Random rants from a KDE user which also works on making KDE more Hebrew friendly.

Friday, October 23, 2009

KDE on Windows - making life easier

I just installed on my mom's Desktop KDE games. Now she is happier, and she does not need to touch my computer.

On the laptop I got from work (Windows XP, because of non-supported hardware) I just installed KDE4 as well. Using Konversation on Windows just kicks ass. Kate is by far the best general purpose text editor I used. I am not happy that Okular on 4.3.2 does not open PDF (4.3.0 and 4.2 did open.... funky...), but as soon as it starts working again, it will become my default PDF viewer.

While I think Dolphin is GREAT and I started using back in KDE3, I cannot use it on windows, since sftp:// or fish:// protocols not working there... it's just so sad ... :(

I just wanted to thank the KDE on windows team: great job. Just fix the default colors on XP, the applations look kinda dark. That's all!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dear lazy web: cannot clone from gitorious

I am trying to clone Qt (and qt-creator) in my hone, and I am getting this (please don't laugh, I know it's Windows...)
diego@BRAIN /c/src
$ rm -fr qt && time git clone git://gitorious.org/qt/qt.git
Initialized empty Git repository in c:/src/qt/.git/
remote: Counting objects: 218976, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (56957/56957), done.
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly.68 MiB | 5 KiB/s
fatal: early EOF

real 41m40.578s
user 0m0.015s
sys 0m0.000s
Now, it only happens at home where my ISP is making nice tricks and probably killing everything that is not "http" (note how slow it works, 1kbs to 5kbs). Just to compare, in my workplace with a business contract I can pull at normally (at 100-180kbs).

Any tricks? I was thinking of using a ppptp connection to work, and then pull from that (or even ssh), but I am sure that there are workarounds for this issue. Yes, I tried http, this is what I get:
diego@BRAIN /c/src
$ rm -fr qt && time git clone http://gitorious.org/qt/qt.git
Initialized empty Git repository in c:/src/qt/.git/
fatal: http://gitorious.org/qt/qt.git/info/refs not found: did you run git updat
e-server-info on the server?

real 0m1.953s
user 0m0.015s
sys 0m0.000s

Any good ideas/workarounds/solutions...?