Monday, June 25, 2007

Canon Ixus 850

I'm planning buying a Canon Ixus 850 if i can get one for a reasonable price (between 300 for a barebone one and 350€ with extras) before going to akademy 2007. Anyone has first experience with it and want to give some comment? Please abstain people that have a Olympus/Sony/wathever :-)

See you on Saturday on Glasgow :-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

SpreadKDE rebirth

Thanks to Pier-Olivier Thibault & Luke Parry we got a new and shiny SpreadKDE webpage. Paraphrasing Pier-Olivier

We'd like to invite you to our new website where you'll find all the information you need. As of today, the main feature we implemented is a managing system for people who are willing to organize events on the behalf of KDE. If you have any question about, feel free to ask them here on or on #spreadkde on Freenode.

We strongly suggest you that if you're willing to organize an event, to make it so through the website as it will help us make the website more usable for you all.

As always help is welcome so if you want to help KDE building have a look at Building SpreadKDE

Saturday, June 16, 2007

KTuberling themers wanted

If you can draw and always wanted to help KDE but did not know how, this is your opportunity!

As you may know KTuberling got a nice SVG engine a month ago. The problem is that i am not able to draw, and even if the KDE world has some nice artists, they are overloaded with work, so more people on board never hurt.

Contributing themes for KTuberling is VERY easy. All you have to do is draw a nice SVG image.
As example, here are the two themes that we have currently
potato-game.svg and default_theme.svg, the themes.HOWTO file and the two .theme files for the SVG files potato-game.theme and default_theme.theme

If you have any code question do not hesitate to contact me at <aacid _AT_ kde _DOT_ org>
For graphical guidance contact kde games graphics dude at <johann _DOT_ ollivierlapeyre _AT_ gmail _DOT_ com>

KDE fame is waiting for you!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Strigi blog

Due to problems with kdedevelopers, Jos has opened a new blog at While clee adds him to the planet, see his latest post about strigi, Xesam and akademy 2007 at

More news tomorrow at the same time!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

TaxiPilot looking for developers

Thomas Friedrichsmeier, TaxiPilot's author is looking for development helpers to port his small but nice game to KDE 4. So if you are looking for a nice introduction to KDE 4 development do not hesitate to contact him!

Monday, June 04, 2007

okular and PS files

I'm having some problems deciding what to do with PS files on okular, seems strange, eh, since PS is so old and unchanging one would think it's a solved problem. At the moment we are using libgs instead of calling the gs binary to render the files but there are some things i am not sure, here is the list of pros and cons of using libgs.

* Using a library seems the right thing to my programmer mind
* We don't have to interact with gs using non-portable X properties like kghostview does
* We don't have to write the images to disk and then load them like ligature does

* Everyone (kghostview/evince/ligature) uses the gs binary
* libgs is not much widespread among distro packages, although that is improving and okular using it would probably "fix it"
* if libgs crashes it takes down the whole process
* libgs API is not what one would like it to be

So anyone out there that has the magic solution?

Of course, testers and constructive comments are more than welcome for the ghostscript okular backend, actually for all okular parts :-)