So I have continued playing World of Warcraft under Linux. Mostly happy about it as it seems most of my performance issues are on the Blizzard side ie. server overload or bandwith saturation on their side. Also noticed that the Wine guys have World of Warcraft going in OpenGL mode now, which is very cool. Cedega, which I now use, is only able to get it working with the essential minimap in DX9 mode, which is supposed to be slower. Big thumbs up to the wine developers. As soon as a release with the needed fixes are out I will try switching over. Considering that World of Warcraft is still the game getting most votes I hope that Transgaming continue improving their support though. One thing I am curios about wether I will be able to get working is the surround sound.

I am now a level 16 Gnome warrior (what else :) and are thinking of trying to set up a guild for Linux using players. Any other european players out there interested in joining let me know, I am on the Agamaggan realm, currently exploring the area around Darkshore.

Jimmac mailed the librsvg mailing list recently and Dom replied to him explained some of the work that Caleb and he is doing. The ongoing work have some really cool possibilities (apart from Cairo support) like the possibility for much improved SVG support in Gimp which was what Jimmac was wondering about. Dom did send out a request for assistance from someone with some gimp-fu knowledge, so if you are that person know your visitation hour.

The GStreamer Summit has winded down, but the whole Fluendo team will be attending FOSDEM in Brussels this coming weekend. Thomas and Wim will both to talks in the GNOME hackers room about Flumotion and GStreamer, so anyone is welcome (especially since neither topic is especially GNOME specific).

So the GStreamer Summit is over, but some of the participants still linger. The summit went very well with thomas posting a nice summary to the gstreamer list. Hopefully these plans will let us move fast forward toward GStreamer 1.0 and world domination :)

We had a discussion today with David Schleef about liboil and how to make it widely used. Liboil is a library containing optimized asm routines for a variety of platforms for common functions, like memcopy/setcopy for instance. Currently we have a situation where most projects add their own asm optimizations for common routines, which has the sideeffect that most things are only optimized with mmx and maybe altivec, but little else. By centralizing this into liboil we hope to get implementations for more obscure platforms and through that helping people not using i386 or PowerPPC to also get optimizations and make such optimizations more common also for apps on the two major platforms. David have already added SPARC optimizations to liboil for instance.

So what we need now is for a lot of central pieces to start using liboil, and the way to accomplish that was what we discussed. Currently GStreamer and swfdec uses among popular products. We want and are trying to get projects such as libtheora, cairo, gdkpixbuf and others to also start using to get critical mass. Hopefully we suceed and you will get a much faster system in the future, no matter what CPU architecture you use :)

Been playing World of Warcraft a bit during the last few days. Its a really addictive game and it works very nicely under Cedega. Mike Hearn pointed my to a long WoW thread on the Wine mailing list today which gives me hope that also standard wine will support it soon, maybe even using the OpenGL option.

I ended up buying a license to Cedega to play WoW. I am ok with having done that as it have enabled me to play the game. Question now of course is wether to keep subscribing to Transgaming. Their voting system is ok, but the system is a bit confusing for a newbie and there is no clear way for me to make it clear I bought Cedega to WoW and without further WoW related fixes being worked on there is little motivation for me to keep subscribing when this initial period ends. While fixes for updated distros for instance is nice it is also clear that before the current Cedega stops working I will probably be over my urge to play WoW and have no need of Cedega anymore anyway.

On the topic of gaming, Epic-Megagames have still not released the patch to Robin Hood they promised which sucks. On the other side the game has worn out its interest for me anyway, so it doesn’t matter that much. I grow tired of a game usually after 3-4 days and since there are relatively few games coming out for Linux it means I don’t play games that much :)

Hula &

So it seems Novell is doing a mail and calender server called Hula. Originally I wondered why they did it instead of just contributing to OpenGroupWare. Still don’t understand their initial motivation, but after reading JWZ’s blog about it I at least think they have a valid reason for doing it now, thanks to JWZ. Making something much more narrow and focused (and hopefully something easier to install, as I gave up installing OpenGroupWare and have been waiting for an opportunity to get help from Thomas in getting it running). What we need to decide on at Fluendo is wether to go for OpenGroupWare as an end to end solution for our mail,calendaring and CRM needs or go for Hula combined with something else like the web based CRM tools I have been blogging about earlier. Guess one decision factor would be to see how Noodle progress and if this development will affect Noodle in any way. Noodle doesn’t exactly seem like a buzzing project so I do worry that waiting on it is like waiting for the return of Christ, an excercise in misplaced patience. On the other side the Hula page doesn’t seem to mention syncing with handhelds in any way at all which is part of Noodle’s goals. Which means waiting for Hula to sync with cellphone calendar might be just as big an excercise in misplaced patience. Wish the multisync project was a bit more active….

librsvg & Cairo

Caleb Moore has as good as finished his rework of librsvg to enable multiple backends. This means a Cairo backend is now feasible. Hopefully Carl Worth will reply positivly to my mail suggesting the xsvg for has outplayed its role and he join Caleb and Dom instead on making librsvg rock with Cairo.

