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KDE Traffic #43 For 20 Aug 2002

Editor: Juergen Appel

By Juergen Appel

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Welcome to KC KDE! Since the last KC KDE a lot has happened in KDE development as well as elsewhere. KOffice Release Candidate 1 has made it to the public, and as far as I am concerned, it is rock solid. Joining this fine release is KDE 3.0.3, which came out shortly after, while KDE's next step, 3.1beta1, has been delayed again.

Meanwhile, Ariya Hidayat, from the KOffice Development Team, is earning respect from the GNOME-Coders with William Lachance of Abiword saying:

Props go out to Ariya Hidayat for this one, reading out extended character information from WordPerfect must have been a rather painstaking effort. We benefit from it though-- a testament to cross-project collaboration.


we now, theoretically, support all WordPerfect extended characters on import, thanks to Ariya Hidayat [email omitted,ed.], who created a complete set of ext-char tables for KWord's WP import.

The score in the feature list in the match between Team Green/Yellow and Team Red is 21 to 9 (see the live score here). In the meantime the next match has already started.

On other development fronts it is said that RedHat's new beta includes a KDE version that is made to look like GNOME. Icons, widget-style and kicker apps have been replaced, as it has been whispered in the trees.

So far about KDE development, fitting into the category elsewhere, it is to say that some developers have at least been hit indirectly by problems caused by the flooding across mid-Europe. Best wishes from here.
Additionally, KC KDE itself might pause for sometime in the near future as I will be moving to a new city and start my studies. Therefore I think starting a life on my own might occupy me a little.

We hope you enjoy this issue and (as always) Happy Hacking!

1. New Default Look in 3.1

7 Aug 2002 (1 post) Archive Link: "K-ARTIST:New Kmail icons and usability"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Look and Feel, KDE 3.1

People: antialias

The Crystal Icon Theme will become the default one in KDE 3.1, but it is not yet time for celebrations, according to antialias:

Rumor ;) has it that KDE 3.1 will come with SVG icons and Keramik being the default style.

2. Konqi - Looking Good (Again)

13 Aug 2002 - 14 Aug 2002 (2 posts) Archive Link: "K-ARTIST:Konqui at Logout-Screen"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Art

You might not have noticed, but Konqi does not look alright at the logout screen of KDE 3.0.x. In order to provide help, Philipp Becker included transparency where needed and has done some good to his right eye. Philipp's efforts where not only appreciated by Konqi. I think he's fine by now.

3. Custom Page Size

11 Aug 2002 - 19 Aug 2002 (4 posts) Archive Link: "Page Size of HP Deskjet"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Printing

People: Michael Goffioul

Talking about printing problems with page sizes, Michael Goffioul revealed in a reply to a bug report that " The upcoming KDE-3.1/Qt-3.1 pair will have support for user-defined margin, for many applications (konqueror, kmail, kwrite,...)." All hail the KDE-Print team!

4. Redesign for

14 Aug 2002 - 19 Aug 2002 (22 posts) Archive Link: "K-ARTIST:design of KDE artist web site v2"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Art

The KDE Artist Website is getting a complete redesign, luciash d' being has started maintaining it sometime ago and recently presented the fruits of his labour to the KDE Artists.
His submissions started a discussion about the orange-colored design of the page, other proposals have been reviewed, some reflecting the general blueish design of KDE, some in a rather triste gray.

While the final decision about the design has yet to be made, luciash pointed out that he plans to introduce the new webdesign within 2 weeks. Candidates for the design can be viewed here:

5. Multimedia - The Road Ahead

17 Aug 2002 - 18 Aug 2002 (3 posts) Archive Link: "GStreamer wrappers for KDE/Qt"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Multimedia, aRts, Development Plans

People: Tim Jansen

Tim Jansen reports from the last KDE multimedia/arts meeting, " the (few) participating people agreed to split the next-generation multimedia system into three parts:


Concerning the multimedia framework, Tim has already written wrappers for GStreamer, his work can be found in CVS kdenonbeta/gst. It should be quite complete, enabling coders to write GStreamer application for QT. Examples and a GUI-based video player can be found there, too.

6. One Math App to Rule Them All

11 Aug 2002 - 17 Aug 2002 (17 posts) Archive Link: "[kde-edu-devel] possible design math app"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: KDE-Edu, Mathematics

People: Eva Brucherseifer

Eva Brucherseifer started a discussion about a mathematical application, which should be based on a plugin-system and offer these basic functions:

After having largely discussed design issues of the application, Eva announced in another thread the availability of math app 0.1, the code appeared to be "rather usable already" and has gotten the attention, and therefore some additions, by other KDE-Edu developers.

7. LocalDomain Check for Shortnames

6 Aug 2002 - 20 Aug 2002 (21 posts) Archive Link: "Short hostnames in URLs"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Konqueror

People: Lubos Lunak

Lubos Lunak submitted a bugfix that will make life easier for LAN-users saying, " Many people use only hostnames without domains for hosts in their local network, and Konqueror now redirects such requests to Real^H^H^H^HGoogle, which is pretty annoying. My change checks if the given cmd can be a short hostname. There's 0,5sec timeout on the DNS lookup, so I don't think it should be noticeable, especially as it's the last thing done in the URI filter."

