Archive for February, 2006

Ubuntu Dapper Drake (6.04) Alpha4 does not like IEs4Linux

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Last post I told you what happened to my pc. So I needed to install Ubuntu here and I decided to give Dapper Drake a try. I found a time to do this (the java course ended and I will come back to Compuware only next week) and I did.

Then I decided to work on the next IEs4Liunux release that fixes some bugs (with download-dyn, flash movies, javascript console and others – thanks to everyone that wrote these things to me).

Well, sweet ilusion. I installed cabextract and wine (from winehq, version 0.9.8) but nothing works. IEs4Linux seems to install ok but when you call ie6 nothing works and a bizarre error shows up (I never had seen this before):

se@ubuntu:~$ ie6
err:heap:HEAP_CreateSystemHeap system heap base address 0x80000000 not available
fixme:actctx:CreateActCtxW stub!
err:heap:HEAP_CreateSystemHeap system heap base address 0x80000000 not available
err:heap:HEAP_GetPtr Invalid heap (nil)!
err:heap:HEAP_GetPtr Invalid heap (nil)!
err:heap:HEAP_GetPtr Invalid heap (nil)!
err:heap:HEAP_GetPtr Invalid heap (nil)!

I tryed to downgrade to the wine package officially supported on Dapper (wine 0.9.6) but I got the same error. If you have any idea, please tell me (Google did’t help) so I can restart working on IEs4Linux (or wait until I have another spare time to install another ditro).

(Note: Ubuntu 5.04, the stable ubuntu release, still works fine, including with latest wine 0.9.8)

And just to complete the last post, I am SCPJ now! (I think the last post doesn’t say that clearly)
I took the test on February 13 and passed!

Good news: I’m not dead :-P

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Okay, many of you may though I was dead. Last IEs4Linux update was last year (on December) and I have lots of e-mail to reply since January. The good news are: I am not dead. Bad news: I had some problems lately.

First I took off vacations in January (here, in Brazil, it’s Summer, remember?). When I came back my primary partition was gone with my Ubuntu Linux and my work environment. I had to use my old Gentoo partition (last updated on October). All my stuff was not there and I had troubles with Wine. After a month, my Gentoo partition was gone too. (I think my hd isn’t soo good 😛 )

But all this scenario could be worst. People at Compuware Brazil (do you know? :-P) was interested on my work because what they heard about IEs4Linux over the Internet (thank you guys). So I started to work there full time. To complicate a little bit, I had to study to take my SCJP Certification (Sun Certified Java Programmer) and I started to teach Java at Caelum (local Java Trainning School).

Profissionally everything is great. But I had no time to fix my computer and to restart working on IEs4Linux. Many e-mails are waiting answers (many of them with great improvements to IEs4Linux). Now I am trying to make everything back again. Here are the next steps:

  • Fix my old computer (it has more than 6 years now) and reinstall Ubuntu
  • Make an IEs4Linux forum to help me answer all questions (no more contacts by e-mail)
  • Change (and IEs4Linux) host to
  • Buy a new computer, probably a laptop
  • Release a new version of IEs4Linux

About the new computer, I am thinking on a Sony Vaio SZ series. Many people told me that Sony Vaio have excelent performance and excelent Linux compatibility (instead of those ATI based computers). If anyone knows how to buy a Sony Vaio with discount, please contact me. If anyone wants to help me buy this new computer by donating something, please let me know too 🙂

My e-mail is slopes at gmail dot com.