4 Jun 2005 alejandro   » (Master)

The last weeks happened a lot of things like the II GUADEC-ES where I was talking about Freedesktop and the GUADEC in Stuttgard.

There were awesome the talks in GUADEC, I couldn't go this year but there were some interesting talks about Cairo, Gstreamer, GNOME Applets, Lighting talks talking about Xgl, Luminocity samples, etc. Thanks to the fluendo people for streaming. :)

In the other side I decided to change Gentoo to Ubuntu in the laptop and the server, I was boring to compile everything, but I have to recommend *NOT USE BREEZY*, it's very unstable, I have had problems with it, *USE HOARY*. Actually is a kubuntu, but it has the same packages, so I installed GNOME and KDE in the laptop.

Now I'm using again GNOME, but I had some problems and I will comment how I solved it.

First, I want to migrate my mails from Kmail to Evolution, but Evolution doesnt have the posibility to import Maildir or Kmail mails, but you can import a single mbox file. In this situation the import filter is better in Kmail because you can import mails from Evolution, Netscape, Thunderbird, etc.

Anyway I stored every folder in a mbox and later I imported from Evolution, so now I have retrieved every mail in Kmail. Later I missed the posibility to have a background per desktop, but I found Wallpapoz, so now I have the same feature than in KDE desktop. It would be nice a integration of wallpapoz in GNOME.

I also had problems with shortcuts in GNOME, perhaps a bad installation, but now I have set every shortcut I need to handle, except currently I don't know why I can't change to another desktop with Ctrl+Alt+position. If you look KDE you have local shortcuts in every application, so It's easy to customizate every application to move faster, anyway there is a trick in gconf to make the same in GNOME.

Currently I think it's a little difficult to change from KDE to GNOME, because applications in KDE have more features, and there are somes I'm missing. I think it would be nice to have a usability study of people from GNOME using KDE and viceverse, it could be a good way to integrate more the desktops and share common things.

For example, now I would like to have the bookmarks from Konqueror in Firefox/Ephiphany, but now I think is not posible.

Also I miss the konqueror hybrid between browsing web and folders, because in firefox the views are not the same than a folder view when you are looking a http/ftp site with some files. Anyway I'm so proud of desktop, I think both KDE and GNOME desktops will rock in one or two years where the people will adopt more extensively. I expect to be a reality the 10% of GNOME desktops in 2010 like Jefff commented. :)

And in the work, currently I'm making some applications using Mono framework. I'm very happy with the Mono development, although I started to work in 2002, now I dont have so much time to contribute to Mono core, but I consider so stable to make applications with it.

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