Intended for Killing

  • August 27, 2005
  • Erik

Electronic Replicant Intended for Killing


  • August 26, 2005
  • Jasper Huijsmans

I knew the ‘z’ probably would give them some trouble, but come on, zoology??

Journeying Artificial Zoology and Masterful Assassination Neohuman

So, maybe it only works with your real name:

Journeying Artificial Sabotage and Potential Exploration Replicant

oh dear, sabotage…

/me goes to have a good look at his bugzilla entries ;-)

Tales From The Xfweiner

  • August 22, 2005
  • Erik

So, everything that has possibly gone wrong has gone wrong. Basically, life sucks.

But I’m not going to go into that. Things will get sorted out. Until then, however, my Xfce participation is a mess.

However, I’m hoping to pick up a few hours a week on Mousepad, and get the damn thing finished.

In other news, Robert Moog, the father of electronic music (Leonard Theremin being the grandfather), died from a brain tumor. I got the chance to meet Bob several years ago, he settled down in the smallish town in the mountains where I live. He was one of my heros, and I will miss him.

Also: This is what God intended. I’m tired of apps like Abiword having no Gnome dependecies mean “Just libgnomeprintui”. And Totem depending on gnome-vfs. But that’s really another story, since gnome-vfs isn’t going to go into GTK+. But the principle remains.

Patch for Compaq R3000 laptop

  • August 7, 2005
  • Olivier

Off topic, but since I’ve been working on this mostly for the past few weeks… I’ve prepared a workarround to an incredibly crappy harware bug that cause the timer to run 3 times too fast on some of the Compaq R3000/HP zv5000 laptops.

The page is here : http://www.xfce.org/~olivier/r3000


  • August 5, 2005
  • Erik

I may have mentioned this to a few of you already, but I’m currently undergoing a bounty of family concerns. My grandma (technically my great grandmother) slipped into a coma last weekend, and that’s added to the stack.

I feel like I haven’t been doing my part around here, with Thunar still being written primarily by Benny, and 4.4 looming, and Mousepad still in pieces on my harddrive. I hope things get sorted out soon, and I can be a useful community member again.

As a comment on the recent KDE posts: the thing I noticed most is where KDE wants to become more like Xfce. Namely, the respect that both of those posts had for simple, small applications that did their job and nobody elses. I have some more deep thoughts about that, but it’ll have to wait till later.

deskview background

  • August 5, 2005
  • Edscott

To keep things simple, xffm-deskview does not set the root Pixmap, but rather takes whatever Pixmap any other application sets for the root background. Unfortunately, many programs are screwy with the root Pixmap on exit. Most will not set the persist-on-exit, but will neither destroy the property. Since the atom will persist until X exits, this leaves a bogus root Pixmap. To deal with this problem, on startup xffm-deskview will automatically assume the Pixmap is bogus (even though the Pixmap set by fvwm-root —for example— is not bogus) and fall back to a solid background. Thus, to set the background image, the root Pixmap must be set by the background setting utility after xffm-deskview is up and running. I’m thinking about wrapping fvwm-root in a gtk GUI to provide this application, if I have the time. This won’t be for 4.3.3 because the release is already on the horizon.

KDE articles

  • August 5, 2005
  • Jasper Huijsmans

Usually I follow developments in GNOME more closely than those in KDE, mainly because Xfce is more closely related to them using the same toolkit and all.

But I just saw two blog entries about KDE4 that were quite interesting to read for anyone interested in desktop development. The level of integration they are talking about is not something that Xfce offers, or probably should even want to offer, but they make some good points about general desktop and application design.

Oh, the articles I am talking about are by Mathias Ettrich and Ben Meyer.

SVN accounts for translators

  • August 4, 2005
  • Jean-François

The opportunity of SVN accounts for translators was discussed just after the switch to subversion around March (IIRC) and at that point it needed some experimentation and testing. Now, it’s ready, translators can get their SVN account (i sent a personal mail to those who can have one, if you feel forgotten drop me a note), now the translation efforts won’t suffer delay due to committing anymore.

If you want to help for the translations, you’re welcome to join the team, just subscribe to the xfce-i18n ML and and let you know; you can watch the status of translations here; i also created some basic scripts to help subversion newbies to checkout and update their working copy, you’ll find them there.

Once again, thanks go to Auke, our (over)skilled server admin, for his work.

Happy translations…