freesoftware, Kde, Planet

KDE Telepathy wants you!

A couple of days ago, on KDE Telepathy mailing list was brought to our attention this graph (Source):

KDE Telepathy Bug Reports Count (Open bugs only)
KDE Telepathy Bug Reports Count (Open bugs only)

The graph shows clearly that the number of bugs reports affecting KDE Telepathy is increasing.
Quite unlikely this is related to the quality of the software, but to the numbers of KDE-Telepathy users.

Editing the query a little bit I came to this graph, definitely more interesting (Source):

KDE Telepathy Bug Reports Count (All bugs)
KDE Telepathy Bug Reports Count (All bugs)

The trend is in my opinion really impressive, and shows clearly the amazing job that has been done on KDE Telepathy since February 2011.

Bugs have been closed at a very constant rate, new features added, new versions released (0.5.1 was released about 20 days ago), and translators are doing a great job, with the result that now KDE Telepathy is packaged for most of the major GNU/Linux Distributions and at least 2 of them use it as default instant messaging framework for the KDE Desktop.

This implies new users, but obviously comes with a lot of new bug reports and new features requests.

That’s why we need you! Of course we need new developers to help us fixing bugs, we have junior-jobs if you are starting programming and want to learn, and we are very happy to help you! 😉
But if you are not a coder, and you want to help us join us on #kde-telepathy on freenode, we have a lot of tasks for you anyway!

  • Report new bugs, try to reproduce and confirm the existing ones, find out the duplicates, locate related bug on upstream and downstream bugtrackers
  • Update the wiki, write the documentation for the applications
  • Test Adium chat themes, help us fixing the broken ones
  • Translate the languages not yet translated
  • Reply to users questions on the forum and mailing lists

Concluding: We are awesome, want to be awesome too? Join us

freesoftware, Kde, Planet

Some Fun with ktp-text-ui Plugins

KDE Telepathy 0.5 was released last month, introducing a brand new filtering plugin system for the text-ui. I didn’t have much time to work on KTp recently, due to my new job and to my new wife (no I don’t have an old one) but since in Randa people are slacking (evil grin), someone has to do some real work (laughing hard), so I’ve being playing a little with the text-ui and with the plugins.

Formatting Plugin

First of all, I fixed the formatting plugin. This allow you to format plain text, like Thunderbird Structured Text:

  • *this is bold*
  • _this is underlined_ (and not italics!)
  • /this is italics/
  • -this is strikethrough-

The plugin was disabled in 0.5 because it was broken (the regular expression detecting the tags to replace was not detecting correctly).
Beside fixing it, I modified it to avoid changing the text by removing the tags (i.e. ‘*’ or ‘/’). In this way, even though it might format some parts that user is probably not expecting to see formatted (for example some /*C comments*/), copy and paste will still work.
Moreover, I made it so that it will be very easy to add a configuration dialog to change its behaviour, so if you _really want this to be italics_, you will probably be able to configure it according to your needs in the future.

This plugin will be enabled by default in 0.6.

Syntax Highlighting Plugin

We often think about the final users, but sometimes we have to think about the developers 😉
So I wrote a syntax highlighting plugin using jquery-snippet

A few screenshots are better than thousand words, so…



Meanwhile David had another cool idea for the syntax highlighting plugin: include a kate part into the qtwebkit view (You can find some details about how he did that here). This is his result:

Both approaches work great, my approach is more integrated in the chat, but David’s approach is also quite interesting. We don’t know yet whether release just one of them or both… Opinions?

Anyway, in order not to try to highlight all the messages, at the moment code must be included in a block like [code lang='cpp']...[/code]. This can be a bit annoying. Moreover copying and pasting code in the chat-ui is boring. Something like pastebinit would be really useful. That’s why I started writing…

ktp-paste-contact

This a very simple tool but it is something I’m really proud of, and that shows the potential of Telepathy…
It is a simple command line tool that reads from stdin and sends everything as a single message to a telepathy contact.
it takes as parameters, the account to use, the contact to send it to, and an optional parameter --format <language>.
If this parameter is specified, then the message is automatically included in a [code lang='cpp']...[/code] block using the syntax specified.

