Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Argiope bruennichi

We met this beautiful spider at the Votočnice meadow near Sázava. Although it looks dangerous it is harmless. It used to live around the mediterranean but it's spreading rapidly throughout the world.

Monday, August 16, 2010

KDE 4.5.0 & Korona for OpenSolaris

The latest and greatest stable release of KDE4 is again available as IPS binary packages at the usual place (and the usual mirror in case you hit problems downloading).
Since 4.4.5, many improvements were done in terms of packaging correctness (dependencies, linking), thanks to hnhn's adaptation of alanc's check-deps script.
Also Qt was updated to 4.6.3, Amarok to 2.3.1, Koffice to 2.2.1, as well as few other KDE dependencies.
Last but not least, kdel10n-* packages are present, providing support for 55 languages.
The upstream changes are best described in the KDE 4.5.0 announcement.

The showcase of the kde-solaris project, Korona 4.5.0, combining the powers of the late OpenSolaris b134 and KDE 4.5.0 has just been uploaded and should become available in a few hours at http://genunix.org. As a small improvement, the nepomuk stuff is disabled there and akonadi appetite has been minimized. I had to do this otherwise desktop metadata would fill the $HOME, which lead to crashes. (Note that konversation was unintentionally ommited from the live cd, sorry.)

Friday, August 6, 2010

A day in Náměšť

We visited Náměšť nad Oslavou as there was a folk music festival with many collateral activities suitable for children.

Among other things we also visited the hydroelectric power at the nearby Dalešická přehrada. It's run by the sponsor of the festival, the monopolistic ČEZ, often accused of influencing politics in this country. Unfortunately for us, the guide spent too much time explaining us what political parties are wrong for the country (and therefore for ČEZ), so we had to skip the most interesting bottom levels of the plant in order to not miss the boat ride.

Finally, at the end of the day, we came across this neat waste-water treatment plant of Náměšť:

Monday, August 2, 2010

KDE 4.5 RC3

the binary packages of KDE 4.5 RC3 are available at http://solaris.bionicmutton.org:10001
Originally I did not want to publish them, because I wasn't able to even log in, but then I figured out it was because of some Qt optimizations recently put back. With the older Qt build all works just fine, so here you are: