I just installed the latest OpenOffice beta version on my Debian machine. First, I tried to convert the RPM packages distributed on the OpenOffice site with "fakeroot alien \*.rpm", which first worked flawless but failed when trying to start any of the OpenOffice applications ("The component Manager is not available"). Then, I found Debian packages at ftp://ftp.linux.cz/pub/localization/OpenOffice.org/devel/680/SRC680_m113/Build-1 which I had to install with "dpkg -i --force-architecture \*.deb" because they use "intel" as architecture for whatever reason. But, now, the OpenOffice applications start up successfully :-)
When I took my laptop to different locations within our company building I always had to reconfigure the network, or shut it down and boot it back up at the new location. Then, I found this little daemon at www.stud.uni-hamburg.de/users/lennart/projects/ifplugd which waits for link down and link up status changes on a network device and can execute any actions on these events. On Debian, a simple "apt-get install ifplugd" was sufficient so that the laptop now reconfigures the network device when the link has gone down and comes up again.
I worked on debian packages for the log4cxx logging library (logging.apache.org/log4cxx/) lately. The packages are in a final state now, and a preliminary version can be downloaded from littletux.homelinux.org/debian/log4cxx.
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