The new disk

First of all let me just say huge thanks for everyone who donated.

Here is list of people which I am aware of their identity:
David Abbott
Chris Fox
Olaf Freyer
Barrie Backhurst
N Wright

One more person contributed after I wrote the post:
Patrick Nagel

Together you guys managed to donate me 75% money for the disk and as I expected not to get above 50% I even bought the better one (Vertex instead of the Agility).
So you all get few free bugfixes when you mail me with your breakages. This requires me knowing the stack you want fixed of course, I can’t fix Gnome.

Anyway for rest of the readers there is no more any need for donations (if you want you can tho :P).

So what did I set up for your money worth?

Linux arcarius 3.2.2-hardened-r1 #2 SMP Tue Feb 14 18:29:28 CET 2012 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

If you are running on non-hardened machine you should really consider migrating to hardened, it works pretty well. Also really consider running stable instead of testing on your machines and opening stabilisation requests where needed. For me current keywords are this:

scarabeus@arcarius: ~ $ cat /etc/portage/package.keywords/*
=sys-devel/gcc-4.6* **
<sys-boot/grub-9999 **
=dev-cpp/libcmis-0.1.0 ~amd64
=sys-apps/portage-2.2* **

I need the gcc for i7 and testing of libreoffice. The lo obviously is needed testing for development. Portage for @revdep-rebuild (can’t imagine life without it anymore) and vlc-2.0 where I am translator so I need it for the translation testing. Rest are just dependencies for those, where I plan to open stablereqs asap.

What about the disk layout?

scarabeus@arcarius: ~ $ LC_ALL=C df
Filesystem                       Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs                            89G   12G   78G  13% /
udev                              10M  284K  9.8M   3% /dev
/dev/sda4                         89G   12G   78G  13% /
rc-svcdir                        1.0M  112K  912K  11% /lib64/rc/init.d
cgroup_root                       10M     0   10M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs                            7.9G  892K  7.9G   1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1                        9.6G  4.9G  4.2G  55% /var
/dev/sda3                        3.9G  210M  3.5G   6% /var/log
/dev/sda2                        9.6G  4.2G  5.0G  46% /usr/portage
tmpfs                            2.0G   24K  2.0G   1% /tmp
tmpfs                             10G  278M  9.8G   3% /var/tmp       2.7T  1.5T  1.3T  55% /home/data  2.7T  1.5T  1.3T  55% /home/scarabeus/remote

I put KDE there and right away fixed few lo-related bugs so we got from 52 to 45 bugs and to 3.5 final release (propagates itself as rc3). So now again back to clearing live ebuild and preparing new stabilisation list. You can all stalk my stats here


What I for sure won’t do: reassing all the bugs from m-n back to office as it is just bugzilla spam.

Anyway it took me 5 hours from 0 to this state. We can say that Gentoo install is pretty straight forward.
The only problem I had was my nfs setup, which was even on server side, thanks to prometheanfire for the solution.

Life, Gentoo, and all the funny things


I’ve been quiet lately due to the stream of changes around me. So shortly I am no longer only user of my desktop nor the major user of it. Thanks to that and issues that Gentoo showed while used by others I simply was unable to afford doing 24/7 tech support for issues with it main disk was sweeped with windows 7 and gentoo was moved to old 250 GB hdd that was long due after its survival date. This disk sadly died, so my remaining Gentoo install is HTPC which has no power to actually build libreoffice in any timely manner (what can one expect from Zacate platform).

Given to that I retired from office team in Gentoo and expected others to enjoy the building the beast. Which should not be that hard as I still work on it as upstream, I just don’t have the Gentoo part. As you can see the mail I was quite wrong as there is nobody actually willing to pick this thing up.

So I need new HDD and given to nowday prices for this components I really don’t want to buy it myself, so anyone wants to donate me some small ssd (30GB or larger as gentoo install + debug symbols take around 20 here [ggdb is huge])? On the other hand as council members behave really warmly these days (I would not care if normal dev said something like this but Markos is one of 7 elected ones picked by everyone) I think I should just ignore Gentoo and go ahead look around for some nicer distro…

Now back to interesting stuff.

libreoffice 3.5 release

3.5 will contain the lot of shiny stuff. Current has fixed nsplugin and various other tiny issues like lpsolver and so on.
It still contains lot of tiny bugs everyone can see here and there, but they are getting fixed as we go so 3.5.1 or 3.5.2 will be ready for corporate environments again.

libreoffice trunk

There is steady stream of patches going into master branch at git.fdo and one of most notable thing is that we no longer use set_soenv perl script and most of the things are converted to gbuild (less paralel make issues, more compilance to MAKEOPTS). Other than that everything is same shiny like in 3.5 so no big difference on usability yet.

VLC translations

In mid-january it was brought to my attention that I am still listed as the one responsible for czech translation at VLC despite translating few strings in 2009. So I started complete overhaul using the KDE translation memory to improve it and remove all the wrong translations (you would not believe how much wrongly translated strings i found so far [I am at 50% of reviewing the current state]). So hopefully I will get this mostly done for 2.0 release so even Czech people can enjoy nice and translated media player.

The current status:

scarabeus@bugaboo: ~/l10n $ LC_ALL=C msgfmt --statistics vlc_new_cs.po 
1766 translated messages, 4120 untranslated messages.
scarabeus@bugaboo: ~/l10n $ LC_ALL=C msgfmt --statistics vlc_cs.po 
2140 translated messages, 1942 fuzzy translations, 1804 untranslated messages.

Gaming and other stuff

Anyone wants to play Battlefiled 3 or Counterstrike (actually anything you seen on the screenshot above :P)?

KDE release party in Prague

There will be release party for the above stuff in Prague on 24.2. at SUSE Linux offices and I will be giving some talk about KDE and LO (at least Tampakrap convinced me I should) so if you want to meet me (and other more cool KDE hackers) you should show up.


As few people contacted me already I think i would like to buy one of these (one, two) or their smaller variants. If you want to realculate the price for Euros/USD divide by 25/17 respectively.

So if you want to donate feel free to sent money on paypal or mail me if you would rather want IBAN.
I will post results as another blog at point when I have enough money or in 30 days whatever will be sooner.