KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd December 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Trolltech-sponsored development continues on Phonon backends. Support for saving to remote URL's in Gwenview. A "Now Playing" data engine and applet, and the train clock returns in Plasma. "Switch Tabs on Hover" can now be disabled, and other refinements in Kickoff for KDE 4.0. Work on a debugger (with a SpeedCrunch-inspired interface) for KHTML. Work to support the most recent release of the Flash (version 9) multimedia plugin in Konqueror. SOCKS support in KTorrent. Device handling fixes in KPilot. More work on music services in Amarok 2.0. Further work on the KChart Flake shape in KOffice. More panorama work, amongst other developments in KOffice. Support for the Bonjour protocol in Kopete. Initial import and development of a MS Cabinet format archive reader. The temporarily-named Video Player, formerly-known-as-Codeine, has been finally renamed to Dragon Player. Read the rest of the Digest here.


Thank you, Danny, for yet another nice issue of our weekly digest.

By christoph at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

You have no idea how perfect his timing was for me ;-)

By Jos Poortvliet at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am


By mactalla at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Have to save money for myself, but thank you very much! I read the digest for more then a year now and it was for me the start for looking at KDE4. Thank you so much :D

By BartOtten at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am


Donated a small amount too - you certainly deserve a new lappy :)

By Joergen Ramskov at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Donated a few bucks. Every bit helps!

By T. J. Brumfield at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

Hmm. I like dragons as much as the next guy (probably more, actually) but... Dragon Player? Does it only play movies with dragons in 'em? Will it also run my old Dragon 32 games? ;)

It's easier to spell than Codeine; I'll say that for it :)

How about "Cinemagic" or something? It's overused in the world of Film festivals, but not yet for a movie player, as far as I know. "Flicks" (it has a K ;) ? "Visionary"? "Visionaire"? "Any other word plus 'dragon' in a really small font size"? ;)

Sorry, I'm not being very serious here. Dragon Player is OK, but it really could be better ;)

By Lee at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Cinemagic is already copyright MomCorp, along with "love". The only words that have not yet been copyrighted or trademarked are "Popplers" and "Tasticles".

By Level 1 at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Taken - see

Not really "copyrighted" (well, we borrowed it :-), but still in use.

By Brad Hards at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Damnit, someone is moments away from registering

By T. J. Brumfield at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

Heh I've been open to ideas for about 9 months*. Not that I would've gone with "Cinemagic". ;)

Anyways dragons burninate peasants, generally kick ass and of course (and seriously) Konqui is our long-time mascot.

By Ian Monroe at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Well, "player" is descriptive and dragons are powerful and something worth looking at, so I guess it's a decent name for a video player.

By Maarten ter Huurne at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Flik would have been nice.

By reihal at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

I agree. Dragon Player's not so bad though. At least it isn't Drakon or something equally contrived!

Also I think Konqui (sp?) makes KDE seem unprofessional - Kubuntu for example removed his image from the shutdown dialog. Maybe he should grow up into a more cool evil dragon!

By Tim at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

...for a Flickr uploader.

By Ian Monroe at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

Actually I like the name "Dragon Player". It's original, could be turned into a brand. And dragons refers to Konqi.

If someone said their music player could be called "Amarok", would you like that name? We all like Amarok now. Part of liking it comes from being a brand you can identify.

By Diederik van de... at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

I've always liked Amarok as a name, it's unique yet the term 'rok' gives away its purpose.

By Dave Taylor at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

So how about "Jibbleviewfilm"?

By anon at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Or how about fuck you?

By Stefan Monov at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

For a video player? No, sorry - I don't see it.

Maybe if it were optimised for porn ... ?

By anon at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am


By anon at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

'Dragon Player' is awful, it sounds like a Taiwanese board game or a Chinese DVD player for children covered in dragon decals.

'Ciniverse' FTW do I have any takers for 'Ciniverse'.

By Dave Taylor at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

I must say though even if the atrocity of a name 'Dragon Player' is used but is still Codeine at heart (basically a bugfree version). Then it'll still be perfect for the task - Amarok is great but I see they are seriously on the precipice of bloat canyon and there's no way back apart from a sane fork.

By Dave Taylor at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Well Dragon Player is developed by the same people as Amarok, so who knows!

