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Andi Clemens (aclemens): New 'auto-correction-mode' for the Free Rotation image plugin

System & Utilities

A few weeks ago I added a new feature to the Free-Rotation imageplugin: 'Automatic (Horizon) Correction'.

digiKam - FreeRotation auto mode

This is nothing new, Gimp and Photoshop (and for sure other applications) have such a feature, too.
You set two points in the preview widget and hit "Adjust" to rotate the image accordingly to these markers.

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Prakash Mohan (praksh): Bidirectional Patch!

System & Utilities

I came across an interesting problem today.It was patch that works both forward and backward! It was on the course of editing a UI file, the markups in the svn diff were simply :



and a



And the change I made contained the same number of lines apparently.

I did my usual, svn diff > Patch followed by patch -p0 < Patch, hoping It’d ask me to assume a -R . It did ask that for a few files, but not this one and I dint notice that. And my make kept failing. Finally on doing another svn diff, I realised this interesting thing. It had _added_ an extra batch of buggy lines like once wasn’t enough to kill the compile! I ended up doing an svn revert to resolve the issue finally.

So piece of advice : Take that little bit of time to add a -R to the patch -p0 command :) more...

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Chani Armitage (Chani): one last feature

System & Utilities

so monday was feature freeze. I spent part of the day looking at the Icon plasmoid, and decided that the only problem it had that wasn’t a bug was too big to deal with in one day. after dinner I remembered that I had one other thing left on hte feature plan… making it possible to paste stuff as well as drag it to the desktop.

for a while it’s been possible to drag arbitrary content onto the desktop and turn it into a plasmoid, but a few times I found myself trying to paste text instead (dragging’s kinda annoying with a trackpad) and sadly it didn’t work. I’d assumed I wouldn’t have time to get to this feature, but there were still a few hours left in the day, and when I looked into the code I found out there was really very little work to be done. :) two hours later I had a patch that made paste do the same thing as drag&drop. whee :)

this’ll be configurable in 4.4, as part of my more...

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Tomaz Canabrava (tomaz): Live Blue to Represent KDE at FISL 10

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Live - blue group going to the International Forum of OpenSource, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

the 10th International Forum of Free Software  that will be happening from24-27 june, 2009
Yah, my dears, FISL in the midldle of the year, when in our state there’s one of the biggest parties of the world, the Saint John’s comemoration.
( and that is bigger than the brazilian carnival in some states ), but are we going to it?
Are we going to stay here, where it’s warm ( even with the rain ), eat our corn-based food,
our peanut-candy ( beloved, with the name of kid-foot ), our bonfires and such?
of course not!

we will be flying more than 1000 miles just to the biggest OSS Meeting in the South America.
But we will bring a little of the warm with us, to the coldness of the south. ( yah, it will be winter there)
Happly it was not that time that they keep us away from the chill of Porto Alegre, more...

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CubeTest in SVG progress

System & Utilities

The first episode of ' programming in SVG ' led to some nice bling improvements in KDE.

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Ivan Cukic (ivan): Planet gets boring on feature freeze

System & Utilities

I’ve had a few busy days closing Lancelot bug reports. There is only one left that is relevant for KDE 4.3, that is only one that is confirmed and not a feature request.

There are quite a few other fixes that somebody could even consider as new features. But realizing that we are in the hard feature freeze period, logically, those are only bug fixes, and not (and I repeat NOT) new features. :)

Kopete integration

The first one is that the Kopete integration works better than before. I’ve just submitted my first patch to Kopete’s code-base fixing a glitch in the D-Bus interface that was stopping Lancelot from accessing the online contacts. (There were some important changes in Kopete that had a side-effect of making its D-Bus interface useless) This has also fixed Lancelot bug 170437: Lancelot-Kopete integration breaks if ocntacts are sync’d with KAddressbook

The parts applet

The parts applet handles the applications:/ KIO much better, so no more wrong icons more...

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Gilles Caulier: New pro-lens for my digital still camera...

System & Utilities DSC00251 DSC00252 DSC00253 read more

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Celeste Paul (seele): Amarok Usability Update

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This past weekend, the Amarok team met to talk about the road map for 2.1.x and 2.2. They also discussed the findings from the usability test and plan to implement many of the recommendation from the report.

