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“The future of Razor and LXDE-Qt”

Jerome Leclanche from the Razor-qt project posted to the LXDE and Razor-qt mailing lists yesterday about the future of the Razor project and the LXDE Qt subproject.

“…we have decided that the best course of action for both projects is to focus on a single desktop environment, instead of two.
There have been talks of ‘merging’ ever since LXDE-Qt was announced. Having taken the decision to collaborate, we’ve all had the pleasure of working together already.
Our plan is to cherry-pick the best parts of Razor and LXDE and include or port those to LXDE-Qt. Other components will be ported straight from GTK code or rewritten from scratch. In the end, we want to offer the best possible experience while reusing as much code as possible.”

In the coming weeks, our two teams will coordinate LXDE-Qt’s first release and Razor-qt’s official final release. The GTK version of LXDE will still be worked on and kept up to date with any improvement to the Qt version for the forseeable future.

In the longer term, most Razor-qt components will fully be integrated into the LXDE-Qt and both teams will focus on the same project. Looking further ahead, the GTK version of LXDE will be dropped and all efforts will be focused on the Qt port. We, the main developers and administrators of the projects, will try to figure out where we align and where we have differences to grind out.

See the complete posting at the mail archive for either Razor Qt or LXDE-list.

Bringing these two fine projects together will require help and we invite developers, translators and early adopters to join the effort at lxde-list@lists.sourceforge.net.

Will LXDE continue to use transifex.net?

UPDATE:
We’ve dropped transifex by now.

Maybe.

The recent weeks have been interesting in the world of online translation management as Transifex got promoted to 1.0. As we are one of the project using the hosted service at transifex.net since almost a year now it was with both joy and disappointment we read the changelog. While bringing many nice features and awesome changes it also dropped the key advantage feature and the real killer, direct integration with VCS (in our case git at sourceforge.net).

For the time being we can not guarantee that changes made in LXDE translation files at transifex.net will be integrated in the main LXDE component code. The general rule of thumb is to not use transifex.net to do updates to LXDE components until further notice because the risk of changes being in conflict it might make your changes corrupt. We still have the Pootle server running and as long as nothing changes there it is a good way of doing the translations. For a limited time period we will also accept changes via e-mail, send a message to the LXDE i18n mailinglist to get this sorted out for you.

We will try to get transifex.net going again. There is a possibility that we will fail and decide to not support it.
Either way we will state that here at the blog and in the LXDE i18n mailing list so just check back here in some days.

LXDE on Nexus One phone

Sven Killig has managed to run LXDE on his Nexus One in a USB host mode. He has made a video showing how all kinds of devices plugged in – including a web cam, keyboards, screens and a display link unit.

Connect USB devices to your Nexus One

Links:

Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2010/06/08/nexus-one-as-usb-host/

Sven Killig: http://sven.killig.de/android/N1/2.2/usb_host/

Google Summer of Code: Please submit your ideas and student applications for LXDE


LXDE
has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2010. We are looking forward to a great summer with more people joining development. Please propose ideas for the program on our idea page. Students wishing to apply, please check out the Student Check List in the wiki and join us on irc.oftc.net #lxde to discuss your ideas. A channel for discussion in Chinese on irc.oftc.net #lxde-zh. A German channel is available at #lxde-de.

Our mailing list is here: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

Every application is welcome. We are not only looking for experienced students, but for anyone wishing to contribute to LXDE also after the summer.

The application period starts on March 29, 2010. Please use the time to discuss your ideas beforehand already.

Links

* LXDE Idea Page: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

* GSoC program: http://socghop.appspot.com/

* Accepted Organization: http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2010

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

openSUSE-LXDE development status

Ok people… openSUSE 11.3 Milestone2 has been released and quite soon we will have the Milestone3.

So now, after lot’s of promises, what is the status now?

IT’S DONE!

yes… it’s done… openSUSE 11.3 allow now to install LXDE directly from installation DVD or Net install. I’m sure all of you reading this post wants to try it, but for lazy people (and i know there are a lot of them outside), just click here and watch some pictures.

Can that be all? No of course not!

Just today i announced to opensuse-lxde and opensuse-factory mailing lists that we switched finally to pcmanfm2.

Even if that one is not yet stable, and even if it’s still on alpha release stage, it’s already feature rich and stable enoguht for daily usage. Of course bugs exist and you report is welcome, so we can fix them.

But it’s not enough, thanks to sidux lxde community we have a couple of nice tools: lxdm-conf and lxcc.

lxdm-conf as name suggest, it is a simple and powerful tool that helps you to edit lxdm settings without take care to manually edit /etc/lxdm/lxdm.conf file. This tool is already into repos.

lxcc instead is a small control center, written using python-gtk. It’s based on an idea of PCLinuxOS Community that wrote lxdecc using gtkdialog. Instead to port original lxdecc to openSUSE we choose to cooperate with Sidux on lxcc simply because gtkdialog looks to be a dead project. Lxcc is not yet into repos, so here a screenshot:

Schermata

And to finish a very good news. We are working on live cds. Yes, it’s taking looong time, but now we should be able to provide you better ISOs in shorter time since we moved from suse-studio to OBS kiwi system. Preliminary images can be downloaded from here: X11:lxde (login required).

