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16 Aug 2006 (updated 16 Aug 2006 at 18:17 UTC) »
Libsqlfs is freed to the world! Libsqlfs implements a POSIX file system on top of a SQLite database.

wingo, GNU Arch (tla) has been greatly simplified in the command line interface in recent versions. It shall not be more significantly difficult to use than bazaar, and the trend for simplification is continuing.

Wonder whatever happens to the WUXGA or some such (1400x1050) or alike LCD displays in the laptop market. These high resolution displays are great and used to be widely available but now I only see 1280x800 ones. Wonder where these high resolution panels go...

GNU Arch 1.3.5 released!

28 Apr 2006 (updated 28 Apr 2006 at 08:19 UTC) »

It is funny that some people want to bump version numbers for no good reason. The fact that a project can advance in the current framework without the need of a major rewrite is a good thing. And the current generation of GNOME seems to be in good shape, and if there is no 3.0 so much the better. And arguments over GNOME and Gnome seem like making storm in a teapot. GNOME it is, and that name already works well, and then so be it.

<person>Michael Crawford</person>, seems you were actually from the San Francisco Bay area. The job market in Silicon Valley is now very hot so you shall be able to find a job easily here. Of course it is up to you to decide if you want to leave the icy coast of Eastern Canada...

20 Apr 2006 (updated 21 Apr 2006 at 23:52 UTC) »

The modern version of the da Vinci code. Who can solve it?

According to this article on Eben Moglen and the GPL v3, http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1742104,00.html,

"The new version of the GPL licence says that creators of programs and embedded devices are free to add DRM to systems that use software released under the GPL (like GNU/Linux) - but on one condition: that users can change the underlying software."

Would source-code-available-as-free-software DRM systems like openmediacommons.org be allowed under the GPL v3?

13 Mar 2006 (updated 13 Mar 2006 at 07:16 UTC) »
New Tong Wen Tong (新同文堂) is very good at converting simplified characters to the traditional characters. For example, badvogato's poem seems to show up correctly (let me know if something is wrong):

作者:一里 標題:棋詩四手 - 2006-3-12 00:37

黑白懷君子,忘憂不記年。 橘中春夢短,燈下木狐妍。 沈醉澹容與,猜心盍忘荃。 輸贏無大事,流水自爭先。

桃葉秋風遠,湖山雨夜燈。 春唇充酒債,暈夢典文心。花影移簾動,曇香逐院深。 吳圖曾憶否,黑白擾行僧。

黑白爭疏發,年輪枉自匆。 山空人跡渺,雲外嶺無窮。城傍千山雪,時侵苦楝風。 人間春已老,仍不見桃紅。

閒坐敲棋韻,無朋竹下傾。茶煙浮石影,鳥語辯音名。枰面蔭蔭翳,棋長落落營。偶而逢難劫,拂了不相爭。

7 Mar 2006 (updated 7 Mar 2006 at 11:09 UTC) »
SWIG support for Squirrel

I have created Squirrel support to SWIG. Squirrel is a light weight extension language in the style of Lua but has a C/C++ style syntax. The patch against SWIG 1.3.28 is available and works with Squirrel 2.1 work 4 with the built-in char type defined as the C char instead of wchar_t.

So far wrapping basic types and C structs seems to work on GNU/Linux on simple samples. No attempts were made to support C++ classes yet.

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