Eeek! It's Thursday already! And this week has been so busy with work-work that last week, the Sprint week already seems like ages ago! Of course, I had been writing an article for dot.kde.org since Sunday, but still! Anyway, here it is. First some statistics: we had more than 160 commits in week 9. We went down to about seventy bugs, even when new bugs were being reported quite briskly.
This was a huge task writing it all down; I am afraid it's an equally huge read! And don't forget to read Luk
I got few proposed designs after I announced X2 project back then. It is tough to pick the winner cause they are all very good. In the end, the one from Elvis Stansvik becomes the new official logo of X2:
Thank you to everyone who has sent me the logo design!
And while you're at it, how about completing the loop by using our kde-obs-generator to package your plasmoids and make them available on kde-look.org, so others can start to download and improve them directly in Plasmate? Free Software virtuous circle FTW!
I just tagged and uploaded a tarball for Plasmate 0.1-alpha2. Plasmate is our Plasma add-on creation tool and we're aiming for a summer release. Improvements since the alpha 1 release last month include not only a large number of bug fixes (thanks to everyone who tried it out and reported issues they came across!) but also some great new features, of which probably the most cool one is the online integration which allows you to grab a Plasmoid via GetHotNewStuff and instantly start working on it as well as upload your own creations using your opendestop.org account.
OpenLinux comes with a number of productivity packages including Corel's WordPerfect 8 and StarOffice v.5, along with the typical Linux utilities and applications which are all incorporated into the menuing system of the K Desktop Environment.
KDE will be moving to git, Qt has moved to git, recently also CMake moved to git.
So, it's time to start using git.
...until now it really looks so complicated, compared to cvs/svn. In cvs/svn it was easy: local working copy, remote central repository, just one step away. With git this is about three steps away: local working copy, stash, local repository, remote repository. You always have to be aware of where things are.
Ok, one has to get used to that "git add" is something different from "svn add", and "git commit" is different from "svn commit". After a "git merge --rebase" (which seems to be the same as "svn up"), git told me that some files "need updates". So I just tried "git update". This would have been too easy: git: 'update' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.
Did you mean this? update-ref $
Ah, right, I think "git checkout" is the same as "svn update".
The Register is reporting that some company in Mountain View includes cycling directions in some areas of the world. Old hat, I’d say, as the Dutch national cyclists union has had a really good bike trip mapper for quite some time already which makes use of the cycling infrastructure we have here. Too bad the editor to add data to the system seems to be a Flash app.
Speaking of apps, there’s an app for cycle route planning, which prompted the MOMC to say “I want an iPhone!”. To which my knee-jerk Free Software response was “No, you don’t. Really, you don’t.” But how do I make it a little less knee-jerk and a little more reasoned? Or how do we get pseudo-community organizations like the cyclists union to produce apps in a more open fashion so that they’re easier to port to all the platforms we use? I’d like that cycle mapping app on my n810, for instance.
Kind of strange, I’ve picked up two Russian-language comments that do not immediately seem to be spam on my previous post. I find my Russian reading skill hasn’t deteriorated completely, but I’m left wondering what разместить means. Which reminds me of the advances made in machine translation, so of course I can look it up. At the current state of technology, wouldn’t “multi-lingual chat” be a viable service? Set up an IRC server and run everything through a translate API so that each person connected reads and writes in their own tongue.
Phoronix tested md5sums of ISO images of distributions. The winner was openSUSE, scoring e29311f6f1bf1af907f9ef9f44b8328b, which gave it a noticeable lead before second Slackware (b026324c6904b2a9cb4b88d6d61c81d1), which is quite closely followed by Fedora (9ffbf43126e33be52cd2bf7e01d627f9) and Debian (9ae0ea9e3c9c6e1b9b6252c8395efdc1). The difference between these two distributions, as you can see, is only very small. Ubuntu completely flopped in this test, achieving only 1dcca23355272056f04fe8bf20edfce0, which is surprising, especially considering that its previous release scored a very nice c30f7472766d25af1dc80b3ffc9a58c7. (source).
