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Name: Martin Sevior
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AbiCollab and undo's

Marc "uwog" Maurer wrote up a great blog post describing the progress of our peer to peer real time collaborative feature AbiCollab.

Just one little point, we "handle" the case of undo/redo interfering with other people's edits (because they made edit's over your work) by detecting if this is occurring then preventing the action. If we allowed undo's through other people's edits, we would have to undo all the remote users changes post the interfering change as well as the change itself in order maintain document integrity. I considered this too intrusive and went with the simpler solution which is easy to understand. Simply:

You can't undo/redo through a remote users changes.

You can type over then, delete them, put them in table, change font colour etc.. but you can't undo them.

Also as Marc said, we're moving towards a Luis compliant business model too :-)

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Some fan mail

I was asked by the Melbourne Newpaper The Age to comment on an Irish Free Energy invention.

I received this lovely piece of fan mail from James Stephens in response:

"Better get a new email address. I'm forwarding this one to all the over-unity enthusiasts I know of (a lot) in hopes they may flood you with material that might allow you to see beyond the end of your nose."

I pointed him to the slashdot commentary.

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A very disturbing blog.
My friend Pat Lam, pointed me to this very disturbing blog of a woman Particle Physicist working at Fermilab.

The Journal appears totally authentic. The writer is clearly a top experimental Particle Physics researcher. Her story is appalling.

I had no idea that such things were common at Fermilab, which been the career forming lab for a number of outstanding women Physicists.

I hope that none of my friends, colleagues or ex-students ever suffer that and that justice is done.


26 Jul 2006 (updated 26 Jul 2006 at 08:22 UTC) »
AbiWord Updates
We've made some really outstanding progress on AbiWord recently.

Firstly AbiCollab our real-time document collaboration tool, is making fantastic progress.

We can now transmit the most complex documents and all our features work in collaborative mode. Undo/Redo works as expected during collaborative sessions, whereby only the local users changes are undone/redone. It's all looking very promising and appears to be fullfilling our vision. I hope we can make a 2.5.0 alpha release with the feature mostly working within a month. There is a reasonable chance of unveiling uwog's Secret Project at the same time :-)

Our SoC'ers sum1, Jauco Noordzij and Erik Pukinskis have been powering along too.

Sum1 has been improving our import and export filters for odt and docbook. His work with docbook has reached the point where we can import the evolution help file written in docbook format.

Jauco's pdf importer has reached the "working plugin" stage and he has just blogged about having detected columns in pdfs. It will be fascinating to watch him develop hueristics to turn pdf's into wordprocessor documents.

Erik's code to enable AbiWord to be run in the sugar framework for OLPC was just recently committed too.

I wanted to test this out so I followed the instructions to build sugar, helpfully found here. Step 1. Install the following dependicies with yum. Damn! yum fails with: [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 07:30:31 GMT

I can't see what is wrong. So I try pirut but it damands some weird perl module for git-svn that is not available.

So I just download and install the rpms by hand, fire up the jhbuild process and it completes!

Next try ./sugar-jhbuild run

But I'm faced with a blank screen. Damn! OK I'll send an email to the olpc-software list and see what could be wrong. Maybe I do need that perl module after all.

The most important phase of contributing to Open Source software is getting the project to build. In the case of sugar, which is clearly using bleeding edge software everywhere, this quite a challenge. Hopefully I get over the hump and help with AbiWord-on-sugar. Sounds tasty eh?

Finally I have to plug Ryan Pavlik's fantastic Community Outreach Project. While not as out there as zennies old AbiWord Weekly News, Ryan certainly manages to to supply inspiration to the project and feedback to our users.

Thanks Ryan!

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Google Summer of Code applications are now open.

If you are a student and would like to paid $4500.00 by Google to work on AbiWord or a related project over the Summer, I have put together a few wiki pages describing what you need to do, along with a template (stolen from the perl project) that provides a framework to clearly address the selection criteria. Using this template will significantly enhance your chances of being accepted by Google.

The start point is here:

Google is accepting applications until May 8th.

Good Luck!

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