See the 2009 Sprint Roadmap and TODO (particularly the usability section for 2.1.x) for more details of what’s to come for Amarok!

Thanks again to the Columbia Area Linux Users Group and Maryland Ubuntu Local Community for their help with organizing and running the usability test.

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Nuno Pinheiro (pinheiro): Back to Oxygen!

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Berlin was a lot of fun, must say that I'm deeply impressed by the Amarok people, a wonderful passionate, creative, and interesting group.
I had the chance to share some of my views of, were we can do better visually wise, it went far better than what I had expected, and I have learned a lot in the process. (thats what you get wen working with bright people)

Want to give a huge thanks to KDAB, The KDE e.v., and the Amarok team ror making it possible.
So tomorrow it's back to work and the beguiling of the K3B action icons marathon, hopefully not as complex as kmix was....

Amarok rocks!

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Rob Scheepmaker (pinda): Jobs and notifications in the plasma systray.

System & Utilities

I’ve been doing some work since 4.2 to make sure jobs and notifications in the plasma systemtray have better usability then in it’s 4.2 incarnation. Being a new feature it unsurprisingly still had some rough edges. Thanks to a lot of feedback, and discussion on the issues, the current implementation solves a lot of annoyances. Here’s a probably quite complete overview of improvements:

  • There are 2 kinds of people: those that like it that the popup with jobs and notifications automatically hide after a short while when it’s automatically shown, and those that don’t like this behavior. Apparently, most of the plasma developers are in the first group, but looking at some of the comments I got through bugreports, blogposts and what not, the second group also has quite some followers.
    Two problem with auto hiding are:
    a) people tended to get confused, thinking the job was finished when it autohides
    b) some people usually wait for a job to finish when they start one, or have enough screen real estate (multiple monitors) that more...

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Tomaz Canabrava (tomaz): how rox is Rocs?

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It was about time I give you all an fresh view of the app that I’m writting,

It’s development is slower than I wanted to, because of university, work and kde-related-talks and groups,  ( not that it makes an excuse, Chani also have those things, and she’s an amazing kde developer, I’m just a bit lazy ;) ).

So, for those of you that doesn’t know who’s this thin guy that appears on the planet sometimes, and what I work on, some pictures of the tool from today trunk, working. yey =D

so, Humbly, I introduce you to Rocs, Graph Theory IDE for Professors and Students:


This is the default look, looks a bit like Kate, and actually Kate was an inspiration for me on the layout.


this is the Pallete bar, like Step one ( and yah, I need to remember to Hug Vladmir for the insight. more...

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A. L. Spehr (blauzahl): Freeze!

System & Utilities In case you've been under a rock, feature freeze is Monday (the end of or UTC?) and string freeze is the day after. Also, you may have noticed that the new drkonqi is in trunk now. There are a few screens and scenarios that will make usability cry... We are working on them! Code is probably changing as you read this! Although it might be a bad to less bad thing... If you happen to be more of a specialist than me (and I'm not), and have run through these a few times, drop by #kde-bugs and let's talk. Suggestions are welcome for strings too, but you should wait for me to checkin stuff.

If you don't have debug symbols installed, only have part, or if you don't have the Qt ones installed, this is a case you can actually help BugSquad! :D See what you think of the auto-backtrace analysis and how many stars you get for various real-world crashes.

All thanks should go to Dario Andres and George Kiagiadakis, cause they rock for doing this!
All more...

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Vladimir Kuznetsov: Easy TeX parsing (or: TeXpp and plain.tex)

System & Utilities Some time ago I have blogged about TeXpp. Today it have reached a stage when it loads plain.tex (i.e. the source of the plainTeX format) with only one warning (about unimplemented input command which is not fatal in this case).

But what do I mean by "loads" ? That is: "parses the file and executes each command in it gathering information about all macro definitions, variable assignments, etc.". With this information TeXpp is able to parse any document typed in plain.tex format (yes, I know, you don't have such documents, neither do I - LaTeX support is coming in a near future).

To check correctness of parsing, I have enabled all possible trance information in TeX, parsed the document using TeXpp and Knuth's TeX and compared the log files. Actually I have 55 unit tests that works exactly the same and proves the TeXpp compatibility with TeX in many corner cases. Another 1437 unit tests are based on real-life documents from (but more...