Ok, that's just a joke, but the sad part is, as somebody pointed out, that it wouldn't be really that surprising if Phoronix actually did something like that. And, probably even more sad, there would be people who'd really take it as if it meant something and started adding comments about how last openSUSE is pretty good, last Ubuntu is so disappointing, and Fedora and Debian are not really that different.
So take this from somebody who has already done a lot of performance work: Benchmarks, on their own, mean almost nothing if you don't understand them. Especially ...read more...
Have you ever faced the need to rename a file and do a search and replace to adjust all places where it is referenced? For example if you are a C++ developer you may want to rename foo.h and foo.cpp to bar.h and bar.cpp, but you must also replace all lines which says #include "foo.h" with #include "bar.h" in other source files… and don’t forget updating the build system files as well!
This is not really difficult, but it’s tedious and error-prone.
Enter msrp, Meta Search and Replace Program, a handy command-line utility designed to do search and replaces in both file contents and file names. In my example, renaming foo.h and foo.cpp to bar.h and bar.cpp can be done with this single command:
msrp foo. bar. src/dir/
Note that I escaped the ‘.’ in “foo.”, because msrp supports Perl 5 regular expressions.
What makes msrp even more useful is that it is VCS aware: If I replace the previous command with:
After a few years of silence around MCNLive, here we are again with a brand new MCNLive release, based on Mandriva 2010.0. It won't have all the nice features you might remember from MCNLive, but the most important things are there.
So, it's been a pretty crappy year so far hardware wise. My Vaio's headphone jack and 'a' key are broken, so it's been in for repair (and Sony, you're taking an awfully long time to repair relatively minor damage. It's been in since the 22nd of Febuary now...), and as of this weekend we just had, one of the hard drives in my desktop RAID died. All this is kind of inconveniencing my development efforts, which is annoying, but I'll survive.
I'm going to be buying another two to replace both of them, of course, as I don't want to put all my trust in the remaining drive not falling over.
On the subject of hardware, anyone got any recommendations laptopwise? I'm probably going to be replacing this Vaio soon, as it's just over a year old now and keeping it much longer will lead to depreciation - not a good thing.
I'm after a fair bit of power, seeing as I like compiling things like Qt every once in a while (not to mention KDE), and ...read more...
This weekend, I went with bokunenjin to the 100.tea.bowls exhibit hosted by The Art League which lives in Old Town Alexandria’s (VA) Torpedo Factory. The quality of tea bowl styles, purposes, and quality varied, but we were both impressed with some of the available pieces. Most of them were also very affordable! There were several I would have loved to purchase and bring home with me, but I settled on one particular piece. This bowl was done by artist Jennifer Dinkelmeyer.
Although the piece was unnamed, I will call it Koi Pond. The colors and bumps around the outside of the bowl remind me of koi gliding under the water and occasionally breaking the surface in search of food. The black base color of the outside and inside of the bowl reminds me of cold, dark, and muddy water. Perhaps this bowl could be a metaphor for that first walk after winter through the garden to see and feed the koi.
Hello dear KDE community. It's pretty much you do not hear from me. I finally finished my exams and now I'm working at my thesis project. You'll hear about it as soon as I graduate since I'd like it to be useful to us. But I'll talk about it later on, in a dedicated post.
The "call for devs" I'd like to talk about is about two projects. The first one is about the Media Center project for the Plasma Shell. Unfortunately I couldn't manage to write code anymore for it and it is still there hanging on svn. I placed a README file in order to clarify what the current status of the project is. Nice features got implemented but many need to be tested and written still. That's why we have two GSoC ideas (and other in my mind might probably be added to the list) that should interest you (or some of you :).
Being an Arch Linux user, I know how helpful a good wiki can be. Userbase, however, has never felt like the wiki for KDE software users to me. Don’t get me wrong – I very much appreciate the work of the Userbase contributors – but being part of both communities, I see a clear difference in how both wikis are used.
