Category: Linux


Hi!

Skype 4.0 for Linux has just been released! Thought it wouldn’t happen anymore 🙂

So.. how do you keep your multiple instances of Skype running on Linux?

As Skype 2.1 saved everything to $HOME/.Skype personally I prefer to keep my history so I copied $HOME/.Skype to $HOME/.Skype.profile1 and $HOME/.Skype.profile2

After that you can just start Skype using the following commands:

skype –dbpath=~/.Skype_profile1

skype –dbpath=~/.Skype_profile2

Login and have fun 🙂 It is as easy as that 🙂

I love Arch Linux!

Hi!

Again some time has gone by since my last blog =( sadly I didn’t have much time lately to blog so I’ll just give you an update on what I was doing today.

I updated my 6 month old Arch Linux installation on my old notebook to the current testing (running testing before). I started yaourt -Syu and it ran through without any hickups, rebootet and I had a fully working system on bleeding edge technology again… now THAT is what I call seamless rolling release distro 🙂

I’m also using Arch Linux on my current notebook which I regulary keep up2date which works also great =) and my buildserver is also running Arch Linux but not testing and it is also working really reliabe =)

I just love Arch Linux!

Although I’m really curious about other current distros like Fedora 15 or openSUSE 11.4 or even Ubuntu… each has their own great strenghts but I still think I’ll always come back to Arch 🙂

Cya soon hopefully

Hello!

I recently found out about the buildservice plugin (OBS, Meego) for Qt Creator (branch: buildservice). I wanted to give it a try and sadly I had to compile an old instance of QtCreator as it was based on an old version of QtCreator.

Therefore I just patched it to work with current master of QtCreator.

You can find the patch here. (okay I actually wrote this article 5 days ago but I had to overcome some hurdles to setup my server… -.-)

I’ll lo0k into contacting the project Bretzn developers to rebase their repo onto the current master of QtCreator. Will report back if they plan to do it soon 🙂

PS: this patch should apply cleanly to qtcreator master – it is only a small diff compared to the buildservice branch (I think only one cpp file changed (changed a list to a custom class as an interface in QtCreator changed))

Integration is wonderful

Hi!

Just a short one this time… I was browsing the internet looking up some news about maemo when I found a document describing the requirements for submitting a package to the Ovi Store. It was a pdf file and I clicked on “Download” in firefox – it suggested to open the document with $some_application… didn’t look at it… I read the document – and pressed the middle mouse button and held it to drag the page down… When I suddenly realized: when did Okular get this functionality? oO

I looked up into the menubar – opened the Help menu – pressed info – to suddenly realize Firefox had opened Evince instead of Okular. The style perfectly matches those of my kde programs =) So THANKS to all oxygen-gtk contributors!

For those not knowing: oxygen-gtk is a native implementation of the oxygen style with a new gtk style engine. Its goal is to create a style perfectly the same as the KDE one – and to also use its settings. 🙂

Works great for Firefox, Thunderbird, and it seems like all other programs are doing good as well =) … only vuze seems to have problems (crash) 😦

For ArchLinux there are some pkgbuilds in AUR available as well as the 1.0 release (don’t know how old it is already) in the repositories.

Thanks for reading =) I’ll soon post an update on the Dinjam progress as well.

As mentioned in my last blog entry about Dinjam I’m in the progress of separating the core stuff of Dinjam into a library (libdinjam) and creating Uis for different scenarios (like mobile usage).

There are 4 different uis in the works – even though I’m not sure all of them will ever be finished (more about that later).

1.) Desktop (QWidget based)

This is the traditional Ui as it has always been with the Ui designed using Qt Designer and the QGraphicsScene created from within the scripts.


Atm Scripts are broken in the sense of that there are no C++ exports of for example documentmanagement. (and there are some other broken pieces everywhere)

2.) Meego Touch Framework (MTF) (QGraphicsView based)

A new ui based on the MTF developed by Nokia/Intel for Meego. Atm I’m trying to setup a devel environment but it is not as easy as I had hoped – I’m trying the qemugl approach from the wiki – but the image won’t boot using kvm (just stops at loading the kernel) and without it starts X and then stops (no handset UX shows up). How to get network up and running can be found here.

After packaging libmeegotouch and meegotouchtheme for ArchLinux I can now sort of execute/link/use meego applications although there is some really weird gconf stuff going on and I’m not sure if my system is correctly set up now. Maybe I’ve got to set up a Fedora VM or something similar. Or just wait for PR 1.3 of Maemo to easily dualboot Meego natively on my N900 to execute directly on my N900.


Basically everything here are placeholders – as I just recently found out that meego applications run at all (before I had a white square and nothing else appearing).

3.) QML Ui (QDeclarativeView based)

QML or “Qt Quick” how the cool guys at Nokia are calling it seems to be the future Nokia envisions for app development. Combined with their ongoing lab project QSceneGraph which should bring enormous performance gains as all painting will shift from QPainter to OpenGL/on GPU based painting, this may really be the future – at least in the long run. I must admit that the whole affair is really new stuff to me so I’m having a pretty hard time figuring out how to transform a traditional ui into a QML based version.

