Talk in Madrid

When in Madrid, seize the moment to talk about KDE — at the end of a friday afternoon after a day’s worth of meetings. The talk is open to all, so if you care to drop in (Dario will have left by then, though), do so. Here’s the blurb from the URJC folks:

We have two special invited talks as part of the Libre Software Project Management course, in the URJC Master on Libre Software Program at URJC. Speakers for these invited talks are:

* Adriaan de Groot (KDE project [1])
* Santiago Gala (Apache project [2]).

Friday 28, 2011 (16.00pm – 20.00pm) The session will be hosted at Madrid On Rails premises.

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This saturday there’s a KDE 4.6.0 release party in Madrid. I’ll be flying out of there at some horrible hour of the morning on saturday, so I’ll miss it. 6am? Maybe. The evening before the release party my friend Felipe has got me scheduled at URJC to talk about management of KDE. I suppose that most of my talk could be summed up as “management is pragmatic, based on who has energy right now and what they’re interested in.” But we’ll see what happens. As always I’m ready to expound upon Free Software subjects of all flavors at the drop of a hat.

Blog Moved

What finer activity on a sunday evening than migrating wordpress installations? I’ve moved my blog to hosting of my own; hosting which powers a bunch of my weird-inclination domain names. It so happens that the primary domain is, which was — once upon a time, mind — intended to be a quis custodiet custodes kind of monitoring of software quality tools. Never happened, so it may as well host my ramblings.

As part of this migration I’m going to try to get the wayback machine to cough up my old blog which was at, too — my original KDE-on-FreeBSD crew writings, and the first PHP CMS I ever built (I got better, don’t worry).

Newer OSOL packages

KDE 4.5.4 (why wasn’t that codenamed "pound" or such?) was released some time ago, so there’s updated OpenIndiana packages available. You can find them at the KDE 4.5 package repository. The naming is now deceptive: it’s KDE 4.5.4 in the 4.5.3 repo. Use specific FMRIs if you want to stick to the previous version. Only KDE packages were updated, so all the dependencies stay the same.

We have decided to drop OpenSolaris build 134 as a target. You can use these packages on OpenIndiana build 147 or later or Oracle Solaris Express build 151a. Maintaining compatibility with the older OSOL was increasing the complexity of building packages, putting our resources under strain. So we dropped it. We’re also still on the fence regarding Solaris 10 — no one seems to want it, which means that it may be swept under the rug sometime as well.

Change of direction

I see it’s been about six weeks since I last wrote something – anything – on my blog. Since then we’ve had Sinterklaas, Christmas, New Year’s, I’ve baked a variety of things that might have spiced up various tech articles, there have been interesting patent issues, etc. etc. My mind hasn’t really been on writing about that kind of stuff. My brother was over from Ethiopia, so I now have a fine assortment of spices and an Amharic cheat-sheet. Good holiday-season topics, but not something to bother Planet KDE (or other aggregations) with.

Allen kept reminding me of some sysadmin-ish things I needed to do with the EBN, so that finally was fixed, and now it has some useful DNS aliases as well. There was some occasional KDE e.V. work. didn’t get as much done there as I might have wanted — there’s the Sprints web-app and Sprints wiki pages update to go as well as the KDE e.V. website to clean up.

Anyway, time to wake up. December 1st I started a new job in a non-KDE programming position; I hack Python and documentation now. It’s for a non-profit association and development is Open-Source-ish — association members have SVN access, for instance. There’s some new sysadminning things to learn (like runnning Edgewall’s Trac) and I have many reasons to be thankful for today’s KDE 4.5.4 on Windows release. So far I’ve been using VMWare Player to avoid a good deal of pain — suffice to say that KMail on the desktop kicks Outlook squarely in the nadgers (a range of mountains near the Hub).

I’ve gotten used to the commute, reading the papers on the way out and using my n900 to catch up on KDE news on the way home in the evenings. What I do miss is a good WordPress blogging client on the phone (e.g. Blogilo). A nice Trac client would be a bonus, too. Maybe I will get into mobile apps development with Qt.