Feisty Fawn – Works as advertised

Whenever a new version of Ubuntu comes out I download the CD, run it in LiveCD mode and see if my Laptop (Thinkpad T43) works with everything included (video card – ATI, sound, Wireless card the Intel a/b/g wireless thingy) and succeeds in connecting to my home wireless network (using WPA2 encryption).

Previous versions usually missed either in the wireless card or the WPA (or it was really cumbersome to configure WPA).

I tested Feisty Fawn (7.04) and surprise, surprise, it works as advertised.

Everything was correctly configured and recognized including the cool new wireless applet for Gnome which found my network and even figured that its WPA.

Good work Ubuntu team! You are on the right path!

Being the geek that I am, I always find myself trying to figure out whether I should install a Linux distribution that simply works (up until Feisty Fawn there wasn’t really something that did that without further tweaks) or should I go 100% geek/developer and run Gentoo.

After all, if I’m going to tweak thing, at least give me 100% control over what I am doing…

I guess that from now on I’ll really have a dilemma…

libtool: compile: unable to infer tagged configuration

I got the following annoying little error after I tried to upgrade to a newer mod_python on my Gentoo Linux box:

 libtool: compile: unable to infer tagged configuration

It seems that the main problem was due to the fact that I’ve switched to GCC 4.1.1 and when compiling mod_python, the compilation uses libtool that is brought and compiled with Apache (located under /usr/share/apr-0/build/) which should have been recompiled after I’ve upgraded to the new GCC (I was too lazy to continue running the “emerge -e system” command so I stopped it after GCC was recompiled).

To solve it, simple recompile Apache and emerge upgrade mod_python.

Could not run/locate “i386-pc-linux-gnu-gcc”

I have Gentoo Linux on my home machine and after I’ve upgraded GCC (and subsequently the whole toolchain) I wanted to compile a perl related library – crypt-rsa.

When I tried to emerge it, it failed with the following error:

Could not run/locate “i386-pc-linux-gnu-gcc”

After searching around I found this thread on the Gentoo forums which had some instructions how to handle this issue, but it didn’t help much.

In one of the posts on that thread they said to re-emerge the offending package (if you find it). I figured, since I’m trying to compile something related to Perl, perhaps Perl is the problem.

I re-emerged it and, surprise surprise, it worked so I thought I’d share it with the world.