MAY
23
2005

Trolltech Doing Everything Right?

Trolltech seems to be hard working to smooth out every imaginable point of criticism and to be the best Free Software team player:

MAY
20
2005

Localizing the "Klax" Live-CD

A powerful feature of the "Klax" Live-CD, inherited from its Slax and UnionFS base, are "modules": you can download a module like Gimp or Firefox and either load them into the running Live-CD on the fly or by adding them to the /modules/ directory on the CD (without the need to remaster the whole compressed file system) b

MAY
19
2005

KDE in the Open Directory

In general I like the idea of the Open Directory Project (dmoz), a community-edited directory of the web. The part I feel most important about is of course its KDE category. In the past I submitted several times new URLs and reported broken/changed URL and duplicates.

MAY
14
2005

Thoughts on Votes and Bounties

Last week new KDE contributor Ivor Hewitt committed the first version of an image blocker for Konqueror which ranked first position in the list of most wanted features at that time.

MAY
13
2005

Interesting Days

On Wednesday evening I visited the podium discussion for the Open Source Jahrbuch 2005. Afterwards some speakers and visitors moved on to a nearby cafe and I chatted with Oliver Zendel of LinuxTag e.V. and also a bit with Eva Brucherseifer and Jan Mühlig about KDE and Appeal until early Thursday.

MAY
10
2005

The Rise of KDE Applications

It's nice to not only see increasing popularity of KDE but to also see applications for KDE prosper and getting the recognition they deserve: last five dot stories are all about KDE applications people have written stories about.

MAY
2
2005

kcontrol5 Mockups

Yesterday I suddenly realized with horror that I missed a trend: everyone seems to rewrite kcontrol or create mockups how it should look like but not me. :-) First I had to find a project name, I chose kcontrol5 because kcontrol3 and kcontrol4 already exist in kdenonbeta. After having this difficult task finished I created these mockups which meanwhile incorporate first feedback from #kde-usability.

APR
29
2005

gcc 4.0 C++ Compilation Speed

KDE sources now blacklist gcc 4.0.0 because it miscompiles KDE but that shouldn't be
a reason to do no compilation benchmarks, or? :-) My test machine was an Athlon XP
2600+ with 512MB and SUSE 9.3's gcc 3.3.5. The other gcc versions were pure gcc.



My first test was to compile Qt 3.3.4:

             -O0     -O2
gcc 3.3.5   23m40   31m38
gcc 3.4.3   22m47   28m45
gcc 4.0.0   13m16   19m23

Next I compiled kdelibs/HEAD with --enable-final and unsermake -j 2:

APR
29
2005

The kdedevelopers.org Blog Misconception

kdedevelopers.org hosts different content categories: polls, stories and blogs. As user roles "authenticated user" (working email address, hello spammers) and "KDE developer" (has to be manually verified as such) exist. Every "authenticated user" can submit stories to the story submission queue on which "KDE developer"s have to vote about whether they should be published - in practice nobody does. Stories even don't appear on the kdedevelopers.org homepage anymore, for story publications you better go to dot.kde.org.

APR
27
2005

New "Klax" Live-CDs

With the release of the 5.0 series of the Linux Live scripts and KDE 3.4 packages being available in Slackware-current I thought it was time for a quick update of my "Klax" Live-CD. Maybe it would have been quick if I would have known the differences to the 4.2 series and omitted some pitfalls and own stupidity. :-)



The result are two flavors of "Klax" - both based on Slackware-current and using Linux 2.6.11.7:

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