LXDE Summer of Code Projects – Apply now

The Google Summer of Code is now accepting applications from students for projects. There are a number of projects, that could accept LXDE related works. If you have an idea we are open to support you and discuss it. Please join us in the LXDE channel on irc.oftc.net. I would also like to support you and endorse any applications by talking to projects directly. Just let me know, please.

Here is a list of projects related to LXDE.

For a full list look here: http://socghop.appspot.com/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2009

Did I forget any relevant project? Please leave a comment then.

As a side note, I am also the administrator of the Freifunk project in GSoC, which is an OpenWrt based firmware. Generally we are looking for any good ideas related to mesh networks. So get in touch with me if you have any ideas: Freifunk http://socghop.appspot.com/org/show/google/gsoc2009/ffopenwrt

LXDE on OpenSolaris

Alfred Peng from Wuhan, China started to port LXDE to OpenSolaris. I met him in Singapore and could see how it is running already pretty smoothly.

Opensolaris with LXDE

Since it’s a GTK based desktop environment, some of the applications (pcmanfm, lxpanel, lxappearance, lxlauncher etc.) can be easily built and installed. But some still don’t work. The network manager lxnm is one of them, also lxtask and lxterminal. Good news is that the OpenSolaris nwam manager works great with small memory footprint :) The app lxmusic, which is the media player for LXDE, depends on xmms libraries. This could be a limitation for the distribution as xmms links against a lot of patented codecs. Maybe GStreamer framework could be a better choice from a distribution’s point of view. Anyway, I can still use Songbird/Rhythmbox/Totem.

To compare with my personal experience of Xfce, LXDE runs better on OpenSolaris. Xfce is a little bit sluggish on my box (configuration issue?). LXDE’s performance and memory footprint are really impressive to me. It provides a nice alternative for the resource-limited desktop users (Eee PC users for example). On the other hand, the desktop layout of LXDE is pretty similar with Windoz. I guess this is because a big bunch of the developers are from Taiwan :) This helps easier migration for users from the Windoz land. As the LXDE applications are still in the 0.x stage, please feel free to get in touch with the community (mailing list or IRC) for any problems you find.

The first set of spec files have been checked in to the SFE reporitory (SFElx*, SFEgpicview, SFEgtknetcat, SFEopenbox and SFEpcmanfm). If you’re familiar with CBE, it’ll be very easy for you to build and install LXDE on OpenSolaris. Those who are interested can also refer to the CBE instructions.

Actually the porting initiative comes from Mario Behling‘s introduction of LXDE on the Singapore Linux meetup group event in January. The frozen-bubble porting was also after the event :) It’s nice to talk with him face to face and get to know a lot of community people behind: pcman, jserv and many more in the Asia region. Stay tune, I believe there will be more to come from LXDE community. (http://blogs.sun.com/pengyang/entry/lxde_lightweight_x11_desktop_environment)

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LXDE on OpenSolaris with Alfred Peng from Wuhan, China

Links

* Alfred Peng – Blog http://blogs.sun.com/pengyang/
* LXDE on Opensolaris http://blogs.sun.com/pengyang/entry/lxde_lightweight_x11_desktop_environment
* Opensolaris LXDE desktop community http://opensolaris.org/os/community/desktop/communities/lxde/
* Opensolaris in the LXDE Wiki http://wiki.lxde.org/en/OpenSolaris

LXDE at Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2009

The feedback on LXDE at the Chemnitzer Linuxtage in Germany has been fantastic. Klaus Knopper presented LXDE as a default on Knoppix. Christoph Wickert showed how to install LXDE on different systems and Marcus Schulderisnky introduced people to ways to translate LXDE. Here are voices from the blogosphere.

Making USB Sticks with LXDE at the Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2009

LXDE was a very important topic. We created USB-Sticks of Christoph Wickert’s LiveCD with LXDE on the visitors USB-Sticks.
Simon Wesp (Cassmodiah auf #lxde), http://cassmodiah.de/2009-03-16/clt-resume/

Ein kleines Highlight für mich war: Christoph Wickert schult Klaus Knopper in einer Knoppix-Vorlesung über LXDE! :-p
http://cassmodiah.de/2009-03-15/chemnitzer-catering-tage-inkl-linux/

Jörg Simon (unser verantwortlicher Ambassador für den CLT> LXDE on Fedora was the Superstar this year – and what could be better
> than have the maintainer and a another LXDE upstream developer of this
> project at the Fedora Booth! We created Live-USB’s all the time, all
> Fedora Live CD’s are out since the first day, …
http://kitall.blogspot.com/2009/03/chemnitzer-linuxtage-day2-interview.html