In the Arch community, it’s common praxis to check the wiki before asking a question. Many users also contribute to the ArchWiki by adding content, translating pages and whatnot.
The number of Userbase contributors are growing, but getting on the top list is still very easy – a few edits will do. The wiki is still unknown to a large part of the user base; it doesn’t feel like the natural place to seek and add information about KDE.
Now I’m not going to just sit here and complain. It’s time to do something about this, and I’ve decided to put some time and effort into ...read more...
Yeah, finally, this marks the end of a rather long line of beta’s. The first one is more than a year old! But it also means we’re finally getting closer to a 4.0 release. Now its time to go through the open bugreports for KDevelop and KDevPlatform.
Packages are available as usual on the KDE mirrors. Make sure to get the latest one as I had to do a silent update on sunday evening (forgot to increase the version numbers, really sorry), the md5sums are: 4b0b9bb343da46ead3ae9632a0bd9ce9 kdevelop-3.9.99.tar.bz2 180ee3573bd3d5ba805acc17d44fcbab kdevplatform-0.9.99.tar.bz2
/me loves constructive criticism and nice ideas. I think I have several times guided some development through my blog in order to try to accomplish the maximum number of people ideas and suggestions.
This time is not an exception. Eike put onto the table something I was already aware, and something I wanted to fix, so his comment just pushed me what needed.
However I feel the need to explain why I won’t make headers clickable as before (unless you have a very good reason that will convince me .
1. On the rewriting of KCategorizedView now the “header” is “everything”. Have a look at System Settings. You will notice the “header” is covering the whole area of elements in that block. In case we have such a “category drawer” (as it is called in the code itself), how can we “draw” it to say “hey you are going to select the whole group”. Imagine you could select several items in System Settings (you shouldn’t, despite in 4.4 SC it is possible), how could you ...read more...
On Feburary 18th, Tehran Linux Users Group gathered in Cafe Prague (a nice cafe in Tehran) to celebrate KDE SC 4.4's release.
We had so little time to arrange everything and there were shortcomings, but it wasnt bad after all.
We gave a piece of [KDE] cake to everyone present at cafe, with a paper describing what FOSS is. Too bad we hadnt time to burn live discs so they can really try it immediately.
Also, at the end, we created a very little KDE domino. Not that we are good at it or something, it was just fun. It was our first time and it didnt collapse as beautiful as what we saw on TV. Maybe a bigger and better one next time ;)
I would thank Behnam, for helping me out with all stuff and Abbas, who was my partner on domino project ;)
I recently realised that much of the code I find interesting is about interoperability. That is, I'm interested in making sure we can get at data in a range of formats. Work on libtiff, poppler, okular generators and openchange are all examples of that. I also like Qt as a very nice cross-platform API. The convergence of those interests is having Qt-style libraries and tools that can get access to data, especially data in widely used proprietary formats (e.g. those produced by Microsoft products).
Since Google Summer of Code is coming up again very soon Sven, Phil and I will be doing a short info session at the University of Karlsruhe on Thursday at 4pm in room HS -101 in building 50.34 (Infobau). We’ll be giving a short intro to GSoC and tell a bit about how GSoC works in KDE and Debian and of course answer lots of questions. If you’re planning to apply this year you should definitely show up Please drop me a short email if you want to attend at lydia at kde org.
If you’re not in Karlsruhe or anywhere near there are info sessions in other cities around the world listed in the GSoC calendar.
hi guys , im Roozbeh Shafiee (ROSHA) and one of chakra project developers , finally today with helping Jos Poortvliet my blog has been added to planet kde , after this you can find my graphic stuffs and also topics about gnu/linux , kde and archlinux in this blog
If you’re reading this via Google Buzz then this post was brought to you by Wordpress, Identi.ca, Twitter and Google. That’s either impressive or horrifying…
Social Media confusion, by Damien Basile under CC-by-sa
Social Media tools suck
On the one hand, it’s kind of nice that interoperation is possible at all, but on the other it’s a silly chain with many unnecessary points of fail. I can use Wordpress to blog and that plays quite nicely with Identi.ca – I can syndicate the posts to Identi.ca and likewise list my dents here – things talk to each other. I can also syndicate from Identi.ca to Twitter, but Identi.ca (and therefore I) know nothing about replies at Twitter. From Twitter posts get passed to Google Buzz, but I know nothing about what happens there unless I happen to log in to the GMail ...read more...
