JAN
13
2009

KDE 4.2 release party in Frankfurt

Hi,

great events are coming closer: the release of KDE 4.2 is due in two weeks :-)

To celebrate this, Claudia is organizing a (small) release party Friday, January 30th in Frankfurt/Main, details here:

http://wiki.kde.org/tiki-index.php?page=KDE%204.2%20Release%20Party#_Germany_Frankfurt

JAN
11
2009

Changes in the buildsystem of KDE 4.2 compared to 4.0/4.1

Hi,

in KDE 4.2 we have quite a few changes regarding the buildsystem compared to 4.0/4.1. Also we require at least CMake 2.6.2 now, which alone brings a lot of new features.

So, if you want to know what has changed, IOW, if you are a
KDE developer or a packager or somebody writing about it, you can find a (hopefully) full list on TechBase:
Changes in the buildsystem with KDE 4.2.

Alex

DEC
12
2008

How to get CMake find what you want it to

Since some August or so we are now requiring CMake 2.6 for KDE svn trunk.

One thing was has been added and which is very nice support for the new environment variable CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH. It's purpose is to help with getting CMake to find what you want it to find.

Usually a software package is installed to some "prefix" directory, in the lib/ subdir of that prefix go the libraries, in the include/ subdir of that prefix go the headers, and in the bin/ subdir of that prefix go the programs.

DEC
10
2008

One step closer...

I think we are getting one step closer to World Domination (TM) of Linux ! ;-)

How come that I think that ?
Have a look at that page (it's german):
http://www.dm-digifoto.de/gratis-download.html

NOV
24
2008

Measuring performance the buildsystem-guy way..., Pt. II

Back in April I did some very rough performance measurements of my new notebook vs. my desktop machine:

Back then I got the following numbers for a complete build of CMake:

Desktop, AMD Athlon XP2000+: 3:59 min
Notebook, Intel Core 2 Duo: 1:15 min

The conclusion was that it's time to upgrade my development machine. I did that last week.
So, the new machine is a Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad. How long will this new CPU take to build CMake, in all its quadcore glory ?

Here's the number for make -j4: 0:33 min

NOV
24
2008

Virtual screen with Intel GMA3100 ?

Last week I upgraded my development machine, from a AMD Athlon XP 2000+ to an Intel based one, featuring GMA3100-based onboard graphics.
Everything's working smoothly that far, I have only one issue: "Virtual" keyword in the "Screen" section seems to be ignored.
This was working since my very first Linux installation in 1996, so I'm really used to having a big virtual screen.
This is on Slackware 12.1, using xf86-video-intel 2.2.1.
Any ideas ?

Alex

NOV
14
2008

How to get the CMake version you need

KDE svn trunk requires [http://www.cmake.org CMake] 2.6.2 since last week. Version 2.6.2 has been released just a few weeks ago, so maybe there are not yet packages for all distros.

So how do you get CMake 2.6.2 ?

Of course you can get the sources (from cvs or as source package from http://www.cmake.org/files/ ) and build it yourself.

NOV
11
2008

Re: Anatomy of a standalone KDE Mac package

There was this blog entry about the state of packaging for the Mac.
Containing "Then you think to yourself, if only those nice boys and girls in KDE-land had a native solution for installing their software,"

So, if you want a native solution, please join kde-buildsystem and let's see what needs to be done to get the packaging support you need for OSX. I don't have an OSX box here, so your help is needed.

Looking forward to hearing from you :-)
Alex

OCT
7
2008

kubuntu 8.10 and KDE 4.1 rock !

Just a short note: yesterday I booted my laptop with a brandnew kubuntu 8.10 beta CD.

How to put it, this rocked so much !!!

KDE 4 really is beautiful !

The graphics effects were running smoothly, it seems integrated Intel graphic was indeed a good choice :-)
And also now finally the Intel 3945 WLAN just worked, using the iwl3945 driver :-)
With kubuntu 7.10 this was still really much more fiddling around than I expected, to get it finally somewhat working with the ipw3945 driver.
But 8.10 - it just worked :-)

Alex

AUG
17
2008

From Akademy back to K-Town

This year was just my second Akademy. And as my first one,
two years ago in Dublin, it was a really great experience again.
Actually I don't know where to start.
To put it in one sentence, it almost feels like a huge family. Hundreds of people from all over the world come together and meet, they know each other, they work towards the same goal, they appreciate each other.
Where else do you have that (for such a big number of people) ?

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