Getting involved in Gnome is broken

Although I was preaching it for a while already that one should not use C today besides from teaching Assembly, it was only recently that one of the Gnome Developers brought up that topic too.

It is a fact that developing in C is more time consuming, since there is absolutely no support for any modern design patterns in the language, like iterator exceptions or even Objects/ Classes. Although you can help yourself on library level with things like glib, it will never achieve a level of usability like a language which was designed from ground up with those features in mind, like Python or even better; Groovy.

So now there is Vala which is a Java like language that compiles into GObject C code, but although it is much better than being forced to write plain C, it is still not what you can attract people with. With Vala you basically create a language for the Gnome ecosystem, which effectively means you still dont integrate people which did have anything to do with Gnome before. It also means that you cant use it for anything besides writing Gnome applications.

My advise would be to use some standardized managed language like Java/ D/ C#. So if one wants to contribute to gnome one has only to learn a new API and not a whole new language.

I mean thanks to Sun open sourcing Java, we have now a fast an powerful Virtual Machine/ JIT and its a fact that managed languages are the way to go. So why not take a jump and start using it instead. You would get tons of people already familiar with the language, since Java is currently tought almost everywhere. You also automatically get support for all the other languages running on the JVM like Python(Jython) or Groovy. That is without spending any effort on creating bindings and caring about main loop compability, since everything compiles in to the same JVM bytecode.

Updated Tremulous Client for Ubuntu

I just uploaded the backported Tremulous client from to my PPA. This tremulous build has several advantages over the repository version

  • GUID Support, with uniq IDs per server, to ensure your identity cannot be stolen
  • Options are available on the main menu screen and finally “sort by ping” works
  • When sorting by name, non-alphanumeric characters in front of the servers’ name get ignored
  • No more disconnects on restarts. Never see “a reliable command cycled out” again
  • supports wwwDownload and allowDownload defaults to 1
  • Demos aren’t interrupted anymore if you press any other key than Escape
  • Scroll wheel works in console and server browser
  • Alt+Tab minimizes Tremulous to the taskbar

the required vms is also included.

Self written Blog Scripts are so uncool

So It finally happened; I ditched my self written Blog/ CMS in favour of WordPress. There were several reasons for doing so;

  • maintaining an CMS is quite time consuming, which I would rather spend on my other projects
  • my script was lacking behind featurewise; no OpenID support, no Trackbacks
  • if you use WordPress you get even features you have not thought of for free regulary
  • WordPress is easy to write plugins for
  • Everyone uses WordPress šŸ˜‰

so I just converted my Website into a WordPress theme, wrote a plugin to correctly serve it as xhtml (hope wordpress will get this right on its own soon) and here we are.

The old content will be back over the days.

Ubuntu Hardy on ThinkPad T60

Actually the Lenovo ThinkPads are famous for working well with Linux, but a great part of that compability is due to using Intel components. So what if you get one of the models with Ati chipset and Atheros WLAN?


The version of madwifi in Ubuntu is too old to support the Atheros Chipset (AR5418 802.11abgn) and current svn is broken; you will see the networks, but you wont be able to connect.

To fix that you need will need to compile the svn trunk version. (just make && sudo make install)

there was a bug in trunk which draw it unusable after r3402, but it was fixed again so you can use trunk normally.

Graphics Drivers

You can get 2D acceleration with both radeon and radeonhd drivers, but if you want to have 3D Acceleration, you will need fglrx, which is actually not that bad at all in the current version(8.3), you just have to enable

  • Textured Video to accelerate Video playback
  • Textured 2D to use the new 2D acceleration architecture

there is TexturedXRender too, but it is still quite buggy, so I would not recommend that.

to do so add the following lines to the Device Section of your xorg.conf:

OptionĀ Ā Ā  "TexturedVideo"
OptionĀ Ā Ā  "Textured2D"

this greatly improves 2D performance – the 3D performance is good since several releases already.