Sunday, April 26, 2009

Why isn't there a problem to be Konquered

Recently there's been a couple of posts by Kyle Cunningham suggesting, for the n-th time, that KHTML should be dropped.
That seems to be a recurring topic in the planet, and already some answers have appeared to the most recently discussion, both of which shows that people is tired of that topic, of course by people I mean, in this case, Benoit Jacob the writer of both posts and also those who have answered the very same question in the past. Of course I must disagree with him in one central point: every opinion should be heard and as such no policies should be applied to the PlanetKde.
So in my opinion, why isn't there a problem to be konquered? well simply because Konqueror, and KHTML by extent, is being maintained. So?, that's it?, yes, basically. We can elaborate it more: Konqueror and KHTML offer the integration with KDE that Webkit lacks, and, if we can believe the opinion of a KHTML developer whom I discussed during the last akademy, actually has a cleaner codebase.
I'm not saying that the points raised by Kyle Cunningham aren't valid, but they've been answered over and over in the past. And, to be honest, this is Open Source Software after all, not because someone decide to let die a project it will actually die. In the end, those who code have the last word, and are those who decide whether to continue or drop the towel. Right now the KHTML developers have decided to continue, and actually I'm trying to join them, but I should tell you in a later post; so please stop trying to hurt the community. Either that or work in your own alternative, if such a project is proven to be more viable, then the community will stand by it. Yes, in that aspect I agree with Benoit Jacob.
So I'm left with nothing more to say other than: please stop trying to kill good, and mantained, projects.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Another new Arch user

I wasn't going to blog about it but once I saw Rob Scheepmaker's post about his change of distribution I couldn't resist myself.
I was dragged towards the FOSS world by It was the very first Open Source program I ran, later I installed firefox and was still a happy Windows user. Surfing through the Web I found an announcement about this thing called Ubuntu which used Linux, I always saw Linux as a geeky thing and as such I was very curious and wanted to use it. This one promised to be easy. I downloaded the Ubuntu CD and very excited I proceeded to install it, it was the 6.04 version, the 6.10 was still beta and I didn't want to take any chances.
I loved it, I mean it, I had a feeling of freedom I couldn't describe. Although a few days later I got a little bored of Gnome (I couldn't play much with it) and decided to give KDE a shoot. Again, I was so excited when I was writing those commands "apt-get install kde".
Needless to say I was blown away by KDE and reinstalled using Kubuntu 6.10 (if I recall correctly) and I had been a happily kubuntu user eversince... till a few months ago.
It all started when I upgraded to the beta of Kubuntu 9.04... everything began to feel slow, very slow, I was puzzled because I hadn't installed anything new, but I said "it's a beta, it's normal", so I disabled composition and seemed to help performance,although I loved KWin's new effects, I lived with that... then I started to have problems with the painting of windows, a lot of garbage was being painted on my windows, I said "What? this is an Intel system, I've never had any troubles with it" then I looked and yes, was a known problem for Intel-based video cards. And I thought "it's beta, it's normal"... and I lived with that.
Later when I fired up OpenOffice I had no spell checking!. Had to look and ask at IRC, yes the maintainer had forgotten to provide the right name for the package, a symlink and problem solved. And I thought "it's beta, it's normal"... and I lived with that.
Then What really pushed me beyond the edge was that I plugged a mouse device and it froze the system!, I was shocked. When it happened again I thought "it's time for a change".
So I started looking. I had the idea of using Arch for some time now and with the pain of first configuring it gone thanks to the Chakra project I went for it.
So far I've had some minor issues which I've been able to tackle. And besides that I have to customize it to use the packages I use I'm a very happy new user. It's fast and it's nearly vanilla KDE, so what else can you ask for? =D.

All I want to say is that I have nothing against Kubuntu and its fillosophy, it was there for me to make the switch and I'm sure it'll help others to do it. But please, can QA be taken more seriously?.