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Month: May, 2004

Metacity Tasks

While we’re making lists 😉 metacity has a few bugs and some commonly-requested enhancements. Here are some I’d love to see people hack on: Edge magnetism/resistance Special cases where raise on click shouldn’t happen (see fairly recent wm-spec-list proposal from Lubos Lunak) Keep new windows from taking focus in cases where they shouldn’t Profile and […]

2004-05-29 (Saturday)

Our TV of many years died recently, and we found an “open box” HDTV and discontinued DVD player for good prices. HDTV is pretty fun. Been a while since I bought any electronic gadgets, my stereo equipment still dates to high school and the just-broken TV was around 6 years old I think. I wrote […]

Extreme Ironing

On another note. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-05.html#21)

2004-05-21 (Friday)

Nat, slippery slope is a fallacious argument here. Yes XML had Microsoft involved, among many others. I’d say the difference between XML and .NET is pretty clear so I won’t belabor the point. Anyway. I didn’t intend to bring this up this week, Seth posted on it and I thought I’d comment. But I do […]

2004-05-20 (Thursday)

Nat says Novell has lawyers and all software infringes, and this simply highlights the point I already made. Patent issues are not black and white. They are risk analysis. And different people and companies face different risks. What Novell finds acceptable risk may not be acceptable for individual hackers, or for other companies. The real […]

Whee, More Mono!

Seth did a nicer job explaining the Mono issues than I ever did. Miguel’s response I would summarize as “any software could infringe patents, so we should ignore patents until they become an issue, then work around.” However, not all patents are the same. Some of the factors: Whether the patent is on an implementation […]

2004-05-13 (Thursday)

Tom Tromey points to Tom Fitzsimmons’s explanation of building gcj with jhbuild. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-05.html#13)

Spatial Nautilus

Nice post from James Cape on Nautilus. I’ve noticed that I suddenly really use the file manager instead of the shell in GNOME 2.6, shamefully I never much did in previous versions. The new Nautilus feels crisp and predictable and efficient. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-05.html#12)


Reading random whine-about-metacity comments on LWN, I noticed someone using KWin with GNOME. And reading the XFCE review on OSNews, the reviewer was using gnome-panel with XFCE’s window manager. Encouraging evidence that the Extended Window Manager Hints are widely used and genuinely interoperable. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-05.html#11)

Blog topics

The purpose of the “Planet” sites is to have the blogs of people involved in the projects, rather than to blog about the projects. So John Fleck should continue to post away in my opinion. Nick Petreley predicted the success of VA Linux and Caldera. Congrats to the Evolution hackers on today’s announcement. (This post […]