> Our booth was constantly visited, but after Klaus Knopper’s LXDE Talk,
> where Christoph raised the Fedora Flag for “the most complete
> implementation of LXDE”, Chritstoph had to bear with quite a bunch of
> people at the same time ;)
http://kitall.blogspot.com/2009/03/chemnitzer-linuxtage-2009-day-1.html

Max Spevack:
> We have a projector at the booth, which has been really great for
> showing people different Fedora web pages, […]
>
> Christoph Wickert has probably been the busiest Fedora person today,
> because he is giving a talk about LXDE, as well as a workshop. Klaus
> Knopper mentioned LXDE & Fedora during his talk about Knoppix, and
> this triggered a rush of people to the Fedora booth who wanted demos.
> We even switched the window manager on the computer hooked up to our
> projector to LXDE, and the computer (which was quite old) started
> running much faster than it was previously, with KDE 4.x. I’m really
> pleased (both for Fedora and for Christoph personally) to see his hard
> work with the rest of the LXDE upstream paying off.

Und noch ein paar andere Reaktionen, die ich gefunden habe:

> Als besonderer Schlager erwies sich dabei das Referat von Klaus
> Knopper zum schlanken Desktop-System LXDE, bei dem über 400
> interessierte Zuhörer den Saal bis in die letzte Ecke füllten.
http://www.linux-magazin.de/meldung/35421

> Die vielen interessanten Vorträge machten es schwer, eine Auswahl zu
> treffen. Da habe ich mir gewünscht, das ich “Viele” wäre. Ich habe mir
> die Vorträge von Klaus Knopper (LXDE – ein schlanker Desktop), J.
> Lichdi (Online-Durchsuchung und Vorratsdatenspeicherung), Dr.
> Klostermann (Daten im Netz aus rechtlicher Sicht) und K.U. Lockhoff
> (*BSD-Alternativen zu Linux) angehört.
http://www.manpath.de/2009/03/16/das-waren-die-chemnitzer-linux-tage-2009/

Twitter:
> Jetzt LXDE vortrag. #clt09
http://twitter.com/v1nzorg/statuses/1330885154

> Lxde-vortrag: browserempfehlung midori? Sehr gut! Der ist noch viel zu
> unbekannt! #clt09 #lxde
http://twitter.com/v1nzorg/statuses/1330932992

> Freundin findet vortrag spannend. #clt09 #lxde
http://twitter.com/v1nzorg/statuses/1330956396

Und zum Abschluss natürlich einige Fotos:
http://jsimon.fedorapeople.org/clt09g

Links

http://wiki.lxde.org/de/Chemnitzer_Linuxtage_2009

Translation update!

New week and time for an update regarding the translations for LXDE. During the last week some more users have started the translations in Pootle and by all means have delivered. Significant changes are noted in Danish that are 100% complete by now, good work!

If you are new to Pootle and/or translation in general take a look at the crash course at the LXDE wiki and then go grab some strings. Just some spare minutes are needed to make some languages 100% complete, others could benefit a great deal from just some minutes of work and that coul add up to a complete translation. Start with the low hanging fruit, skip LXPanel if you are not too familiar with doing translations.

By now the following languages are complete:
– Danish
– Indonesian
– Polish
– Portugese (Brazilian)
– Slovak
– Swedish

And in close range of 100% is the following:
– Arabic (one string marked fuzzy in LXPanel)
– Ukrainian (one string marked fuzzy in LXLauncher, in fact it is untranslated!)
– Czech is at 87% (only LXPanel left, over two thirds are already done)
– German at 84% (missing strings in LXPanel, LXLauncher and LXMusic. The last two is small and pretty easy to finish I guess)

For the other represented languages more actions are needed to make them complete, some are close to 80% with others only done in LXMenu-data that we have imported from GNOME.

LXDE Gathering at National University of Singapore with LinuxNUS

I had a talk and discussion with students and Open Source and Free Software supporters organized by LinuxNUS at the National University of Singapore this week. It really amazes me to see the high level of knowledge here about free and open source software and current developments and I am happy to say, that I learnt quite a bit myself from those students. Together we gained lots of ideas how we can cooperate closer in the future. I invited them to the OpenTechSummit and the LXDE Asian Summit which we are organizing as a partner from May 4-10 in Taipei and I am looking forward to get involved in more events with LinuxNUS in the future. LinuxNUS, thanks for your great work and organisation!

