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May 27, 2010 / P. Filippaios

KDE 4.5 Hint: “Tiling Windows”

Intrigued ? Wait till I update to the next KDE 4.5 snapshot, and I’ll upload screenshots of Kwin tiling support. I had installed KDE 4.5 beta1 (4.4.80) from [kde-unstable] (maintained mostly by Andrea Scarpino and Pierre de Schmitz) but KHTML seems to be completelly broken there (I guess it’s a GCC 4.5 issue from what I’ve searched).

I personally went back to KDE 4.4, after I made a bug report for the KHTML issue.

Stay “tuned”.

EDIT: I have made a whole new post about KDE KWin Tiling

here:
https://linuxology.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/promoting-kde-kwin-tiling-in-kde-sc-4-5/

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May 17, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Fast thoughts #11: Linux kernel 2.6.34 is out!

Look here http://kernelnewbies.org/Linux_2_6_34

Not exciting new things, just updates of earlier technologies, mostly needed in order to stabilize the latest kernel updates.

~ $ uname -a
Linux battlestar 2.6.34-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon May 17 09:29:00 CEST 2010 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

It’s already in [testing] (waiting to pass to core soon).

PS.: Waiting for Btrfs to mature enough.

May 10, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Fast thoughts #10: Haiku Alpha 2 is out

Check this out: http://www.haiku-os.org/news/2010-05-10_haiku_project_announces_availability_haiku_r1alpha_2

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May 8, 2010 / P. Filippaios

WoW 64! : Wine gets more flexible

64 bit wine on our tables.

For those that don’t know what the original term Wow64, I’d introduce them to the term “SysWoW64”, a Windows NT technology, included in the x86_64 versions of Windows, which provides a multilib system so that we can run 32bit applications within a 64bit Windows NT environment (16 bit are deprecated).

As far as I’ve read here ,

” – Support for 32-bit prefixes with a 64-bit Wine.”

that means, we may be able to run 32bit applications, using 64bit Wine, on 64bit systems.

That could benefit a lot, since the world productions systems are moving towards 64bit operating system (Microsoft, for example, has already started,

by not producing a 32bit Windows Server 2008 R2 compilation. So, more 64bit apps, so there is a need for “native” execution of 64bit Windows apps on Linux, as well

as a layer for legacy 32bit apps.

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May 5, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Greek riots: The end that is coming near to us

I’m sorry for the non-linux related post, but I wanted this to stay in my blog’s history…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8661385.stm

One of the greatest, and major and unfair decisions ever made by our governments led to one great strike and deaths.

April 29, 2010 / P. Filippaios

ArchLinux greece news: We changed server !

You may change your pacman.conf entries:

[adslgr64]
Server = http://archlinuxgr.tiven.org/archlinux/x86_64/


[adslgr32]
Server = http://archlinuxgr.tiven.org/archlinux/i686/

and

[kde4-eyecandy-64]
Server = http://archlinuxgr.tiven.org/kde4-eyecandy/x86_64/

[kde4-eyecandy-32]
Server = http://archlinuxgr.tiven.org/kde4-eyecandy/i686/

For those that don’t know what the Archlinux Greece repository is, visit this link:

http://gitorious.org/arch-linux-greece

Many thanks to Tiven for offering his server’s bandwidth for the Archlinux community 🙂

April 27, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Fast thoughts #9: Yes, new Nvidia driver.

Look here: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=150325

I’ve been using it some days now, it’s (as always) running without problem.

Very good news: official Xorg-server 1.8 support.

April 22, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Haiku’ing on Arch

The Haiku logo

Haiku, for those that don’t know, is an effort to revive the old BeOS (Be Operating system), a somewhat advanced, for its age, preemptive operating system, in the early nineties, when Linux was still in its infancy, Xfree86 was emerging in the systems, WindowsNT was starting to bloom, and MacOS (not OSX) was declining.

BeOS is an operating system for personal computers which began development by Be Inc. in 1991. It was first written to run on BeBox hardware. BeOS was optimized for digital media work and was written to take advantage of modern hardware facilities such as symmetric multiprocessing by utilizing modular I/O bandwidth, pervasive multithreading, preemptive multitasking and a custom 64-bit journaling file system known as BFS. The BeOS GUI was developed on the principles of clarity and a clean, uncluttered design. The API was written in C++ for ease of programming. It has POSIX compatibility and access to a command-line interface through Bash, although internally it is not a Unix-derived operating system.BeOS was positioned as a multimedia platform which could be used by a substantial population of desktop users and a competitor to Mac OS and Microsoft Windows. However, it was ultimately unable to achieve a significant market share and proved commercially unviable for Be Inc. The company was acquired by Palm Inc. and today BeOS is mainly used and developed by a small population of enthusiasts. The open-source OS Haiku is designed to start up where BeOS left off. Alpha 1 of Haiku was released in September 2009

As you can see, Haiku is to continue the work done on BeOS, which is discontinued.

The hard fact is that Haiku seems to be reviving in the very late 00’s, and now in 10’s, which means almost a decade-and-a-half of rewriting an OS from scratch, while Linux had (in the early 00’s) started getting its revenge (in fact from 2004, when Ubuntu made Linux popular, that’s the truth), Mac OSX had used FBSD, so it had an already trustworthy base, and Windows had conquered the world.

Haiku seems to be a work in progress – a very active progress, just check out on the subversion and bugtracker. The first official Alpha was released on September 2009, introducing a minimalist system, while using some techonologies known to Linux – like bash, or Mesa.

I recently tried and succesfully created an Haiku ISO from svn.

Many thanks to this Archwiki article – http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Haiku – I could create a working LiveCD (with installer)

which I even installed in Virtualbox

[right click a choose “View Image” to see the images in original size]

Clean

Dirty

Try it out, it’s really nice to see the new OS growing stronger.

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April 18, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Just a piece of Clementine…

Clementine player: Spring may allow it grow

After having my blod added to Planet Archlinux (so many thanks for adding my blog ), I really wanted to publish a post about one of my favorite software* on Linux.

Recently I learned about a new, lightweight, music player/manager, based on Amarok 1.4, but with the kdelib3 stripped off.

And so Clementine** was born.
Clementine is a music player and manager, just like Amarok 1.4, but really light – it just has Qt and gstreamer as dependencies, and the memory footprint and responsiveness of the program are what drew my attention.

Clementine is developed by David Sansome and John Maguire, based on the work done on Amarok 1.4.

Except for lightweight, it’s also multiplatform – it can also be ran on Windows, MacOSX and, of course, Linux.

If you want to experiment with Clementine, Archers, you have two choices:

1) Visit AUR and build&install clementine-svn

or/and

2) Use clementine-svn found on archlinux-greece repository project.

Of course, if you find any bug, you should report it on their bugtracker.

I really recommend it.

* I think it could fit on this thread on arch fora:  Latest Piece of Software You’ve Found

** Clementine site

April 18, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Fast thoughts #9: Help on testing the new testing snapshots for Archlinux

Check here: bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=94687

Gonna test it on VBox next week I guess.