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Jeff Waugh: GNOME: Ten years of Freedom!

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2007-08-17 05:00

A one month, world-wide celebration of GNOME’s tenth anniversary begins this week, culminating in mid-September with Software Freedom Day and the release of GNOME 2.20.

During the celebration month, GNOME contributors will create a scrapbook wiki recording their ten year history, and a commemorative cookery book with “Open Source” recipes contributed by GNOME community members from around the world.

Read the full press release, and stay tuned for the scrapbook wiki, which will open for all GNOME historians this weekend.

Mirco Müller: help translate cairo-clock 0.3.3

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2007-08-17 03:28

I am in the middle of polishing cairo-clock a bit (bug-fixing, smooth animations, new themes, public repository, localization etc.) and need some help with translation. Here’s the german po file. What languages are needed? Well except for german and english there is nothing else yet. Any contributions should be send to macslow at gmail dot com. Please also state your full name and email for the credits!

Thanks in advance for your consideration!

EDIT: Already received translations for danish (da), finnish (fi), french (fr), italian (it), dutch (nl), polish (pl), portuguese (pt_PT), spanish (es), russian (ru), slovenian (sl), swedish (sv), turkish (tr), simplified chinese (zh_CN) and traditional chinese (zh_TW). Holy crap… thanks sofar everybody!

Sneak peak…

(click to play back, ogg/theora, ~5.9 MBytes)

LinuxMCE Releases Media Center Addon for Kubuntu

The Fridge - Fri, 2007-08-17 02:55

Dot News, the KDE news site, has recently written about the new release of LinuxMCE. LinuxMCE is a free and open source add-on for the Kubuntu operating system. The new release, 0704, provides an add-on CD for Kubuntu 7.04, and turns your computer into the world’s most complete media center.

“The traditional PC user interface doesn’t work well on a TV. So a different interface is needed, which is called the ‘10 foot’ interface”

LinuxMCE’s lead developer, Paul Webber, in an effort to address the ‘10 foot’ interface challenge, has joined up with the KDE Plasma developers and accepted the challenge. The 0704 release is the first step in making a prototype showing how LinuxMCE and KDE can work together.
To understand the power of LinuxMCE, which literally can run your home, read the features list and watch the video walkthrough. To try it out download the CDs or DVD.

Jordan Mantha: Gutsy and openSUSE 10.3 Beta1: Part2

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2007-08-17 01:59

So the response to my first post was pretty overwhelming. It got picked up by tuxmachines.org, linuxin.dk (I don’t know Danish but apparently somebody does), forums.suselinuxsupport.de, and opensuse-project . Wow, it’s really interesting how information travels around our little cyber universe. The other cool thing is I didn’t receive and hate-mail or comment flames. Thanks for keeping it civil people.

OK, so I’ve got a little bit more openSUSE experience under my belt and wanted to talk a bit more about Gutsy:

