The number of the day is 0x20.
The number of the day is 0x20.
Intel UMPC running Linux
I'm sure you didn't miss Intel MID, Intel's answer to the wave of UMPC and Internet Tablet. It features Linux, Matchbox and Hildon, all glued together with a distribution based on the Chinese RedFlag. But the more interesting thing is that the core chipset is based on a Pentium M and GMA945, which is much more horse power than, say, the Nokia 800.
Now interesting challenge: while I'm sure it will be relatively easy to have AbiWord and Gnumeric running on it, like they already do on Maemo, but how about porting OpenOffice.org? Sure it will be contrived, but we have a 256MB of RAM, 500MB of storage and a 600-800MHz CPU based on a Pentium M (with half the cache on than the one found in laptops) which should be more than enough.
WebKit with Cairo
Adobe, to be able to make their proprietary platform for application developement, using Flash, did use the Open Source WebKit (that same HTML engin that Apple use for Safari, that is based on KHTML). The paradox is that to have WebKit work on Windows, they used Cairo as a backend. The good news is that Cairo is likely to get better and that WebKit using Cairo is likely to help greatly a Gtk based version.
Changes are available for people to use.
 in that case it is more about the silo than the code
Monday I'll fly out to Prague for the week.
If you are there and wish to have some $BEVERAGE, you know the drill.
A star is born!
Don't miss Dave Neary's interview on Linux.com.
Dave, in Kristiansen, Norway, during Guadec 2004
I just released exempi 0.5.1. It adds a missing API and fix a serious bug that
-Weffc++ revealed. And it also implement parsing structures.
If you want the SVN, help yourself. http://svn.gna.org/viewcvs/niepce/trunk/exempi/
Thomas: concerning keyboard layouts, I myself ended up using US layout exclusively (British work fine too). The French layout also has shift for digits, and start with AZERTY on the top row. It all came back to the time I was given, at work, an old laptop with a British keyboard. Reluctant at first, I got used to it and actually found it actually very useful for programming. The only problem I had at one point was to get accents on a US layout, but fortunately configuring right-Alt to be compose works pretty well, while the British layout, at least on RH 6.2 (I was using at that time) had Alt-Gr to provide a few dead keys for diacriticts. Actually the compose setup is better than the French keyboard because I can access even more combinations of diacritics/letters.
And for my Canadian readers, I have to point out that the French keyboard layout I'm talking about has nothing to do with the Canadian-French we find here which looks marginally more convenient.
Once again the choice of keyboard layout is a matter of tastes and habits.
Open Source Photography
I took some time to release exempi 0.5.0, my library to parse XMP meta data. The C API is in there, the C++ API will come later.
It is LGPL licensed.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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