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.

Launchpad or Transifex? What is the best system for LXDE?

With the increase of LXDE components and the ongoing development of LXDE the need for a better translation system has increased. We discussed different option in this forum here: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=35

We have set up a vote for you to cast which system and solution you prefer. Please vote in this forum: http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=163

There are three options:

1. Launchpad

2. Transifex at fedorahosted.org

3. Transifex hosted at lxde.org

Some quotes from the forum:

cwickert:
Launchpad
Pros:
* large user base, this means a lot of potential translators
* beginner-friendly
Cons:
* bad workflow for getting translations upstream
* getting translations into a a new release requires manual intervention: It has to be downloaded from launchpad and added to LXDE’s SVN.
* known to produce bad translations. This is the downside of being beginner-friendly

Transifex
Pros:
* More professional
* works with nearly every VCS: CVS, SVN, git, …
* Translations are automagically pushed back to upstream’s VCS
Cons:
* Requires ether to be set up on a server (which also mean maintainance) or to use fedorahosted.org
* Smaller userbase

Elias: I think Transifex is better for this project, because the development of LXDE is not made in Launchpad. Launchpad is not (afaik) so flexible than Transifex.

cwickert: If we use fedorahosted we are bound to the Fedora accounts system (just like we are bound to Launchpad user management), if we setup our own transifex we can manage users ourselves more easily.

ogmaciel: I’d like to support the idea of using Transifex and host it with Fedora projects (unless someone has the time and hardware/bandwith). All pros/cons already cited are a pretty good list but the one that imho is the most important is the fact that translations should always be done upstream, and then trickle down to distros. Transifex plus a good quality control process before committing files (more about that later) will allow for a quick, efficient, and top quality translation process.

For a better coordination of translations of LXDE we have started the LXDE Translation Project. Please also join the Translations Mailing list.

Transifex: http://transifex.org
Launchpad: https://launchpad.net
Forum for voting: http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=163
LXDE Translation Project: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Category:Translations
LXDE Translations Mailing list: http://mailinglist.lxde.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/translation

LXMusic – Minimalist xmms2-based music player

Everyone loves screenshots!

lxmusic.png

LXMusic – The minimalist music player for LXDE. This is based on xmms2, which is lightweight and has server/client design. The user interface is quite simple, clean, and intuitive. At first glance, it looks similar to my favorite player on Windows – foobar 2000. LXMusic only has very few features, and it can do nothing more than just playing a list of music files. However, this is what’s lacking today, a player which doesn’t try to teach you how to listen your own music files. It just plays! That’s all.

It’s still under development and is still in alpha stage, but it’s enough for everyday use. Please grab the tarball or download the hotest code from LXDE svn repo to get it tested!

LXDE Translation Project

We are starting the LXDE translation project. Please join the LXDE translation team now! Help translating LXDE into different languages. Join us improving the documentation and resources around LXDE.

It is the aim of the LXDE team and community to give access to information to people with less powerful hardware. Many did not have the chance to learn English or another second language. Let us make LXDE available in their language, so everyone can profit from the speed and easy to use features of LXDE!

LXDE is under constant development and recently more new components have been added. More components and updates means more opportunities for people to participate.

More ideas how to join the LXDE Community here: join.lxde.org

Recent Status of LXDE

Actually, the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) project had rested for some time. Though we’re getting more and more people to join us since Linux World Expo 2008, LXDE have no much improvements since July this year. It’s happened due to our main developers didn’t have time to write new code, PCMan took time to focuses on his physician jobs, Jserv has worked for a new project which is confidential. About me, I was burdened with my family, so I also need to focus on my current jobs and my school to earn more money.

Recently, we’re planning to release a new version and new stuffs of some LXDE components for Merry Christmas. 😀 It is a great news that LXDE has a new project – “menu-cache”, which is a library creating and utilizing caches to speed up the manipulation for freedesktop.org defined application menus, and also it can be used as a replacement of libgnome-menu of gnome-menus. It means the menu-cache will speed up our LXLauncher and LXPanel menu, they will be getting faster. for supporting the menu-cache, PCMan is working hard on LXPanel right now, you can see logs of SVN everyday.

Besides, we hope to release a lxpanel-dev package for development of lxpanel plugin next version. Currently, it is difficult to write a new plugin for lxpanel, if you wanna write a new one, you have to download the LXPanel sourcecode and inject your code into the LXPanel and then copy the .so file to the system folder after compile it successful. It doesn’t make sense that is too complicated for developing a plugin. So we are tring to export header files and pkgconfig for making easy for development of plugin. Additionally, LXPanel has been reformed, lxpanel-core and lxpanel-plugin be separated. It will be helpful to maintain LXPanel sourcecode for us.

Well, I wanna make an apology for all of patch provider right now, because you guys’ patches which wasn’t applied for a long time. We are reviewing those patches currently, it will be applied as soon as possible, I hope so.

LXDE team members believe that LXDE has a great future, even if we don’t have much time to do that. Hope you guys can join us to help LXDE keeps going. 🙂

LXPanel 0.4.0 beta! Testers are needed!

We haven’t have new releases of LXPanel for quite a long time, but the development is still ongoing.

Major Changes:
* Greatly rewrite application menu with our new menu-cache library. Now it’s complete and more user-friendly
* Improved “Run” dialog
* Improved OSS volume plugin
* Image showed on application menu button can be changed with GUI.
* Add new temperature monitor plugin by Daniel Kesler
* Size of icons now can automatically be automatically adjusted according to the height of the panel.
* Numerous bug fixes and more…

Please get it tested since lxpanel 0.4 will be released very soon.

Note that to make the whole new menu work correctly, now menu-cache and lxmenu-data are needed.
LXPanel source tarball

menu-cache library tarball (lightweight library used to generate standard compliant menus)

lxmenu-data tarball (data files used to build the menu)

LXSession Edit – Configure what’s automatically started in LXDE.

It’s well known and well documented that our session manager LXSession Lite suppport the autostart freedesktop.org specs. However, autostart spec is a term for developers and it’s meaningless for our end users. Basically, it provides a way to automatically start some applications after login.

Now this can (partially) be configured through a simple GUI – LXSession Edit.

You can turn on some disabled gnome applications in LXDE with this handy tool.

Also, window manager used in LXDE can be changed with this tool, too (Only lxsession lite is supported, not the deprecated lxsession).

Currently adding and removing application from this startup list is not yet available, but it will be support in the next release.

The package is available here for testing: https://sourceforge.net/project/showfil…
Testers and packagers are wanted!!