A few ideas for using it…

  • git show | ktp-paste-contact --format diff --account <account> --contact <contact>
  • cat file.cpp | ktp-paste-contact --format cpp --account <account> --contact <contact>
  • echo "Hey dude, I'm so geek that I'm texting you from the command line" | ktp-paste-contact --account <account> --contact <contact>

You can find the code for the code-highlighting plugin in my clone repository for ktp-text-ui (kde:clones/ktp-text-ui/ddomenichelli/ktp-text-ui branch plugin-code) and for ktp-paste-contact on my brand new scratch repository (kde:scratch/ddomenichelli/ktp-paste-contact.git)

Enjoy it!


EDIT: I found a great way to convince your friend to block you! Perhaps it can be used against spammers 😛

while true; do echo "MUAHAHAHAHAHA" | ktp-paste-contact --account <account> --contact <contact>; sleep 5; done

freesoftware, Kde, Planet

KDE Telepathy at Akademy 2012

I'm going to Akademy 2012
I'm going to Akademy 2012

As you can imagine from the picture above, I’m going to Akademy 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia! Thanks a lot to KDE e.V. for sponsoring me.

This year at the conference there will be a lot of interesting talks but unfortunately none of them about KDE-Telepathy.

Instead we will host 2 BoF sessions:

Moreover most of us will probably attend at the Web Accounts BoF:

I can’t wait to see you all in Tallinn!

freesoftware, GSoC, Kde, Planet

KDE Telepathy in GSoC 2012

We had several good proposals related to KDE Telepathy for Google Summer of Code 2012, but unfortunately we only got 2 slots! But hey, we got 2 slots! That’s great! 😀 Thanks to Google for organising and sponsoring it.

The first accepted project is “Message Filtering Plugin System” by Lasath Fernando (shocklateboy92), the author of the chat plasmoid that will be released in KDE Telepathy 0.4. He will be mentored by David Edmundson and

“will create a completely asynchronous modular and extensible system that enriches messages before they’re displayed to the user. These includes embedding images and videos from links, Translating messages, (re)-formatting them nicely, reading out loud etc.”

The second project is “Enhancement to peer-to-peer DBus for Telepathy DBus Tubes” by Puneet Goyal. Puneet worked on the Payment Detection use-case of project Alkimia in Season of KDE 2011. I will be his mentor for this interesting project which aim is to make it even easier to use D-Bus Tubes from any KDE application:

“When an application connects to a peer to peer dbus tube, it must know what exactly to look for. Even When it registers for another object, the other side of the tube must know about it. So the ideas is to create a class that could ease the object to register and unregister on the DBus Tubes, and to provide you with an interface similar to the one as a DBus Server.”

We had to reject several good projects, because of the limited amount of slots, but if you are motivated to work on a project in KDE Telepathy you still have one chance[1]: Season of KDE (SoK)! SoK is similar to Google Summer of Code: you won’t be paid, but you will get a mentor, a very cool t-shirt and certificate! If you want to apply, you can have a look at KDE Telepathy ideas that we selected for GSoC but did not get a slot (“Telepathy setup for KDE multiplayer games” and “Collaborative editor“), check out some more ideas here or propose your own idea.


[1]Actually you have as many chance as you want to contribute even if you don’t want to take part to SoK! We have several junior jobs if you are (or want to become) a developer, and a few non-programming tasks that don’t require programming skill if you just want to help us!

freesoftware, Kde, Planet

KDE-Telepathy + Service Monitor

Today I found this plasma applet named “Service Monitor“, I thought it could be useful to monitor telepathy services, so I played a little with it and I wrote a couple of XML files containing definitions for Telepathy and KDE-Telepathy services, and here is the result:

KDE-Telepathy Service Monitor
KDE-Telepathy Service Monitor

I find it quite useful, it allows you to choose the services you are interested in among the ones installed, monitor which services are running, start and stop them from the applet.
Moreover thanks to that I already found a bug in the auth-handler that doesn’t exit when it is supposed to do so, so I’m sharing the xml files hoping that they can be useful for someone else. If you are interested you can find them here: git://anongit.kde.org/scratch/ddomenichelli/telepathy-service-monitor, you just import the xml files from the “Manage Sources” tab in the config dialog for the applet.


