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January 2, 2011 / P. Filippaios

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 32 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 28 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 11th with 999 views. The most popular post that day was Promoting KDE: KWin tiling in KDE SC 4.5.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,, Google Reader,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for kwin tiling, kde 4.5 tiling, bespin icons, rocket, and surprise.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Promoting KDE: KWin tiling in KDE SC 4.5 June 2010


KDE 4.5 Hint: “Tiling Windows” May 2010


Yes, we like HAL-less systems April 2010


Interesting discovery: Xrender acceleration in KDE 4.4 with Nvidia is very good actually January 2010


Yes, we like HAL-less systems, ep2 October 2010




This was generated by in an email that has been sent to me.

I haven’t much time to write blog posts frequently, I hope that I’ll start again, with more interesting topics.

October 24, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Yes, we like HAL-less systems, ep2

First, I realised that I haven’t written in my blog for a long time, but that’s due to reduced free time. So, the time spent for blogging has been in very low priority, I’m sorry for those that keep looking for new posts in here.

Second, and on topic: Some of you may remember my Xorg 1.8 post and it’s HAL free deps. Well, I have more news now, not for Xorg, but for my favorite DE, KDE SC.

Well, since the version 4.5.73, KDE is starting to move it’s Solid Framework’s dependency on HAL to Udisks. The next major kpart will be Powerdevil, that will be ported to Upower (not so sure about *this* on yet). Good news ? Yes it is.

Check the KDE archwiki page for the kde-snapshot repo and, if you are adventurous enough, upgrade to the latest KDE snapshot.

I'll be back.

September 6, 2010 / P. Filippaios

KDE video tutorials on Youtube: Just an experiment

As a way to experiment on Kdenlive video editor, QtRecordmydesktop and Youtube, I found a way to both have something useful to upload… and something edit and upload.

On my channel, you will find the small KDE video tutorials I ‘ve made, using QtRecordmydesktop and Kdenlive. These tutorials show various KDE features that could mostly be useful to new users.

I will try more complex video editing, like merging videos, more transitions and effects as well as a better video encoding process, which bugs me the most.*

PS: The desktop recording and the whole process is experimental, since I’m not experienced on doing this.

* I mostly encode the edited .ogv videos into WebM format, but MLT seems to ignore the quality settings I choose.

August 16, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Fast thoughts #12: New archboot hybrid ISO image

Look here

As I posted there, I really wanna try btrfs, and nilfs2.

July 18, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Wine with WoW64 capability in [community] ?

As some of you have already read, Wine is getting more stable and is starting support for 32bit app execution within a 64bit system.

Except for that, Wine 1.2 has been declared as stable.

The Arch TU Svenstaro (Sven-Hendrik Haase) has started a discussion here and here

I’m really sure if that package works with the native Wine prefixes, but it could be useful, either way. If somebody has time to test it, please report that on either of the discussions (mailing list or forum thread).


EDIT August 2: It seems that it’s already there: community/wine, for the 64bit users !

July 18, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Froyo on HTC magic: an interesting guide

Android 2.2 "Froyo"

A friend of mine has an HTC Magic and would really like to read this guide over here, written by gtklocker:

Want FroYo on your HTC Magic? Yes, you can.

Android 2.2 is *really* good, even on an average smartphone. Take a look and try that if you have time.

July 14, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Do you wanna have KWin Blur… everywhere ?

^ Well, that's actually motion blur, but anyways... xD

Well, that was mostly unexpected; at least for me.

I had forgotten that QtCurve 1.5 started supporting ARGB transparency, so when I saw this:

AirRGB (QtCurve)

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Yes, it’s a QtCurve theme, which enables full transparency on all the windows and pop-ups. In order to use that you need:

1)At least QtCurve KDE4 1.5 (the Archlinux packages of qtcurve are always up-to-date)

2) KDE 4.5

3) Compositing with Blur effect enabled on a decent card. The older (and slower) Intel GPUs can’t run Blur without problems (I guess that’s due to lack of OpenGL extensions, haven’t yet made a research on that).

You can load the new theme within the QtCurve control panel and experience the *full* blur transparency in your desktop.

June 12, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Promoting KDE: KWin tiling in KDE SC 4.5

In a previous post I had given a hint for KWin Tiling.

I’m now using KDE 4.5 beta2, which is *quite* stable -with a few known bugs though- and … beautiful (check out the new Air Plasma theme along with the new Blur effect).

Tiling Windows is a very effective way to have your windows aligned especially if your needs (programming) or desktop (netbooks) require multiple windows displayed together in a limited space.

Let’s see now how can KWin Tiling be enabled with a set of screenshots.

(The system theme, icons and fonts are custom and not the default ones).

Note: This applies only to KDE 4.5 and later versions.

1. Open System Settings

2. Navigate to Window Behavior

3. Go to the Window Behavior submenu and then press the “Advanced” tab

4. Press the “Enable Tiling” checkbox and then configure the Tiling Settings according to what you like and press Apply

5. Voilà

PS.: I will also update the Arch Wiki KDE page for those that would like those instructions there.

June 1, 2010 / P. Filippaios

A useful blog post about GNOME shell

I accidentally found it on, it’s this one:

It highlights some of the GNOME shell features. 

Since I maintain the gnome-shell-git PKGBUILD on AUR, I usually package the -git version of gnome-shell so that I check what’s new time after time.

It progresses in a nice way, since it’s actually usable, but with very few features, it’s really like the early KDE 4.0 plasma desktop; that means that it is promising since it’s made from scratch.

I hope that September

will come with a nicely made gnome-shell and a -at least usable- GNOME 3.0.

May 28, 2010 / P. Filippaios

MeeGo 1.0 released. The “war” has now begun.

MeeGo 1.0

MeeGo, the merge of Moblin and Maemo, that means Intel and Nokia, has reached a “stable” state, version 1.0, and has been released for use on netbook and mobile phones like N900 *and-all-similar-handhelds*.

It’s an interesting Linux-based OS, using kernel 2.6.33 (that’s nice), having a very fast boot time, a nice GUI set up for netbooks and the background support of two large companies.

What’s more interesting is that it seems to be the rival of ChromeOS, the (linux-based) operating system by Google, using Chrome as desktop environment.

See this video (ignore the greek commentary if you don’t like it) if you want a glimpse upon MeeGo 1.0.
Interesting links:


> Announcement for MeeGo 1.0

> Downloads (the cool stuff)