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KDE Releases Frameworks 5 Tech Preview

stilborne Re:Backwardness of KDE continues (51 comments)

"True innovation would be to provide a script-based approach to most of the GUI stuff, e.g. nodejs/browser API .. and then provide native code layer"

We started working on exactly that ~5 years ago and the result is QML2 and Plasma (two separate things, but they work wonderfully together). As the node.js project founder said when he saw QML for the first time: "Wow, it's HTML5 done right."

So KDE is truly innovative, you're just too uninformed to have known and ~5 years too late to the suggestion table. (I'm not entirely sure how the /. smarminess works, but I gave it my best try with that last sentence .. did I succeed? ;)

about 8 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:"schematics available soon" (98 comments)

No, translation "we've been working very hard on this device, and will be releasing them at shipping time". We've put the Open Hardware Logo on the feature board and everyone who has participated in this project has licensed their contributions under the GPL. We're not about to start our first product by violating each other's licenses. Please, give us a bit more credit than that. Most of the people involved have been releasing things far more valuable and work intensive than this as Free software/hardware over the years, after all.

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:VGA port? (98 comments)

" Of course if you believe this thing will appear on time, work and ever see another module which is compatible with it I have a nice bridge here to sell you"

So, it works. How do we know? We already have finished pieces in hand and use them.

Other modules: are alread add-ons such as VGA connectors and keyboard kits in prototyping; I've already seen two more feature boards; as for other CPU cards, those are further away but on the roadmap.

Who peed in your cereal?

I know it's easier to be cynical than to be helpful, but if you support projects like this they actually do go further.

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:VGA port? (98 comments)

There is HDMI out, which is digital.

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:Extremely capable? (98 comments)

This is an engineering board, not a smartphone. If you look around what is available for prototyping and developing projects, you'll find that single core ARM is actually the common case. This is a significant amount of hardware for the market category. This is also considerably more powerful than what smartphones were shipping with 3 years ago, though today's high end phones do come with more cores.

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:Like a cubieboard... (98 comments)

What makes you think this is a tablet? It isn't. It's an engineering board.

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:How is it compaired to Cubieboard2 ? (98 comments)

They are similar in hardware capacity, except that Improv is modular (not everything is hardwired on one board) and is not a sold-and-forgotten piece of hardware but has an active Free software and hardware devel community around it.

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:How is it compared to Rasp Pi ? (98 comments)

> How is this thing compared (hardware wise) to Raspberry Pi ?

RPi is a single core 7o0 MHz ARM11 with 512 MB RAM and no on-board storage; Improv is a dual core 1Ghz Cortex-A7 with 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND flash and a more powerful GPU. Improv is also modular so you can swap out the CPU card as well get feature boards with additional features in future. So Improv is several times more powerful and quite a bit more flexible. You also get things like SATA with the Improv.

As for software, anything that runs on the RPi run on Improv, while the reverse is not true. Some ARM Linux OSes require hard float, such as Ubuntu, which RPi does not provide but Improv does

about 10 months ago
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Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

stilborne Re:OK, "open hardware" (98 comments)

The announcement and website clearly state that the feature board which the EOMA68 docks to is open hardware; yes the A20 is not open hardware, and that was never stated otherwise.

about 10 months ago
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Frameworks 5: KDE Libraries Reworked Into Portable Qt Modules

stilborne Re:I hope QT remains cleanly separate (68 comments)

That's like saying you fear Qt becoming dependent on BlueZ because some applications need some bluetooth specific features and use libbluez. Which is to say: your fear makes zero sense. Which is good, as that means you can stop being worried.

about a year ago
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Frameworks 5: KDE Libraries Reworked Into Portable Qt Modules

stilborne Re:The enigma (68 comments)

> hiding the cursor when it's over a text field that's being typed in

This works perfectly here.

> allowing for pure alphabetical sorting in file dialogs (not by-inode-type, then alphabetical)

Click on the configure menu (wrench icon), go to sorting, deselect "Fodlers First".

And if someone thinks of complaining that that should be the default: it's what people are used to. At least it is configurable to your liking.

You're welcome :)

about a year ago
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What's Going On In KDE Plasma Workspaces 2?

stilborne Re:Same as in the rest of Linux (122 comments)

It's not either/or, but both/and. Bugs are fixed, usability is improved .. AND work is ongoing at making necessary infrastructural improvements.

If what you got from this article was "new colors! new shapes!" you have somehow misunderstood what you were seeing. The colors and shapes are completely secondary to the work being done to modularize the existing libraries and have support for hardware accelerated rendering for the entire desktop shell. The colors and shapes are parts of a test framework designed to, well, test the underlying framework; they are not a user-facing product.