By Ian Monroe at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

And yet it is, more or less, entirely unlike Amarok in every way. And both apps are great :)

By Leo S at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

Hey, what about choosing "Drak" as name for that player? I don't like the name "Dragon Player" very much, it sounds awful. "Drak" is the Czech word for Dragon. It has even got a K in it, and it fits perfectly into the naming of other KDE apps (Especially Amarok :-D).

By blueget at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

That's a good name!
Dragon Player is not awful, it just has something... maybe player is too generic, and Dragon Player sounds, like someone else said a bit like a tablecard game or something.

I am not a fan of K-names, but please consider Drak.

By tobami at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

I really dislike some of the new K-less names, such as Dolphin, Plasma and now Dragon Player and I think these names could lead to a loss of identity for KDE. Remember the time when it used to be all about the K?

By Teo Mrnjavac at Sun, 2007/12/30 - 6:00am

Still I can't imagine a Kolphin or a Klasma. Maybe they ran out of K names like Ubunzu will soon run out of monkey names ;D

By Bobby at Thu, 2008/01/03 - 6:00am

> fix crap-tastic wiki applet. it's so bad i don't even care anymore, as we need Qt4.4/Webkit for it to actually do anything useful.

Thankfully it will be there by KDE 4.1, thank you trolltech!

By Paul at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Amarok 2 is probably going to require Qt 4.4, regardless of whether KDE 4.1 is out yet or not. Granted its pretty likely that KDE 4.1 will be out by then.

By Ian Monroe at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Anyone knows when Amarok2 and KDE 4.1 will be release more or less?

By patcito at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am


By Ian Monroe at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

yet another "khtml VS webkit" thread...
Don't feed the trolls please. (unless they are Norwegian)

By shamaz at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

yeah, it's good you mention that - Norwegian Trolls should be fed properly. We owe them a lot ;-)

By Jos Poortvliet at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Agreed. I'll pass this one. :-)

By Richard Van Den Boom at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

All I can say? Damn, that is the least conspicuous "Make a Donation" button I've ever seen. Danny, whoever you are, you help keep me up to date on the KDE world. I appreciate it. (I read the Planet too, but it doesn't cover the Summer of Code projects, etc.) It took a while to figure out what $5 USD is in British pounds, but it's yours. Merry Christmas! The way I reckon it, all the Digests I've read surely equate to at least one issue of a magazine. (My brother is starting his own magazine, which has made me even more appreciative of the time and effort you must spend aggregating interviews together for the Digest.)

By kwilliam at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Dont' get me wrong , i dont want to take this political,
but Dollars are nearly nothing worth here in Europe :-)

enter in google : "5 dollar in pound"

By usd at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Yep, the dollar to pound rate right now is horrible.

By T. J. Brumfield at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

You mean +2 ;) It's not much, but everything I can spare this month, hope you'll get some (K) Hot New Stuff soon ;)

By DeeJay1 at Sun, 2007/12/30 - 6:00am

>> ... and the train clock bla in Plasma

:-)) Yea, this is so cool, thanks for listening to your devote followers...
That made my day

By Marc at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

I won't be happy until we have a steampunk-ish Nixie Tube clock ;)

By anon at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

+1 ;-)

By Jos Poortvliet at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

Not nerdy enough. I want a binary clock with red LEDs.

By reihal at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

yeah the binary clock ! the great missing feature of 4.0 !

By Cyrille Berger at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

What would you digital-heads know about old school anyway :)

By taurnil at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

There's a binary clock in playground/base/plasma/applets/binary-clock.

It doesn't use red LEDs though right now, but I'm sure you can whip up a patch easily enough to make it the nerd's ultimate wet dream.

Ow, and Cyrille, check your facts :P

By Sebastian Kügler at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am

I mean a real binary clock, like this one:

and not a girlie one like this:

By reihal at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

I'm very happy to see it return!

By T. J. Brumfield at Fri, 2007/12/28 - 6:00am

i recently found a great tool for gnome, BUT completely gui-independent, which is really great for syncronization. with this tool, you easyly could upload/save your pictures on flickr, syncronisize with directories, files, gadgets, webpages etc. (
check out the screencasts. it is very impressive.
after having seen the screencasts, i wonder if kde will ever integrate something like that. i mean, it is gui-independent, you "only" have to write an ui or integrate it into the "save-dialog". it would also allow things to save and store in the internet, comparable to the gnome online desktop.
what do you think? is something similar to this coming?

By joni at Thu, 2007/12/27 - 6:00am