Recent blog entries for ovek

Wow, finally got my debian.org account, which motivated me to clean up the bugs filed on the wine package on debian's bug tracker. The winesetuptk package should also be in debian-unstable as soon as the ftp maintainers gets around to their weekly job of registering new packages or something... wonder if I should upload/maintain some other packages too...

Okay, it's soon time to go back to Oslo (and buy an apartment), I guess... will be nice to get back to my favorite computer, and good internet access, and whatever else...

Not a lot of Wine hacking the last week, since I've been a little ill, but otherwise I've accomplished a few things when it comes to ddraw, dinput, dsound... most of my work is in Wine now, but not all... I may get around to submit it sometime after I get settled in Oslo.

Or perhaps I should go to the OSDEM as well? Should I, I wonder? Not much of a response to it on wine-devel, it seems...

Awright, Gavriel finally publicized the TransGaming DirectX (WineX) stuff we've been working on, so now I don't have to quite as quiet about what I'm doing. Now I have to fix a problem with Half-Life's display under wine, and 3DMark2000's sound not working quite right... then Gavriel can go show off windoze direct3D games running under Linux on the upcoming Linux expos...

A bit cold weather around here in my old home town, though, and nothing more than a lousy ISDN connection either... grr.

Hmm. I think I should spend some of my hard-earned money on a gift to someone that deserves it.

Well, Alexandre is back, reporting the commits on the Wine Weekly News may take a while... (but it must be worse for him, having to do all those commits)

I got "inspired" (by Debian Philosophy) and wasted a couple of unproductive days drawing a really silly comic strip intro using only The GIMP and my trusty Logitech mouse. Well, it was sort of fun, at least...

Also tested Half-Life a bit under Wine. No test run lasted very long, since I'm such an easily-scared wimp. Why couldn't it have truckloads of weapons in the beginning of the game, and plenty of HEV rechargers...

Hmm. And ArcticNet (my good ol' company) wants me back there temporarily, since one of the other smart guys they had has quit the job. May have to go back to my old home town for a while, then... fortunately, they're getting ADSL coverage around there now, so maybe I'll be allright back there...

The next Wine release is shaping up to become a radical milestone release, whenever it comes out. The new WineHQ website design is still not ready, but now I've installed Hypermail mailing list archives there, which handles pretty well all the MIME attachments/patches that proliferate on the mailing lists...

I did a number of DIBsection bugfixes. Many games are going to display better now... maybe even the infamous MS Terminal Server Client I've heard talk about will start showing more than a black-and-white display, too (too bad I don't have any Terminal Server myself to test with).

Unfortunately, Alexandre is away for a week, so there won't be any commits until he's back... and there are a number of problems in the current CVS which won't be fixed until then... well, just have to get by with applying fixes I need from wine-patches manually, then.

Remembered that I had a disc of Civilization II lying around, and tried to run it under Wine. No end of troubles there... is going to take a lot of time to get it up... and I don't have that much. Oh well...

Big things are afoot in the world of Wine. Never before have we had so many dedicated developers working with their heart and soul to get us to the coveted Wine 1.0 Stable Release. The rate of progress is staggering, if not outright neckbreaking - a lesser person than Alexandre would pretty much have his hands full just commiting other people's patches every day, and still he does a lot of infrastructure work on his own.

Jeremy White and his CodeWeavers team is planning to show off Wine at Comdex, and since he thought the WineHQ website looked too dull to show off, he's allocated Jeremy Newman to effectively revamp the WineHQ website ASAP. Well, it might need it anyway, and Newman's new design doesn't look too bad.

Well, I did predict in WWN #64 that we were close to a major milestone, and indeed, only a couple of weeks later we (or mostly Ian Schmidt) had Slashdot coverage for being able to run MS Office 2000. Poor Ian's website didn't survive the onslaught of screenshot viewers... but it shows that Wine 1.0 is closer than ever.

In personal news, I'm going back to TransGaming Technologies's payroll, so that I can convince my bank to loan me enough money to buy myself a home in the Oslo area. I can't live on the street (my computer could get stolen, shiver), and if I'm going to get a university degree while I'm still relatively young, then I can't just move back to Karasjok either... so it's time to become a slave of capitalism, wages, and debts. And NDAs issued by companies like TransGaming...

OK, I registered on Advogato for fun... I still consider it a somewhat silly site, but - "oh well, why not" - as I guess everyone else registered on this site may have thought, too.

One of the things I am now working with, is restructuring the Wine packages for Debian. And I have plans for them... done quite some work now, but I haven't uploaded my new package set yet (wanted to hold them for testing and brainstorming a few days first).

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