Month: November 2009

Who is the FSFE?

The FSFE stand at FSCONS was staffed by a mix of full-time employees, interns, volunteers, Fellows, country team leads and (occasionally) anyone who would stand there for a few minutes while the rest took off for a food break. In order to show who the FSFE is, I took to drawing little portraits on the […]

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An alternative to KRecipes

Every now and then I post a recipe on this blog, and sometimes I muse about KRecipes, and there have been a few KDE events (the launch event in Mountain View, or CampKDE) where I’ve baked cookies or done other foodie-oriented activities. You can usually count on me to go looking for interesting food (there […]

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The Science of Innovation

A somewhat odd article that touches on patents and science crossed my desk last week in the weekend science section of my newspaper, the NRC. It’s about an experiment used to detect dark matter, the DAMA experiment undertaken under the Gran Sasso mountain. Science is largely about reproducibility, at least in the physical sciences: an […]

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A Day at FSCONS

FSCONS day one is nearly done. The FSFE track in the morning was fairly well attended. Both technical topics (like the Fellowship GPG smartcard) and legal. I’ve attended a few other talks, talked to lots of people about licensing issues, eaten scrumptious cookies (the catering is both vegetarian and excellent), and now I’m ready for […]

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Right, Constantly

Markey is right. Some of his commenters are not. So I’ll illustrate, because const-correctness and const-consistency is important for cross-platform quality. In other words, getting it right means that other plaforms than Linux-with-GNU-userland-and-gcc will be able to compile KDE apps in one go. The main thing about const-consistency is that some compilers mangle the constness […]

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QtCreator on OpenSolaris

At FSCONS I attended a talk by Johan Thelin — good to see someone whose blog I’ve followed for a long time, but whom I’d never met before — about QtCreator. The talk itself was a bit simple, more a “how to get the toolchain going” than a “deep secrets of Qt creator.” But because […]

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North by North-West

Right. Got that heading? Now turn 90 degrees to your right, because Gothenburg is that way. It’s time for FSCONS, the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit, so off we go. I’ll be talking about licensing, best practices in governance and trying to learn about Swedish copyright law for a few days. Looking forward to […]

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KDE 4.3.2 on OpenSolaris

For those tracking KDE4 OpenSolaris, I’ve updated the pkg repository for KDE4 packages. There’s a couple of things to note: This build requires nv126 or later. Build 124 introduced some new incompatibilities in OpenSolaris itself, which trips up kdebase-apps builds — this has been hacked around, but we need to find a good fix that […]

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Bitlbee FTW!

I’m old-school. No, really. Even in this day and age of graphical desktops (and, hey, I could hot-desk X11 sessions at home with my smartcard if I really wanted to) I keep an ssh tunnel open to a friendly server, with GNU screen and irssi in there. And that’s my Instant Messaging setup. Kopete is […]

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Changing standards for standards

Yesterday I rattled on about change processes for open standards; or at least, tried to suggest I’d done some thinking on the topic. This post is a little more “meta” because I’m going to point to some articles describing how the standards up to which standards are held, change — in non-open ways. First off, […]

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