SEP
28
2007

Akademy 2008 will be in Belgium!

So, Akademy 2008 will be in Belgium! Yay \o/ ! Some of you might have known this already if you'd have read the planet closely (troy leaked it already...), but still I'm terribly excited to be able to say it officially :) After all, I've been asking about Akademy (the yearly KDE Developer's Conference+Hacking/BoF sessions+eV General Assembly) coming to Belgium for like 4 years already...

SEP
8
2007

On a QDockWidget annoyance (including a hack that gets rid of it)

I don't know about you, but there's this hugely annoying behaviour of QDockWidgets. Since Krita 2 uses them, I tend to run into it a lot. The symptoms are simple: if you have a floating dock widget and Krita loses focus, the dock widget gets hidden.

Sounds like a rather silly annoyance, you might think. I'd agree with you, if not for the fact that I run into this all the time. Not only that, but I can actually provide a plausible scenario that would make using some configurations of KDE4/Krita2 impossible to work with.

AUG
20
2007

Some DCOP fun

Sometimes KDE makes me want to cry out of frustration (like tonight, because of Qt using select(2) instead of poll(2), breaking my akregator), but sometimes it just fills me with so much joy that I could also cry =) Like just now, when someone came in #koffice to ask if he could somehow print his presentation notes that he put in KPresenter.

FEB
25
2007

FOSDEM - Day 2

Unfortunately FOSDEM is over already, it was a lot of fun. Today started with me getting there at the much too early hour of 08:55, meaning I'm very tired today ;) This morning I mostly was in the Crossdesktop session of the GNOME room. It started off with a pretty impressive demo of Metisse, which apparently is some kind of X hack that looks and works really well. Some impressive features were the customized UI and the 'flipping' away of the screens on top of a lower screen when you select text from it.

FEB
24
2007

FOSDEM - Day 1

Ahh, today was a lot of fun at FOSDEM 2007 :) In the morning, I first went to the talk about software patents, then the One Laptop Per Child talk (really nifty stuff) and then the liberating java one. Then I wandered around a while at the KDE booth waiting for the afternoon talks to start. At the KDE booth, I was pleased to see that Jonathan Riddell had actually come, despite his claims to the contrary ;)

FEB
22
2007

FOSDEM Nearing - Small changes

FOSDEM 2007 is approaching very rapidly: this weekend a lot of KDE and other FOSS people will gather in Brussels to meet and talk. There are two small changes to the KDE Devroom schedule that might be interesting. The first one is that we had to change the speaker of one talk: unfortunately Sebastian Trueg is ill, so now the Nepomuk-Semantic KDE talk will be done by Jos van den Oever (of Strigi fame) and Stéphane Laurière (from Nepomuk, EDOS). Should be a very interesting talk!

FEB
7
2007

FOSDEM 2007 KDE schedule

Next FOSDEM will be February 24-25 in Brussels (that's a little over two weeks away). There will be some interesting talks in the general tracks, but I think there's also some very interesting stuff going on in the KDE Devroom. This is a room where KDE people will give some talks, and can meet and so. The schedule is available here.

JAN
10
2007

Comet McNaught

Ok, so no next update in the Krita plugin tutorial yet (it'll surely be done before the end of the month *ahem*). But much more spectacular was the comet I just saw in the dusky sky. I had a very lucky few moments of no clouds in just the right area, which also by pure luck had a relatively clear line of sight to the horizon. Comet McNaught was very noticeable with the naked eye, and even nicer to look at with a pair of binoculars.

DEC
28
2006

SuperTux 0.3 is cool

I feel it is my happy duty to make all of you code less, by mentioning that the SuperTux people created a new release: 0.3.0. (Note that Berlios seems to have some trouble at the moment, so hopefully it'll still be working when you click the links ;)). They apparently changed most of their rendering engine and physics code, and lots of other stuff changed with it. It looks much better than the already incredible 0.1.3 version that I played a lot.

DEC
23
2006

How to write a Krita 'Paint Operation': Introduction

When Cyrille Berger last wrote a Smudge plugin for Krita, I noted that it was laughably simple. So I started thinking: how much could I strip away from it, so that it would be a nice example of how to write a plugin for Krita 1.6, and still be useful. I ended up with a 'Simple Smudge' tool. It is a simplified version of the one we have in Krita: no extensive tablet support, no configuration widget. But I think it is still cool enough. So how will this be going? I will write it in a couple of parts. In the first installment, I'll just show a raw plugin for a paint operation.

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