Idea for individual desktop wallpapers in GNOME now GSOC project

Wow, quite proud that my initial proposal to work on individual workspace/desktop wallpapers has become a real Google Summer of Code 2008 project. It is also available as a bug since 2001.

Compiz Background Plugin in Action

The lucky one to bring you the bling is James Sharp.

I hope we will see some refactoring of the splattered code related to background handling and a quick and easy context based dialog to switch wallpaper on the current desktop. Being aware of multi-head setups should of course be included. In this case, the gdk monitor API surprisingly worked way more accurate than any xrandr, xinerama, X property reading stuff for me.

Adobe pushes Flash towards Free Open Source

Adobe LogoA pretty magnificent press release out of Adobe’s garage announcing a cooperative effort to push Flash and it’s formats into the free open source world…

It is a brilliant move and what I have been telling regarding Flash’s future since years.

I am pretty sure this is the result of some pushing by avid heads from Adobe’s ActionScript guru department who have had given hints at the need for this step in various blogs and ActionScript sources quite a while ago…

At least now, Adobe might now totally gain world domination for Flash.

Waiting for more moves like this…

Open inline URLs in gedit with Open URI Context Menu

Just a quick note that I updated my Open URI Context Menu plugin for gedit.

The plugin offers a simple way to open various file paths it detects within the text you are editing.

Open URI Context Menu 0.3.0 for gedit

With the latest quick hack which I wanted to do for a long time already, it can also spawn your favorite browser with a url from the text.

Should come really handy and was a requested plugin feature on the gedit plugin list and I had a couple of mails regarding it. Thus, I really hope you enjoy it!

To install it either use the gedit-plugins-extra package from my openSUSE repository or put the contents of the archive into ~/.gnome2/gedit/plugins and make sure gedit was compiled with python support.

Last but not least the usual: I got an exorbitant amount of work to do this week…

If you should be an avid symfony developer and need some work, please get in touch with me.

openSUSE, GNOME and Apples on the tubez

Work, work and work. That’s how to describe the big fraction of my current schedule and the result is a decreased sexyness in post frequency on this blog (I’ll debug it).

I managed to update the applications in my openSUSE repository and most should now be available in the latest versions and build for 10.3. Also Florian was so kind to add a few new goodies there, too:

  • blueman, blueproximity
  • dsniff
  • Miro
  • gthumb
  • gedit (python enabled) and gedit-plugins(-extra)
  • rhythmbox 0.11.5
  • transmission
  • Miro
  • gfax (heavily “to be upstreamed” patched, theme support, bugfixes, loads of UI improvements)
  • gcc-d (openSUSE based D language compiler)
  • evolution-pst-import-plugin (Directly export PST in Outlook and import it in Evolution)
  • evolution-statusicon (Adds a small notification area icon to hide/show Evolution)
  • evolution-tnef-attachments (If you receive those “winmail.dat” attachments, try this)
  • gnome-device-manager (HAL based device manager)

openSUSE 11.0 is nearing completition and from what I can see it is shaping up to spawn another “this year is the year of Linux” spam flood once released.

openSUSE 11.0 Yast2 Installer World Clock

After returning from a business trip I also noticed something pretty cool has arrived:

Funky openSUSE T-Shirt

Hugs go out to to JP Rosevear for sending stuff to people with weired IRC nicknames.

In other news, in case you missed it, GNOME 2.22 has been released and the iPhone SDK myths have finally be unveiled.

Now back to my attempts to grow myself two additional arms for coding…