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Sun, 25 May 2008

QBrew 0.4.1

I've just release QBrew 0.4.1. This is a bugfix release. It also includes printing improvements including print previes, and I've converted all the DOM to Qt's streaming XML. Get it at http://www.usermode.org/code.html

Thu, 17 Jan 2008

KDE 4.0 Release Event

I am at the KDE 4.0 Release Event. Tons of KDE developers and users are here, as well as a couple of Trolls. Some people I know, most I am meeting for the first time. Google is hosting the event, which is just down the street from where I live. I think I live the closest from everyone else.

Today is mainly breakout sessions and hacking. So far I have attended a FreeBSD BoF (birds of a feather) with Adrian de Groot. A tour of the Google facilities starts in fifteen minutes. Tomorrow will have the actual release celebration. Speeches and presentations and stuff.

Sun, 09 Dec 2007

KCalc Duties

Silly me, it seems I've volunteered for KCalc duties. There are a tiny handful of apps that need some loving or they will be dropped from the KDE 4 release. KCalc was one of them. Since this is an app I use frequently I stepped forward. I hope there won't be a trigonometry quiz on this!

The first major problem I see is the interface. I am currently converting this to Designer UI format. The other major problem is the use of GMP. It's license was recently changed to LGPL3, which some people say is incompatible with KCalc's GPL2+.

Sat, 29 Sep 2007

New Software Releases

I've made to software releases this week, that have been a long time in coming. The first is QBrew 0.4.0, the second is HârnMaker 0.5.0. Both have been ported to Qt 4.3, with corresponding UI improvements. You can access them at http://www.usermode.org/code.html

Thu, 13 Sep 2007

Linux Plagarism

For years GPL advocates has been spreading the idea that a second party can relicense a copyrighted work. Because of this, it is a common belief in many Linux communities, that it is permissible to "file off" certain unrestricted licenses and replace them with the GPL.

Recently a few Linux developers, on advice from the FSF's lawyer, did just that with the Atheros driver in OpenBSD. This is in violation of copyright law, and nothing short of bald faced plagarism.

A quote from Theo de Raadt:

In their zeal to get the code under their own license, some of these Linux wireless developers have broken copryright law repeatedly. But to even get to the point where they broke copyright law, they had to bypass a whole series of ethical considerations too.

I'm not bringing up this story to tweak the noses of GPL developers, but rather to urge the community of Free Software developers to behave morally and ethically when dealing with other people's code.

Sat, 01 Sep 2007

QBrew Repository

Thanks to my employer, I now have a subversion repository for QBrew. Public read-only anonymous access is at https://cvs.ics.com/svn/qbrew, using account "qbrew" and password "qbrewguest". You will need a Subversion client.

Thu, 03 May 2007

Phase 0.8

The Phase widget style is still being maintained in KDE, but since it is now a "pure" Qt 4 style, I am making a snapshot available for it. There are still some TODO notes in the code, but it is complete and usable. You can find it on my software page.