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Interactive Debugging KDE Apps with QtCreator

System & Utilities

Recently I began using QtCreator to try and do some development on Amarok. During my day job as a Java developer I get to work with tools like Intellij, which is a great IDE when you can put aside the problems of Java GUI apps on Linux.

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Andrea Diamantini (adjam): rekonq 0.1alpha

System & Utilities

Here we are again, speaking about rekonq 0.1alpha release. If you just know rekonq and are interested in new features and code, take a look at announce in our mailing list or in our site.

On the contrary, if you don’t know, rekonq is a lightweight browser for KDE, based on webkit.  This release starts a new era in rekonq development: as promised, I’m (trying to) copying code to kde svn (playground/network/rekonq). And from now on, there are (at least) three new developers helping me on and some others providing hints, support and translations.

The alpha tag is due to the string freeze (we are providing Italian, Russian, German and … (?) translations) and to our first serious bug fix period.

Development is moving to port rekonq to WebkitKDE (the bindings, NOT the kpart). In case you are interested, contact us on #rekonq channel on freenode or through our new mailing list.

Enjoy. more...

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Alejandro Wainzinger (xevix): Amarok: Quick Status Report on Refactoring, Git Rocks

System & Utilities Between the business of school &c. I've been at work making Media Device code smaller and easier to write, as promised. Here is a preview of the difference in the amount of code required before, and in my git branch after. Let's just look at the MediaDeviceCollectionFactory subclass for Ipods, which keeps track of Ipods connected and talks to Solid.


AMAROK_EXPORT_PLUGIN( IpodCollectionFactory )

: Amarok::CollectionFactory()
//nothing to do



// connect to the monitor

// connect( this, SIGNAL( ipodDetected( const MediaDeviceInfo & ) ),
// MediaDeviceMonitor::instance(), SIGNAL( deviceDetected( const MediaDeviceInfo & ) ) );

connect( MediaDeviceMonitor::instance(), SIGNAL( ipodReadyToConnect( const QString &, const QString & ) ),
SLOT( ipodDetected( const QString &, const QString & ) ) );

// HACK: emitting old signal to avoid refactoring applet yet
connect( this, SIGNAL( tellIpodDetected( const QString &, const QString & ) ),
MediaDeviceMonitor::instance(), SIGNAL( ipodDetected( const QString &, const QString & ) more...

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Dario Freddi (drf__): The future of PowerDevil (and of power management)

System & Utilities

Long time no see, again a post on PowerDevil.

PowerDevil has proven to be quite a solid software, and I’m both proud and happy about it: the 4.2->4.3 transition has happened almost with no maintainance (apart from a critical bugfix from Jacopo, thanks!). The proportion of bugs affecting it regard 20% up/downstream problems, 25% “please implement the feature x” and 15% “oh, the GUI sucks and looks confusing” (yeah, percentages are not accurate, I can tell)

The problem is that PowerDevil GUI does suck, big time, because it’s way too cluttered. However, I can’t add cool and nice features without cluttering it even more. Result, there has to be something wrong. The topic came back today by chance in a short conversation with Martin, and while I was eating, suddenly (and by chance, I was not even thinking about it) I got struck by an idea.

Let’s start knowing that Power Management is something that is very much linked to the hardware, and the average user should have a minor part in configuring/dealing with it.

Today, power management more...

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Chani Armitage (Chani): fooooood

System & Utilities

so I was going to blog about food again, wasn’t I?
last weekend I was at LFNW, so I didn’t cook. tomorrow I need to cook, but I still haven’t decided what I want.
but the week before my last food post, I made something yummy that I don’t want to forget about. roast veggies, baked tofu and miso gravy on spinach. :)

it was pretty simple, really. I sliced up and marinated a pack of firm tofu in soy sauce (and a tiny bit of hot sauce). I chopped up some potatoes, a yam, a couple of peppers, most of a bulb of garlic, and possibly a onion into bite-size pieces, coated them with oil, salt and pepper, and… I think I used half a pack of rosemary, too. then I put the tofu and veggies onto baking sheets, stuck them in the oven, and started on the miso gravy.

I used an online recipe for the gravy… iirc it was this one. I only used a cup and a bit of more...

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Friedrich Kossebau (frinring): Getting tooltipped how cute Qt is…

System & Utilities

I have seen others praising Qt. Thought they are just a little bit too euphoric. But then I never really had to code against the Win32 API or to use AWT, so perhaps I miss some experience in hell to recognize heaven.

