Tag Archive: plasma


What have I realized? I’ve blogged WAY too few lately 😦 Sorry about that… didn’t have much time.. still hasn’t changed but I’ll try to blog more often from now on… maybe I can find the time to do so in some boring lessons at school :p

Any news from my front? Think so:

The accounting suite Allevo is progressing really nicely (although I’ve stalled with hacking a bit the last days.. but the others of the group are still working nicely πŸ™‚ ).

I’ve promised myself to spend some more time with Sabayon Control Center. I really hope I won’t disappoint myself πŸ˜€

Yesterday I tried to compile Systemcenter again on Windows Vista x64 and on openSUSE 11.1 x64. Was a bit interesting.. to say the least… On Windows I had to fix compile errors first (missing header files for some weird Windows API Calls… I HATE THE WINDOWS API 😦 ) .. and on Linux many things didn’t work anymore.. although I can’t remember if it’s because I’m in the middle of restructuring or because the Linux /proc tree Β changed so much in the last kernel versions… hope I’ll have some time to fix those things.

What I’d also like to try is to create a port of Systemcenter to KDE4. Maybe even rewrite it so that it fits in with Powerdevil and the Battery Plasmoid.. Would like to monitor the CPU frequency, CPU temperature and such stuff there…

But that’s all for the future… now it’s now πŸ˜€

What have I done today? I’ve recompiled KDE 4.3 trunk… Looking great, working great if it wouldn’t destroy my plasma-desktop (no error.. it has changed πŸ˜‰ ) config every now and than… could be because of the recompiles or .. don’t know.. if you know the cause please write me a comment ^^

One thing I still miss under KDE 4.3 compared to Windows is the speedy Explorer. Yeah dolphin and konqueror are pretty fast in general… but with larger folders it’s just lagging sooo much behind.. even selection of items takes a while 😦 And the even sader thing is: On windows dolphin works faster… but still not as fast as the Windows Explorer.. so something in Linux (kernel??) or the graphics drivers are to blame I think.. correct me if I’m wrong (yes I’ve disabled all file previews)…

Another thing which I’ve heard quite a bit lately is PlasMate. The IDE for plasmoid/applet/whatever_you_call_it writing. Afaics nothing works at the moment beside of the UI but that looks already pretty promising if you’ve got some imagination. Well.. nothing sounds a bit hard.. you get a start screen to choose what project type you want, creating a project works, you get a tree with possible files, you have a bar at the left side of the screen for changing between code, documentation, publishing and such stuff.. looks pretty interesting … like QtCreator πŸ˜€

QtCreator and KDevelop.. two giants battling each other.. well sort of.. they’ve got different purposes each has it’s ups and downs.. personally I like the clean design of QtCreator.. but KDevelop feels much more powerful.. if it wouldn’t crash on me every now and than… also shortcuts don’t work for me… Code Completion (Ctrl + Space) opens up a dialog that that command is ambiguous… yeah.. tells me much ^^ I’ve looked into the “Configure shortcuts” dialog.. Ctrl + Shift + Space… does nothing.. interesting… so command completion doesn’t work atm… too bad … can’t live without it anymore… also the UI file integration for Qt crashed on me and I’m missing Qt Help integration… time will tell how it evolves… but it looks promising.

So… that was enough writing for the moment.. got other things to write for school and projects… ah.. just remembered myself of my LONG todo…

Cya soon (hopefully)


So.. I’m back πŸ™‚

On my recently upgraded openSUSE 11.1 Factory (Alpha 0) I’ve just retried to get my KDE trunk checkout back to work again (after I unbroke my system after one canceled system upgrade). The first step was replacing kdm3 with kdm4 … after a lot of fiddling with config files (/etc/sysconfigs/displaymanager), xessions, recompiling the kdm module, setting the right path variables, etc. I finally got it to work *sight*

But it has payed off.. it looks REALLY cool in the default theme πŸ™‚

Well… problem 1 — Solved

Let’s attack problem 2: KDE startup… I’ve removed my config files to get a clean setup.. well.. seems it was the wrong decision.. the current trunk (24.7.2008) has a bug which prevents the recreation of the configs (if I’ve understood the problem correctly) .. it’s described here:

Mailing list entry: http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-core-devel&m=121615750824656&w=2

I’ve tried the patch.. doesn’t work.. I’ve tried the script.. doesn’t work.. plasma just won’t start.. krunner works, and all programs I start from it .. as far as I’ve seen plasma starts and disappears emmediately 😦

well… I’ll try copying my config Β files from my notebook to that pc.. hope that will work out.. stay tuned for some more news tomorrow ^^

btw: take a look at phoronix (http://www.phoronix.com) … very interesting articles to read.. my favourite articles atm are about the upcoming improvements in the X-Server (GEM, DRI2, Kernel based mode settings) .. can’t get enough of news about them ^^