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Weasel GNU/Linux 2.0.1

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About: Weasel GNU/Linux is a KDE4-centric desktop distribution, using KDE 4.1.0. It is based on rPath Linux 2, which is based on RHEL 5.x. The core distribution is meant to be fairly stable, and the GUI is ...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: KDE News | Дата: 06.11.2008 | Прочитано: 627 | Комментарии

Casey Link (ramblurr): Amarok

System & Utilities

Earlier this summer I had noticed that National Public Radio (NPR) launched a brand new open API based on open source technologies. My initial reaction was at best skeptical. I assumed any sort of “API” released by a major media outlet would turn out to be nothing more than a few customizable RSS feeds. If the company was particularly progressive the RSS feeds might include full articles, rather than the neutered one-sentence teasers you find in all the big name’s syndicated content.

I couldn’t have been more mistaken. NPR’s API is no small potatoes. Just take a look at the comprehensive Query Generator to get an inkling of the types of complex queries you can create. Looking at the Query Generator also sheds some light on the content you can retrieve using the API. The ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 06.11.2008 | Прочитано: 700 | Комментарии

Martin Meredith: Data-Scraping Evilness

System & Utilities

So, I’m sure most of you are aware of Facebook - if not, where have you been?

Anyway, I run a site that promotes local events and gigs for a specific group of people, and a lot of the work for the site is in keeping it up to date - going and grabbing the info from various different websites, and plonking it into the format that’s used by the website. (which could consume hours)

This morning I noticed that I kept getting invites to events on Facebook that I should be adding to the website. I also noticed that the emails I got from Facebook were all in the same form.

Regex anyone?

preg_match(“/^Event: (.*)n.*”(.*)”nWhat: (.*)nHost: (.*)nStart Time: (.*)nEnd Time: (.*)nWhere: (.*)nnTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:n(.*)n/m”, $email, $matches);

So, yup, that’s what I did - I poked it all through a script, registered a new Facebook account, and now - through the magic of Regular Expressions, when someone invites the special user to an event, it automatically gets added to the site (through a bit of PHP + procmail magic! (with sanity checks!))

It was certainly interesting to ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 06.11.2008 | Прочитано: 689 | Комментарии

Fabrizio Montesi (fmontesi): Today, in JOLIE...

System & Utilities Build system
JOLIE's SVN contains now an ant-powered build system that compiles all the protocols, extensions and libraries and then is able to install the resulting runtime environment in your computer in a painless way. Painless like "just type sudo ant install in trunk/ and you're done".
The system is still beta-ish, but it's been tested by some people other than me. So now installing JOLIE from SVN is just:

svn co https://jolie.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/jolie/trunk
sudo ant install

Warning: I still have to implement ant uninstall, so you'll have to delete /opt/jolie and /usr/local/bin/jolie by hand for uninstalling it.

If you want to control the install directories, just edit the buildconfig/config.properties file, it's short and easy. Suggestions and reports on the build system topic are very welcome, so please tell me of anything comes up to your mind / bugs you find.

You'll notice a couple jars in the SVN, they're there because you probably don't have them in your system and they're usually not packaged by distros (e.g. Google Web Toolkit servlet jar, relaxngDatatype). It's Java, so ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 06.11.2008 | Прочитано: 814 | Комментарии

Fred Emmott (fred87): JsonQt now has QVariantMap -> JSON

System & Utilities

As of a few days ago, JsonQt can translate both ways between QVariantMap objects and JSON strings (see the tests for examples). Someone sent a link to QJson my way; after a quick look, here's a couple of advantages and disadvantages of each:

  • JsonQt doesn't depend on bison, Boost::Spirit, or anything except a compiler, cmake, and Qt - easier for windows builds, and means I don't have to worry about syntax changes between one version of $parserGenerator to the next.
  • QJson is written using bison - if bison's your thing, this can make it easier to fix errors.
  • QJson can handle the top-level JSON "thing" being an array, not an object - JsonQt requires it to be an object.
  • JsonQt provides both translation both ways

The last point I think is due to me misreading json.org - though it's easy enough to change (make it so that the main public functions take/return QVariants instead of QVariantMaps, and if trying to parse as an object fails, try to parse as an array).

