and when a theme is built from scratch (or nearly from scratch, currently the comments file is K2’s with modifications) bugs may exist.

Not much will change in appearance on the 1st of May except the application of the official mtekk ‘branding’ (read as the m logo appearing in the header). However, depending on how things go, and open beta may begin for blu-berry. Should the beta not become public on May first do not expect it until the middle of the month as the are a few more pressing projects that need attention.

-John Havlik

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Welcome to the party

Mtekk - Welcome to the partyHere comes the fun part: Berry is going Alpha. Rather, the completed parts are now running this blog. The primary reason for this steams from the old theme’s incompatibilities with WordPress 2.1. Hopefully by the end of the weekend things will not be broken anymore.

edit: I never finished the theme yet so comments are broken among other things (e.g., IE6 and its padding issues).

-John Havlik

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Not Again

Sorry I blew it this year, due to the school work load I 100% forgot that today is the second annual CSS Naked Day. It took browsing a blog and seeing that its CSS was missing but it was not facing the effects of Digg, and it dawned on me. The other too bad thing is that this blog has had the same skin for over a year now, it is time for change. But change takes time, especially when you are building a theme platform (inspired by K2, but it is not K2) from the ground up. That is all I’ll leak about one of my many projects, and I’ll leave you with a verbatim copy of my CSS Naked Day post from last year:

For a full 48 hours, while somewhere on earth it’s April 5th this blog will be separated from its lovely CSS file. This is about standards, not retarded Digg users, along with some ignorant Newsvine users. This day is to educate those web developers that don’t write code to conform to standards, which is a bad thing. Don’t even think about starting an AJAX/Web 2.0 project if you don’t plan on using web standards, otherwise bad things will happen.

Here is the link: CSS Naked Day

-John Havlik

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