Hey there my Ubuntu and KDE people! I am still around. I have my daughter for most of the month of August so I am currently AFK. I will be back in a couple of weeks full-time again. In the mean time if you need to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter @nixternal, or if you have my phone number you can call me there.
When I come back, I have a great review in the pipeline of a new ZaReason laptop that runs Kubuntu out of the box!
My daughter and I have been having a blast these past couple of weeks. We have enjoyed the weather, watched a lot of bike racing, and she got groovy with Ubuntu. She likes Kubuntu’s look better, but I hooked her up with some Ubuntu to play around with. She wasn’t down with the default look, so we found some themes, colors, and fonts, that she likes, and thus far she has been happy. I need ...read more...
Технологический сайт Phoronix, занимающийся обзором дистрибутивов Linux и их компонентов, произвёл сравнительный анализ производительности Calculate Linux Desktop 10.4 c другими популярными Linux-дистрибутивами (Fedora 13, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Sabayon 5.3). В 12 тестах (OpenArena, 7-Zip, LAME MP3, FFmpeg, x264, OpenSSL, GraphicsMagick, Himeno, NAS Parallel Benchmark, C-Ray, GZip, BZip2) производительность оказалась примерно одинаковой.
Различия в производительности наблюдались в трёх тестах:
В игровом приложении World of Padman, основанном на движке ioquake3, дистрибутив Calculate Linux показал наилучшие результаты с 23 FPS (Ubuntu — 18, Sabayon — 13, Fedora — 11), при том, что по сравнению с другими участниками тестирования, в Calculate Linux была наиболее старая версия Mesa 3D;
В тесте Apache benchmark дистрибутив Calculate Linux обогнал Ubuntu и Sabayon на 33%;
В тесте PostMark дистрибутив Calculate Linux оказался на 14% быстрее Sabayon и Ubuntu, и на 34% быстрее Fedora.
Наилучшей платформой для Calculate Linux оказалась система на базе Intel Atom.
Вердикт: если хотите попробовать систему на базе Gentoo Linux, но не желаете тратить большое количество времени и испытывать головную боль, предлагаем вам попробовать Calculate Linux.
P.S. Замечу, что это первое тестирование производительности Calculate Linux. В статье ...read more...
In a few hours KDE 4.5 will be released. And together with it the new version of our Virtual Globe and Map Widget Marble. The new release Marble 0.10.0 will bring lots of additional features (Routing, Tile-Bulk-Download, Multiple Layers, initial WMS support and a lot more) - many of them related to OpenStreetMap. Of course development on the next release has started already: Dennis Nienh
...and the winner is...Berlin. It will be the "star of our system" for a week during the summer of 2011.
The II Desktop Summit has location, a good one. I'm excited about this event for several reasons. The first one is because, somehow, it gives credit to all the hard work done to celebrate the I Desktop Summit (Gran Canaria Desktop Summit). But above that, I'm excited because, after breaking the ice during that first approach, this event can be a huge oportunity to takes steps forward in joining efforts between GNOME and KDE to develop better technologies, better solutions for more devices and more exciting applications.
Beside pure technical issues, there is a lot of work we can do together in areas like marketing/promotion, usability, internationalization, education, etc. This is a great chance to begin.
So, do you want to know why Software Libre makes a difference? Come and live it by getting involved in decisions that matter. ...read more...
I've heard that tune before, and last time I checked, linux users were still out of luck. Now I never had any idea what to use these 'extra' buttons for, until I bumped into this request. Having a button to triger an expose-like effect: great idea. Sure, I go with my mouse to the top-left of my screen and I can see all my apps just fine.
Still, I have only 4 corners on my screen (yes, it is square, as most computer screens) and 3 are in use already (app launcher, close window and clock). So I'd love such flexibility...
Now I don't know where the limiting factor is right now - what is needed to make it possible to assign actions to mousebuttons other than the left, right and middle one? Anyone who knows? Anyone up ...read more...