Perhaps /. isn't the best place for topics that aren't about cosmetics.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Going On In KDE Plasma Workspaces 2?

stilborne Re:While this looks neat, (122 comments)

As Sebastian has noted clearly time and again, the effects shown in the demo are what are used to test the framework. They are not the default effects that will be part of the actually released product. It is not unusual for framework test applications to look odd or even plain out ugly as their job is to push the framework and test the various capabilities.

So, no .. this isn't about wobbling things. It's about having a working hardware accelerated canvas that can be extended in several ways, one of which includes OpenGL shaders...

about a year and a half ago
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What's Going On In KDE Plasma Workspaces 2?

stilborne Re:Wait a minute.... (122 comments)

Those aren't windows, those are desktop widgets. Nice try, though.

about a year and a half ago
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KDE Frameworks 5.0 In Development

stilborne Re:I hope they make it like 3.5! (227 comments)

* you can rubber band in the file manager
* weather works just fine with European cities. i live in one, so i know.
* graphics glitches are usually driver related, but we've also fixed a lot of issues (small and large) in the least couple of years
* creating a launcher -> drag it from the file manager, the launcher, from a search in krunner, ... yeah, not hard.

i realize that reality often does not come into play much when people create and then post again and again these kinds of lists. really it comes down to your last point, doesn't it: you have a highly personal preference for 3.5 (which is fine) and you work backwards from that to justify it. your points, however, are outdated or were never correct.

but that's alright. one can't please everyone all the time, of course. we do have many users who are quite happy, and both sides of that (number of users and average satisfaction) appears to be growing with each release. perhaps not amazingly, it is those people, not those who generate lists for re-posting on every article they can find, who get developer focus.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Releases Qt SDK For Mobile Development

stilborne Re:KDE 4 needed (76 comments)

We're already working on it: http://www.notmart.org/index.php/Software/KDE_on_MeeGo

We had been working previously with both Maemo and Moblin, so this in a way simplifies things a bit for us. It's early days yet, but we're making great progress. The more the merrier, so feel free to join us (you can find us in #plasma on irc.freenode.net)

more than 4 years ago
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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

stilborne Re:Can I put my taskbar at top now? (368 comments)

it wasn't talled "the taskbar" in KDE 2 or KDE 3 either. :) in fact, Plasma calls them exactly what they were called in KDE 2 and 3: panels. the "taskbar" has always referred to the windows picker/manager. personally, i wish we'd always called it something like "windows" that was a bit more obvious.

but yes, in this case it's actually completely consistent with what's always been there.

sorry to burst your bubble.

more than 4 years ago
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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

stilborne Re:It still sucks for developers (368 comments)

> I'm just asking for a tiny fraction of that effort put toward helping me understand how to develop apps for it.

techbase.kde.org

and it's an open wiki with a large number of people contributing to it.

> I'd be happy to help with docs, but I need some guidance.

you can find many of us on irc.freenode.net in #kde-devel and there are all the mailing lists.

more than 4 years ago
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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

stilborne Re:Is it time to look yet? (368 comments)

> it started around 4.0 and 4.1, back when it was not possible to have good KDE releases

KDE specifically stated that 4.0 should not be used in production, and yet that's what a number of distributions rushed to do: place it as the default their users got when installing an OS that was intended for production use. i understand why distributions did what they did, but those are reasons not justificatons. i think a lot has been sorted out on all sides since then, and things are improving in general (though we saw a repeat of the same with pulseaudio, sadly)

more than 4 years ago
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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

stilborne Re:Is it time to look yet? (368 comments)

> I want to know how development progresses,

we used to have that in the form of the commit digest. would be nice to see that revived by people with interest and the time.

> I want a website which displays the reported recent plasma crashes.

easily available with a query (which you can save, btw) on bugs.kde.org

> I want a website that explains me a single working methods how to set up a built environment on a free machine.

techbase.kde.org, which is linked to from kde.org

> I want an idea torrent set up for KDE.

brainstorm.forum.kde.org

> I want to see the users get involved to discuss KDE in a open and honest way.

i would, too. unfortunately that seems to require more time for research and patience for careful analysis than most computer users can manage. just because it's a GUI that you can see with your eyes and manipulate with your mouse doesn't make the topics of design immediately accessible.

> I don't want slogans and empty marketing gibberish. I want better code.

would you take both? or rather, ignore the former as they are evidently not for you and revel instead in the latter.

> I don't want a code of conduct bullshit,

i'm sorry to hear you think agreeing to treat others with reasonable levels of common-sense care is bullshit. those who spend their time working on KDE tend to feel differently about that.

> I want management by geeks and hacker ethics.

the two aren't mutually exclusive.

> I want to praise the artists which make KDE great.

kde-artists@kde.org

more than 4 years ago

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