P.S. All credits for Service Monitor go to the original author.

freesoftware, Kde, Planet

KDE-Telepathy Sprint (aka Woshibon) 2 – Day 3

Today was sadly the last day of the sprint. We had some more discussion, a short course by grundleborg about unit tests, a short walk around Cambridge after launch and a lot of hacking. Moreover we decided the new features that hopefully will land in the next release. We have a list of 22 cool features that we we want to implement before the 8th of October (soft freeze for Tech Release 0.2). And this list doesn’t include the stuff implemented and all the bugs fixed after the 0.1 release. Unfortunately audio and video call won’t land in the next release due to dependency problems (but if you are brave enough you will be probably able to compile the dependencies and the audio call ui from the git repository), and Nepomuk integration and contact merging will be delayed some more. However we will have drag and drop of contacts from the contact list to the desktop, integration with kwallet (a little hackish for the moment but that’s all we can do until the secret service will be integrated in kde), a new auth-handler for handling passwords and ssl certificates, auto away and now playing system, desktop sharing with contacts, and much more. Finally we will have some small changes in the git repositories and we plan to release the 0.2 release both as a set tarballs (one per module) and as a single tarball to help packagers in their work. We really believe that the next release will be awesome!

A few conclusive random thoughts about the sprint:

  • We were the same number of people last year at the sprint. However in the last year the team gained several new important members!
  • Opening new bugs is something that grundleborg can do damn fast.
  • Sprints are really funny, and at the same time you get a lot of work done.
  • Help is always needed! If you want to contribute, please join us on #kde-telepathy
  • I won’t to wear the same shirt for the next sprint. (See here).
  • Brasil and Australia are really far.
  • Of course thanks again to Collabora and KDE e.V. for sponsoring the event.
  • Nepomuk shall not die! Please support trueg and the Nepomuk project!

P.S.: Visa is something that should be abolished.
P.P.S.: You don’t want to mess with Thor.

freesoftware, Kde, Planet

KDE-Telepathy Sprint 2 – Day 1

KDE-Telepathy Sprint 2 is officially started!
Everyone is so excited that we came to Collabora office too early and we were locked out! So while waiting someone started hacking…

Hacking outside Collabora office
Hacking outside Collabora office

Someone else spent his time in other ways…

d_ed juggling bananas outside Collabora office
d_ed juggling bananas outside Collabora office

Today we covered several topics and a lot of decision were taken:

  • Nepomuk
  • Licensing
  • CMake
  • Git
  • Logo and missing icons
  • Libraries/git submodules
  • GStreamer and Farsight
  • Chat UI Plugins
  • Launch and dinner

And most important of all:

  • Releasing Tech Preview KDE-Telepathy 0.2

This release still won’t be including any Nepomuk integration and will be mostly for the hundred of bug fixes shipped after the 0.1 release + some new cool feature.
This is the plan:

  • 18 September: Feature freeze! That means that we will decide all the features and the components that will be decided at the sprint. We will start the 0.2 branch on all the repositories
  • 8 October: “Big” Freeze (Strings will be frozen, translators will be able to start the translation, etc)
  • 30 October: Release

If you want to know more about what is happening at the sprint you can find some more pictures of the sprint here (I will continue to update it) and you can Follow real time updates #kdetpsprint on twitter and status.net


P.S. A big hug to vHanda who wasn’t able to join us because of visa problems… That sucks!


EDIT: More pictures by mck182 here

freesoftware, Kde, Planet

KDE-Telepathy Sprint 2 – Day 0

KDE-Telepathy isn’t officially started yet, but most of the team is already here, in Collabora office in Cambridge.

We have a very long Agenda for the sprint, and more todos are now on the whiteboard therefore all the people already started hacking.

Almost everyone is already at work
Almost everyone is already at work

While waiting for other people we also played the analogical version of KHangMan, also known as Hangman, but nobody managed to figure out this one:

G_O_E? We couldn't figure this out
G_O_E? We couldn't figure this out

Looks like it will be a pretty interesting sprint! Stay tuned.