Sunday, April 23, 2006

GNOME 2.14.1, Shows, SIP

I had a somehow busy week :

GNOME 2.14.1:
I'm happy to announce migration for MandrivaLinux cooker to GNOME 2.14.1 is finished. Now, we'll see how much bugs cooker folks will find and report ;)

My ISP announced this week (as long with other nice things like HDTV) it will allow its customers to plug on their phone account using SIP from all over the world, as long as you have Internet access (including Wifi). It will allow calling almost any phone number in France and 20 other countries (USA, Canada, Spain) for free, from anywhere. They will also sell GSM/Wifi-SIP phones soon. Cool thing will be with next major update of Nokia 770 which will include SIP support. I hope it will push more people to use open standard like SIP instead of Skype...

Shows :
A little french centric, but it might interest people : last sunday, I watched Renaissance, a french B&W full CG and motion capture animation thriller, which take place in Paris in 2054. Scenario was a little too easy but the film in itself was quite interesting. On Tuesday, I went to a concert of three french female music bands (their collective is called Les Filles Se Demerdent). The first band wasn't so great but second one, Velour (music here) and third one, Marjolaine (music here) were great. On Wednesday, I went to see Dany Boon, a french comic and I was quite dissapointed (I won't suggest this particular show to anyone).

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Monkey

Easter Egg
So, yesterday, we (Mandriva) decided to do a nice gift to all cooker Mandriva users for Easter: Mono is now available in Mandriva main cooker (and now longer in contrib repository). This mean we will be able to ship Mono (and Mono based applications) with the next release of MandrivaLinux (2007) which is scheduled for fall 2006.

I gave my Shuttle Zen for repair this morning to get motherboard will be replaced. Before giving it back, I checked fan which was replaced and Shuttle replaced it with a noisier model than the original one. I also discovered the support guy had only one line of text to describe the problem. Now, I have to wait at least one month, so my gateway where this blog is hosted is running on a Pentium 233 MMX.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Back to work

So, it is a little more than one week that I came back from holidays and things are almost back to normal.

Mexico :

Catedral de la Concepcíón in Campeche

What to say : a beautiful country, with very nice people (even for tourists like me who only speaks 10 words of spanish) and excellent cooking. My 15 days tour (from Mexico to Playa del Carmen) was great but unfortunately, I didn't find the magic receipe to become a genius hacker like Federico or Miguel. All my photos are available as always on my Flickr account (I haven't commented photos yet, I hope I'll be able to do it in the following weeks).

Shuttle :
About 6 weeks ago, I gave my gateway system (Shuttle Zen, very system) for repair because fan was stopping after some time and this issue was known as one of the various defect of this specific Shuttle model, where motherboard power for fan dies after about 13 months of use. Fortunately, mine was only 8 months old, I gave it back and put back an old Pentium MMX 233 as gateway. Last saturday, I was able to get back my Shuttle. And guess what : they didn't repair it properly ! When I gave it for repair, I specified it was a problem on the motherboard but the guy wrote "fan problem" and Shuttle replaced fan and box (serial number is different) but NOT the motherboard and after only several hours of use, the problem is back. I waited 6 weeks for that and now, I'll need to return it and wait for another 6 weeks before getting a working system. In the mean time, I'm using another fan plug on motherboard but it isn't calibrated correctly in the BIOS and it is running much too fast, causing much more noise as expected. My advice : don't buy Shuttle Zen (ST62K), they are known to be defective..

Coverity :
I already talked about it but today, I checked back Coverity reports on GNOME and those guys added all jhbuild dependencies for building GNOME into their tool (and sometime too much, so we end up with defects from Mozilla in our own count :( ). Anyway, I spent part of today checking fontconfig defects (since 2.3.95 is expected next week to prepare 2.4.0 soon) : there are 38 defects, I only checked 12 defects for now, got 2 false positives, 2 missing checks for null pointers and 8 memory leaks (most in corner cases but some in non error cases). Patrick already merged all my fixes and I hope to get all defects reviewed by the end of the week (and probably before that). And the most funny (or strange) part of that is I enjoyed doing those code reviews ;)

Jhbuild / Ekiga :
Since I decided to please Luis before he asked, I hacked jhbuild support for pwlib and opal last month but I didn't find time to get it merged upstream. So, patch is available here. Enjoy.

GNOME 2.14:
Today, I started integrating GNOME 2.14 into Mandriva Cooker, using Götz Waschk excellent packages as basis. Everything should be complete before next week (I hope).