Tag Archives: LXDE Community

LXMusic 0.4.3 released

LXMusic 0.4.3 was released by Jürgen Hötzel.

Most important changes include:

* Adopt XMMS2 DrNo 0.7 API changes
* Fix a double free (on_playback_track_loaded)
* Translation updates

Please help to advance LXDE development and test releases, help with translations and update the wiki.

Links:

* Git Repository: http://lxde.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=lxde/lxmusic

* LXMusic in the LXDE Wiki: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXMusic

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

HUGE success of the Fedora 12 LXDE Spin

The Fedora 12 LXDE spin turns out to be a huge success. It only took us 8 days to become number #2 in the most popular Fedora Spins, although the other spins were released two weeks before LXDE. As I’m writing this post, we had more than 2500 complete BitTorrent downloads.

Thanks to all the people who downloaded the spin and made this possible. I really appreciate the your interest in LXDE and my work. Thanks for all the nice feedback I received so far.

If you don’t have the spin yet, grab the ISO image at http://spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/#downloads

If you want to install it on a device with no CD drive, you can make a bootable USB key of the image. Attention: Please don’t use UNetbootin, it’s known to be broken. Use liveusb-creator or the livecd-iso-to-disk script from the livecd-tools package instead.

Lxde-spin-fedora12
Fedora 12 LXDE Spin – Screenshot

Links:

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

* spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/

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

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

LXDE at the 25C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin

25c3

Members of the LXDE community are currently meeting at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. The 25C3 is one of the biggest hacker and developer events in the world with more than 3000 hackers gathering for 4 days just after Christmas.
LXDE at the 25c3 Chaos Communication Congress
Mario Behling, Maces, alx

It is exciting to be here and see that many people already installed LXDE or try it out at the congress after our demo.

Trying out LXDE at the 25c3

The first Chaos Communication Congress took place in 1984 and is expanding every year. This year has been another amazing milestone. The maximum of 3000 tickets was sold out on the first day. The base for the LXDE project was set up in the hackerspace in the basement in a cozy corner with our friends from OpenWRT, freifunk.net, guifi.net, OLSR and Openpattern.

Elektra (Villagetelco), Xavier Carcelle (Openpattern.org), Roger Baig (guifi.net) Mario Behling (LXDE/Freifunk.net)
elektra, Xavier Carcelle, Roger Baig, Mario

We also got some work done during the congress. Lars of OpenWRT just finished work on packages of LXDE components for OpenWRT and we got together with Xavier Carcelle of Openpattern for preparations of the OpenTechSummit 2009 in Taiwan and pushing the idea of Open Hardware.

Community First!

The current release of MySQL shows the problems free and open source software projects face that put business first and community second. Michael “Monty” Widenius critizes in his Blog the current developement model of MySQL and recommends not to use the current release 5.1 of the database system.

The reason I am asking you to be very cautious about MySQL 5.1 is that there are still many known and unknown fatal bugs in the new features that are still not addressed.

Monty gives a some reasons why the MySQL development department again got a quality problem with the release. Some of them are:

  • MySQL 5.1 was declared beta and RC way too early. The reason MySQL 5.1 was declared RC was not because we thought it was close to being GA, but because the MySQL manager in charge *wanted to get more people testing MySQL 5.1*. This didn’t however help much, …
  • We have changed the release model so that instead of focusing on quality and features our release is now defined by timeliness and features…
  • The MySQL core developers have been split into too many teams and only a small part of the core developers have been working on MySQL 5.1 to get the bugs fixed. Some of the core developers have also recently left the MySQL organization which is a serious issue as there is not many of of them.
  • Too many new developers without a thorough knowledge of the server have been put on the product trying to fix bugs…
  • Bug fixing and development processes are not systematic and not persistent.
  • We have not been giving the MySQL community enough opportunities to test MySQL 5.1 (too few releases). … the MySQL current development model doesn’t in practice allow the MySQL community to participate in the development of the MySQL server …
  • Internal QA on the MySQL server was started very late in the process. Now when the process have started to show results, the found bugs have largely being ignored as fixing these they would delayed the MySQL 5.1 GA date.
  • The MySQL server team have a bug fixing policy where a bug that has existed a long time has a lower priority ‘because people know about them’. This is supposedly one of the reasons why the Bug#989 mentioned above has not been fixed.

As I said in my talk at the MySQL users conference, I think it’s time to seriously review how the MySQL server is being developed and change the development model to be more like Drizzle and PostgreSQL where the community has a driving role in what gets done! (http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2008/11/oops-we-did-it-again-mysql-51-released.html)

What can we learn for the LXDE project here? The consequences are clear. During recent months we have already worked hard to improve the tools and infrastructure for the growing LXDE community and we will continue to do it. The community must take a leading role in development of software systems in order to keep the system on the bleeding edge.