KDE e.V. и GNOME Foundation договорились провести в 2011-м году крупнейшую встречу разработчиков свободных десктопов — Desktop Summit 2011. Основываясь на успехе Desktop Summit 2009, было решено провести GUADEC и Akademy в рамках Desktop Summit 2011 одновременно в Берлине.
Это будет грандиозная встреча более 1000 разработчиков GNOME и KDE из более чем 50 стран. Кроме них, на Desktop Summit будут приглашены участники других проектов и прочие люди, поддерживающие FLOSS.
Linux user, how many different Internet browsers do you have on your system? You have Konqueror if you use KDE, Iceweasel or Epiphany if you use GNOME, and optionally, you might have Firefox, Chrome or Opera.
The KDE/Telepathy project has gained a lot of momentum in the last few months, and many of the basic components we planned to build have started to take shape. As a result, it’s time to start thinking about getting some of that code out there for testing. So, we’re planning to make a preview release some time this autumn. This release will be installable on top of KDE Platform 4.5, and will be suitable for power-users and testers who don’t mind a bit of breakage. We haven’t got a date set yet, but you can track the progress towards this release by looking at the dependency tree of the release bug.
In order to get all the separate Telepathy components we’re writing nailed down and working nicely together, and to allow API and Nepomuk usage review, we’ll be having a developer sprint. It will take place from 17th-20th September in Cambridge, UK (venue kindly provided by Collabora). More information about this sprint can be seen on its ...read more...
This year, there is no session pre-registration, so you can just show up at the sessions that work best for you. More than 170 unique breakout sessions will be offered across 10 tracks. Most sessions will be repeated at least once to provide opportunity to attend your top choices. Here are some session highlights by track:
Вы думали — это шутка? Нет, это реальность. Среди прочего, на конференции GUADEC было предложено закономерно развить идею GNOME Shell и довести проект до уровня операционной системы.
Идея была озвучена Джоном МакКанном из Red Hat (Red Hat’s Jon McCann), который предложил сделать GNOME не коллекцией отдельных проектов, наборов инструментов и передовых идей, а платформой, на которой дистрибутивы и разработчики могли бы базировать свои продукты. Linux должен стать одной из деталей реализации.
Важно то, что мы предоставляем пользователям и разработчикам. Я предлагаю учесть опыт Android, WebOS, MeeGo и других, спрятать Linux под капот и начать делать операционную систему такой, какой мы её себе представляем.
If you own a N900 phone and have tested or want to test Kontact Mobile it would be great if you participate in our current user survey- a diary.
Kontact Mobile has been under heavy development for the last weeks and however it is still at an early stage we encourage everybody to contribute and to become part of the process!
You can find all information concerning the testing in this mail: http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/kde-mobile-users/2010-August/000027.html
You will do real pioneer work with reporting what you liked and didn’t like as well as your ideas on usability and interaction design. This will help the developer team to create a great user experience for Kontact Mobile in future. Help us to shape this great product!
KDE SC 4.0 was released in January of 2008 and KDE SC 4.5 will be released shortly , roughly two and a half years later, and it is time to reflect on what KDE SC4 seeks to accomplish and how well it is doing in its goals.
Creating custom brushes is important for digital painters. A brush mask you can create using procedural dialogs we have (like Auto brush, Softbrush) has advantages of being somehow like a vector – you can easily scale them and rotate them without artefacts. But they are restricted to the shape – we support rectangular or circular shapes only.Recently I had idea of creating vector brushes with QPainterPath. I think we need to create some nice ui for that and it could work. There are problems, like supporting features like hardness/softness, but I did not dig deeper. It is nice area where somebody can play in Krita.
Bitmap brush has advantage of being any shape you want, but when you scale it too much, you see artefacts. Usually you open some image or photo reference or you use your current state of the canvas, make some selection with selection tools and save the selected pixels to your palette of your brush masks. This did not worked in Krita for a long time. We have custom brush dialog in Brush Tip for this ...read more...