Most probably, a preliminary image will be published soon for a testing (based on openSUSE 11.2), in the same way, a Factory based live CD should be ready soon. Of course, i can’t forget, all that work on ISOs couldn’t be possible without the Dmitry serpokryl help (The author of SOAD).

I hope you’ll enjoy openSUSE-LXDE experience. So please, test test test and test it again. We have to provide the best LXDE ever!

LXDE Google Summer of Code 2010

LXDE is applying as a project for the Google Summer of Code 2010. For students it is a good way to get deeper involved into Free and Open Source Software and LXDE specifically. During the summer students have the chance to code on LXDE and get paid by Google.

Some other projects usually also offer student slots for the LXDE community in the program. We are gathering project ideas, as a way to start for applicants here. If you are interested to join LXDE at the summer of code and would like to discuss project ideas, please join us on IRC at irc.oftc.net #lxde and on the mailing list: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

If you have already an idea about a project you would like to do, please also leave your idea here as well: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

Please also check out our students check list: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_-_Student_Check_List

Background info on Google Summer of Code

The most common question we get from students is “How do I prepare for Google Summer of Code?” The simple answer is not to wait for the program to get involved in open source. Start checking out projects now: take a look at documentation, check out their source code and idle in some IRC channels to see what interests you. The projects who have been past participants in Google Summer of Code are a great place to start; use the categorized list of mentoring organizations (e.g. projects listed by programming languages) from 2009 to help you get started.

About Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 3,400 students and more than more than 3,000 mentors & co-mentors from nearly 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

* Frequently asked questions: http://socghop.appspot.com/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2010/faqs

* LXDE Project Ideas: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

* Student Check List: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_-_Student_Check_List

LXDE opportunities for OLPC Afghanistan and OLPC Vietnam

Faster and easier IT tools can benefit a lot of people all over the world. A goal that LXDE shares with One Laptop per Child. To bring LXDE on the XO-laptop can help to turn the XO from a tool for children only into a device for the whole family.

OLPC Afghanistan

OLPC Afghanistan

This year in April I had the chance to go to Afghanistan again continuing the cooperation with OLPC Afghanistan. The goal – to provide a drop in replacement for the Sugar desktop and to give users the choice between different desktops.

Whereas smaller kids use the laptop with all the advantages of the educational approach of Sugar, LXDE on the XO can be used by older family members as a more traditional desktop. Providing information about the local community and including projects like a collection of a local business directory makes the deployment of laptops more useful for the whole family and supports them in making a living and improving their lives.

Mario Behling in Afghanistan setting up a Freifunk Network and LXDE computer systems

Small energy saving devices like the XO offer access to knowledge and information in Afghanistan, even more so as the Afghan project deploys Freifunk Networks as part of the project implementation. A school server with thousands of books thus can serve local communities outside schools via advanced wifi mesh networks.

OLPC Vietnam

For a second cooperation with OLPC I am looking to Vietnam, that offers “all the ingredients” for a successful deployment of IT and communication technologies. The ultimate goal of OLPC Vietnam is a large scale deployment to support and foster the change of frontal teachers centralized methods to a learner and learning focused methodology in Vietnam.

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO
* http://olpc.af
* http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Vietnam
* http://olpc.vn

# The OLPC Vietnam project with LXDE will be presented at the GNOME.Asia Summit in Vietnam from Nov. 20-22: http://gnome.asia

LXDE Fedora for the XO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

After our meet up at the Google Summit in Mountain View last week Yaakov Nemoy now published a simple Hacking Guide for LXDE/Fedora on the XO of the OLPC project. While Christoph Wickert and the LXDE team is already working on a fully supported version for the XO, this is “a bunch of quick and dirty hacks to get people started”.

Yaakov: We’ve got a few long term issues we have to look at.

  • Getting an olpc-switch-foo app for switching to LXDE Including LXDE in a build rather than gnome
  • Testing zypper as an alternative to yum. (We may just want to include both if there’s the space, i do not believe in shipping devices that are crippled if we can help it, we don’t know the true use case yet.)
  • … it seems that the os8.img has issues with  WPA access points.

We are documenting the advancements of LXDE on the XO in the LXDE Wiki (http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO) as well as in the wiki of laptop.org (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/LXDE).

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO
* http://wiki.laptop.org/go/LXDE
* http://olpc.vn

LXDE Developer Gathering in Taiwan from September 25-27, 2009

The “Software Liberty Asscocation of Taiwan” (SLAT) is featuring the LXDE community during ICOS 2009 – International Conference on Open Source in Taipei in September 2009.

Taiwan is the place of LXDE’s birth. And most of the LXDE core developers are  based in Taiwan. We are inviting LXDE developers to this event, which is co-organized by LXDE core member Andrew Lee.

PCMan: ” I think it’s a good opportunity to have a LXDE developer gathering or CodeFest.”

So, please join us in Taipei from September 25-27. Participants may get accommodation and food sonsorship. Remember to add your name to the dedicated wiki-page if you are joining us. Please also send a separate email with your information to apply for sonsorship to andrew AT linux.org.tw.

Details

  • Date: 25th-27th September 2009
  • Location: ICOS2009 Venue, No.235, Sec. 2, Fuxing S. Rd., Da-an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Transport and Weather

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Gathering/2009-09-Taipei
* Software Liberty Asscocation of Taiwan” (SLAT)
* ICOS 2009 – International Conference on Open Source