# Thanks Valve!

Just a quick post to say thanks to Valve Corporation for generously offering free Valve game subscriptions to Debian Developers.

Also thanks to Neil, Jo and everyone else at Collabora for making this happen. Much appreciated.

After serving me well for the past four and a half years, I've finally upgraded my desktop computer. The main driver for this upgrade was that I needed more than 4GB RAM for testing my VMs. Given that DDR4 is due soon, I really wasn't willing to spend money to upgrade my already obsolete DDR2 RAM.

I have no interest in overclocking, so I went with a Intel Core i7-4770 CPU, Gigabyte H87-D3H motherboard, and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM. While I was at it, I took the opportunity to get rid of my tiny Coolermaster Elite 360, and replace it with an Antec One. I was able to recycle the rest of the parts from the old machine to keep costs down.

Full specifications available here.

# Linux Kernel Contributor

Having used GNU/Linux systems for some time now, and having submitted patches to a fair number of open source projects, it is nice to finally get a patch accepted into the biggest open source project of them all, the Linux kernel. While I did submit a kernel patch to OpenWrt back in 2011, it is maintained as a rebased patchset, and was never upstreamed to Linus' tree.

That changed today though, when a small patch I (had forgotten I had) sent to the linux-media mailinglist back in October 2013, was just pulled by Linus Torvalds into his tree for the Linux 3.13-rc4 release; so I'm now proud to be able to call myself a contributor to the Linux Kernel.

# GNOME Workspace Wraparound

I found out yesterday that GNOME (or more correctly, the GNOME window manager, Metacity) only allows you to switch to a specific workspace. You cannot cycle through workspaces, wrapping around to the first when on the last. There is a long-standing upstream bug report, about this issue, but sadly it is marked as wontfix.

I have, however, found a workaround using wmctrl. These commands could obviously be much nicer if they were placed in a proper script, but I wanted a one line snippet that I could add to my xbindkeys config. This allows me to execute these commands using keyboard shortcuts.

# Workspace Increment
wmctrl -s $(($(( $(wmctrl -d | sed -n 's/^ *\*.*/\1/p') + 1 )) & 3 )) # Workspace Decrement wmctrl -s$(( $(($(wmctrl -d | sed -n 's/^ *\*.*/\1/p') - 1 )) & 3 ))


Note: In order to minimise the calls to wmctrl, I've hardcoded my number of workspaces (4 in my case) as a bitwise AND in the last portion of these commands.