[en] Welcome to euroquis.nl. Originally intended as a site for a European source-code-quality project, it now serves as the hub of my online presence. Most of what happens here goes on on the blog.

[nl] Welkom bij euroquis.nl. Dit was oorspronkelijk bedoeld als site voor een Europees code-kwaliteitsbeoordelingsproject. Nu is het centrum van mijn online aanwezigheid. Er gebeurt vooral wat op mijn blog.


  • Calamares Qt6

    A week ago I wrote about Calamares 3.3.0 getting closer. One of the items on the TODO list for that release is Qt6 compatibility. That is a bit tricky because Calamares uses a bunch of KDE Frameworks and also KPMCore, all of which also need to be Qt6-compatible. Fortunately there is KaOS, an independent Linux distribution that is Calamares-friendly. And there is openSUSE with personal repositories of bleeding-edge KDE bits.

  • Slimbook Fixins

    My Slimbook died. I closed the lid and chucked the laptop into a backpack, and two hours later at the other end of that trip it didn’t start at all. Something I really like about Slimbook is their customer service. My experience is that sending them mail is actually useful, and this time I got back a bunch of troubleshooting advice and a disassembly video. So the machine may be out of warranty, there’s still support and help to repair the machine – good from a sustainability perspective, too.

  • Calamares Releases (3.2.62 and 3.3.0-alpha3)

    After a long pause, there are two new Calamares releases. Calamares is a Linux System Installer, and I was the maintainer for five years before resigning that role. Nobody has stepped up to take the role over, although Anke and Evan contribute regularly helping users and adding bits and pieces. So, I got some prodding to do new releases and did so.

  • Message media (IRC)

    Because I wanted to change some messaging settings for Calamares, I needed to connect to IRC again. And that told me

    -NickServ- Last login from: <somewhere> on Sep 17 16:20:26 2022 +0000.

    So apparently I have been using only Matrix for messaging around KDE things (and Calamares, and FreeBSD) for nearly a year. Since the bridges between IRC and Matrix have fallen down, I’m now stuck either wrangling IM infrastructure (with Andrius’ and Anke’s help, but it’s a waste of time for all of us) or just saying “here is the one (and only one) chat channel to reach Calamares”. Given the available emotional energy (e.g. lack of desire to monitor two chat applications), it is really likely that IRC is going to fall by the wayside.

  • Bloomberg BDE on FreeBSD

    At Akademy 2023 Tarcisio Fischer gave a talk about a visualization tool, which was applied to Bloomberg’s BDE (Basic Development Environment) set of libraries. It’s a bit Boost-ish, in the sense that it adds a whole bunch of stuff to make C++ nicer, and communicates closely with the standards committee. It is an opinionated library, with strongly articulated views on coding style and documentation. Nominally, it is a portable library (e.g. to Solaris, AIX, and this upstart experimental thingy called Linux). So after hearing Tarcisio’s talk and attending a BoF about the library, I decided to package it for FreeBSD.

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