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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:43:30 GMT


10 Jun 2007

Sun, 10 Jun 2007 12:35:52 GMT


This blog is dead. TBC on

7 Jun 2007

Thu, 7 Jun 2007 22:29:20 GMT


So, I got British visa - which means I'll be there! Unfortunately, my stay (in the Etap hotel BTW) will be short: Monday night to Thursday night. But I hope it is going to be great anyway. Especially, I am looking forward to meeting some people which I only know by email/IRC.

See you all there!

17 May 2007

Thu, 17 May 2007 15:09:57 GMT


During discussion with murrayc on IRC, it was found the position of GNOME regarding the dynamic library versioning is somewhat wague. Now I wonder, does GNOME respect libtool versioning scheme or not?

17 May 2007

Thu, 17 May 2007 10:09:31 GMT


Slowly, I am starting to enrich base.xml with additional meta-information (and use it in gnome-keyboard-properties). As a first step, I've added non-translatable (who would translate "Microsoft" to Russian anyway?) vendor name. The model choser on my HDD looks like this: (image)

Thanks to GObject (namely, g_object_set_data), the libxklavier ABI will not change, while API will get a set of #defines.

PS. Richard, it is not a problem to automate chosing XKB model using HAL. All you need is a table mapping USB (or any other HIDdy bus) IDs to XKB model names. And a bit of code in g-s-d.

PPS. And it seems I will never ever ever ever get my hackergotchi setup on p.g.o.

2 May 2007

Wed, 2 May 2007 10:44:43 GMT


Did you hear about the number 13256278887989457651018865901401704640? Or its hexadecimal representation 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0? If you put it on your site, you may be considered violating DMCA, hehe. Because this number is used in HD-DVD encryption. If you do not believe me - use Google..

26 Apr 2007

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 09:41:18 GMT


Yesterday I started keyboard model compatibility page on fd.o. The idea is to have a list of (all) real models compatible with existing xkeyboard-config models. People who use (in X configuration) a model different from the real keyboard name - I kindly ask you to update that table (only if all keys on your keyboard work as expected). Please keep the alphabetic order whenever possible.

Also, from this table it is easy to see that most of the keyboards do not have geometry descriptions (I know, it is just a decorative thing but still ...). Contributions are mostly welcome, as always. I realize, creating geometry description is not a picnic (and I cannot recommend any tools) - but some people still manage it.


10 Apr 2007

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 11:07:19 GMT

Just in case someone missed it, yesterday I published the text explaining various libraries involved in the keyboard handling in X and GNOME.

30 Mar 2007

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 20:27:23 GMT


A number of users complained that in 2.18 the keyboard indicator does not show the short layout names properly after the GNOME session restart - it shows internal XKB identifiers instead. Now I know why. DBUS session envvar avialable to bonobo-activation-server points to the previous (non-existent) session. The bug is half year old :///

16 Mar 2007

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 14:19:22 GMT


2.18 is out. Great. Finally, libgnomekbd has all GNOME keyboard-related libraries consolidated and separately managed - so supporting stable series should be easier for me. I just wonder when libgnomekdb is going to get its own bugzilla entry?

Now, with GSoC about to fire - any students who'd want to improve keyboard capplet and make it usable?

Planetarium won - they got my hackergotchi installed first. p.g.o still does not have it.


Ubuntu clams to support OSS nVidia driver. Is anybody volunteering to provide snapshot debs for feisty? Or at least some howto similar to this one for Fedora.

12 Mar 2007

Mon, 12 Mar 2007 12:24:25 GMT


... And I wonder, which of the two: or would first put my (corresponding) hackergotchi in place?..