So I’m a little disgruntled right now. Â I’ve rebooted back into OS X and I’ll likely stay here for a while. Â As it turns out, the show-stopper for me to be able to run Linux (which I’d much prefer) on this powerbook is not anything to do with Linux itself, but rather with the commercial/proprietary software that I find myself needing to run. Â I need to be able to use Moneydance to do my family’s financial account management and bill paying. Â Moneydance runs on Java. Â Apparently, the only full version of Java for Linux PPC is IBM’s JRE. Â That’s right, Sun doesn’t provide Linux-PPC users a JRE, how nice of them. Â And yes, I did spend a couple of hours trying to get cacao, sablevm, and kaffe working with Moneydance and they didn’t work at all. Â IBM’s JRE does actually get the program started and working up to a point. Â It poops all over itself, however, when it tries to download online bank transaction information:
There was an error communicating with your financial institution. The details of this error are below.
A communication or parsing error occurred. This could be the result of a network problem, a proxy error, or misconfigured server.
Error Description: java.io.IOException: java.security.NoSuchAlgorithmException: Class com.ibm.jsse2.cc configured for SSLContext not a SSLContext
Oh joy. Â I’ve opened a bug report with the Moneydance folks, but have not heard back from them yet.
And, of course, I can’t get any of the non-open stuff to work in Linux PPC. Â This includes Flash, win32 codecs (can’t play .mov, .avi, .wma), etc., etc. Â So, I need to figure out how to either replace Moneydance with something better that will work in Linux PPC (GNUcash maybe??) and live with the stuff that doesn’t work, or I need to figure out how to start being able to be productive and code for KDE in OS X.
Crap. Â Again… what the heck did I do to myself???
[Update] Oh, I almost forgot… The other really big reason I had to sound the retreat is that I kept getting kernel panics whenever I’d go to hotsync my Palm device (Treo 650). Â I’ve opened a bug with the ubuntu folks, and haven’t heard back on it yet. Â My guess would be something related to the appletouch driver, since it’s a sort-of-usb device thingey, but I’ve not had time (nor will I most probably) to look into it further. Blech!