And looking at Qt4 I especially miss to see brilliance if looking at the printing framework or the QDockWidget system, those are not really pleasing me and my needs. And connections of signals and slots not being checked at compile-time has always annoyed me.

But now and then I find solutions that are really making me happy:
Yesterday I wanted to add tooltip support to bookmarks in Okteta, so if hovering over a bookmark mark in the view the name of the bookmark (now editable) would be shown in a tooltip. After I had thought a while about how to achieve this, involving QTimer and mouse events, I was not too satisfied with my ideas and hoped this could be done easier. So I used a well known index service and was pointed to more...

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Kevin Krammer: April: an eventful month

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The past month had quite some cool things in store.

It started with the Akonadi developer sprint in Berlin, Germany, where we got quite some work done, especially regarding mails.

This was followed by the general ranking period for this year's Google Summer of Code proposals and we were delighted to see that the Akonadi related ones did exceptionally well.

Three of them are mentored by developers from the KDE PIM team: Akonadi Filtering Framework, Global Outbox for Akonadi and SyncML Agent for Akonadi.
I am proud to be a mentor again, for the fifth consecutive year, my second time for Akonadi/KDE PIM.

Two more Akonadi related proposals which got accepted are Bookmarks with Akonadi and Nepomuk and Conversation Logging Framework.

Later on that month our local Linux and FLOSS event, Grazer Linuxtage 2009 succeeded far beyond our (as in the organising team, which I am a part of ) expectations.

Konqi and Kevin talking with <a href= more...

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Harald Sitter (apachelogger): Checkinstall DEBs done the CMake way...

System & Utilities CMake can by default build binary packages in DEB, RPM, EXE... Using the all famous CPack (yeah right, you probably never heared of it ;-))

Making use of CPack is in most cases actually quite easy and just involves a bit of copy and paste.
Lets use rekonq as example:
First you'll need to get the source from kde-apps and extract it, then edit the CMakeLists.txt file in the main directory and add the following at the very end:
You can use this portion for about every application, though you might want to change the VERSION parts accordingly ;-)
Once you are done editing, just continue with the normal build process (i.e. mkdir build; cd build; cmake ..; make). When/If make finishes just run cpack or make package. If everything went well this should place rekonq-0.0.1~alpha1-Linux.deb in the build directory, waiting for you to install it.

Disclaimer: This package does, just like a checkinstall created one, not list dependencies, nor does it meet all requirements of a sensible debian package and thus should not be distributed. So, more...

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Editor's Note: Taking FOSS to the Next Level

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Form follows function. First make it work, make it efficient and reliable, and then make it pretty.

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Thomas Capricelli (orzel): how to handle translations for an application that is both qt-only and KDE ?

System & Utilities

I have the problem for my application Opale, which used to be KDE only and is now both Qt and KDE.

The first thing I’ve done is to switch from *.po (gettext) to *.ts (qt), because Qt can not (or can it ?  tell me how !) handle gettext files. Then, I needed to use qApp->addTranslator() to load the Qt translation files (the *.qm generated from *.ts). So far it’s easy.

But then I had a problem : if I start the application, the strings from KDE are not translated. Especially the menu entries created using KStandardAction::*. The reason is that the application does not load any *.mo, and this is what triggers the loading of KDE messages.

The solution is to give “kdeinit4″ as second argument to KAboutData::KAboutData() instead of 0 as is usually done. Instead of trying to load your application translation, fail, and finally not load anything at all, it will load the ones for KDE directly. And you can still use more...

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Vladimir Kuznetsov: Translating XML data files: a solution

System & Utilities Some time ago I was asked about translations of example files that are bundled with Step. These files are in XML-based format specific to Step and they do contain user-visible strings (notes, user-visible object names). The use of runtime translation mechanisms (for example as described here) was not an option because the files should be user-editable.

So the solution was to make a copies of the files for each language and install them to $DATADIR/step/$LANG/examples. Despite being simple, this solution has serious problems:
  • as there are no .pot files, translators simply don't know that the files are translatable
  • translators should deal with strange unfamiliar format, they can't use convenient tools like Lokalize
  • keeping translations in sync is really hard
A better solution should obviously be based on .po files. That is:
  1. Extract strings from XML file to .po file (in script)
  2. The .po files will be handled by translators as usual
  3. Merge strings back to XML files when building l10n module
The idea is not new and several tools implementing it already exist (namely extractrc script from more...