...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 05.11.2008 | Прочитано: 671 | Комментарии

Adriaan de Groot (adridg): Plasma everywhere

System & Utilities When I'm working on, or re-working, the KDE4 ports for (Open)Solaris, that leaves me without a desktop on the machine doing the re-compilation. While we as a team have a nice crunchy amd64 box and a good SPARC builder as well (since monday!) some things end up happening locally anyway. When I say "without a desktop" I mean "without a KDE4 desktop", since there's always CDE or twm or GNOME. It's like dwarf bread, that way.

At the end of the evening yesterday I had KDEbase-workspace compiled and was launching into the next four KDE SVN modules. For a lark I decided to run Plasma inside my GNOME session. On CDE this gets me a managed window but I was astounded that Plasma behaved flawlessly within a GNOME session. It also made my session 27% prettier (based on exit polls) in one go. So you can have a folderview in GNOME just fine; I think if I hack away the toolbox and introduce a kind of flat wallpaper it could fit right in.

But ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 05.11.2008 | Прочитано: 743 | Комментарии

Alejandro Wainzinger (xevix): Delete Multiple Files

System & Utilities Again, school keeps me busy and away from solving issues, but here's the most recent thing I've been working on.

(Yes, the dialog isn't at all final, I just put it there as a placeholder)

A few collections like the MP3Tunes service, and the local collection, are actually able to delete tracks already! They just... have no GUI to make it all happen. Devices like iPods and MTP devices can delete too, but only one track at a time (far from optimal). So I'm working to bring this ability to all collections alike. Actually getting this working isn't too hard, but making the code nice, understandable and maintainable is a bit of a trick. Luckily I've got a pretty good idea now of how I want ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 05.11.2008 | Прочитано: 628 | Комментарии

David Nolden: KDevelop4: Now with refactoring!

System & Utilities

When I started hacking on KDevelop4 one and a half years ago the goal was clear: Use the duchain architecture, together with my previous code-completion programming experience, to build excellent C++ code-completion in KDevelop4. At that point I thought the duchain was a good representation of the C++ code, and only the user-interface part was missing. I didn’t know that it was still far away from that.

So after some time, it showed that all these goals were very ambitious:
1. Code-completion
2. Intelligent code-highlighting
3. Make it efficient, make the editor usable while the parser is working(A hard task in its own)
4. Simple local refactoring
5. Real Project-wide quickopen
6. Project-wide refactoring

The problem is that the duchain is a very detailed and expensive to compute code-representation. Just a year ago, if you would have let KDevelop4 parse the whole KDevplatform project into duchain, you would have had at a memory-usage of about 3 GB, and it would have taken a sheer endless amount of time. During this year’s summer ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 05.11.2008 | Прочитано: 791 | Комментарии

Jakob Petsovits (jpetso): AutoBrace update

System & Utilities

Yeah, you might have read about the AutoBrace KTextEditor plugin which I introduced two weeks ago on this blog. You might even have tried it out, but it didn't work for you because it crashed under certain circumstances, it messed up pasted text, it broke undo functionality and it didn't do additional indentation although that would have been useful. You know who to blame for all of these shortcomings! (Right, that would be me.)

But fear not! I found ways to fix all of these, and it now works brilliantly and without a glitch. Unlike last time, I'm now even using the plugin myself. And on top of that, I even created an Oxygen icon (yay!) to display in the "Extensions" listing:

Now *this* makes you want to use Kate (or KDevelop) with AutoBrace just sooo badly, doesn't it? Heh, I knew it.


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 05.11.2008 | Прочитано: 777 | Комментарии

Paul Adams: KDE 4, Small Devices and LTSP

System & Utilities

For reasons that will become clear later I am currently interested in KDE 4 performance under LTSP and KDE 4 on small form factor devices.

I will blog about this work later and detail all the various things that I come up against. But, for now, I would like to simply draw attention to how many of the issues I have encountered appear to have started in the same manner... An (incorrect) implicit assumption on behalf of the developers involved.....


Konqueror's Configuration Dialog in 4.1.2

This is a screenshot of Konqueror's configuration dialog in KDE 4.1.2 running on my Acer Aspire One. This awesome little machine has a 9 inch screen running at 1024x600. As you can see, some of the configuration options are off the bottom of the screen where I cannot get at them.