  • First of all, I must clarify my last post and say that I found only the YaST package management painfully slow. The rest of YaST seemed fine.
  • Some numbers for zypper, an openSUSE CLI package manager (this is on a 1GZ P4 with 256MB RAM):
    • Removing a repo - 8s for Factory (non-oss) and 169s for Factory. Total 177s
    • Adding a repo - 1s for Factory (non-oss) and 2s for Factory. Total 3s
    • Refreshing the repos - 251s for Factory and Factory (non-oss) after adding above.
    • Searching takes considerably longer with zypper than with apt-cache. Actually installing packages though is basically the same. zypper also offers some nifty features like repo renaming so you can have a nice alias, repo enabling and disabling, and two different package update schemes, packages (whole package) or patches (more like a binary debdiff) although that is not a zypper-specific feature.
  • I’ve had a lot of problems with zypper/YaST from the Gnome Beta1 install. Lots of cache problems, etc. I had to remove all the repos and readd them, but now they work.
  • The KDE version of openSUSE Beta1 is very nice. It works very smooth and I love the menu. KNetworkManger works very well (no such luck on the Gnome side unfortunately) and I can logout (apparently there was a Gnome bug that prevented logout that has since been fixed). The only negative I have about the KDE version is that my laptop’s touchpad is acting funky. It loves to double-click at the slightest touch and and Firefox keeps going back in the history on me.
  • 3D Desktop. Ubuntu developers have been working on compiz (compiz-fusion now?) to see if it can be enabled by default for Gutsy. Lots of progress has been made, but a recent email to ubuntu-devel suggests that there might be too many regressions to turn it on by default. The ease with which the desktop effects can be turned on or off however is definitely worth at least publicizing the 3D desktop features for Gutsy, even if we can’t enable it by default.
  • libgimme-codec has been replaced by built-in gstreamer functionality. I don’t listen to much music or watch movies much on my laptop, but when I do I want them to work. With Gutsy (and Feisty for that matter), when I do a fresh install and go to play an mp3 in Rhythmbox it pops up a dialog box that asks me if I want to install the needed codec. It doesn’t get much cooler then that in an Free and Open Source distro. [Edit] apparently the gstreamer codec detection doesn’t work for Rhythmbox (it would be very cool if somebody was able to fix this for Gutsy) but does work for Totem.
  • Gutsy now has the ubuntu-restricted-extras metapackage (also for kubuntu and xubuntu) that installs mp3 and other codecs, LAME, MS fonts, Java, Flash, and DVD support. One package to install, that easy.
  • For education-oriented people, Edubuntu is really going to see some great improvements. I wish the people in the openSUSE Education project well and am really glad to see it, but my guess is it’s going to take them quite some time to get to where Edubuntu is now.

I’m sure there’s a lot more that can be said, but these are some of the things important to me. Feel free to leave comments (civil ones anyway) about what you’ve read here or want to add. I’m really keen now to see how openSUSE 10.3 and Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon turn out. Rock on!

Richard Johnson: Soy preso guantanamero

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2007-08-17 00:54

Growing up a large Latino neighborhood in Chicago, the song Guantanamera became one of my favorite songs ever. Most of the people in my area were from Mexico, yet one of the top songs you would always hear just happened to be Cuban. Anyways, I got a huge kick tonight when I ran across this version of it by Richard Stallman. Hope you enjoy!

Tony Yarusso: Canonical Store?

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 21:10

So I just decided to see what the Ubuntu home page was up to lately, and noticed a link for a Store that I hadn’t seen before - the apparently new Canonical Store. Sounds pretty exciting. I know there’s been some stuff available before from CafePress, but I’ve heard mixed reviews of the quality from there, so would be more comfortable getting something direct from the Canonical site (please don’t disappoint - if any admin types are reading, I really hope the shirts are such are sturdy and nice).

Items I wouldn’t mind having: (I’m usually a small-to-mediumish, depending on the manufacturer) ;)

The ability to buy CDs and DVDs in bulk is also very cool, and been talked about far longer, but somewhat quietly sometimes, so I’ll plug it again for anyone who wasn’t aware.

Weekly News #52

The Fridge - Thu, 2007-08-16 17:42

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 52 for the week August 5th - August 11th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover the release of Tribe 4, promoting Ubuntu through the use of viral videos, progress of the US LoCo Teams Project, security breaches in community hosted servers, and much much more.

  • Tribe 4 Released
  • Ubuntu Viral Videos
  • Community Hosted Servers Compromised
  • US LoCo Teams Project Forum
  • In The Press and In the Blogosphere
  • Translation stats
  • Bug Stats

If you have a story idea for the Weekly News please submit it via email or on the wiki !

UWN is brought to you by the Marketing Team.

Martin Meredith: Compiz in Gutsy… a sort of review

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 17:30

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve used compiz, simply because well, I liked Beryl better/ However, I didn’t use that much because there were a few niggly bugs that just meade me annoyed as hell…

Anyway, seeing as I’ve now done a reinstall of Gutsy (due to a broken upgrade from feisty making dbus not work, half the udev stuff be missing, and it would only work with the feisty kernel!) I’ve decided to try what I now believe is called “Compiz Fusion” (though in ubuntu seems only to be called Compiz)

To start off with, I used the compiz-tray-icon, which gives you a nice menu to right click, and select “Gl Desktop”, which is nice, and works pretty much straight off of the bat (after following these instructions), giving you all your nice shiny desktop effects (you can find this as part of gnome-compiz-manager)

However as you should all know, my allegiance lies with KDE. Now, with KDE there are a few… issues, shall we say. First of all… viewports are broken and crackful at the moment in KDE. (from the perspective of me trying to use them with compiz), and dont pick up properly the sides of your cube. (confusingly enough, the desktop pager tried to give me 16 desktops with the generic cube!)

