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Gammu test version 1.19.91

Next testing version of Gammu was just born. It brings only small amount of fixes, but most users of recent Nokia phones will be pleased that long outstanding bug with SMS decoding has been fixed. Full list of changes:

  • Fixed decoding of Nokia messages (bug #527).

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/, Debian users can get packages from experimental.

Gammu test version 1.19.90

New Gammu testing version is finally out. This time it took much longer than usual and it contains some important fixes for messages and AT driver. Full list of changes:

  • Fix handling of UTF8 charset with some Motorola phones.
  • Identify Motorola V635.
  • Set again charset in Motorola phones after changing AT mode.
  • Automatically enable OBEX for Motorola phones.
  • Fix searching of correct Bluetooth channel.
  • Improved SMSD error messages.
  • Fix SMS listing when phone was in text mode (bug #584).
  • Fix compilation when WCONTINUED/WIFCONTINUED is not defined.
  • Fixed listing SMS messages from AT phones in text mode (bug #584).
  • Added smscgi daemon by "Kamanashis Roy Shuva" kamanashisroy@gmail.com.
  • Cache once read messages to avoid reading them again (bug #481).

You can download from usual place: http://cihar.com/gammu/, Debian users can get packages from experimental.

Two phpMyAdmin projects in GSoC 2008

Well I did not expect that much when MySQL offered us to piggyback on their participation in GSoC 2008, but at the end we have two projects. One is about blobstreaming which I absolutely don't know and is probably some amazing new technology :-). Marc will act as a sponsor on this together with some guys from http://www.blobstreaming.org.

The second project is setup rewrite where I will act as a mentor and Piotr Przybylski will implement it. Hopefully we will bring this to successful end and soon phpMyAdmin will bring you easier way to set up and configure it's options.

Similarity in project names

While looking at poll about Czech open source for first time, I was surprised that two of my projects got in - phpMyAdmin and Wammu. After looking again at that page I noticed there is a typo in phpMyAdmins name, it was written as phpMinAdmin. Then I looked even more carefully and even URL it is pointing to is something different. In this time I realized that it is something completely different with just very similar name. phpMinAdmin is some minimalistic clone of phpMyAdmin, but why they could not choose a bit more different name?

PS: Anyway you can still vote for Wammu in Czech open source :-).

phpMyAdmin is in Summer of Code

Well not directly, but MySQL is and they will also accept our projects. So if you are student interested in getting some money for improving free software, you're welcome to contact us. We have written down our ideas to wiki, but feel free to come with your own thought. But don't forget that deadline is this Monday!

While talking about this improving phpMyAdmin, phpMyAdmin team would also like to take part in Hackontest, so vote and suggest there features for us! If you have no idea for phpMyAdmin, Debian is also taking part there ;-).

Don't be impatient

I handle bug reports and email communication as soon as possible, but it does not mean that it may take month or even more to get reply. I'm not working full time on my free software projects, I do it only in my free time. Besides this I have regular job and I also have a real life with another hobbies.

So if you wrote me something, just try to be patient, sending another emails to urge your issue won't help anybody. I will just have more unread mail to process until I get to real work.

Photo uploader 0.6

Even though I don't feel really good due to personal life, I decided to relelase Photo uploader 0.6. If you don't know this tool yet, it is helper to upload photos (or images) over net. It was created when I became too lazy to upload hundreds of photos to digilab, but generally it can support any service which allows you uploading of whatever using HTML forms.

News in this release:

  • Added support for iTesco.cz.

Nvidia is bad, Intel is good?

Intel is always seen as good guy, who is writing open source drivers, releasing at least some specifications for hardware. Unfortunately it is not always the case. If you want to use their new embedded solution - Menlow CPU and Poulsbo chipset, they provide you lot of crap.

Basically what you get is a zip file containing several Microsoft Word documents, badly formatted text files (end of lines at each 80 chars), PDFs and some zip and tar archives. If you look to one of these archives, you will get binary graphical installer, which will install license, uninstallator and yet another set of tarballs. These tarballs finally contain binary and source packages you need to make graphics work on this platform. Maybe somebody did this to practise various ways of compressing and distributing things, but it is really amazing how many times you need to decompress several archives to actually get to the things you want.

Unfortunately at the end you will find out that libgl1-mesa-dri-psb binary (DRI driver for graphics) has no sources and Intel is not willing to give them to you. Bad luck if you have slightly different distribution than one of these which are supported (FC6, Midinux-build9, ubuntu-gutsy, ubuntu-hardy) and the provided binary simply crashes.