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KDE 4 and Winamp Remote

I went to a talk by one of the developers of KDE 4 last night. It seems like it's going to be really cool. The system has been totally revamped 'from the flo up'. It uses a series of modules or architectures that control everything in the OS with APIs that programs must use to interface with the computer. For example, there's the "Solid" module, that references hardware and the "plasma" module that creates windows and panels and whatnot. What that means is that things like Compiz/Emerald/Beryl(whatever) and XGL support are now built in to KDE, so you get all those really cool screen effects and transitions without having to wrestle with installing a bunch of third party stuff. It also means that more robust programming can be written with less code. One example the presenter gave us was writing an audio player in THREE LINES OF CODE. Basically, name the file, open the file and play. Everything else was handled in KDE. Another example was the possible combination of three different programs(a star chart, a Google maps and Google earth type apps) that would work seamlessly and use much less code. A final example that he gave us is that everything is pretty much broken right now. :) So, everything that worked in KDE before has to be rewritten for this new system. KDE 4 came out in January, but it's really only for developers right now. 4.1 will come out in early August and that will be ready for desktop use. Oh yeah, and they're releasing it on Windows, Mac and Solaris too. :)

Speaking of programming, I'd like to announce that Winamp Remote sucks. It's kind of sad, since MP3 streaming has come full circle with this program. Way back in the early days of the internet I started streaming my home music collection using Shoutcast, which was an excellent system. It had an easy to configure server with a tiny footprint, a simple web admin interface as well as a nice dynamic web display. Winamp Remote has a HUGE overhead on both the server and client side, an unnecessary, non-intuitive web client and it just plain doesn't work well at all. So, bad on you Winamp. Winamp is still my music player of choice but Remote is crap.

PS: That star chart/planetarium program I mentioned is called KStars. It's really neat, better than the other two major free star chart programs and really tailored to star gazing. I'll be taking that along on the laptop next time we go camping. Marble is also listed on that page and that is the Google Earth type program I mentioned.


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May. 14th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of SimplifyMedia, myself (if only because it allows me to connect from my phone). It doesn't take up much space. You might wanna give it a try.
May. 14th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
I started messing with that a couple of weeks ago and was apparently too stupid to get it to see my files.

I'll try again tonight.
May. 14th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm that looks just right. I'm going to give it a try.
May. 14th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
What's your name on there?
May. 14th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
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May. 14th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. I wonder if they're not including a lot of the apps, since a lot of the ones I saw yesterday weren't working very well, heh.
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May. 15th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, if it's any consolation, when I tried to upgrade my Ubuntu installation to the latest version on my laptop last night it broke. Now I can get to the login screen and it hangs there... le sigh

I think it might have powered down(it was on battery) during the upgrade so, it's probably my fault, but still. Grrr.
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May. 16th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yep. So I have read now. I DLed the new version last night but it sucks that I'll have to lose all my settings and programs and junk. I'm going to try to uprgade from the CD first.
May. 14th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
How does KStars compare to Stellarium? I'm a pretty big fan of the latter, and have used it many times for my stellar picture taking.

I tried out the beta version of KDE 4 on Kubuntu, and it seems pretty neat, so far. I'm looking forward to 4.1!
May. 14th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I guess they'd be pretty equivalent. I really liked KStars simplicity though. For example, it made selecting your location and time shifting super easy. The interface is really slick.
May. 14th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I might have to try it on my machine tonight. From the screenshots, it looks like there are some advanced tracking features that look pretty neat.
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