Luckily, I don’t use the desktop switcher much anyway… but, there was another issue, that being that the K Menu, kicker, tooltips and a few other things were trying to cast a shadow, but couldn’t for some reason (so I’d get a lovely white line around my tooltips, above my kicker, around the K Menu)

I loaded up ccsm (CompizConfig Settings Manager - package is called compizconfig-settings-manager - a great compiz configuration tool!) and used that to edit my config for my Compiz settings.

Nothing changed.

I didn’t know why until I tried running Compiz Manually… and all the changes I’d made there were…. there.

I don’t use the tray icon anymore, and I have 2 icons on my desktop to switch back and forth between GL and non GL mode now.

I do however, have to conclude that Compiz is looking fantastic, working great, and Group and Tab Windows are the most useful feature ever, I’m already starting to Tab together a Kate window and a Konsole when I’m hacking! useful to be able to switch from one to the other with a <Super> + Arrow Key (yes, I know kate has a kpart for a konsole - but I don’t like it - I prefer Konsole itself!)

However, the most annoying part of it all is ….

That Compiz’s WM doesnt recognise window Hints properly (aka I dont get the window flashing when someone sends me a Message through pidgin!)

Next to review KDE4

Linux Mint Takes on a KDE Flavor

DesktopLinux.com - Thu, 2007-08-16 15:15
Linux Mint, a community Linux distribution that includes some proprietary elements for a better "out of the box" user experience, is now available in an edition with KDE as its desktop environment.

Jonathan Carter: Happy Birthday Debian!

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 12:27

Debian turns 14 today. That’s a LONG time for a free software project (for any software project, really). I can’t wait to see what Ubuntu looks like when it turns 14. That would be… Ubuntu 18.10? Congratulations Debian! Here’s to the next 14!!! Also a personal thank you to everyone who has worked to making Debian, the planet’s universal operating system, rock!


Jonathan Riddell: linux mce, Canonical news, new responsibilities, gpl 3

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 10:49

LinuxMCE launched their new version 0704 today. It's an addon CD to Kubuntu 7.04 which can set your your computer to serve media around the house or play it with their beautiful bling interface. It can even run your home. Watch the video walkthrough for what this baby can do (or just read the features list).

Canonical Shop is launched. If shipit isn't sending you enough CDs, you can now buy them. You can even buy support.

Canonical also announced the previously top secret Landscape which lets you manage your computer (or 50,000 computers) from your web browser. It ties in with Canonical's support offerings.

There's also a job going for an External Project Developer Relations, which means you get to be Jono's slave and talk nicely to our upstreams.

Recently I became an archive admin. It's full of exciting tasks like running syncs and backports. The most interesting part is reviewing New queue which is about keeping the archive sane, the biggest worry being licencing. Surprisingly few packages are a simple case of "it's all GPL, let it through". So please remember to include a copy of the full GPL (or whatever licence you're using), add a copyright and licence declaration to the header of every file and include LGPL if any files use it (all KDE 3 programmes include some in admin/) and FDL if you have any documentation using that. And don't do something daft like use GPL 3 but depend on the GPL 2 only Qt.

Talking of GPL 3, I did a draft update of KDE's licencing policy and posted it to kde-licensing. So far very little support or otherwise. Since this will be a major problem for distros in the coming months, I find that a little disappointing, hopefully it means that nobody objects.

The other responsibility I have taken on is release manager while Pitti goes to get wed, Tribe 5 is out next week so it'll be my test run. Scary.

The Linux Weather Forecast

Slashdot Linux - Thu, 2007-08-16 09:54
kwabbles writes "The Linux Foundation launched the Linux Weather Forecast yesterday. It features 'current conditions' for kernel development, a 'short-term forecast,' and a 'long-term forecast.' Now developers and organizations that want to see when certain implementations/fixes are planned can find answers at this informative and handy site."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Alberto Milone: Envy 0.9.7-0ubuntu8 is now available

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 09:26

here is the changelog:
* Fixed: Envy aborted the operation with kernels named in a certain way (2.6.22-gms)
* Fixed: the linux-restricted-modules- folder was renamed and therefore
Envy's uninstallation was not clean. The folder get its original name back
when the installation process is complete

This release fixes a problem with certain recompiled kernels and makes sure that Envy can be uninstalled properly.

