Fedora.us finally pushed out their Mozilla Firefox rpm last night. I’ve been using it the last few days, and haven’t had any problems with it. Overall, Firefox 0.8 is a pretty sweet release. Here’s hoping though, they won’t have another name change with 0.9.
Archive for February, 2004
I’ve been working on a Gnome application, that uses MySQL to track a comic book collection, for the last few weeks. Overall, it’s been a good experience, though I’ve been reading a ton of documentation for the various bits (Autoconf, Intltool, Glade, etc.) that make it up. I’ve got the basic framework and functionality finished, but now need to add error checking code on input values. I was instant messaging with Spencer this evening, and figured I throw up a screenshot of my progress so far.
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I was previously using Anjuta to write it, but I’ve been banging my head against the limitations of its Makefile management. So, I’ve spent most of the weekend re-writting portions of my code, and creating the corresponding Makefiles from scratch. Not terribly fun, but I’ve learned a ton from it. Looks like Emacs will be my developement environment for the time being (namely how long my patience lasts).
Watched Bowling for Columbine this evening. Fairly entertaining documentary. Moore was a little heavy-handed in some of his editing of Charlton Heston‘s speeches during the NRA conventions, but the last interview with Heston was fairly entertaining. Why Heston even allowed himself to be interviewed is beyond me.
Spent most of today working on my Gnome/MySQL project. Finally got to a point where I could mainly write code, and not spend a big chunk of the day looking in the Gtk/Gnome API libraries. In Gtk 2.0, the GtkCList got depreciated, and replaced with the GtkTreeView. So, I spent most of yesterday getting up to speed on how that should be implemented.
Looks like my Gnome-Blog fedora rpm, should be hitting the stable repositories this week. I just need to approve the build binary, and send an announcement out on the fedora-package-announce mailing list.
For anyone that hasn’t installed Fedora yet, Eric Raymond has written a pretty good HOWTO on getting Multimedia packages installed. Too bad, this wasn’t available 4 months ago when I could have used it more.
The Livna.org site, which carries rpm’s for Fedora that can’t be hosted in the U.S. due to the DMCA, release a new version of Rhythmbox today. I went ahead and upgraded my copy, even though I tend to use XMMS to play music, just to see how it’s shaping up. Livna also has a mad-plugin for gstreamer, which allows MP3 playback, so I grabbed that also.
Based on using it the last couple of hours, a lot of the issues I’ve had with Rhythmbox in the past have been solved. The program no longer consumes large amounts of memory when you have a large collection of music, and seems a lot more stable. The UI is fairly slick, since it is inspired by iTunes, though it does have a few hickups still (mainly the song list section).
I probably won’t be using it for daily use, though, since the gstreamer backend uses a lot more CPU power compared to XMMS. On a more current machine, this wouldn’t be a problem, but on my poor over-worked rig, it hovers around 23% CPU usage compared to the normal 7% using XMMS.
Was looking around the internet, and ran across the uComics site, which reprints cartoon strips, among them Calvin and Hobbes. Totally forgotten how funny this strip was. I really need to see if I can find any of my old collections of Calvin.
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Spent most of this afternoon working on the Gnome Blog rpm for Fedora. Had some good suggestions from some other Fedora packagers on things to add to the spec file, to make it play a little nicer with Fedora. Looks like this could go into the testing or stable repositories in the next month or so, depending what else comes up during QA. Anyone that is running a blog, and running Linux (could this possibly be narrowed down to a smaller group?) feel free to grab the latest Fedora rpm. Here’s the link:
Gnome-Blog Fedora RPM
As with any rpm I create, you’ll probably want to import my PGP Key into your system. This can be done by downloading my key, and then running ‘rpm –import bdpepple.asc’ as root.
Update: Removed rpm, since it’s offered in Fedora.us, and Fedora Extras.