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After a more than a year messing around with Linux on my laptop, I finally took the plunge when Slackware 11 came out. Windows went away, and I popped in my install dvd. I plan on writing up my experience getting it running on my Averatec 3270 one of these days... hopefully in the early days of December.

So about that Macbook... a friend of mine finally bought his last night, and we played with it. I love it... the last time I had the chance to play with a Mac, it was OS7 in my grandmother's newspaper office... a rather underwhelming experience, let me assure you. I had a close friend with OSX, but I never really did anything with his computer... but last night I played with that Macbook Pro, and I was impressed. It was responsive, it wasn't difficult to find things, and best of all, it had a remote... I've decided that I'm going to investigate putting an infrared adapter inside my notebook. tnkgrl of the Averatec Forums added bluetooth to another model from the same maker... I have high hopes for doing something similar on mine. The Apple Remote only costs $30, so if I could get this working, it'd be pimptastic.

Alright, so I REALLY liked the interface in OSX... so, I downloaded Baghira and Kxdocker, and went to work. Now my Slack 11 looks like OSX... eh heh heh... I'm still working out the kinks in Kxdocker, but it seems to work fine. Only downside? I need to upgrade my memory. The interface is really nice... but you notice how sluggish it is. This IS Slackware, after all.

So that leads me to my next project... Making Fluxbox look like OSX. I'll return KDE to its pristine state (or maybe make it look like Windows Classic, I'm not sure which yet), and fix Fluxbox to work like KDE does now (only much faster, of course.) I haven't found anybody else who's done this, so we'll see how it works.

Well, that should sufficiently do it. I'll try to find time to document what I'm doing in future blog posts... posts in the near future, that is. Persephone!

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KDE/Qt: Qt Contributor Summit 2018, Integrating Cloud Solutions with Qt, FreeBSD, and Konsole

  • Qt Contributor Summit 2018
    One bit especially interesting is the graphics stack. Back in Qt 5.0, Qt took the liberty of limiting the graphics stack to OpenGL, but the world has changed since: On Windows the only proper stack is Direct3D 12, Apple introduced Metal and recently deprecated OpenGL and Vulkan is coming rather strong. It looks like embracing these systems transparently will be one of the most exciting tasks to achieve. From a KDE & Plasma perspective I don’t think this is scary, OpenGL is here to stay on Linux. We will get a Framework based on a more flexible base and we can continue pushing Plasma, Wayland, Plasma Mobile with confidence that the world won’t be crumbling. And with a bit of luck, if we want some parts to use Vulkan, we’ll have it properly abstracted already.
  • Integrating Cloud Solutions with Qt
    These days, using the cloud for predictive maintenance, analytics or feature updates is a de facto standard in the automation space. Basically, any newly designed product has some server communication at its core. However, the majority of solutions in the field were designed and productized when communication technology was not at today’s level. Still, attempts are being made to attach connectivity to such solutions. The mission statement is to “cloudify” an existing solution, which uses some internal protocol or infrastructure.
  • KDE on FreeBSD – June 2018
    It’s been a while since I wrote about KDE on FreeBSD, what with Calamares and third-party software happening as well. We’re better at keeping the IRC topic up-to-date than a lot of other sources of information (e.g. the FreeBSD quarterly reports, or the f.k.o website, which I’ll just dash off and update after writing this).
  • Konsole’s search tool
    Following my konsole’s experiments from the past week I came here to show something that I’m working on with the VDG, This is the current Konsole’s Search Bar. [...] I started to fix all of those bugs and discovered that most of them happened because we had *one* search bar that was shared between every terminal view, and whenever a terminal was activated we would reposition, reparent, repaint, disconnect, reconnect the search bar. Easiest solution: Each Terminal has it’s own search bar. Setuped only once. The one bug I did not fix was the Opening / Closing one as the searchbar is inside of a layout and layouts would reposition things anyway. All of the above bugs got squashed by just moving it to TerminalDisplay, and the code got also much cleaner as there’s no need to manual intervention in many cases. On the review Kurt – the Konsole maintainer – asked me if I could try to make the Search prettier and as an overlay on top of the Terminal so it would not reposition things when being displayed.

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