MAR
10
2005

KStars: new details window

Finally, something worth blogging in KStars-land:
The Object Details window is getting a facelift.

Before and after:


JUL
31
2004

I'm not going to make it...

Whenever there's a KDE release, I like to draw up a "QA list" for KStars that essentially lists all of the program's expected behaviors (it's quite a long list). I then go through and systematically check each one. I typically turn up a good number of lurking insects this way, and the current release is no exception.

MAY
17
2004

OS X: usability Xanadu?

Ok, so I got a new PowerBook recently. I was really excited about OS X from the little I'd seen of it looking over people's shoulders. Finally, I would taste humankind's highest achievement in usability and user-friendliness!

OCT
27
2003

Seeking help for bug #65429

The skinny: two people have reported that KStars will not compile for them; both are using Redhat 9 and gcc 3.2.2. The error message is:

lx200classic.cpp:29: structure `eqNum' with uninitialized const members

OCT
2
2003

Diving into the OpenGL pool...

So, does anyone know any good resources for OpenGL programming under KDE? I've started looking at the Qt OpenGL examples, and that seems straightforward enough.

However, Someone at the dot told me about the Coin project, which is an implementation of SGI's high-level Open Inventor API for OpenGL. Even better, they have a library called SoQt which is supposed to let you easily make openGL Qt apps. I'd really like to try to use SoQt for KStars, but from what I have read so far, it isn't very flexible. You have to place "SoQt::init(argc,argv)" inside your app's main function, which instantiates a main window for drawing OpenGL stuff. This would seem to preclude making the window a KMainWindow. Is there a way to use SoQt to just make a widget, instead of a toplevel window? Also, it wasn't clearly stated, but I got the impression that it wasn't supported under Qt 3.x yet. Can anyone confirm/refute that?

SEP
23
2003

mailing list archive

so after weeks of flakiness with our sourceforge mailing list, I finally requested a kstars-devel@kde.org mailing list, which we have been happily using for a few weeks now. It's great!

Unfortunately, we still aren't being archived at lists.kde.org, despite 2 emails to webguy@theaimsgroup.com and one to sysadmin@kde.org (all of which were unanswered). Does anyone know from experience how long it takes to get listed at lists.kde.org, and if the complete archive since the list started will be available?

AUG
26
2003

confused about Qt QPL/GPL license

(EDIT: changed the title. Thanks for the discussion, I am less confused now :) )

How many of you, when confronted with the Qt licensing option (during the 'configure' step of the compile) select the GPL as your Qt/X11 license? I had always done so, but I have come to understand that using KDE precludes this option.

AUG
8
2003

greetings from Chile

I am on the last night of a 4-night observing run at the Magellan 6.5-m telescope, and KStars has been my lovely-and-talented observing assistant for the whole run.

JUL
30
2003

Apologies to the southern hemisphere

I recently noticed that handling of "Daylight Savings Time" (a.k.a. "Summer Time") did not work for any southern-hemisphere locations in KStars. I fixed it in HEAD and 3_1_BRANCH yesterday, a bit too late for 3.1.3, unfortunately (it will be in version M_PI if there is one ;) )

JUL
21
2003

new KDE3 dev book in the works!

Did you hear that Ralf Nolden is starting work on a new KDE3 development book? Wahoo! It's going to be under the FDL, natch. Following Holger's suggestion that the book be a constantly updated guide to everything KDE, I propose it be titled "The KDEnomicon" :)

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