Localized Gujarati Geek

Kartik Mistry’s meta thoughts on life, foss and beyond that..

Tag: KDE

KDE Needs You!

* KDE Randa Meetings and make a donation!

Click here to lend your support to: KDE Randa Meetings and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

I know that my contributions to KDE is minimal at this stage, but hey I’m doing my part this time for sure!

KDE In Poster

* Keeping tradition of cool posters, KDE India team has come with set of awesome posters again. Pradeepto announced here and here and I loved this for obvious reason!

Sarai FLOSS Fellowships

* I am selected for KDE Gujarati Localization (and related workshops on translation usability and some work on internationalization) for Sarai FLOSS Fellowships, 2008.

And, I am amazed to see number of projects (5 KDE proposals!). We will surly see more supported languages and participation to KDE this year.

Thank you, Sarai!

[And Special Thanks To Gora!]

See you in KDE 4.2!

* Since, We have done translation of kdebase > 75% for KDE. Gujarati will be include in KDE 4.2. We still have time to do more work. Thanks a lot to Pragnesh and Sweta for very hard work and hidden thanks to dear Pradeepto for encouraging me 😛

My .gu blog entry for this news.

KDE 4.1 beta migration

* Even I am on much needed unofficial vacation because of job transition (more on this later when its done!) and even after enough playing with Kavin, I had enough time to switch to KDE 4.1 beta (4.0.80). Here are my some points and experiences which may help you in migration.

My Desktop with KDE 4.1beta

* I assume that you are running Debian 😉

* First, follow, ana’s detailed help to switch to KDE 4.1 beta.

* Panel can be resized and configure now. That sliders are so sweet. But, if you find that your KDE desktop becomes ‘white’ as Gandalf the white, do following:

mv ~/.kde4/share/config/plasmarc ~/.kde4/share/config/plasmarc.OLDANDHATED
mv ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-appletsrc ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-appletsrc.OLDANDHATED

Thanks to pinotree for help!

* kmail and friends (kontact..) will not be migrated properly, as they are using .kde, just cp -r .kde/share/apps to .kde4/share/apps will help.

* I can find everything in kontact works perfect after migration. You just need to reconfigure your pop/smtp settings. I am figuring out why it wasn’t happen. Also, kaddressbook is missing all email address, but that should not be big issue as I have backup using Gmail’s web addressbook.

* I just saw that Peter and Fathi (fabo) mentioned their experiences (and answers) too. pusling continues thread too 😉

Meeting with Kstar and Weekend

* Mistake happens in Life. I did it too, you may have done it in the past. There is no point of digging grave. Probably time to do some work to make sure that it will not happen again.

XKCD Tribute.

* Kstar (Akarsh Simha, GSoC candidate of KDE Project, Kstars) is in city (I mean his hometown!) enjoying his vacation, so I decided to meet him on Friday. I wanted to do it on Saturday but some other plan was there which indeed never happen and that is another story itself. Anyway, we met near MG Road/Brigade Road junction and went to Pizza Hut. Nice discussion of 2 hours, nice pizzas and finally mandatory click. We talked from Debian to FOSS culture in IITM (Note that IITM has 2 most active DDs from India!).

Me thinking? Kstar and Kart_

* So, my Saturday was totally wasted due to silly things. Dear Kushal was not there in town — so, none was there to annoy from me. I thought I was able to wash my all dirty clothes in the morning but, it was power cut! I waited till 12PM to bathe (Indeed, you can’t take bath without power as bathroom is too dark, and I fear cockroach too much).

Power went again around 6 PM and I went outside, wondered here and there, came back to home. Still no power. OMG, it came after 10.30 PM!

Yet another reason to hate this city, BLR.


* Up late at 11 am. Chewed some mails and feeds. Searched for ATM nearby. Nothing found, Lunch ended up biscuits and dosa/idali.

* Noon nap. Built kdelibs first time (2nd try, still going on). Built latest LDTP and uploaded to mentors. Waiting for dinner. Called Ks and home at eve.

Late report: fossmeet@NITC, Calicut

* With uncertainty principle playing in full form with me, I decided to go to Fossmeet@NITC. But, came to know that there is no bus tickets available! What to do? I called up dear tuxmaniac aka Aanjhan and he suggested me to go by taxi. wow. Pretty expensive it will be, I thought. What ever, we decided to go with burning (hip) pockets and the journey was terrible. I did such long travel (7 hours) in taxi after long time. Anyway, we reached at NITC around 6 AM.

The Keralian atmosphere was excellent and I felt similar humidity like Mumbai and that made me a bit sad. Ah. The event was already kicked off the day before and I attended Praveen’s talk on openid while figuring out that wifi is not working for us (proxy and they didn’t care to let us know password etc).

So, we headed towards lab and enjoyed some Internet while seating in ‘Foss for school children’ workshop. Lunch was ok, but I enjoyed talking with different people and it was nice talk with Ani Peter about current localization work from Redhat. These guys simply rocks! Got my conference tshirt before ‘Medium’ size is out-of-stock.

We were eagerly waiting for our dear Pradeepto, and voila, he came and started his talk! I was attending his talk first time (always missed due to some or other reasons..). Excellent and interactive. No slides. /me need to learn something from this fellow!

We were 100% tired at evening. So, first we changed to better ‘room’. Thanks to NITC co-coordinators who did quick action for this (Why we requested for changing room? Answer: The previous room had only one power-supply plug! and we want to do hacking at night!). We then headed towards ‘Malabar Palace’. Excellent South Indian food and beer.

The next day — I was suppose to give talk on ‘Contributing to Debian’ but by some magic, the talk was disappeared from schedule. Sad. Anyway, we (me, tuxmaniac and pradeepto) gave live talk on ‘How to contribute to free software’. We used SVN, Bugzilla, Wiki, SF.Net and other tools (IRC!) to show how students can use these in college projects and make it much better and how it can lead to Free Software development. I did svn commit for KDE Gujarati (Idea stoled from Rusty’s talk at Foss.in/2007).

We then decided to leave the place. The return trip was amazing. Pookat lake and Mysore Palace. Amazing places. We had nice dinner and Kamat Hotel and I bought one wood penguin too (Total number of Penguin toys=4, Now).

I learned that Calicut is also known as Kozikode 🙂

What happened to my blog?

* Its pretty dead now. I should have understand that there is no things like Free hosting. Thanks to all who supported and bear my variable blog URL. This is now STABLE and FINAL.

* News: I have done nothing much in Debian except regular maintenance of my packages. Regarding KDE-Gujarati localization, I just got commit access! Thanks to kool KDE-In team and specially to aacid and nicolas for solving my dumb queries.

* Once again, I am going to Ahemdabad, and this time 2Ks are with me!!

* My tooth is almost fine now except I have to visit Dentist daily. The root canal surgery is done and it wasn’t that much scary as I had some myth about it. I need to take picture of my beautiful teeth and upload it to flickr yet 😛

KDE-gu is ~there~

* Thanks to Albert (aacid) for committing first Gujarati (gu) translation file for KDE. Time for hard and quick work now! Also, feel free to join me!!

* I am at Ahemdabad for at least week from today. If LUG here is alive then, there is plan for a meet, but before that I need to fix bugs in my teeth

The first step..

* .. towards KDE + Gujarati. Release announcement in Gujarati for KDE 4.0 is there! Thanks to kde-in team for encouragement and follow-ups with lazy /me.