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

LXDE Talk at FOSDEM 2009

We had a fantastic time at FOSDEM 2009 in Brussels. After the Chaos Communication Congress a few weeks ago, we have again seen many people already using LXDE. Christoph Wickert (Fedora)  and I had a lightning talk where we gave an overview of LXDE and the expanding community in front of about 500 people. Special thanks to Tias Guns for hosting our talk.

We also met many contributors maintaining LXDE packages in Linux distributions. Even though the LXDE project is still a project of a small community, it is already one of the most international projects in the free and open source software world.

Sander Marechal from LXer writes: The most striking thing about LXDE is… the community. Where many projects lament the lack of Asian members the LXDE community is truly international. (http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/115938/)

We will continue to support the growth of the community, engage to get more resources for developers and contributors and make it easy for people to join us. Check out more infos on how to join here join.lxde.org.

Links:

* FOSDEM 2009 LXDE Talk: http://www.fosdem.org/2009/schedule/events/lxde

* Chaos Communication Congress 2009, LXDE Page: http://events.ccc.de/congress/2008/wiki/LXDE

Lubuntu? LXDE Meet up with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin

When will you release Lubuntu? Many people ask us this question recently. Actually, we do not have a distribution named Lubuntu… yet. So time to get in touch with the Ubuntu community and Mark Shuttleworth about an official cooperation. I finally met up with Mark today for breakfast here in Berlin and talked with him about LXDE.

Mark Shuttleworth - LubuntuAs a first step Mark invited us to become a self-maintained project in the Ubuntu community. This means we will be able to manage LXDE inside Ubuntu, ultimately offering an Ubuntu derivate, ergo Lubuntu.

Congratulations to the whole LXDE team and community. I am looking forward to this milestone! Special thanks for supporting the growth of the community and being a link between Asia and Europe in the LXDE project to Arne Götje.

Links:

* http://lxde.org

* http://ubuntu.org

* http://markshuttleworth.com

LXPanel 0.4.0 beta2 released

PCMan released LXPanel 0.4.0 beta2. This is the last beta release before LXPanel 0.4 stable release. Please get it heavily tested.

http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php/LXPanel

Major changes:
* Fix icon display problems under 64-bit systems.
* Fixes to work with minimization animation provided by window manager.
* Fix RTL problems of the task list.
* Launch console applications in terminal properly
* Some minor bug fixes
* Add some new translations

Please install menu-cache and lxmenu-data first. Otherwise you’ll get
no application menu.

Cheers and happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财,牛年大吉!

Statistics about LXDE from Ohloh

Ohloh is an online service providing some useful information about free and open source projects. Here are some interesting statistics about LXDE.

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LXDE is:

* Mostly written in C
* Increasing year-over-year development activity
* Large, active development team
* Established codebase
* Few source code comments
* Academic Free License may conflict with GPL

lxde-language

LXDE is mainly programmed in the language C (80%).

lxde-stats

The total Lines of Code are: 548,805. This excludes PCMan File Manager and other components, that are hosted as separate projects. There are currently 16 developers as active listed by Ohloh. The commit activity timeline shows that the commitment for LXDE are steadily increasing.

Please show that you are a user of LXDE and give Kudos to developers and contributors in Ohloh. Thank you.

Links:

* https://www.ohloh.net/p/lxde/

New download page for LXDE

Mwei in Taiwan and me (Mario) in Germany have set up a new download page for LXDE on http://download.lxde.org.

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The page currently features a Live-CD version and USB version of pud, which was put together by Penk, who is also a LXDE contributor from Taiwan. LXDE/PUD GNU/Linux is an Ubuntu-based mini distribution based on LXDE. Pin-Shiun Chen is the developer of this special version: “This edition of live CD is made for the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), including the newest LXDE 0.3, installer and Ubuntu 8.04 packages.”

Links:

* http://download.lxde.org

* Project page of Penk for xpud is http://xpud.org

LXDE featured in prestigious magazine 新新聞 The Journalist

Shen Wanyu from the prestigious magazine ¨新新聞 The Journalist¨ in Taiwan interviewed us some time ago. Result was a six page article ( PDF-Download, 5,9 MB ) about business opportunities for companies with free and open source software.

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More information on the amazing global media coverage of LXDE in the Media Section of our wiki.


New Modification of the forum

Mark the topic as solved
Mark the topic as solved

Recently, maces recommended us to install a mod that is very useful when you have a problem to ask in the forums.

When you find the best answer of all replies, you can check to the reply which the button is on the top-right side of the post.

However, though this mod is activated, we have 2 problems we encounter:

  • We are using PostgreSQL as our database, but the MOD has some SQL syntax that cannot suitable for it. Though I modified some syntax in order to make it usable, it may become unstable.
  • We have too many language files on this forum (All of the languages phpBB3 exists are installed), but the MOD has to modify the language file rather than copying into language directory. Users who sets the language other than English and Traditional Chinese (which I translated by myself) cannot read them normally.

If you want to help us out of the problems, feel free to post here in the forum.