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  • Akarsh Simha 5:10 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink  

    KStars in dire need of developers 

    KStars is in dire need of developers. Anybody interested in contributing could let me know by email at akarsh dot simha at kdemail dot net. We could use help from anyone who is able to build KDE 4.x from sources. Most of your help will be used after Jan 27th [KDE 4.2 release].

    Starter’s jobs:

    • Align images for KStars
    • Test KStars thoroughly. We have a lot of bugs as of now

    TIA.

     
    • Andreas 1:46 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is hardly a free software project that doesn’t need more developers -_-

    • Jernej 4:43 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is hardly a software project that doesn’t need more developers -_-

    • Thomas 4:49 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is hardly a (free) software project that doesn’t need more developers -_-

    • Tom 6:18 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is hardly a (proprietary) software project that doesn’t need more developers -_-

    • Ljubomir 6:54 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is hardly… meh. Good luck anyway.

    • Tomaz Canabrava 7:01 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      why not join forces with stellarium?

    • Goetz 10:44 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah, why not join forces between Stellarium and Kstars?

    • Akarsh Simha 11:51 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A big free software project that has just 2 SVN account holders active with one of them just having got his account 2 days back must be in REAL need of devels 😉

      Anyway, coming to Stellarium and KStars, we’ve already struck up some collab plans now, but we can’t merge because the codebases are largely different. We have a KDE dependency that they don’t. Also, the use cases are different.

    • EdwardOCallaghan 3:41 pm on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi,

      Does the new KStars build on Solaris now?
      If so, I _maybe_ interested in doing some testing work + provide it from Blastwave.
      My IRC nick is evocallaghan and I hang in #blastwave, #auroraux and #ada

      Best Regards,
      Edward O’Callaghan.

    • Akarsh Simha 2:53 pm on January 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hello Edward

      KStars is likely to have a lot of endianness issues on Solaris, and I’ve been wanting to test them for long. I’m pretty sure you could help.

      Catch [ade] on #kde-edu (Adriaan de Groot). I think he could help you with Solaris.

      Thanks for offering to help and sorry for the really late response.

  • Akarsh Simha 9:43 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink  

    Orion, Hyades and Pleiades 

    Processing Steps:

    Raw Image -> Duplicate Layer -> Blur copy to radius 100
    -> Subtract Copy -> Merge Layers -> Duplicate Layer
    -> Adjust curves to hide faint stars -> Blur to radius 50
    -> Adjust curves -> Layer mode to Screen -> Final touches

     
  • Akarsh Simha 11:47 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink  

    Quality Assurance checklist for KStars in KDE 4.2 

    Anybody running KDE 4.2 Beta or trunk can help:

    http://techbase.kde.org/Projects/Edu/KStars/QA_List_4.2

     
  • Akarsh Simha 8:10 pm on December 14, 2008 Permalink  

    100 Million Star Catalog is now downloadable 

    While I’m waiting for some changes to make it available via Get Hot New Stuff, the catalog (which contains the first 100e6 stars from the USNO NOMAD Catalog to mag 16.5) is now available from here:

    http://download.kde.org/apps/kstars/

    Will update my blog when the filename is finalized and it goes onto GHNS.

     
  • Akarsh Simha 3:09 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink  

    Switching to Amarok 2.0 

    Now that Amarok has become stable, I svn up-ped my copy and built
    it. It works fine. I’m planning to switch over from the largely
    featureless MOC Player to Amarok 2.0.

    The only crib I have with it is that it takes too much time to tag
    files after some time. The more I tag, the more time it takes for
    subsequent taggings, or so it seems. I don’t know how to run GDB on
    Amarok, maybe I should spend some time figuring out what’s wrong.

    It’s so easy to blog about small things like this, now that EMacs is
    my blog-engine 🙂

    Anyway, it’s now time I went back to “Waves and Oscillations”

     
  • Akarsh Simha 9:58 am on December 10, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: EMacs   

    Customized my EMacs today 

    This is going to be my first blog post from within EMacs. Finally, I can escape the web interface of
    wordpress.com and use good old EMacs bindings instead, if this
    works. I did a good lot of customization to my .emacs today and here’s
    what it looks like now (minus the bit that weblogger added):


    ;; General stuff
    (setq inhibit-startup-message t)
    (setq make-backup-files nil)
    (setq load-path (cons '"/home/akarsh/emacs" load-path))
    (setq transient-mark-mode t)
    (setq curdir (expand-file-name "."))

