Tag Archive: ArchLinux


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

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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? 😛

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 🙂