Some objections appeared about the use of QDNS, Lubos made the necessary changes to his patch and comitted it to CVS.

8. KDE 3.1 CVS on IRIX

11 Aug 2002 - 13 Aug 2002 (27 posts) Archive Link: "Success: kde 3.1 cvs running on sgi IRIX!"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: IRIX, KDE 3.1, Operating Systems

People: Andreas SturmFalk Brettschneider

IRIX, the operating system used by SGI, joins the long list of Konquered OSs, Andreas Sturm being responsible:


FYI: i have compiled a kde 3.1 cvs of around 8th august using MIPSpro compilers on sgi IRIX. It looks quite nicely; good work! I have attached a file with my changes to arts, libs, artwork and partly network (not yet finished). I would like you to comment this changes but please be gentle with me as i am not a c++ programmer yet (i am trying to get better with that; prommise!). Shurely you have better solutions than me. Again: realy great work; i do like the new desktop already!

Andreas' work was greatly appreciated and slightly enhanced in places where possible, Falk Brettschneider asked if KDevelop-2.1.x was compiled as well. Andreas answered:

I did not finish it yet if that's the version which is in the cvs at the moment. I realized too late that i do i need qt 3.0.5 (did not read the document describing the prereqs...). I noticed that after searching almost one hour for a undefined symbol/function. grmph :/ I hope it behaves better than the one belonging to kde 3.0.2 (segfaults right after the splash screen with a core dump) after finishing it.

Binary packages will be made available as soon as the port is finished.

9. Bad News, Spam

18 Aug 2002 (3 posts) Archive Link: "spamassassin"

Summary By Juergen Appel

People: Stephan Kulow

As you probably heard, along with, the KDE-Mailserver is on new hardware. Stephan Kulow introduced spamassassin, being the 3rd hurd email has to take before it reaches your box. At the moment, spamassassin changes subjects and bodies of suspected spam, this will change if it works well and spam will be rejected directly. Stephan:

So if you find mails from your friends with subjects starting with *****SPAM*****, check yourself if the hit log spamassassin puts at the start of the message makes any sense. If it does, write your friend back, he should not use HTML mail with ADV as first word in subject :)
Otherwise, let know, maybe we should lift the limit then (it's 6.5 now - for the spamassassin experienced among you).

I won't patch mailman to evaluate the spam-status header as I plan as said to reject mails labeled as spam anyway. This month is just to find out spamassassin works for us.

Stephan notes that no mail will be lost, just returned to sender if looking spammy.

10. The Wheel Getting The Focus

11 Aug 2002 (1 post) Archive Link: "[PATCH] Shift-Wheel zoom support in KHTML"

Summary By Juergen Appel

People: Malte StarostikDavid Faure

Nadeem Hasan recently submitted a patch that implements zooming when using shift+wheel. With that, he kicked off two other discussions concerning the wheel.

The first dealt with which key would cause zooming, and which would scroll faster. David Faure introduced a new standart, ctrl+wheel will change zoom, shift+wheel will scroll faster.

The second discussion was about scrolling inside apps running in Konsole, Malte Starostik wrote:

on the topic of wheelmice... actually it's a new feature so I'll ask before. The attached patch makes konsole pass wheel events on to the terminal app when in mouse mode. This enables e.g. wheel scrolling in vim. It *could* also be seen as a fix to make konsole more xterm-compatible *g*

Reports of zoomed or fast scrolled scores will be considered as doping. You have been warned.

11. Better SQL Highlighting in Kate

14 Aug 2002 - 17 Aug 2002 (5 posts) Archive Link: "kdelibs/kate/data/sql.xml"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: Kate

People: Shane WrightJoseph Wenninger

Kate, KDE's mature texteditor and preferred tool by KC KDE's editor btw, is getting additions to its " SQL syntax highlighting, specifically to add support for some of the mySQL and PostgreSQL data types, (e.g.: INT2, INT4, INT8, LZTEXT, TINYINT, BIGINT and a few others)" , quoting Shane Wright.

Asked about adding these things to kdelibs/kate/data/sql.xml or rather to sql-mysql.xml/sql-postgres.xml, Joseph Wenninger answered:

Sounds like a good idea, although all of those files would have the same mimetype/extension. We can't add highlightings for each database's SQL dialect, but I think there is no problem, if we add support for the some of the most used open source databases. The current sql highlighting is a littlebit Oracle centric, IIRC.

Feel free to split the file up for mysql and postgresql.

12. Progress Dialog: More Info

6 Aug 2002 - 9 Aug 2002 (6 posts) Archive Link: "PATCH: Default progress dialog"

Summary By Juergen Appel

Topics: GUI

People: Dawit A.

Dawit A. has taken some time to work on the default progress dialog window:

The attached patch changes the squeezed labels to read-only lineedit in the progress dialog so that one can copy either URL as needed. See attached screenshot.

While some adjustments since then have been made to it, expect it in general to come to your desktop soon.







Sharon And Joy

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