Later I will blog properly about my thoughts on KDE 4 on small devices (Asus EeePC, Acer Aspire One and Dell Inspiron Mini 9) and separately on KDE 4 over LTSP. The good news ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 05.11.2008 | Прочитано: 735 | Комментарии

Wade Olson: KDE Forum off to a quick start

System & Utilities

On October 12, just a little over three weeks ago, the new KDE forum at http://forum.kde.org was announced.  Is it being used?  From the board statistics:

Our members have made a total of 3,464 posts in 548 threads.
We currently have 2,112 members registered & 480 active users.

Not that I have any other forum launches to compare to, but that seems pretty robust to me.  Thanks again to the moderators, developers who got the board running and to MyBB - looks like a need being filled to me.  And hopefully this is just the beginning.

      

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.11.2008 | Прочитано: 667 | Комментарии

Bart Cerneels (Stecchino): Amarok podcasting 2.0 and post-2.0 plans

System & Utilities Hey fellow developers and users,

In Juli 2007, at Akademy Glasgow I started implementing podcasting support in Amarok2. Since then I was sidetracked a little, as you may be aware.

The little time I did manage to spend designing and implementing was short and far from focused. So a lot of features are not finished or just plainly missing. The framework I created underneath suffered from the same lack of focus and is need of a good review. I'm aware there is probably some overdesign and some parts might be to complex. If you feel you can help in that area I suggest you take a look at extragear/multimedia/amarok/src/podcasts . Send questions, comments and suggestions to amarok-devel@kde.org .

The 3rd beta from Amarok 2.0 is already out the door and podcasting support is still not finished. In order to make it I had to reduce some goals I had set for myself during those rainy summer days in Scotland. Here's the plan:

Amarok 2.0:
The focus ATM is on finishing ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.11.2008 | Прочитано: 586 | Комментарии

New Qt Creator IDE From Qt Software

System & Utilities

"The initial release is binary only, and under the terms of the Qt preview license, but the final release will be released with source code under a GPL compatible license.


  
Подробнее | Разместил: KDE News | Дата: 04.11.2008 | Прочитано: 603 | Комментарии

Ariya Hidayat: world fastest optical polarization tracking

System & Utilities

Once a while, somebody asked me about my dissertation. Since I am working in software industry these days, it is a bit awkward to mention my previous physics and electrical-engineering related work. Now the job becomes easier. I can point those curious guys to the following paper:

High-speed endless optical polarization stabilization using calibrated waveplates
and field-programmable gate array-based digital controller

This 8-page text is basically a condensed version of my dissertation, the 2.5 MB PDF file is available for download (free). It would appear in the upcoming Vol. 16, Issue 23 of Optics Express, one of the leading peer-reviewed journal in optics (impact factor last year: 3.709).

In a nutshell, the paper consists of two parts: optical retarder characterization and implementation of FPGA-based controller. The first part deals with modelling and estimation of characteristics of off-the-shelf lithium-niobate polarization transformers, then the characterization result is used to calibrate the respective retarders. It uses a new approach based ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.11.2008 | Прочитано: 745 | Комментарии

William Viana (Liw-): Still alive and some updates.

System & Utilities

It was some time since my last post. GSoC ended and then I had to take care of my real life for a while. But now I’m trying to get back and help Amarok developers by solving some easy bugs and polishing a little bit the context view.

Today I come with some nice stuff I’ve done recently. The first one is a nice user feedback by highlighting the context pages under the mouse in zoom out mode. Easy to implement and nice to have.

Context highlighting

Context highlighting

The other nice stuff is the current track showing the last tracks played when in stopped state.

Last played tracks

Last played tracks

It’s a little update but helps me to get back to work.

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Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.11.2008 | Прочитано: 588 | Комментарии

Lydia Pintscher (Nightrose): Ataksak

System & Utilities

Amarok 2.0 beta 3 has been released. Check out the release announcement, digg it and get it while it’s hot! Lot’s of nice improvements, bugfixes and new stuff. This is going to be the last beta release if no major problems arise. Amarok 2.0 final is getting nearer every day o/


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.11.2008 | Прочитано: 692 | Комментарии

Martin Meredith: Starting from scratch: RAID + LVM

System & Utilities

Ok, so working with RAID and LVM is… well… not easy.

I have three hard drives in this machine, all of different sizes, (160Gb, 200Gb, and 300Gb), and I’m gong to be setting these up so that I have a  RAID-5 made up of three 160Gb Partitions, (with LVM on top) a RAID-1 Partition of 40Gb (no LVM) and the rest split between boot, swap, and misc.