In some news, MapQuest embraces OpenStreetMap, launches the maps site at open.mapquest.co.uk using the data from OpenStreetMap, as well as sets aside $1 million funding to improve the maps situation in USA. Let's see if other maps services will follow.
As usual the International Forum on Free Software (FISL) took place in Porto Alegre from 21-24 July and gathered together roughly 7500 attendees (students, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and govern representatives) from 16 countries. About 500 activities (talks, short-courses, and community meetings), 250 exhibitors, and an organizing team with 376 persons (including volunteers, SoftwareLivre Association staff, and hired press office and services) made FISL 11 one of the largest Free Software events in South America. FISL is always a great opportunity to meet new people and widely disseminate what is happening in the KDE world.
We (KDE Brasil) usually coordinate in advance about which talk proposals we want to submit, trying to come up with interesting topics on where KDE is heading to and some roadmap to guide potential new contributors and show off why we are a pretty amazing community We usually got about half of the proposals accepted for presentation, activities in FISL program range from highly geek topics with non-sense titles like “The ant meets the elephant, ...read more...
... lots has been going on in the Plasma worlds, including:
We managed to get number of critical and important fixes in after RC2 for the final release of 4.5.0. These fixes have come not just from the usual suspects such as Marco or myself, but also people such as Will Stephenson, Raphael Kubo da Costa, Alex Fiestas, Rafa
I'm a hobbyist writer of fiction and poetry, which is to say that I write for the purpose of enjoying the pleasure the activity itself brings and for little other purpose. Sometimes I'll go back and read something I wrote some time ago, perhaps years ago, maybe even a decade or more. Sometimes when doing so a fairly odd thing will happen: I'll suddenly realize something that I was trying to say, something which was quite plainly there in what I had written, but which I was blind to at the time of writing. I've heard similar experiences from other writers, and if you are a writer you may have experienced the same thing too.
I had a similar experience with Plasma the other day. We get asked from time to time "Why Plasma?" or "What is the purpose of libplasma, exactly?". Or we get compared to other projects out there, even though there are only passing similarities. (I have yet to find another single project that approaches this problem space in the same way Plasma does; either Plasma ...read more...
I am very glad to inform that most of the code for my GSoC Project is in the trunk now. In continuation to my previous blog post about auto centering, the following features are now added to Marble.
Auto Zoom: It is an optional feature, if enabled the map adjusts itself to an appropriate zoom level so as to keep an appropriate distance on the way ahead visible to the user respective to the current location of the gps device.
Showing current route instruction and a plugin for showing time and distance remaining to reach the destination.
The plugin (bottom right of the map) shows the time and distance remaining as well as the distance covered(progress bar) during the journey. The route instructions(For Example: move left, move right etc.) appear few minutes before reaching it. When the user selects a particular instruction now, the portion of the route where the instruction is valid gets highlighted.
После того, как многие дистрибутивы GNU/Linux заменили открытый драйвер xf86-video-nv на xf86-video-nouveau, компания NVidia выпустила xf86-video-nv 2.1.18, хотя несколько месяцев назад заявила о том, что xf86-video-nv разрабатываться больше не будет.
As of now I'm an employee of Novell. That means a couple of things.
First of all: awesomeness, working with all of you!
Second the boring stuff: I'll have to update linked-in and some other sites. And put a disclaimer on this site - my previous employer (the Dutch government) wasn't exactly involved in what I did for KDE... And I'll have to go through the administrative stuff in the company. Boy, do I look forward to that ;-)
Third, I should get started. I'll be flying to the US of A tomorrow to meet people at the Novell offices. So if you want me to tell them anything in particular, let me know! Remember, for now, it's my FirstNameLastName on gmail if you want to mail me.
Besides that, I will of course start doing things within and for openSUSE. After all, my job will basically have three sides (at least that's how I currently see it):
Help openSUSE archieve world domination (eg be a volunteer in openSUSE, evangalize to the ...read more...