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For future reference, the above is how I got Ubuntu to obey my Compose file, which customizes the mapping between keyboard input and characters (in particular, for making accents, cedilla, etc), since I've been spoiled by too many years of the "US International" keyboard on Windows (a similarly-named keyboard exists on Linux, but it's best suited for Eastern European languages, e.g. '+c produces ć).

Next time I solve a long-standing problem, I will make better records.

It's a really obscure setting. I owe this knowledge to a random volunteer on FreeNode.
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* Today I finally went ahead and did 39 critical updates including, I think, the kernel.

* I just upgraded Flash with: sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer. This worked, and I can listen to YouTube and use Google Streetview again. Did they choose the same day to stop supporting older versions of Flash?

* GMail on Firefox on Ubuntu has been having trouble attaching files about half the time. It's annoying.

* A few days ago, I lost my taskbar, and had difficulty rebuilding it. I was eventually able to add stuff back with Panel Settings > Add Widgets (thanks in part to Jeff's help). However, I still don't know how to add back the "System Settings > Display" as a widget.

* even Firefox isn't obeying my Compose file anymore: e.g. now it's making ć instead of c-cedilla and '+t produces nothing (it should produce 't). Aaahh!

As we can see, emacs is reading the Compose file (in fact, it's also reading .XCompose, which is a copy of it!):

gusl@gusl-laptop:~/Documents$ strace -e open emacs --nofork |& grep Compose
open("/usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose", O_RDONLY) = 6
open("/home/gusl/.XCompose", O_RDONLY)  = 6
open("/home/gusl/.XCompose", O_RDONLY)  = 6
open("/usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose", O_RDONLY) = 6
open("/home/gusl/.XCompose", O_RDONLY)  = 6
open("/home/gusl/.XCompose", O_RDONLY)  = 6


and the cedilla works.

But kate and Firefox aren't:
gusl@gusl-laptop:~/Documents$ strace -e open kate --nofork |& grep Compose
gusl@gusl-laptop:~/Documents$ strace -e open firefox --nofork |& grep Compose


and the cedilla doesn't work!

The point is that Firefox used to read it! I thought this was due to being a GTK app.
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Just as I was about to describe my apt-get problem to #ubuntu, it went away... now I have pdflatex working, and installed a couple of other goodies: sshfs and synaptic.

Now, let's get ESS working!
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I've been struggling with making LaTeX work in Ubuntu. When I try to install texlive with apt-get, I get "updmap-sys failed".
The FreeNode channels #latex and #ubuntu are unresponsive.

The output in /tmp/updmap.oIpKzr5c says:
!!! ERROR! The map file `eurosym.map' has not been found at all.
    Either put this file into the right place or remove the
    reference from the configuration files - see
    update-updmap(1).


I do have this file, at /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/map/dvips/eurosym/eurosym.map but I don't know the right place.
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Upgrading solved:

* external monitor :-D

* wi-fi.

* I also like KDE much better than Gnome. Nice feel, and keystrokes like: alt-F2 to start programs; (ctrl)shift-left/right to switch tabs (move them); F12 to bring up a shell (yakuake)



Kinda solved:

* tablet PC: pointer is recognized but calibration problems not solved; also it seems to have some kind of conflict with the dual monitor.



Did not solve:

* US International keyboard layout issue: it's still a huge annoyance for typing Portuguese or French. (a) '+c should produce "ç", i.e. a cedille rather than an acute or diacritical comma (b) '+e should produce "é" (c) '+n should produce "'n". Having 3-stroke characters is unacceptable, as is anything requiring me to relearn to type.



New issues:

* finding a replacement for WinSplit Revolution, i.e. keystrokes for docking a window to a desired corner of the screen: a very handy feature when using large monitors.

* learning to use Gimp (rather than Paint)



Surprisingly few things need adapting to, since much of my time is spent inside emacs and Firefox, which are the same between Windows and Linux.


Many thanks to Jeff.

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