    ;; Make sure color displays properly in shells within EMacs
    (add-hook 'shell-mode-hook 'ansi-color-for-comint-mode-on)

    ;; We want 256 color support!
    (load "~/emacs/screen-256color.el")

    ;; Use my favourite color theme
    (require 'color-theme)
    (load "~/emacs/color-theme-rlx.el")
    (setq color-theme-is-global t)
    (color-theme-rlx)

    ;; Get a quick shell when required
    (fset 'pull-shell-out
    "\C-[xshell\C-m\C-xb\C-m\C-u-60\C-x3\C-xo\C-xb*shell*\C-mexport COLUMNS=60\C-m")
    (global-set-key "\C-t" 'pull-shell-out)

    ;; Auto fill for E Mail.
    (add-hook 'text-mode-hook
    '(lambda () (auto-fill-mode nil)
    (abbrev-mode t)))
    (add-hook 'server-switch-hook
    '(lambda () (progn
    (auto-fill-mode 1)
    (my-mutt-settings))))
    (defun my-mutt-settings ()
    (if (and
    (> (length (buffer-file-name)) 8)
    (equal "/tmp/mutt" (substring (buffer-file-name) 0 9)))
    (progn
    (mail-mode)
    (mail-text)
    (cd curdir))))

    ;; C++ / C / ObjC mode specifics
    (defun setup-ebrowse-bindings ()
    ;; Faster bindings for frequently used stuff
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c C-f") 'ebrowse-tags-find-definition)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c C-F") 'ebrowse-tags-find-declaration)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c -") 'ebrowse-back-in-position-stack)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c +") 'ebrowse-forward-in-position-stack)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c =") 'ebrowse-forward-in-position-stack)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c p") 'ebrowse-electric-position-menu)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c f") 'ebrowse-tags-find-definition-other-window)
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c F") 'ebrowse-tags-find-declaration-other-window)

    ;; Get a C++ Tree on the side when required
    (fset 'pull-c++-tree-out
    "\C-u-60\C-x3\C-xo\C-x\C-f\C-a\C-kBROWSE\C-m")
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c t") 'pull-c++-tree-out)
    )

    (defun my-c-mode-common-setup ()
    (setq c-basic-offset 4) ;; We want to stick to KStars' indentation standards
    (setq indent-tabs-mode nil) ;; No TABs for indentation, please!
    (setq compile-command "makefromemacs") ;; Change compile command
    (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "C-c c") 'compile) ;; Bind C-c c to (compile)
    (setup-ebrowse-bindings) ;; Set up EBrowse bindings
    )

    (add-hook 'c-mode-common-hook 'my-c-mode-common-setup)

    ;; Iswitchb is much nicer for inter-buffer navigation.
    (cond ((fboundp 'iswitchb-mode) ; GNU Emacs 21
    (iswitchb-mode 1))
    ((fboundp 'iswitchb-default-keybindings) ; Old-style activation
    (iswitchb-default-keybindings))
    (t nil)) ; Oh well.
    (global-set-key [(control x) (control b)] 'iswitchb-buffer)
    (global-set-key [(control x) (f)] 'find-file)

    I configured a whole bunch of things – ebrowse
    being one of them. Now I can quickly go to the definition of any
    function – that’s something that is going to increase my productivity
    significantly.

    Another thing I did was to bind a whole bunch of keys to complicated
    tasks. For instance, I mapped C-t to pull out a small (60 column long)
    terminal from the side of the current window, because that appeals to
    me a lot more.

    It’s so much more easier to blog from EMacs, that (hoping that this
    works), I’ll be blogging more frequently!

     
    • Akarsh Simha 4:27 am on December 10, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This entry was posted on December 11, 2008 at 1:32 am and is filed under GNU/Linux/FOSS. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Edit this entry.

      ^^ WOW! And today is 10th December. Interesting… So this is what “the date issue” talked about on forums meant.

    • Kumar Appaiah 6:27 am on December 10, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice post, and thanks for the theme suggestion!

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