Loud ramblings of a Software Artisan

Wednesday 24 October 2007

Welcome Gimp to the non-free hype

Gimp 2.4 has been released . And now this piece of Free Software as a website that is as annoying as various non-free software by requiring to install a piece of non-free software to view content.

Welcome Gimp to the land of the non-Free hype. See for yourself.

Update: as Alan commented, bug 489958 has been filed.

Friday 19 October 2007


Joe, congrats!

Best wishes to the bride and the groom.

Wednesday 17 October 2007

A dream came true

I had a dream. Apparently, the dream came true.

And the added GPS is the icing on the cake. However I wonder if the GPS chipset driver is Free Software.... as OpenMoko seems to have had issues with the GPS solved by changing the supplier.

Tuesday 16 October 2007

Spam Filtering

Thomas, for my spam filtering I use Bogofilter in combination with maildrop on my server. I followed this recipe that I improved with my own setup and since I mostly forgot I was receiving spam.

The only caveat is training the filter for false negative, what I just to is move them to a "Spambox" folder and run bogofilter -s -B * in there. And for those who wonder, I didn't feel the CPU usage on my P2 @266MHz. Beside patching courier IMAP to have hooks for the Junk/NonJunk flag and have Evolution actually set them (Thunderbird does it) I don't see another easy solution.

Sunday 14 October 2007

Digital photography with Free Software

Some linkage relating to digital photography with Free Software:

  • Argyll CMS solve the problem with calibrating your screen device. Hardware manufacturers are not cooperative and the list of device is limited. ArgyllCMS is licensed under GPLv3. I just packaged it for openSUSE (pick your repository). I'll talk more about it when (if) I get the hardware.
  • Calibrating your scanner works if you have a calibration device and a target.
  • 16-bits color managed workflow using UFraw and Cinepaint, with a screencast video (in Ogg-Theora)

Sunday 7 October 2007

From the what if machine...

What if Google was really evil? This short fiction story by Cory Doctorow could be the reality...


A bumblebee. Moorside, Parc de la Gatineau, Québec, Canada - September 29th, 2007

Saturday 6 October 2007

gnome raw thumbnailer

In the steps of hadess, I created the gnome-raw-thumbnailer module in GNOME subversion. This will be in the end the official repository of this little project that I can't leave with.

It is a thumbnailer for camera RAW files using libopenraw.

Current limitations:

  • only handle the format that libopenraw knows about
  • do not (yet) rotate the thumbnails. Will do when I can get the information from libopenraw.

You can get the 0.99 release I did a while back. The SuSE packages are in the build service.

I'd love to this shipped by default.

Thursday 4 October 2007

Super Green!

Green is the dominant color for openSuSE 10.3 that got released today. Congrats to the whole team !

Get it now !

Tuesday 2 October 2007

Flipping the switch

I finally flipped the switch on go-oo.org and tinderbox. They are on the new hosting we have for the project.

It is the time where we discover a lot of problems (forgotten things, etc). Feel free to poke me if that is the case.

No summit

Finally I won't be at the Boston Gnome summit this year either.