On Envy’s future:
I’m thinking of adding some new (long requested) features to Envy 0.9.8 such as the chance to choose between different releases of the same kind of driver, e.g. driver 100.14.09 and 100.14.11 (in the case of the “latest” type of driver).

Another thing I would like to add (in 0.9.9 maybe?) is the chance to export the packages (including the kernel module) that Envy builds so as to install them on computers which have no access to the Internet (however the machine which builds the packages will still need an Internet connection).

I haven’t designed the whole thing yet but I think I will do it at nights (therefore I have no release date) since I am studying for an exam (Postcolonial English Literature). There are only 2 exams left now and I can’t wait to graduate (again) and look for a job.

You can get Envy here as usual.

Christer Edwards: Action-crap modems and DSL…

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 09:00

First, I apologize for not having any tutorials most of this week. Things have been a bit busy in just getting back from a month on the road and I’ve been catching up. I’ll get things going again, I promise.

Last nite I finally got most of my new network figured out (for those that didn’t know, we recently moved into a bigger house). I’ve been spending time replacing the house phone jacks with Cat5 connectors and I’ve ordered a few 10/100/1000 switches from newegg. Those should get here today and then the house’ll run on gigabit-goodness!

The one major problem I’ve had is that I haven’t had to (settle) for DSL in years! In our other house we had Fiber Optic (15M/15M connection), and previous to that it was a 6M/1.5M Cable connection with Comcast. Downgrading to a 1.5M/680K connection with Qworst has been a poor experience. As I usually tell anyone that asks, if you have a choice between Cable and DSL, pick the Cable.

In any event, last nite I hacked the Action-crap DSL modem/router/headache into submission and the bulk of my networking is routing through a Netgear wireless router. I’ll end up chaining the Action-crap to the Netgear and then into the two switches, hopefully by days end.

In the long run I’d like to setup one of my local servers to be the DHCP / DNS / Firewall, but that might have to wait until this weekend or something.

In any event, if you’ve read this far I appreciate it but I really don’t have anything important to say. I’ll get back to the regular tutorials soon… just as soon as the rest of my network is up and reliable.

Pete Savage: Tigla is working, pretty well

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 04:45

Well thanks to ensonic the main thing that was holding Tigla back is fixed. There is still a few occasions where it doesn’t play, but largely it’s fixed. Thank you so much. I suppose I should announce what Tigla actually is. I guess it’s a virtual guitar for the N800, or even a real PC.

So on to the features and limitations. At the moment,

  • 6 Strings - Tigla has 6 strings and has a sample library for each string
  • Realistric Strum - Well as realistic as you can, you can change the delay between string impacts, for a more realistic strumming sound.
  • Finger generator - Just give it a chord name like a-7 F#-dim, and it’ll work out the fingering and play the chord. Still some work needed here, but at the moment, we don’t use a library for the chords, they are all autogenerated.
  • Chord Matrix Buttons - We have a matrix of chord roots/types. This will eventually be replaced by a favorite chord selection.

So what’s on the planning board;

  • The ability to actually physically strum the strings. This may require gnonlin to handle some of the null data to the adder.
  • A chord creation system, where you click on the frets you want and save the chord
  • Possibly a recording system, to record songs.
  • Multiple sample libraries
  • Alternative tunings - The chord generation engine can already handle this, but the sampling system will need some work.
  • More Frets!!! - 5 is rather limiting

So lost of work done already, and it’s only been 3 days on and off, probably about 6 hours dev time overall. I’m loving it. Hoping to move this project forward as fast as I can.

Corey Burger: 16 Aug 2007

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 01:27
Planet OpenStreetMap and OSM Foundation board

It seems I am know on Planet OpenStreetMap. I have also been elected as a Member at Large to the OpenStreeMap Foundation board.

Still travelling

I am still travelling in Germany with my brother. We are are planning to leave rainy Frankfurt this morning, to stay with a family friend in a little town called Lohr am Main.

