Archive for February, 2008

28.02.2008 1000 EUR for free software development

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Since I have a job next month, I can afford investing some money into the projects I work on. If you have contributed anything to a project I work on (BEAST, Rapicorn or LibSydney) and want to do some paid development, drop me an email. Its good if you either know something about music or coding, but its not a requirement – basically anybody can do something useful, like reporting bugs, writing documentation, designing sounds or writing songs and of course coding.

27.02.2008 Black is beautiful – green is essential

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

The results of the Hamburg election are these: people do care about clean air, clean water and life. Thats why 9.6% of them voted green. They also care about economics, finance, employment, and so on. Thats why over 42% voted for the current majors Ole’s CDU. Now even although nobody at the green election party on Sunday was too eager on negotiating with the CDU, I am wondering if we will finally see a black-green coalition in Hamburg. Its the coalition I favoured since I started reading Heiner-Geisslers (CDU/CSU) books on politics when I was in school. Will it happen in Hamburg? I think for fighting against climate change or sorting out inter-religious differences that make migration harder than it ought to be, a CDU/Green coalition would be the right thing to do. So please: do it!

13.02.2008 New CMS for Beast and Rapicorn

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

To help people contributing content to Beast and Rapicorn, Tim has installed a Content Management System (Drupal) on Testbit.Eu. It has already some content on Rapicorn, Beast, FOMS, Freerompler and other related stuff. Feel free to get an account and contribute :-).

03.02.2008 LibSydney and PulseAudio development

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I had a discussion with Lennart about the maintenence of LibSydney, and his position is that since he started the project, he would like to remain maintainer and have me only as developer contributing patches. Thats great, because then he will be able to use all the knowledge and contacts he already has to promote the use of LibSydney, while he will get some help from me. Being involved in KDE as well, that will ensure that the Linux desktop of the future will simply work as expected, when it comes to sound. In the same discussion, we also talked about PulseAudio, and I offered to help there. Having all the experience from aRts, I think its a good project for me to join, and I also believe that PulseAudio does a lot of things right already. However, it has its problems (not the least of which is that its implemented in C, which is suboptimal if you want to do object oriented programming, simply because the language does not support it). Also, the IPC of PulseAudio could be improved if BEASTs SFI object system is used. So there is a lot to do, and I am looking forward to contributing the first patches.