Hardy Heron is on its way

Being the geek that I am, I decided to b0rk upgrade my system and installed the development version of Ubuntu (yes, its codename is Hardy Heron) on a spare hard drive partition. A couple of nice surprises when it comes to photography:

xcalib in repositories

So from now on, installing it is just a matter of typing:

    sudo apt-get install xcalib

    and you have xcalib in your path. You can type

    xcalib /path/to/my/iccprofile.icc

    to load the profile. You can even write a bash script and have your icc profile loaded at session start-up – see a detailed tutorial here.

    Argyll CMS precompiled

    The other nice thing is that the new beta version of ArgyllCMS (0.70 beta8 ) is precompiled and available from Graeme Gill’s website. So no need to compile ArgyllCMS anymore as explained here – at least on AMD64 but it should be OK for i386 as well. Just extract the zip file, go in the bin directory and start calibrating your display. Schweeet!

      Note that if you use a Spyder you still need to run the spy2den utility first…

      Last word

      If this entry is all Greek to you, you may want to check these entries about color management in general and monitor calibration in particular.

      And a little picture of the Swiss Prealps to finish the entry properly:



      4 Responses to Hardy Heron is on its way

      1. Hi, Joël
        I knew these options a few days ago but, at the moment I’m waiting to the final release.
        Thank you very much.

      2. barbwire says:

        I’ve been hanging out for this release too. I am particularly looking forward to f-spot 0.4.2 which includes two useful extensions. developinufraw will allow you to use ufraw to process raw files and save the changes as a new version of the image, and rawplusjpeg which will store the raw and the jpeg (when you shoot raw+jpeg) as different versions of the same shot.

      3. greys says:

        Thanks for pointing these out! I’ve got upgraded to Hardy a few days ago, but haven’t realized it contained new photography-related goodies. Will definitely have a look!

      4. Thanks for the tip, Joel. I took the plunge and installed the beta on Saturday – twice, as that dreck os from redmond didn’t want to install in a free partition as long as a linux installation was already on the disk. But I never had a more hazzle-free installation of a linux distribution than this one: probably 20 minutes, and some unnecessary but planning-for-the-future actions to install it on lvm partitions. For me as a kde user digikam comes prepackaged in an up-to-date version, and that is an advantage in itself.

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