All posts by Mario Behling

LXDE one of the largest open-source teams in the world

I just found this factoid on Ohloh and I am amazed to read this:

LXDE: Very large, active development team
Over the past twelve months, 26 developers contributed new code to LXDE. This is one of the largest open-source teams in the world, and is in the top 2% of all project teams on Ohloh. For this measurement, Ohloh considered only recent changes to the code. Over the entire history of the project, 46 developers have contributed. (http://www.ohloh.net/p/lxde/factoids/)

I believe everyone in the LXDE team still considers the project as a rather small project with a small team. There have been many changes and advances, but I would have never guessed that LXDE is one of the big projects. If we see it in regards to Gnome and KDE, the relations become different though. Gnome has 432 developers according to Ohloh and KDE even 482 code contributors. XFCE shows up with 12 coders during the last twelve months.

I wonder how many people actually work in different desktop projects at the same time. We have friendly relationships with many contributors working on different projects already. Chris Wickert for example is a core member of LXDE and at the same time taking care of XFCE packages in Fedora. In the end we all share the same ideas and goals about free and open source and we actually share a lot of the code with many projects, especially with our friends from XFCE.

Everyone, keep up the good work! I hope to see more exchange and friendships among our projects. We welcome everyone to work and cooperate with us even if we have some different views sometimes on specific questions. In the end it is cooperation what makes us – as a software project and a community – advance faster and become better.

LXDE core member Chris Wickert for Fedora Engeneering Steering Committee

Please support LXDE and vote for our core member Chris Wickert in the elections of the Fedora Engeneering Steering Committee.

  • Christoph is the maintainer of Xfce and LXDE in Fedora. A vote for Chris is a vote for lightweight desktops in Fedora.
  • His goals are to make Fedora more lightweight and less ressource hungry as well as keeping depencies low.

chriswickert-fedora-lxde

To vote for Chris you need to have a  (1) Fedora Account and (2) be accepted in a group, for example join Fedora Ambassadors. Voting is possible until June 22, 2009.

Chris is the most active distro package maintainer of LXDE in Fedora. His engagements is a great success for both Fedora and LXDE as the large interest at Chemnitzer Linuxtage and other events have shown recently.

A quote from Chris Wickert:

(I want to) … improve packaging quality and enforce higher standards for better cross desktop interoperability. Try to reduce the dependency bloat to make sure Fedora does not become too fat, so it still can be used on older or smaller hardware like netbooks or the OLPC without too much pain.

Nominations followed a predefined structure, where people could ask questions and get answers. The answers of Chris here. There was also an official IRC meet up for candidates with the logs also available.

Please vote for Chris on this page: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/fescof12

Links

* Blog of Chris Wickert http://www.christoph-wickert.de/blog/
* Join Fedora https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts
* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections/Questionnaire
* http://www.leemhuis.info/files/fedora/answers.txt
* http://www.leemhuis.info/files/fedora/answers-table.ods
* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meetings:Town_Hall_FESCo_2009-06-03_1400

LXDE start pages in Portuguese

The LXDE.org start pages are now available in Portuguese thanks to Henrique P. Machado (zehrique) from Brazil who has translated the content. The set up of the language was done together with Mwei from Taiwan. We welcome contributors who are interested in having the LXDE start pages in their language. Please contact us through the mailing list of the translation project.

lxde.org-lightweight-x11-desktop-environment-portugues

The Portuguese Introduction of LXDE

O “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment”, é um ambiente de área de trabalho extremamente rápido, ágil e poupador de energia. Ele é mantido por uma comunidade internacional de desenvolvedores e vem com uma bonita interface com o usuário, suporte a múltiplos idiomas, atalhos de teclado padrões e características adicionais, como um gerenciador de arquivos com navegação em abas. O LXDE exige menos da CPU e consome menos memória RAM. Ele é desenhado especialmente para computadores em nuvem com especificações de hardware limitadas, como netbooks, dispositivos móveis (ex.: MIDs) ou computadores antigos. O LXDE pode ser instalado em distribuições como Ubuntu ou Debian. Ele provê uma rápida interação com o desktop, conectando-se facilmente com aplicativos na nuvem. O LXDE suporta uma gama enorme de programas, que podem ser instalados localmente com os sistemas Linux. O código-fonte do LXDE está licenciado parcialmente sob os termos da Licença Pública Geral (GPL) e parcialmente sob a LGPL.

Join the Translation Project

Please join the translation project, subscribe to the mailing list and add your name into our wiki page for the Translation project.

Links

* Translation Project http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Category:Translations

* Translation Mailing List http://mailinglist.lxde.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/translation

* LXDE Online Translation of components http://pootle.lxde.bsnet.se

xkb: New Applet for LXPanel

PCMan has added a new branch named lxpanel-xkb in the LXDE Repository.

svn co https://lxde.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/lxde/branches/lxpanel-xkb

It’s a new applet for lxpanel which will be a keyboard layout switcher. The original one in lxpanel is broken, and will be removed. The new one will be based on libxlavier, a good library handling xkb. However, we’re from Taiwan, and we don’t know how keyboard layouts work. So help is needed. If you’re a developer living in Europe or some other places requiring switching between different keyboard layouts, please help. (PCMan)

If you are interested in the development of LXDE, please also join our developers mailing list.