Companies are always welcome to join development and focus on their business models. Projects like LXDE have a roadmap that is following long term goals instead of short term profitability. We are inviting more people to join the LXDE development, test LXDE and support and contribute – for faster and more energy efficient software. Please check out our contribution page at http://join.lxde.org.

LXDE Meeting in Shenzhen – Video

There is now a video online of the gathering with the Shenzhen Linux User Group and our discussion about Open Source and LXDE provided from Zhang Le. Thanks a lot!

Google Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9072456269136280272

Avi-Link: http://www.gentoo-cn.org/~zhangle/szlug/mario_lxde_20081122.avi

Linux User Group Shenzhen (Szlug) Meeting and Presentation of LXDE

I had a fantastic meeting with the Linux User Group in Shenzhen, which is just on the border to Hong Kong and seat of some famous technology companies such as Huawei and Tencent (QQ). The Shenzhen Linux User Group (Szlug) is one of the biggest Linux User Groups in Asia and has currently 480 members. About 60 members are actively involved in activities. I am very impressed by the group and I am looking forward to follow their advancements.

深圳 Linux Unix 用户组 SZLUG: Shenzhen Linux Unix Local User Group (深圳 Linux Unix 用户组/俱乐部) SZLUG 是深圳 Linux Unix 爱好者自发组织的团体。 SZLUG 以非定期组织聚会、交流使用自由软件心得 为活动内容,鼓励和吸引各行各业人员的参与,向社会 传达自由软件的力量,让更多的人接受自由软件的理念。 SZLUG 的聊天室地址是 irc://freenode/#szlug 如果希望加入 szlug 通讯录,请将真实个人信息发送给 jungle。只有加入 szlug 通讯录的成员可以得到 通讯录的副本。

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Anders from the User Group has written the minutes of the meeting below.

时间:2008年11月22

日下午2点~6点
地点:中信广场某露天酒吧
出席人员:德林(Mario), bbbush, Zhang Le, Crquan, Anders, 杨城, 卢波, Dalin, Iyhlnm, Ajon, Hailong

德林(Mario)来自德国,

此次特地来深圳与SZLUG分享LXDE项目。LXDE是一个由PCMan在台湾发起的开源项目。来自亚洲的开源项目在当
前环境下显得弥足珍贵,目前有很多欧美人也加入了LXDE开源项目,德林(Mario)就是其中一员。

LXDE聚会演示设备是两台ASUS的EEEPC,同样的硬件配置,软件上只有桌面的差别,一台是LXDE桌面。首先德林(Mario)介绍了LXDE
的易用性,LXDE有很多灵活方便的功能,例如:Pannel设定,Theme切换,Apple/Windows风格选择,Alt-F4/Ctrl
+Alt+Del热键支援等等。当然LXDE最大的特点是快,耗用系统资源少。期间德林(Mario)为我们做了很多速度方面的对比测试:开机测试,
Open Office启动测试,Firefox启动测试。测试发现LXDE在速度上的确很快,给人很流畅的感觉。最后一个测试是Crash
Test, 打开了20多个应用程序,有Firefox,word,spreadsheet,还有一个游戏。在这种情况下系统内存耗用大概380M,
CPU占用率在30%。如果关闭游戏,CPU占用率才6%。这个Crash Test很COOL,系统就是没有Crash,而且反应速度依然很快!

在展示过LXDE功能后,德林(Mario)又介绍了很多LXDE项目的参与人员,让我们了解了很多开源项目背后的故事。比较深刻的就是讲到一个
Musician也加入了LXDE项目,道理很简单,不是只有RD才可以为开源项目贡献,其实每个人都可以为开源项目做贡献,无论是哪个层面的贡献,只
要你喜爱开源项目。接下来是LXDE基金会与LXDE System公司的介绍,更多的关于LXDE的信息大家可以去LXDE网站了解。在LXDE聚会
最后大家合影留念。

Links:

– LXDE官方网站 http://lxde.org
– IRC #lxde on irc.oftc.net
– Szlug http://szlug.org
– Groups: http://groups.google.com/group/szlug
- 欢迎访问IRC群: irc://freenode/#szlug
- 用户组WiKi : http://www.szlug.org
- More Pictures here: http://pics.livejournal.com/bbbush/gallery/0001yryp?page=3
- Video of the meeting: http://www.gentoo-cn.org/~zhangle/szlug/mario_lxde_20081122.avi