Jaunty retrospective (plus a few other misc. things)

Kubuntu

I suppose since Stephan has done his retrospective that it is time for me to stop procrastinating and to make mine.

First off I must echo Steve’s sentiments in that I’ve enjoyed working with the Kubuntu Team a lot. Harald has been sorely missed since he disappeared in the middle of the cycle, but I think that the team managed to pull together and fill in the void. I must say that I never realized how many of those little file conflict bugs that you encounter in the alphas were fixed by Harald until he left and you had to do them yourself…

So, stats, figures, damn lies:
– 115 packages uploaded, +50 uploads from last year’s stats
– 55 bugs fixed (of which I was the sole package signer, I believe)
– Coordinated one KDE packaging release
– Participated in all four or five KDE packaging releases
– Triaged an insane amount of bugs
– Got several thousand import spams from Rosetta (Steve got 20k and all those packages uploaded since he was the only one brave enough to upload all of the KDE l18n packages)

Some things I regret:
– The amount of open, untouched bugs is a bit higher than I would like
– I never got Jockey-in-System-Setting working, it still crashes.😦

Overall the Kubuntu 9.04 cycle has been great for me. Hopefully next cycle will be even better. For now, here’s a shout to everyone working on Kubuntu, Ubuntu, and KDE! I’m glad to be a part of all three.

Obligatory screenie:

Weather Wallpaper

A few words on the Weather Wallpaper….

Well, it moved again. This time the plugin has moved back to kdeplasma-addons. It left behind the wallpapers it provides in kdeartwork. (There are rumblings of a contest in the near future, by the way.)

I also have to note the Petri did an awesome job with libplasmaweather. We now share the same configuration interface with the LCD weather widget and the Weather Forecast widget. This means less copied code that I have to maintain. As a consequence of being ported to libplasmaweather, the weather wallpaper also has gotten more robust. Changing locations on the fly now works without having to unload/reload the wallpaper plugin. Going back to a location you’ve already used doesn’t work to well, though, but it’s progress.

Also thanks to aseigo’s awesome work, you won’t have to wait for 30 minutes for weathery goodness if your network is down at startup. Hard things made simple indeed.

As a consequence of the port to libplasmaweather we’ve temporarily lost the Advanced Settings dialog I blogged about last time, but it should be fairly easy to get back once I figure out how to add the button to the layout of the WeatherConfig widget from my plugin. (I’ve not had time what with it being the week before Kubuntu 9.04 release) Once this is all squared away I can finish implementing user-configurable wallpapers, and the wallpaper will be feature complete for KDE 4.3.

QuickAccess

Shortly (most likely after Kubuntu 9.04 is released and before Kubuntu 9.10 is open for development) I will be making a new release of QuickAccess. If you don’t want to wait you can check out trunk with the following command:

bzr branch lp:quickaccess

What will be new in 0.8?
– The plasma widget has a a nice tooltip when you hover over it. Nothing fancy. The tooltip’s icon changes when you change it in the config dialog, too.
– If you have it set in your Dolphin settings, Copy to/Move to items will appear in file context menus
– Add an option to use Dolphin’s folder sorting settings, so if you have per-folder sorting settings in Dolphin they will be reflected in Folderview if you enable this option. (Off by default) Patch by mck182
– Single click vs. Double click navigation is configurable inside the configuration dialog, in case you don’t want to double click your way through the widget if you’ve set KDE to double click in System Settings. Patch by mck182
– Import full translations for: es, fr, gl, pt_BR, sv. zh_CN is about 33% translated.

Bugfixes:
– Import some capitalization style/typo fixes for the strings in the configuration dialog from an opensuse patch. This does sorta make the above full translations not so full anymore😦
– Initially set the icon size to the configured size to avoid supersmall QuickAccess widgets on the desktop
– Extract messages for translation from the .ui files

I may get rid of the tabs in the configuration dialog and make each tab its own separate module for 0.8, but I could see that being pushed back to 0.9.

These are exciting times for all three projects I’m working in!

6 Responses to Jaunty retrospective (plus a few other misc. things)

  1. cumulus007 says:

    Hi, could you please import the Dutch translation from Launchpad? I just fixed it, and it’s ready to be used.

  2. nightrose says:

    Rock on!

  3. JontheEchidna says:

    @cumulus2007: Done. Thanks a lot.🙂

  4. Celta Proscrito says:

    trash option in QuickAccess, please!!

  5. tathosh says:

    Move to trash option in QuickAccess would be great.

    Also Delete option (dependent on settings is Dolphin) would be fine feature (it would be the same feature as Move to and Copy to).

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