However, the ubuntu alternative CD doesn’t make this easy, and, one of my favourite annoyances is that once you configure RAID, you cannot make changes to the partitions on the disk where you have RAID partitions :( (hidden away in the middle of a block of text that people aren’t likely to read… I only spotted it on the 4th/5th attempt)

Getting RAID setup is fine, getting RAID+LVM has taken me… 6 attempts so far, and I think that I’ve managed to say the right prayers to the right gods this time… or maybe not…

“The kernel was unable to re-read the partititon table on /dev/md1 (Invalid argument). This ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 03.11.2008 | Прочитано: 620 | Комментарии

Ariya Hidayat: Android-like parallax sliding

System & Utilities

At Redwood City Qt Developer Days (also where, BTW, a bunch of KDE geeks made a funny group photo), I started a tradition: throw an idea for a demo and I will implement it for the talk. The challenge for my graphics talk was the subtle effect in the Android's home screen. We saw T-Mobile G1 the night before and recalled again the good old games in the eighties. So the next morning I waked up earlier both to rehearse my talk (again) and to implement this parallax sliding. It turned out to be almost trivial to implement (200 lines of code) so just check it out!

For the lazy, do enjoy the screen capture below, or see also the screencast on YouTube or blip.tv or just grab the Ogg Theora video (4.2 MB).

Happy parallaxing!


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 03.11.2008 | Прочитано: 693 | Комментарии

Kushal Das: How to change exposure of raw photos in showfoto ?

System & Utilities

Can we change exposure of raw photos in showfoto ? Ufraw gimp-plugins allows me to do this very easily.I.t is called “Exposure compensation in EV” there

In one day of usage this is something I am really missing.


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 03.11.2008 | Прочитано: 631 | Комментарии

Ariya Hidayat: Android meets KDE guys

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Boudewijn Rempt (boud): Bah, Regressions...

System & Utilities

A fairly routine update -- I admit I did a zypper dup and pressed "Yes" before noticing I was also getting a new kernel today. Well, that new kernel has broken resuming after suspension. My trusty thinkpad could suspend and resume perfectly until now, but no more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 03.11.2008 | Прочитано: 762 | Комментарии

Anne-Marie Mahfouf (annma): KHangMan (KDE 4) broken in Intrepid

System & Utilities The title says it all. For those who have a crash in KHangMan in Intrepid or whatever *buntu flavours or Debian experimental, this is an error in packaging that lead to this crash. To fixe it, you need apparently need to install Kanagram + data as far as I could gather.
I am pretty upset about it as I already spent hours talking to various devels about it weeks ago. Now I get bug reports from users, that's why I am blogging about it.
In the KDE svn repository, the data is present under khangman/ and I don't see why it was not bundled with KHangMan as it was with KDE 3. How much can distros safely cut our code into pieces? I even added a few years ago some README.packagers files in various kdeedu source folders to ensure that we communicate well.
This is only for KHangMan from KDE 4, KDE 3 is fine!

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 02.11.2008 | Прочитано: 794 | Комментарии

Peter Zhou (peterzl): The Internet in China, and its Impact on OSS

System & Utilities

First of all, I am giving some figures which the Chinese government wants the world to know:

1. China has the most internet users (253 million) (hey, there are 1.3 billion people in China)
2. China has the most broadband users (214 million)
3. China has the most cc-TLD domain names (.cn) (12.18 million)
4. China’s internet penetration rate continues to grow (19% now)
8. Not only Beijing and Shanghai, but China has Tier II & Tier III cities (93 cities have more than 1 million population)

They are convincing, aren’t they? These facts make the Chinese IT market really attractive to everyone. But before entering the market, there are something more you need to understand, and probably you won’t.

1. Chinese loves QQ and forums
77.2% of the Chinese people uses instant messengers(40% in the States), and QQ is leading the market with 77% market share. QQ has 342 million active user accounts, 42 million peak concurrent users, 26.1 million paying internet subscribers and 13.4 million paying mobile subscribers.

63% of the Chinese uses ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 02.11.2008 | Прочитано: 842 | Комментарии

1.0 Scale of 1 to 10Read: 17Propped: 4Comments: 0Click Prop It to Raise Score

System & Utilities

Posted By schestowitz 21 hours, 25 minutes ago in Science & Technology 1.0 Scale of 1 to 10 Read: 17 Propped: 4 Prop it The Greenhouse project began as a research project within Trolltech.


