This is the archive for November 2006. Recent posts can be found at the main blog page.
When detecting Python GTK/Gnome modules in
configure.ac, should I use this check:
...or this check:
if ! $PYTHON -c 'import gtk' > /dev/null 2>&1; then AC_MSG_ERROR([Python module 'gtk' not found]) fi
pkg-config call requires the development packages from distributions, which I doubt are needed. On the other hand, what purpose serve the
.pc files for the various Python GTK/Gnome packages if we don’t use them in
configure.ac at all?
Any clue? Contact me (uws) on irc.gnome.org or mail me. Thanks!
Update 1: I received some responses.
import pygtk; pygtk.require('2.0')prepended) suffices.
Update 2: Loïc Minier (from Debian fame) pointed out that using runtime checking for Python modules is a far better way and a lot more distro-friendly because their build infrastructure does not have to compile/install/run unneeded dependencies when creating packages (in addition to other problems like NFS home dirs and such). Just listing the dependencies in a README file and handling run-time errors gracefully should be enough.
Within 12 hours after I released Gnome Specimen 0.1 I received:
Thanks for the positive feedback. This is really motivating.
Changes in my Gnome Specimen bzr branch so far:
More to come in the future!
Note: Gnome Specimen 0.2 is available as well.
I’m proud to release the first version of Gnome Specimen, a simple tool to view and compare fonts installed on your system. Gnome Specimen currently features:
After a long struggle I won the battle with autotools, so the application now obeys the standard configure, make, install routine, has working i18n infrastructure and puts a menu item in the Graphics section of your Gnome menu.
Go grab it now: Gnome Specimen 0.1 tarball
(The Gnome Specimen bazaar-ng branch is available as well.
bzr branch that url to get it.)
Update: Translators, the default sentence is a so-called Pangram, a sentence containing all letters of your alphabet. The Pangram Wikipedia article may list one for your language as well. Please keep this in mind when sending me translations! For your convenience, I’ve put up gnome-specimen.pot . Download this file, rename it to
nl.po for Dutch) and send it to me.
Dear Novell gnome-main-menu (former slab) developers,
Next time please do not merge changes to translations (changing standard terms used by the Gnome-NL team) without us knowing. Also, there were major regressions (lots of fuzzies) after the so-called unapproved `translation updates’.
I’ve also removed crap copyright notices for people who never contributed to this translation. It was translated from scratch by me, not by SuSE/Novell people. We’re working hard to get things translated correctly, please bear with us.
Thanks for listening.
Today (the day of the Dutch national elections), my `politicalgotchi’ was printed on the frontpage of one of the largest newspapers in the Netherlands, de Volkskrant, together with the name of the party I will be voting for.
I did some counting, and a left wing coalition based on these 150 heads is perfectly possible: PvdA 30, SP 47 and GroenLinks 13, summing up to 90 seats…
We’re happy to announce a shining new Muine (everyone’s favourite music player) release: Muine 0.8.6
This release, codenamed Parecía muerto, pero reapareció features cool new Tango icons, has better metadata loading, fixes some annoying bugs and actually runs on the latest Mono release. Furthermore, lots of code has been cleaned up and several translations have been updated. Read the official changelog here.
Wow, I scored 9.8 (out of 10) for my statistics course! Final result (weighted average with exercises) is a 9.6, which is (let’s brag some more) rounded up to the maximum possible score when converted to an integer: 10.
Dear icon heroes,
However, most menu items are still fuzzy on my machine, while there are perfectly sharp icons available. Why aren’t those being picked up correctly? See for instance the sound-juicer icon: it has sharp 16×16, 22×22, 24×24, 32×32 icons and a scalable SVG as well. However, none of these show up in my menu. Why not?
Update: Bug 343437 seems to be fixed!
I know the logo used on the cards is no longer the official Gnome logo, but it was still acceptable when we got ourselves these nice cards. I agree new batches (if any) should use the new logo, but there’s really no reason to stop using the current ones.
The back side of our cards is configurable. Mine (and others as well) looks like this:
Update: follow-up on this post
Lately I’ve been flooded with spam. Below is chart of daily spam counts between February 2004 and October 2006. As you can see the numbers have been growing lately… and yes, those numbers are day counts.
In fact it’s even worse: these are only the detected spams; the last couple of weeks I find about 10 spams each day in my inbox (mostly random words with an attached image with the actual spam text), so this is even an optimistic view.
The black bars are the spam counts for each day; the red line shows week averages.
Die, spammers, die!
Another film broadcasted during the “Spanish summer” progamme by the Dutch public broadcasting service: Los Amantes del Círculo Polar.
A really intruiging film (with absurd scenes) about Otto and Ana, both palindrome names, who meet as kids and grow up and loose each other. Circular lives, circular names, circular love. Some things end, but their love lasts forever…
A couple of weeks ago the Dutch public broadcasting service had a “Spanish summer” programme featuring Spanish cinema.
Although I did see Vanilla Sky years ago, I had forgotten several parts of the story, so some scenes came as a surprise after all. Pretty interesting to see two identical stories in two different films, highlighting other aspects…
A while ago I visited Crash (directed by Paul Haggis) in the local cinema. Several story lines intertwine and overlap during the film, and they all show (Americanesque) racism issues in the city of Los Angeles.
Tragic scenes and such… not too much of my liking, though.
Wouter Bolsterlee, also known as uws, a postmodern geek living in the Netherlands. Read more about me…
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