World Wine News Issue 373

WWN Issue 373 was released today.

Why a WPcap wrapper?
Further statistics
AppDB/Bugzilla Status Changes

Development: GNOME 3.13.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.13.90 beta tarballs due
* API/ABI, UI and Feature Addition Freeze; String Change Announcement Period
* New APIs must be fully documented
* Writing of release notes begins

Tarballs…

Clan Cup 2014 – Sign Up Now

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4 Essential Tips To Improving Your On-Site Search Engine

This week we welcome Steve Chou, co-owner of Bumblebee Linens and MyWifeQuitHerJob.com. Within a year of launching, Steve’s online store – Bumblebee Linens – successfully netted over $100,000 in sales. Yes, that’s right – 6 figures in one year. He … Read more

KDE Frameworks Sprint – How to Release a Platform

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Konqui finds the Spectacular Montjuic next door to the KDE office.

KDE Frameworks 5 is the result of two years of hard work porting, tidying, modularizing and refactoring KDELibs4 into a new addition to the Qt 5 platform. In January, Alex Fiestas announced The KDE Barcelona Hub—an office where anyone is welcome to come and work on KDE projects. It was just what the Frameworks team needed to finish off the code so it could be released to the world. Read on for some of what happened.

Aurelien Gateau reports:

I spent most of my time working on translation support, ironing out details to get them to install properly and working with David [Faure] on the release tarballs scripts. I also worked a bit on KApidox, the code generating API documentation for KF5 on api.kde.org. I updated the script to match with the latest Framework changes and switched to the Jinja2 template engine. Using Jinja will make it possible to generate an up-to-date list of Frameworks on the landing page, based on the information from the Framework metainfo.yaml files.

api.kde.org now contains a complete list of Frameworks thanks to Aurelien with Frameworks 5 now the default option.

Alex Merry spent his time on the small but tricky tasks all software needs to be of a high enough quality for release.

Friday was spent trying to understand the KItemModels unit tests and figure out why one of the tests was failing. I eventually determined that the pattern of signal emission when moving rows around had probably changed between Qt4 and Qt5, and the fix was fairly simple.

He also reports on other important topics such as install paths, meta data files and writing the Advanced Git tutorial.

One important discussion that took place in Barcelona was on the KDE Frameworks Release Cycle. We made the controversial decision to do away with bugfix releases and instead have monthly feature releases. Although some distribution packagers noted concerns about the lack of stable release updates, this is the pattern Frameworks is now following, which allows for much faster turnaround of new features.


The Post-it notes kept things orderly

Few people have done more to help the Frameworks project than Kévin Ottens who kept the weekend ticking over by sorting the post-it notes with tasks and highlighting notes which were taking longer than expected to progress. He highlights the processes that the team are following to allow for monthly releases:

  • more dog fooding from framework developers;
  • more contributions from application developers;
  • more automated tests and peer reviews;
  • finer grained feature delivery.
  • Aleix Pol spent his time “Mostly moving things around in the CMake, especially install variables that got changed to make them more compatible with Qt 5“.

    Alex Fiestas reports “Kai and I worked on Solid, we added QML support and designed the new asynchronous power management api“.

    One of the people who has been a constant throughout the development of KDE’s platform is David Faure. He spent time working on the scripts that make releases possible without much overhead.

    It was a successful week that wrapped up many of the loose ends that were needed to allow for last month’s successful release of Frameworks 5. With Plasma 5 now out and Applications releases on their way, Frameworks can be assured to be a platform for future work for years to come.

    Dot Categories:

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    GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of July 30th, 2014

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    == Next meeting ==

    * Friday, August 15th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

    == Attending ==
    * Ekaterina Gerasimova
    * Rosanna Yuen
    * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
    * Jeff Fortin
    * Sriram Ramkrishna
    * Tobias Mueller

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    Plague’s End

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    Stunt Rally now comes with spaceships and cool ancient cities!

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    Introducing Drupal.org Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

    Almost half a year ago, with the help of the Drupal.org Content Working Group and lawyers, the Drupal Association started working on a Drupal.org Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policy. After a number of drafts and rewrites, we are now ready to introduce both documents to Drupal.org users.

    Why do we need a ToS?

    Drupal.org has grown organically for many years. Currently the site has thousands of active users that generate lots of content every day. Our current Terms of Service are limited to a short line on the account creation form:

    “Please note: All user accounts are for individuals. Accounts created for more than one user or those using anonymous mail services will be blocked when discovered.”

    This line is an insufficient ToS for a website of our size. In fact, Drupal.org is probably the only website of this size which operates without a published Terms of Service. This situation is uncomfortable, and even dangerous, for both Drupal community and the Drupal Association, which is legally responsible for Drupal.org and its contents.

    In the absence of a ToS, a lot of rules—“do’s and don’ts”—regarding the website are just “common knowledge” of users who have a long memory and accounts created in the early days of Drupal.org. This might result in new users making mistakes and misbehaving only because they do not know what the unwritten rules are. Website moderators often lack guidance on how to react in specific situations, because those policies are not written anywhere. Some policies, such as organization accounts policy or account deletion policy still need to be defined. Lastly, absence of clearly defined Terms of Service and Privacy Policy could lead to legal disputes regarding the site.

    What’s next?

    The new Drupal.org Terms of Service and Privacy Policy are published now for the community review. They will be made official in 4 weeks, on September 4th, 2014. On that day all existing users will have to accept these ToS and Privacy Policy to continue using the website. All new users starting on that day will have to accept the ToS and Privacy Policy upon account creation.

    Click to review Drupal.org Terms of Service

    Click to review Drupal.org Privacy Policy

    In the future, we will make sure to keep ToS and Privacy Policy up-to-date and update them every time policies or functionality of the website changes. We will proactively notify users of all modifications to both documents.

    Thanks

    We’d like to say thanks to the Drupal.org Content Working Group members and community members who already reviewed proposed documents and provided us with their valuable feedback.


    UPDATE: Edits to the original drafts were made on 21st of August, 2014, based on feedback in comments to this post.

    Wine 1.7.24 Released

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    What’s new in this release:

    Beginning of some DirectWrite classes implementation.
    Initial wrapper dll for the packet capture library.
    Some crypto improvements.
    Various bug fixes.

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    GNOME: Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 Host Proposals

    The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia during the 2nd quarter of 2015.

    The GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

    GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong Seoul and Beijing respectively over the last seven years. The Summit’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to we spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.

    You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at our website: http://www.gnome.asia

    Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org . The deadline for the proposals is September 1, 2014. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more details over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the third week of September, 2014.

    The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2015 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may have conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:

    • Local community support for hosting the conference.
    • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
    • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.

    • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.

    • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
    • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
    • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
    • Local industries, universities and government support.
    • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
    • Provide plans for local sponsorship’s

    Please refer to the official web site of GNOME.Asia [1]. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list [2], howtos [3] and the winning proposal for 2012 [4] when putting together a proposal.

    You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org if you have any questions.

    Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

    GNOME.Asia Committee

    [1] http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia

    [2] http://2011.gnome.asia/about/gnomeasia/event-organization-checklist

    [3] http://2011.gnome.asia/about/gnomeasia/summit-planning-howto

    [4] http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/2012Summit/Bids?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=Proposal_of_HongKong_GNOME_Asia_Hackfest_2012_20120124.pdf

    First Update to KDE Frameworks 5

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