I’m currently trying basic things like navigating between a basic menu to another page showing an about dialog – and I want to make that happen using a nice transition – and not showing/hiding elements but instead loading them as I need them (to save ressources). Sadly I wasn’t able to find any QML application out there using such an approach… I’m looking for the pages concept of MTF I think…

Anyway… here’s my first try…


So what works? The quit button – and About switches to another page – but atm without a nice sliding transition effect and using show/hide of the different rectangles… not nice imho.

4.) Qt Components (QML based)

The last frontend Dinjam may provide in the future is the Qt Components based one – although atm there isn’t much progress as Qt Components itself are not really anywhere atm. Afaik there exists some sort of a Meego “style” atm and an incomplete MX “style”, with a plasma (KDE) “style” in the working (see this post on plasma-devel mailing list) but there is not really anything useable atm I could plug into. At least to my knowledge.

So no screenshot for that one 😦

TODO

So what is still left to do? A LOT! It starts out with library recompiles as soon as I switch platform (3 object files want to relink again), cmake fixes to incorporate the possibility to build not only one but many/all platforms at once. And of course: finish those uis.

I think the best step would be to first get the desktop ui working again and then slowly start creating the others. It remains to be seen how to integrate a QGraphicsScene/View with MTF/QML. Interesting times ahead… that’s for sure.

Stay tuned for more updates. I hope I won’t disappoint you

To end this post: Orbit/Directui anyone? 😛 anyone strange enough to create a KDE ui? 😛

Hi!

Back again with a short entry about my WD TV Live and how it can be enhanced using an alternative firmware.

I’ve switched to use WDLXTV because I wanted to be able to watch youtube in HD and without any restrictions on which videos I’m allowed to watch. Another interesting service I’ve learned to love is pandorafm.

Sadly I wasn’t able to get WDLXTV to work with my server at home (openSUSE 11.3) – it was shown but I wasn’t able to access its samba shares (login credentials weren’t accepted). The thread on forum.wdlxtv.com can be found here

The solution in the end was that I had to use

config_tool -c SMB_RESOLVEORDER='lmhosts wins bcast'

Now I’m waiting for the new firmware from WD which supports DVD menus (beta already released) and the adoption by WDLXTV to base its firmware on that one.

All in all it is one of the best investions I’ve ever made in entertainment stuff – it just works for most things – except some strange wmv or flv (flash isn’t supported really well)….

PS: having ssh access and hacking all your devices is FUN 🙂

 

Firefox-Qt update =)

Hi!

So today I’ve got an update about firefox-qt for you 🙂 I finally had the time and energy to fix those ArchLinux PKGBUILDs I had lying around on my disk…

We’ve now got one single pkgbuild to install using yaourt -S firefox-qt-hg
No need to uninstall firefox/xulrunner anymore.

The only thing I would recommend you to do is:

BACKUP YOUR PROFILE!!

or even better: change the path to your profile (in /home/$user/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini change the path and create the folder before starting firefox-qt-hg

I’ve written down a summary of what is working here. Feel free to extend it 🙂 We could create a nice changelog imho and track the progress of Firefox-Qt for users 🙂

So as you can see the Firefox-Qt port is progressing quite nicely – even if there is still a long road to go – I think the mobile effort helps the Qt port a lot.. (firefox-mobile for Meego is Qt based) 🙂

Now have fun enjoying these pics 🙂

When the decision to buy a new phone has been made the first question many of us are asking themselves is: what do I want (at least I hope many do ^^)

The choices are wide-spread, hard to overlook but still there are some aspects which should be taken into consideration. Of course the following ultra-short reviews are just MY opinion and are by far not complete – mentioning all aspects would be just impossible…

Meego

Nokias and Intels new platform merges the hardly spread Maemo platform (used on earlier Nokia tablets and the N900 supercomputer.. eh mobile phone) and the Intel Moblin distro for Netbooks. It’s base is fully open source, everything is build upstream – as far as possible, communication happens in the open (mailinglists, …) and it is still under very active development. but it is not ready yet.. Nokias next high end phone will be powered by the meego touch libs and therefore be a Meego SOMEHOW but not really… its base platform will still be a modified Fremantle – called Harmatan… so you aren’t getting a true Meego phone with the next released Nokia phone..

I also doubt that the first generation of Meego will be able to incorporate all the features Maemo currently has AND provide even more to keep up with the competition. Well if it has Ovi maps it’s mine 😛 Really missing a fully featured ovi maps on my N900 running Maemo so I hope that once we are able to run a fully working Meego on N900 that it will not only be the free parts but also those with Nokias proprietary extras (maps, …)

For those not having seen anything of Meego yet those can read these guidelines: http://thenokiablog.com/2010/09/03/meego-ui-screenshots/

Here is a post discussing a removed video by Nokia speculated to show the Harmattan/Meego Nokia phone: http://thenokiablog.com/2010/08/02/meego-video-closer-look/
Update: here’s the vid 🙂 http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/02/nokias-treatment-of-meego-smartphone-ui-revealed/

At the moment everything we can do is waiting for an awesome platform with a bright future imho with my favourite platform underlying.. Qt ❤

Symbian

The widest spread operating system for phones to date… currently it rapidly loosed market shares because there were some design desicions taken which were not the best – or Nokia just took too long to come up to par with the competition or succeed them – even if it has some strong points where all the others can’t compete (synchronisation, business features, …).

