Wed Feb 22 00:37:17 CET 2006



I really miss speedfreq. On Gentoo, I used it regularly- I
had made some keybindings in fvwm so that I could just swap
governors quickly just like that. 

For some strange reason speedfreq isn't available via apt
in Ubuntu. And until today, I couldn't find any
replacement for it- all I had was automatic CPU frequency
governors, and I really dont like it when the choice is taken
from me. I guess Im a Gentoo guy at heart.

Anyway, I did a little searching today, and found emifreq, a gnome
plugin which gives the user some very rudimentary control over
the processor. The version available via apt is 0.17, and it
gives me two choices: slow (600MHz) and fast (1.6MHz). No
on-demand governor. Which, in my eyes, is too bad. Version
0.18 is supposed to have that feature, but its not in Ubuntus
equivalent to portage. damn.

So why don't I just download it and compile it myself? Or
for that matter, why dont I just get speedfreq? The answer to
that is simple- I dont want to. Or to be more specific- I dont
want to have to manage my box, I do enough of that at
work. And I've still got my little clique of gentoo servers
here and there in Stockholm which needs maintenance.

I haven't even installed the kernel source code, and I
barely even know the version of the kernel on this
machine. Well, strictly speaking, that is a lie, but you get
my drift. I couldn't care less, as long as it works.

It works! Well, lets be honest here. Does it work? Ubuntu
itself works beautifully, but apps can be quite old in the
world repositories- firefox and thunderbird were very
old, and theres the whole licensing thing which Ubuntu
inherits from Debian.

I applaud the idea of only supporting free licenses, but at
times I want to use non-free stuff (as in freedom, not beer)
as well. Today I wanted to install Azureus v2.4.0.0, which has
java 1.5u6 as a dependency... and blackdown is at around
version 1.4. So I wanted Sun's version, but of course this
wasn't as easy to install. It wasn't hard at all, but if I
have to sudo around and build debian packages myself, I'd much
rather be playing in the gentoo world. At least there I know
exactly whats happening.

man, this entry has become a rant. Im not about to throw
out my Ubuntu distro just yet. But if I do, where can I go?
I've had Gentoo on various laptops for the last four or so
years, so I definitely know how to manage one, but...

I just want a machine which works, and isn't a Wintendo
box. Is it too much to ask?