Last time I blogged about open positions in the SUSE Studio team we were just preparing the first public alpha of SUSE Studio. We were excited about our application, but we didn't know what users would say. Now we are running SUSE Studio Online with more than 50.000 registered users. We have released an onsite version as part of the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, have won awards, and we get a lot of fantastic feedback. We have achieved a lot. To sustain this growth and success we are looking for some smart people to join our team. This could be you.
We love to learn, we like challenges, and we are passionate about great user experience. We are a tightly knit team of a diverse set of people spanning the ...read more...
I am very happy to blog again about KDE. Here I come with an old feature with a new face. I will hopefully come soon also with some Bluetooth updates, since I am working on a KCM for it, but it deserves another post entry when it is in shape and happy with it.
In KDE SC 4.3 I did some work for KCategorizedView to select several items by clicking on the header of the group. You could also unselect items, but that wasn’t so easy to discover. I later rewrote KCategorizedView internally to have a much better and clear structure. It was missing one feature: this kind of “grouping” selection. Todd wrote a patch for not losing this feature for KDE SC 4.4, which got into the review board and got into trunk. Nowadays KDE SC 4.4 has this patch.
I really had no time to review this patch, and I am the only guilty for this patch not being ’so good’. And I say this because of two main reasons:
Speaking with maelcum on #kde-devel we found out that KDE web shortcuts are a bit out of date since for example they don't have yahoo nor bing so we thought updating the list of KDE web shortcuts would be a good entry project for someone that wanted to start contributing to KDE.
You can find the current list of KDE web shortcuts at http://websvn.kde.org/trunk/KDE/kdebase/runtime/kurifilter-plugins/ikws/searchproviders/
Once you have a proposal come to #kde-devel in irc.freenode.net and hunt for maelcum or me (tsdgeos).
Some of you might remember that I graduated in october 2007. I finally managed to get the paper version of my diploma yesterday… Yes, more than two years after the facts. The best part is they managed to insert a typo in the title of my thesis on the diploma, so it seems I worked on "mulit-agent systems" and not "multi-agent systems", why not after all.
Let’s talk about some more interesting information now. I remember when I graduated that some people out there would have loved to get an english version of my thesis. If you’re one of those people, I have a good news for you. Just after graduating I worked on a long paper which covers the most core parts of my thesis, and adds some more information about a potential use in information search. This paper got accepted and published in the Journal of Logic and Computation issue of October 2009 (yes the review process is kind of slow).
If you’re interested in it, you can find more information about it in the ...read more...
I’ve read through a lengthy thread in the official Meamo forum (it’s so long, I even forgot how I even got there *g*).
Basically it says: The Symbian Foundation and Nokia with Maemo (now MeeGo) are building two widget sets on top of QGraphicsView – while both are called Direct UI, they are entirely different (I’ll refer to them as SDUI and MDUI from now on).
Symbian Foundation employee Mark Wilcox is the one who seems to see the seriousness the most that it’s totally braindead to have incompatibe widget sets. Ironically MDUI seems to be the portable one. Hopefully the Foundation understands the problem now and throws away SDUI and adopts the MDUI library for Symbian.
Too bad neither project adopted the already shipping QGraphicsView widget set KDE Plasma, but since Plasma was never written with Symbian compatibility in mind, it may be not ideal anyway. If I didn’t miss anything, MDUI already runs natively on desktop Linux (because it’s mostly developed on it) and uses the DE’s theme. If true ...read more...