GStreamer & the future

The GStreamer summit is really close now with Benjamin having arrived here in Barcelona already. Ronald and David is also on the way.

Flumotion continues rocking

We made the 0.1.6 release of everyones favourite streaming server today. It is a really nice release with a lot of GUI work by Wingo making it even easier to use and lots of work by Thomas making the backend more robust to network outage and similar problems.

Thomas and Wingo have been working hard on preparing a new release of Flumotion. A lot of polish and improvements have gone into this one. I took the time today to update the manual with some nice new screenshots of Flumotion in action as seen here: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9).

Of course when we get around to integrating the beautiful artwork David Vignoni made for us things will start looking even more beautiful.

The Annodex people got a nice mention on Slashdot today. Hopefully we will get the financing in place so that that Conrad can come to GUADEC and talk about Annodex this year.

Listened to the LUG Radio interview with Miguel yesterday. Quite enjoyable shows so far and much better done than TheLinuxShow was ever done. Maybe we can convince them to stream the show at some point using Flumotion.

Things will start gearing up towards the GStreamer Summit here tommorow with the first batch of people arriving. Will be a hectic week with lots of discussions and demo’s. After that World domination should be a slam dunk afair :)

So I went on a skiing trip with Thomas, Kristien and a very beautiful girl named Laura this weekend (who is a friend of Thomas and Kristien). First time I visited that tiny spot on the map called Andorra, felt almost like traveling in western Norway with its tall mountains and winding roads.

The first day started out with sun from a blue sky and nice slopes. Clouded over in the evening though, but it was still a great day of skiiing. Took me a little time to get into skiing again as it had been some time, but I avoided causing any accidents at least :)

Second day had even more Sun, but the air was much colder, which made the slopes very hard and icy. Not to much of a problem for me as I at this point felt more comfortable with the skiiing again, but it did lessen the degree of leisureness somewhat.

Continued my dutch learning throughout the trip, although it made me somewhat socially out-of-the-loop as the conversation had usually moved on before I was done computing a setence :)

Today my body just hurt all over the place. Either my physical condition is not as good as it should be or I got beaten up by someone during the weekend :)

Noticed today that Muine changed to GStreamer as its default backend. Big thanks to Jorn!

I know have Eina, Muine, AmaroK, Player and Rhythmbox installed on my machine. I must really like listening to Music.

Also made a new release of GNOME Themes Extras today. Mostly to have a release out there not conflicting with the gtk-engines package. Need to make a final decision on what to do with the package going forward.

Very happy to see the Inkscape team making waves. The fact that most icon artists today use Illustrator is a big problem. First of all it forces our artists to use other platforms parttime and it also creates problems with getting the icons in the free open SVG format. The biggest example of this is the horribly misnamed Crystal SVG theme which in the end couldn’t even be exported to SVG at all due to Everaldo having used some Illustrator extensions. Having similar issues with getting the SVG icons for Nuvola as it takes extra work for David to export them to SVG format and make sure they look ok after being exported. If we can reach a point when our artists can use Inkscape, which use SVG natively, then we will take a big step forward. Jimmac is already trying to work with Inkscape community to make Inkscape work for him as a tool, and David said he try it out again to see how it works for him now. But I do urge the artist community in general to test out Inkscape and try to give the developers feedback on what you might be needing before you are ready to take the leap from Illustrator.

So Ronald went balistic on GStreamer bugzilla again, and we are now out of the GNOME Hall of Shame list. VTE makes an entrance instead. Who will be the next to leave the list? gnome-vfs, epiphany or maybe the control-center? I mean who want their module to be known as a big pile of bugs?

Got permission from all Totem copyright holders today so we now have an exception added to Totem CVS license for using non-gpl GStreamer plugins. Together with the LGPL relicense of Gst-editor and the GNOME Sound recorder we are making some progress on the licensing after I got the advisory ready and onto the GStreamer webpage.

Anyway a big thanks to Ronald for his relentless attacks on GStreamer bugs.