lxde-singapore-linuxnus

lxde-singapore-meetup-presentation

Fotos: GOH Lu Feng

Liveblogging by GOH Lu Feng: After talking about the business opportunities with LXDE, Mario is now talking about the community at LXDE. An interesting fact about LXDE Project is that the founder of the Project, alias PCMan, is actually a medical doctor! A very prominent member of the LXDE community is Klaus Knopper, also the creator of Knoppix LiveCD. In fact, the recent release of Knoppix has moved from having KDE to LXDE as the default desktop environment. One of the key messages from Mario is that an Open Source Project need both technical and non-technical members, as well as people with wide diversity in order for an Open Source Project to be successful. Mario also gave an anecdote of a student in Taiwan who actively contributed to LXDE. This student enjoyed development work and was netted an internship with the Open Source Foundry in Taiwan, due to his involvement and experience with Open Source Development. Mario also mentioned that he is able to get openSUSE to sponsor usb sticks if anyone is able to produce a light version of openSUSE with LXDE. To be updated: Details steps on how to contribute to the LXDE project and GSOC LXDE Projects. Todo: Help LXDE advertise abt GSOC to the Singapore Universities. (http://linuxnus.org/2009/03/11/live-blogging-at-lxde-talk-mar-09/)

We had dinner at Dover after the talk. The food was great and so was the company. Quite a few ideas popped out from the conversations. One suggestion from Mario was to organise some girl only events to attract girls into Open Source. This has been a successfully practiced in Taiwan. Another idea that is likely to be worked on is to organise FOSS.SG. (http://linuxnus.org/2009/03/12/lxde-talk-mar-09-aftermath/)

Summer of Code: Please submit your project ideas

Google Summer of Code

I have submitted our application for the Google Summer of Code 2009 and we are looking forward to the participation of the LXDE project. We are applying with LXDE and PCMan File Manager as dedicated software projects.

We are gathering project ideas for LXDE in the wiki.  If you are interested to join LXDE at the summer of code and would like to discuss project ideas, please also join us on IRC at irc.oftc.net #lxde.

Ideas for the PCMan File Manager project are on a seperate project page here: PCMan File Manager Ideas. The pages will be continuously updated with more information starting at the week from Monday, March 16, 2009.

Please visit our idea pages and add your project ideas. We are looking forward to your involvement and contributions!

LXDE Project Ideas: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2009

PMan File Manger Project Ideas:  http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCMan_File_Manager_Ideas

LXDE running on Android phones

LXDE has been ported to Googles Android by ghostwalker of androidfanatic.com. Thank you very much! We are pretty excited about running X-Windows and more specifically the LXDE Desktop GUI on mobile phones like the  G-1.

While IceWM, performance-wise runs the fastest – LXDE is also pretty good, and just plain ‘prettier! (http://www.androidfanatic.com/cms/com…)

lxde-android

Detailed installation instructions are in the Android.com forum here: http://www.androidfanatic.com/cms/community-forums.html?func=view&catid=9&id=1615

We are also collecting infos how to run LXDE on Android in our wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Android

LXDE on ARM architectures: Sharp Zaurus

Zubuntu with LXDEThe LXDE project is pushing its way onto the market for mobile devices and ARM architectures. LXDE is now available for Sharp Zaurus in a specialized Ubuntu Linux distribution (Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron) called “Zubuntu”. Zubuntu is developed by hacker Omegamoon and can be booted (mostly) from flash memory.

The Zubuntu project was inspired by Nokia’s Handheld Mojo project, which is porting Ubuntu to the ARM architecture. In creating his root filesystem for the Sharp Zaurus, Omegamoon drew pre-built binaries from the ARMv5EL (ARM9) branch of Mojo Project’s Frisky Firedrake tree. (http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3781573061.html)

Links:

* Installation Instrutions: http://www.omegamoon.com/blog/static.php?page=ZaurusUbuntu
* Blog of Omegamoon: http://www.omegamoon.com/blog/

Summer of Code: Meet up with Leslie Hawthorn Community Manager of Google

Google LogoThe strength of an Open Source FOSS project comes from its community. Google has realized that and supports the community with its Summer of Code programme. I had the chance to meet up at an earlybird breakfast in Brussels with Leslie Hawthorn and some folks from Google like Peter Anvin to discuss some ideas of how we can work together to support the Asian FOSS community. Leslie Hawthorn is the program manager for Google’s Open Source Team and responsible for the Summer of Code project of Google.

I am happy that Google likes our ideas about bringing the international FOSS community closer together. The LXDE team is engaging in bringing the global FOSS community together by supporting the community with tools in their language, organizing meetings of contributors and educating folks about open source and free software. Recently some core members including Andrew Lee and me also joined the organization team of the OpenTechSummit series and we have much more in mind.

With me at the meeting I had also invited my friend Felix Fietkau aka nbd, the number one OpenWRT developer and member of the Freifunk community. The OpenWRT guys are currently working on making LXDE run with their speedy distribution. It is fascinating to see what will come out of it.

Google Summer of Code - LXDETalking about the GSoC: Leslie told me that Google is very positive of our upcoming application for the Summer of Code 2009. We will suggest some ideas for students who are interested to participate in our wiki soon. As this is a wiki, you are of course invited to post your ideas: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2009