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXPanel

* https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

PCManFM: OpenSolaris distribution Milax with LXDE component

The first LXDE component has been included in an OpenSolaris distribution. Milax includes PCMan File Manager in its new release. The LXDE/OpenSolaris project was started last year. Alfred Peng from China is responsible for porting LXDE components to OpenSolaris.

Milax OpenSolaris with LXDE components

Links:

* http://www.milax.org/?p=218

* PCManFM http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCManFM

* http://opensolaris.org/os/community/desktop/communities/lxde/

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/OpenSolaris

Nominate LXDE for the Community Choice Awards 2009

cca_nominatePlease nominate LXDE for the Community Choice Awards 2009 till May 29, 2009.

LXDE was started already in 2005 in Taiwan and has spread all over the world. During the last year the project made big advances. New components have been added and older ones were updated. We have formed a viable translation project with people translating components from Peru to Egypt to Japan to Germany and all around the globe. LXDE is now included in many Linux distros, was ported to Google Android, has been shown to work on BSD, and was established as a Desktop Project for OpenSolaris.

During my recent travel to China I discovered that many of the small Chinese hardware producers customize LXDE and use it on their devices. LXDE offers new business opportunities for these producers. I have received many emails of people using LXDE like in whole universities in Brazil.

Please tell us your story how you use LXDE or participate in the project and please show your support for LXDE and the growing community by nominating the project for the community choice awards 2009. The LXDE project is still a project of a small community, but looking to who is participating, we already achieved to form a truly international project, which inspires me to continue supporting the project and freely licensed Open Source projects in general.

The message of LXDE: International Free and Open Source development across cultures and regions works! Faster, more lightweight and energy efficient systems are possible!

There are many projects that deserve to get this awards. I certainly believe LXDE should be one of them. I nominated LXDE for:

  • Best Project
  • Best Commercial Open Source Project
  • Most Likely to Change The Way You do Everything

Please join us. Thank you for your support!

Important Dates

  • May 6 – Nominations open
  • May 29 – Nominations close
  • June 22 – Finalists announced, voting opens
  • July 20 – Voting closes
  • July 23 – Winners are announced at OSCON
Links

Making LXDE packages at Coding for Fun in Beijing

I am meeting up with some folks from the Beijing Linux User Group at Coding for fun at the Thiz Linux office in Beijing.

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It is great to see how dedicated everyone is. eMBee is teaching Guang Yudong how to actually create packages. Besides that we have Zhang Sen working on his Google Summer of Code project, folks working on OpenMoko and supporting Chengying in her first steps with Linux. Xuedi is discussing with Anthony Fok and Ollo about other cool staff in the FOSS/Open Source community. Thanks for a great time in Beijing!

Xuedi with Beijinglug T-shirt

T-shirts and Banners for LXDE

LXDEs popularity is increasing and so people ask for presentation materials and T-shirts. So, lets design some T-shirts and banners together.

We are calling for you to make some T-shirt designs and designs for the display of LXDE at community events with PVC banners. You are a designer or like to become one? Please join
- the design project page http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Category:Design
- the design mailing list http://mailinglist.lxde.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/design
- and post your designs in the Forum at http://forum.lxde.org/viewforum.php?f=13

We are looking for T-Shirt prints we can use for example at the Linuxtag in Berlin and also for designs for banners of the size of 160×60 cm. Feel free to include screenshots, pictures of the community and anything you can think of :-)

Happy to see your results soon!

New LXDE Components available

PCMan released new LXDE Components and improved settings structure of LXDE.

1. LXInput. This is a config tool used to configure your keyboard and mouse under LXDE.
2. The lxde-settings-daemon: The original lxde-settings is moved from lxde-common to a new separate package and was renamed to lxde-settings-daemon. In addition to the theme, now the settings daemon will configure keyboard and mouse for you. (works with lxinput config tool)
3. lxde-common 0.4: some fixes were done, and unused files are removed. lxde-common is now a noarch, data-only package, and doesn’t contain any binary program in it. The settings daemon is now in lxde-settings-daemon.
4. menu-cache 0.2.5: binaries are now moved to libexec.
5. The original lxsession is deprecated, and will be totally replaced by lxsession-lite since X11 session management is problematic, complicated, and rarely used by applications. GNOME now replaced XSM with dbus, too. So we don’t need that anymore.

LXDE in CentOS

Avelino from the CentOS Community in Brazil and Chris Wickert had an interesting talk on the LXDE IRC (irc.oftc.net #lxde), how to make LXDE run in CentOS.

There are no LXDE rpms for CentOS yet, but it is possible to rebuild the srpms from Fedora.

You can grab the latest packages from https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates, use the search box to search for a package and then install as described in http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Fedora.

If you download and install the CentOS RPM it should work fine (https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/search/lxde).

You will also need menu-cache if you install latest lxpanel 0.4.0 or a later version.