kconfigure

Kconfigure is a KDE program to compile the sources without the xterm or console. I am its newest developer.

Ok, my first real world development for the OS community has begun. I am now working on kconfigure (after getting the old developers permission to do it =-). ) It doesn’t look like a particularly difficult project but it DOES need some work.

My first priorities are to add checkinstall as a build option and to configure a way to use templates for known system types (i.e. Redhat 8, Suse 8.1, Mandrake 9, etc.. etc.. etc..) and have them detected and and used. This will help improve the build success rate for kconfigure.

Later ideas include adding support for the gentoo build system and Debian dpkg. It sure would be nice if we could get kconfigure to become the install shield of the *nix (build from source) world.

This is exactly the kind of application that I want to work on. It is a KDE utility (we NEED more utilities in the Linux world!), it is generally focused at newer *nix users, it gets ppl away from the command line (and is thus a perfect addition to desktop linux), its a KDE app (and regardless of what Redhat says KDE is the future of desktop Linux), and its one that could have a dramatic effect on HOW *nix is used. I hope I can do it justice.

Stuff

Just dropping a line to tell everyone that I have added two rpms to the apt repository at Rockers Software. The first rpm is for TSE3 a sequence engine needed for kguitar and NoteEdit, two kde apps I desperately want use.

The other rpm is super freaking cool (like matrix bullet time cool!) Its called 3d-Desktop and its 3D pager for Linux. Very very sweat! Check out their homepage screenshots to see what I mean.

You can get the listing of the apt repository in yesterdays post or you can download the rpms directly from RockersSoft.

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Rockers Software keeps a apt repository going of applications that it finds useful. You are welcome to check out the Applications that we have built rpms for. The RPMS are built for Redhat 8, i386 platform. RPMS for Redhat 9 are in the works. If you would like to use apt4rpm to download/install its simply a matter of adding:

rpm http://www.rockerssoft.com/apt/redhat/8.0/en i386 rockerssoft
rpm-src http://www.rockerssoft.com/apt/redhat/8.0/en i386 rockerssoft

to your /etc/apt/sources.list. Information and RPMS for apt4rpm can be found at freshrpms.

I plan on listing more information (along with page links to application websites) later on, but right now my first concern is with maximizing the number of RPMS/SRPMS available. There are about a gazillioin (well maybe not actually a gazillion) Linux apps the Redhat fails to provide RPMS for.

Most the the RPMS in the repository were built by myself. Some of them were built by others but are not listed on any of the “common” apt repositories so we created our own. Currently we have RPMS/SRPMS available for the following applications:

  • Gideon (aka Kdevelop 3.0)
  • graphviz and its dev packages
  • gtknw
  • gwenview
  • k3b
  • kconfigure
  • kgpg
  • knetmonapplet
  • knights and its themepack
  • konserve
  • konversation
  • kopete
  • libgc and its devel libs
  • mono and its devel libs
  • openslp
  • qtella
  • scribus, its language pack, its scriptor, and its SVG exporting tool
  • webdot
  • wxPythonGTK
  • Soon… tse3 and kguitar

If you have some applications you would like to see in the apt repository please let me know.

Confusion

I am still working getting used to Moveable Type and the way it posts these comments. Not too bad for the first day.

Discovered how to use bookmarklets to make comments into my weblog without leaving the website I am currently at (and without going to the MT entry page.) Pretty handy. This is actually my first bookmarklet post.

I am also trying to get mozblog working. Mozblog is a built in utility for adding/editing weblog entries from within Mozilla. Has some really nice extended features like spell checking, local storage, automatic ftp uploads (for weblog hosts who support ftp.) I have little luck so far tho. It installs fine but errors out (with a Server Status 200 non-the-less) when I try to add my Moveable Type server to the server list. Moveable type is even a pre-configured option for mozblog…. sooooo I submitted a bug report and will leave it to another day.

Changed the default style sheet about a dozen times. I am fairly sure this is one of the fist things people screw with when they install a weblog like Moveable Type (God knows we all love Eye Candy.) The one I settled on was not my favorite but it does not have any of the rendering problems that I found in my first choice. I will play with the css file later and fix the problems I had.

Welcome

This is the very first entry into my Weblog. So far I am very pleased with the MoveableType system. It has been pretty darn easy to setup and configure (and of course the price was right!)

My goal for this Weblog is to give the people of Rockers Software a place to publish and record their thoughts and ideas. I don’t plan on putting any restrictions on the content of said publishing unless I absolutely must… hoping that “must” never actually comes to pass. I honestly don’t expect this to ever become a problem as I am more inclined to encourage open thought than to discourage it, but I guess we will see.

So welcome to VAULT here at Rockers Software; my personal BLOG. I honestly don’t know if this will every be of or interest or use to any but me… but that is reason enough itself.