But I think that the future will show us that Symbian has also a bright future as with Symbian ^4 it will receive a completely reworked/redesigned UI and with the power and uncountable hours of work which have gone into the underlying libraries I think that could very well be a very big step into the right direction. And again: we are getting a Qt UI 🙂 although it’s not libmeegotouch but another one: Orbit – sadly they are not compatible…

With Symbian ^3 Nokia already made big step into the right direction (Nokia N8) and I think that will continue with Symbian ^4. We’ve gotta wait 🙂

One important point also worth mentioning and really needed for Symbian and Meego to succeed is the AppStore… Ovi Store to be precise. This needs to be vastly improved imho…

Some early Symbian ^4 videos (sorry it’s german): http://www.chip.de/news/Symbian-4-Screenshots-vom-neuen-Handy-OS_43895242.html

Android

Frankenstein.. ehm… well.. at least it looks like that to me from a technical POV 😀 java based all over, a modified Linux kernel, a pretty closed stack… the opposite to Meego… but apparently it is well received by non-geeks 😛 its market shares are RAPIDLY increasing taking away Apple its market share… so far so good 😀

well.. if it works.. why not… it will never be my favourite platform in terms of programming or openness… but well.. it’s a phone… it needs to work… and look cool ^^ and obviously it fulfills those points… and its appstore is pretty good filled so yeah – if you like it – just use it 🙂

one thing really missing with Android is a synchronisation suite afaik (never had an Android phone myself) – HTC has got one (I think) – but there’s no common solution…

Maemo

life is over… not supported anymore… get yourself another solution (nitdroid anyone?) … or just be happy with it 🙂 I’m running Maemo PR 1.2 on my N900 and I’m pretty happy with it 🙂

maybe someday I will upgrade to Meego (unsupported tough) when it’s stable enough or will go to nitdroid – if it fulfills my needs… who knows… at least I know that I’ve got the power at my hand with my N900 🙂

iOS

Everyone knows that strange company producing fruits… apples to be precisely… I don’t like their product policy to be honest… but they are well thought out, play nice together, are closed from the top to the bottom, only work with their own brothers and sisters and are white… or grey.. or black… with an apple on it…

Those who like it should use it… it’s just not what I need/want

So what do you think about phone operating systems? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Long time no blog… yeah I know… nobody cares ^^ the internet is full of random guys who post SOMETHING… well.. take a guess… I did something which not THAT many guys did so far (I think) ^^

I had some fun packaging firefox-qt .. yes you heard it right… firefox with it’s Qt rendering frontend 🙂
don’t freak out yet… it… well… the good things first… it builds and installs… and WOW… it even starts 😀
And guess what… browsing works

Well… sort of… clicking is a luxury nobody needs… and… well… do you care about your keyboard? I hate to type… so firefox-qt got rid of that problem for me 😀

For those looking for a screenshot… here it comes… who needs a visual scrollbar? or clickable menu bars?

You may ask yourself how to get it to run… Are you on ArchLinux? Then your chances of getting it to work are rather high 🙂 on other distros you can maybe take some guesses from the PKGBUILD files on how to get it to run… or the patches… take whatever you need 😀

On ArchLinux Two packages are needed to get it to work:

xulrunner-qt (http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=36107)

firefox-qt (http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=22050)
old download links: http://friesoft.mh1.at/firefox-qt-3.6.2-1.src.tar.gz (thx to a good friend for providing me with the space 🙂

Warnings:

  • YES this WILL eat your hamster! – no it won’t survive that sorry
  • DON’T use your default profile for that – it will break/segfault on startup
  • the package dependencies are MORE THAN suboptimal…
  • the compilation itself MAY have wrong parameters – I don’t know – I just tried to get it to work…. somehow…
  • YOU WILL HAVE TO UNINSTALL firefox and xulrunner BEFORE! /etc/gre.d and the file inside aren’t compatible… don’t know how to change that…
  • other than that: firefox-qt installs to /opt/ffqt

These packages are 1:1 based on the current firefox and xulrunner packages I got with pacman (I got the source using pacman -G firefox xulrunner), I didn’t modify any copyright, etc… this was just a “Make-it-work-thingy”… Everything needed to get it to work isn’t really my work – I just put it together.. from various sites… ranging from wikis to some strange japanese sites

Well… happy testing… happy bugfixing (hopefully)… and happy hacking (you gotta do that if you want firefox-qt to succeed)… sadly I don’t have enough time to do it myself…

Saving freedesktop.org

Hey!

Just a short article — very good reading with really sad but true facts.. at least there is hope – if we work together!

http://digg.com/linux_unix/Saving_freedesktop_together

Please digg && help out as best as you can 🙂

Cya @saving the world.. ehm… freedesktop.org 😀