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Thiago Macieira (thiago): Nokia Developer Summit 2009

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As the Nokia Developer Summit 2009 wound down to a close, I spent a few minutes pondering what effect it had had.

For those who didn’t know, the Summit was held on April 28 and 29 in Monaco and I had a chance to participate and present. Don’t worry, when I arrived on Monday, it was rainy and cold, so I had to spend time in my hotel room working :-) And I did not lose any money in the casinos — nor won. I did have the time to take some pictures of where the Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in a few weeks’ time.

The subtitle of the summit was “Creating tomorrow’s technology” and the whole subject was “developers matter”. And I, as a developer (if only at heart if not on paper), feel proud that the company is putting that emphasis. It is no surprise to anyone who has followed the mobile market that applications are the driving force. No matter how good and sexy a company makes more...

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Dario Freddi (drf__): Quick notice for fellows at Politecnico di Milano

System & Utilities

Hello people,

if any of you happen to study at Politecnico di Milano, use Wicd, and being frustrated by opening 6 shells to open up a f*****g connection, I might have something for you:

It’s a Qt+Polkit-qt generator of templates for Wicd to connect from Wicd to the “internet” network just by entering a password, as if you were using a standard WPA connection. Try it out, if you like, and report any issues to me.

Beware: italian language only, even though I’d appreciate if somebody at least wrapped up all the strings and provided an english translation. Patches more than welcome.


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Aaron Seigo (aseigo): trailheads

System & Utilities The pre-4.0 development of KDE was helped along by everyone knowing what we were striving towards: we had the Pillars, these new big chunks of technology we were busy slotting into place so that we could build ever better applications on top of; we had a renewed focus on clean, usable interfaces; we were also aiming for beauty and greater platform independence.

The individual projects around the KDE universe all swirled around these shared goals. Each headed in their own direction that reflected their own interpretation of these goals as weighted by their development team in terms of importance. Not remarkably, while there was variance in execution, there was a remarkable harmony in the overall approach and results.

That didn't happen by accident: it happened because we were communicating with each other about our goals and in-the-moment situations. I was part of only a fraction of these conversations, but I remember the huge number of informal meet ups both online and in person (part of my "coffee shop meetings around the world" tour, or at least that's more...

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Mandriva 2009 Spring Released

System & Utilities

Posted by timothy on Wednesday April 29, @05:00PM from the great-distro-but-mandrake-was-a-cooler-name dept.

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Albert Astals Cid (TSDgeos): i18n as second citizen in KDE

System & Utilities Sadly it seems that i18n (short for internationalization), that is, making your program available for non english speakers is a second citizen between KDE developers.

Programmers are treating bugs reported against i18n as non critical when effectively they are making their program unavailable for lots of users.

You may think this is a personal perception, but let's mention some examples:
* Plasma: Category names ("Application Launchers", "Astronomy") in the drop down box of the "Add Widget" dialog are untranslatable. Plasma developers excuse themselves saying i18n is not their best aptitude
* Places names are set after first use and don't follow the user locale
* KMail view names have a similar problem, can't find the bug number right now
* Places names for devices are not translatable
* Amarok: Items in the playlist layout editor are not translated
* Amarok: Default layout names are not translatable

These are just some examples, don't feel finger pointed if your app is here. more...

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Christoph Feck (kdepepo): ARGB Window Themes in deKorator

System & Utilities

The KWin team works hard to add support for ARGB window decorations to KDE 4. While it is not yet clear if the feature will make it into KDE 4.3 as planned, deKorator in trunk is now prepared to support these.

ARGB means RGB with alpha transparency. This color model makes it possible to have smooth rounding at the edges, while also allowing for different transparency levels in different parts of the decorations. For example, you could have the background of the window title be transparent, while the text and the buttons are opaque.

Only two lines needed to be added to deKorator to support ARGB. It had already been possible to use transparent PNG files, but the background was always filled with the Window color, instead of leaving it transparent. In a future version of deKorator the amount of transparency will be configurable to support the old method.

If you want to try ARGB decorations, you need:

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