  
Подробнее | Разместил: KDE News | Дата: 02.11.2008 | Прочитано: 792 | Комментарии

Ariya Hidayat: I chose this mortal life

System & Utilities

I wonder if this juice is available somewhere in Oslo, or even Norway, or even Scandinavia, or even mainland Europe...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 02.11.2008 | Прочитано: 711 | Комментарии

Aurelien Gateau: KIPI Code Sprint, day 1

System & Utilities

So today (actually, yesterday) was the first day of the KIPI Code Sprint meeting, which takes place in the nice town of Genoa, in Italy.

Attendees are:

  • Andrea Diamantini
  • Angelo Naselli
  • Colin Guthrie
  • Gilles Caulier
  • Kare Sars
  • Marcel Wiesweg
  • Stefano Canepa
  • Valerio Fuoglio
  • Vardhman Jain
  • and me

After circling around Genoa airport for 30 minuts, my plane finally managed to land. Stefano picked me up. We then went to pick up Vardhman and Marcel at the train station.

Circling in the plane was not fun, but I consider myself lucky:

  • Kare and Colin arrived yesterday, except their flight were deported to Milan: the airport was closed because the sea brought fish on the track!
  • Gilles had to go through a 3h hour delay thanks to french railways.

Shortly after arriving, we started to setup an Icecream network to get faster compilation. It’s usually quite easy, but this time network decided to get in the way. Icecream actually makes for quite a good network tester! We wouldn’t
have got it running without Stefano who ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 02.11.2008 | Прочитано: 681 | Комментарии

Lukas Appelhans: Updates

System & Utilities

Hey everyone!

It’s actually a lot of time since I wrote my last blog-entry here. :( Well what have I done?

I worked on a lot of things, which are mostly not ready yet…

One of the Projects is Shaman2, this is the current state of it:

Not much changed, but we have done a lot of things in the core-library… current I’m working on scripting support ;)

KGet has been enhanced by some minor features, including Enabling/Disabling of Plugins and Hiding/Showing of columns in the TransfersView…

Another Project I am working on is Raptor. Alessandro has blogged about that already, but snce we are all kind of busy with other Projects and getting some things into KDE 4.2, Raptor is idling for some time now already… :(

So far…

Lukas

       ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 01.11.2008 | Прочитано: 710 | Комментарии

Interview with TrollTech's Harri Porten

System & Utilities

The Norway-based company Trolltech is well known for their C++ and fully OOP Toolkit, Qt .


  
Подробнее | Разместил: KDE News | Дата: 01.11.2008 | Прочитано: 511 | Комментарии

Alex Merry: Open Hardware

System & Utilities

Being a hacker, the part of free and open-source software that really appeals to me is being able to tinker.  This is why I use Arch Linux rather than its more polished compatriots.  But I’m also interested in the way volunteer communities largely composed of hoobyists and enthusiasts can be leveraged to solve problems that are normally very expensive.

Even after only working in the software industry for a couple of months, I can already see how writing software is an expensive business for companies like Microsoft.  Developers’ time is not cheap, and it takes a lot of time to produce a product of any complexity.

But you only have to look at Linux or KDE or GNU to see the levels of complexity that can be reached by people working essentially for free.  Sure, there are people being paid to work on all of those areas, but even then the fruits of their labour are being given away for free.  They can’t even do what ...read more...


  
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Tom Albers: Akonadi meeting: day 1

System & Utilities

Today I left from Culemborg (near Utrecht), to pickup Igor from Schiphol (Amsterdam) and pickup Bertjan in Breukelen (near Utrecht) to finally go to Essen in Germany to the LinuxHotel. We were the last to arrive there. The hacking location is great, just a big room with a lot of tables and a kitchen filled with free drinks and coffee. The big downside of this location is that you have to walk like 20 meters to get to the other building where the rooms are ;-)

The rooms are more than 5 stars rooms in my eyes. There is this plasma screen which is approximately twice the size of my own television, with a linux computer attached and also a picture frame with 'guten nacht' on it right now. Other highlights are nicely working showers, tux soap and a real tux sitting in the lazy chair. It is a shame we spend so little time in there.

This year, I've been to all relevant KDE meetings which were within reasonable car-reach, and I've noticed that I became a bit lazy ...read more...


  
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