James Henstridge: Bazaar bundles as part of a review process

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 00:36

In my previous article, I outlined Bazaar’s bundle feature. This article describes how the Bazaar developers use bundles as part of their development and code review process.

Proposed changes to Bazaar are generally posted as patches or bundles to the development mailing list. Each change is discussed on the mailing list (often going through a number of iterations), and ultimately approved or rejected by the core developers. To aide in managing these patches Aaron Bentley (one of the developers wrote a tool called Bundle Buggy.

Bundle Buggy watches messages sent to the mailing list, checking for messages containing patches or bundles. It then creates an entry on the web site displaying the patch, and lets developers add comments (which get forwarded to the mailing list).

Now while Bundle Buggy can track plain patches, a number of its time saving features only work for bundles:

  1. Automatic rejection of superseded patches: when working on a feature, it is common to go through a number of iterations. When going through the list of pending changes, the developers don’t want to see all the old versions. Since a bundle describes a Bazaar branch, and it is trivial to check if one branch is an extension of another though, Bundle Buggy can tell which bundles are obsolete and remove them from the list.
  2. Automatically mark merged bundles as such: the canonical way to know that a patch has been accepted is for it to be merged to mainline. Each Bazaar revision has a globally unique identifier, so we can easily check to see if the head revision of the bundle is in the ancestry of mainline. When this happens, Bundle Buggy automatically marks them as merged.

Using these techniques the list of pending bundles is kept under control.

Further Possibilities

Of course, these aren’t the only things that can be done to save time in the review process. Another useful idea is to automatically try and merge pending bundles or branches to see if they can still be merged without conflicts. This can be used as a way to put the ball back in the contributors court, obligating them to fix the problem before the branch can be reviewed.

This sort of automation is not only limited to projects using a mailing list for code review. The same techniques could be applied to a robot that scanned bug reports in the bug tracker (e.g. Bugzilla) for bundles, and updated their status accordingly.

Richard Johnson: Flash and 64-bit systems

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2007-08-16 00:11

Edit: This is for Gutsy only
I just spent a few hours combing the community documentation and the Ubuntu Forums looking for the best resource for installing Flash on 64-bit systems. Wow, I was mesmarized by all of the information to do such an easy task.

If you are using a 64-bit system, you do not have to:

  1. install a 32-bit edition of Firefox
  2. download the Adobe Flash Player from their website
  3. don’t have to mess with Pango
  4. and a whole slew of others…

I was successful using the following commands in order to get not only get Flash to work with Firefox on a 64-bit system, but also Konqueror. Granted, Konqueror and Flash aren’t best of friends right now with Gutsy, and either is OpenOffice.org with Kubuntu Gutsy. Anyways, here is exactly how I did it, and I would like you all to give it a shot and let me know if it works for you. I am doing this all command line, so bear with me.

First, install flashplugin-nonfree from the repos:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Second, wrap the flashplugin-nonfree with nspluginwrapper:

nspluginwrapper -i /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so

Third, create a link from the new file located in your home directory to the Firefox plugins directory:

sudo ln -s ~/.mozilla/plugins/npwrapper.libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/libflashplayer.so

If you are using Firefox, you are good to go. Those of you using Konqueror just have to go into the plugin settings in the Konqueror configuration and scan for new plugins. It should be there and working. If you have issues with this, could you please let me know. Thanks. And if you are using Kubuntu Gutsy, I know that Konqueror locks up when going to websites with flash animation or movies embedded. Thanks everyone.

Swiss Telecom Subsidiary Picks Red Hat for Linux Infrastructure

Topix - Linux - Wed, 2007-08-15 19:43

Swisscom IT Services, a subsidiary of the largest telecommunications provider in Switzerland, is using a wide variety of solutions from Red Hat for its Linux software infrastructure. via Local Tech Wire

SCO Fiasco Over for Linux, Starting For Solaris?

Topix - Linux - Wed, 2007-08-15 19:15

"What they're doing protects our Unix intellectual property rights."

But Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at DesktopLinux.com points out that the favorable result for Linux may cause unpleasant consequences for rival open-source operating system OpenSolaris: 'At one time, Sun was an ... via Slashdot

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