MAY
3
2005

KConfig usage stats

When thinking about a future configuration system it's nice to have an idea about current usage patterns. So I did some measurements to see how many different configuration keys KDE applications look up when starting up. Some results:

konqueror 743
kcalc 235
kedit 220
kword 554
kasteroids 180

MAY
2
2005

OASIS Approves OpenDocument Standard

The month of May has started with a big milestone: the approval of the OpenDocument 1.0 specification as an OASIS standard. Part of the credits for that go to our very own David Faure who has done a great amount of hard work in the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Commitee. The importance of a truly open file format for office documents can not be understated and the OASIS OpenDocument standard helps to bring competition back to office applications. I expect the OASIS OpenDocument standard to make headlines in the near future as it has been eagerly awaited by governments around the world.

APR
18
2005

Keeping FreeDesktop.org working

In response to Aaron's blog about D-Conf I explained in my previous blog why I think a common configuration system is desirable. I didn't go into the issues that Aaron raised about FreeDesktop.org because I wanted to stay a bit focused and I found Aaron's blog a bit too confusing as to what his point with FreeDesktop.org actually was. This week I managed to dicuss the issue with Aaron on IRC and I think things have become more clear to both of us. Let me share me my new understanding here with you.

APR
10
2005

On the virtues of a common configuration system

Yesterday, Aaron made some interesting comments on the unified configuration system that has been discussed on the xdg-list over the last few weeks. I think some of his comments are spot on, unfortunately some others seem to be of the more paranoid hallucinogenic kind. I'm not into mushrooms myself so I will concentrate on the productive parts.

MAR
9
2005

Pretending to be secure

In France you can get prosecuted for reporting security problems. I think this is a good approach to security. After all, recent studies funded by Microsoft have shown that Microsoft Windows is more secure than Linux because Linux had more security patches applied. It is obvious then that we can improve security on the Linux platform enormously by actively discouraging people to report security issues. This will result in less security patches and thus a more secure computing environment. It will also give us more time to work on fun stuff.

FEB
18
2005

Sabayon, GNOME, KDE

I start with a little rant, because that's the category I have chosen for today's blog. You see, we have about 30 possible categories on this blog-site and yet I couldn't find one that is appropriate for the title... that was todays rant :-)

FEB
14
2005

Monitor preview image

I think the new picture for the monitor used with the background preview doesn't entirely work as-is. This border looks weird. I tried to come up with a borderless version. This is a bit of a challenge because the code pretty much likes the actual preview to be square but the monitor really looks better with round edges.

APR
22
2004

Rant of the day (22/4)

I'm a fairly happy puppy with little to rant about at the moment but as I explained earlier, I have a problem coming up with good titles, so I stick with this one.

Mostly working on kiosktool this week. I have done a first release last week and haven't received any bugreports so far which probably means that it is so broken that people don't even bother reporting about it. I hope to have a better looking version out this weekend. If you want to have bugs fixed you better hurry reporting them.

APR
5
2004

Rant of the day (5/4)

Boy ksim was in a mess, fixed the obvious issues with it over the weekend. I somewhat fail to see why ksim is implemented as a kicker extension, wouldn't it make more sense as a normal stand-alone application? I guess I should see if I can make the disk-log-widget-thingy scale to full width, I use the "Aliens" GKrellMM-theme (who comes up with these names?) and around the disk-log-widget-thingy I have purplish uglyness.

APR
2
2004

Rant of the day (2/4)

Since I'm not so good in thinking of innovative titles I have decided to stick with the current one. In turn, that obliges me to rant a little. The subject of my rant today is kwallet. Thanks to kwallet I can now use secure passwords such as "@&fR(e6FSdkf%" and "n#hkghgHGJkjf^$z" which would otherwise be impossible to remember. This is good. The bad part comes when you start to rely on this. The password for my blog account is equally cryptic as the two examples above (still good), but kwallet REFUSES to remember my password for the login page. I have a somewhat of a love-hate relationship with the thing anyway since it DOES insist on popping up on every Groklaw article that I read.

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