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Friday, November 13 2009

Download mirrors for KompoZer, anyone?

Since SourceForge.net has changed its File Release System, it's much easier to publish a bunch of binaries for each KompoZer release. Unfortunately, it's become pretty buggy and we’re getting more and more reports from users who couldn’t download files from there. Even worse: most of the negative reviews on SF.net are about the erratic download service.

I can't blame SF.net: they offer a free service and KompoZer couldn't have existed without SF.net in the first place. But now that the project is taking a good shape, we’d like to get a better download service, and it looks like it won’t be possible with SourceForge, unfortunately. So we’re thinking of hosting the binaries on our own mirrors.

According to the SF.net download stats, the required bandwidth is currently about 60 GB a day — and we expect it to be much more when the final 0.8 version is released.

SF download stats

Our hosting’s bandwidth is only 500GB/month and we can't afford to buy more. We’d need roughly another 1.5TB/month for the 6,000 daily downloads, and probably twice as much when the final 0.8 is released. The idea would be to have several mirrors, each offering 0.5TB/month or more.

Please drop me a comment if you can offer some bandwidth. Thanks!

Websites I find useful

Arrrgh, I just got tagged by Flore.

Five rules:

  • Copy the rules in the beginning or at the end of your post
  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Give the 5 websites you find useful, or that you use the most. Try to explain why!
  • Tag 5 people, and let them know they’ve been tagged
  • The meme doesn't have to stay in English :-)

Five websites:

  • Windguru.cz is a pretty accurate wind forecast service that has changed the life of a lot of windsurfers. I check windguru every friday and I don't miss any good windsurfing / kiteboarding session: I’m always at the right place, right time — well, not always, but at least I don't drive 6 hours in my old, noisy van for nothing any more.
  • Vim.org, what else? After several years using this incredible editor, I still learn new stuff every week. I could spend hours tweaking my ~/.vimrc, just for fun. Call me a nerd.
  • dict.leo.org, by far the best German dictionary I know. Very useful when I post on kompozer-web.de. If I weren't so lazy I'd write a small Ubiquity script for this one.
  • identi.ca is my preferred micro-blogging service: it’s open-source, it’s all about geek stuff and FOSS news, there's a very neat XMPP gateway… and it can be used to post on Twitter. If you use Twitter and if you feel concerned by open-source, you definitely should have an identi.ca account.
  • Google News is the first page I open when I'm done checking my mails and RSS feeds with Thunderbird. I use it rather like a newspaper than for its search engine: Twitter is much more efficient to get the recent stuff.

Five victims:

Friday, November 6 2009

KompoZer 0.8 localized builds

For the 0.8 branch, Cédric Corazza (l10n lead) has decided to publish localized builds instead of just proposing cross-platform langpacks. Not as easy as it seemed… but the new “Download” page is ready.

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Tuesday, November 3 2009

Beware of scam sites

I was having a look at the referrals for kompozer.net and I found this page on TheFreeCountry.com. Among the list of free wysiwyg HTML editors, there’s this paragraph:

Nvu - Complete Web Authoring System

(Update: Nvu has been discontinued. Beware of scam sites pretending to be the Nvu website and asking for donations/support. The official site is gone, and there are no replacement sites. In the meantime, use KompoZer, which is just Nvu with some bug fixes and a new name.)

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Wednesday, October 28 2009

Comete: Course on Mozilla Education and Technologies at Evry

Last week, Laurent Jouanneau and I taught Mozilla technologies at the University of Évry, Paris area. The Comete project was initiated by Pascal Chevrel (Mozilla-Europe) and three University teachers: Didier Courtaud (Desiderius on #xulfr and #education), Judith Benzakki and Denis Dupont.

Université d’Évry

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Comete : initiation Mozilla à l’université d’Évry

La semaine dernière, Laurent Jouanneau et moi-même avons donné des cours de développement Mozilla au MIAGE d’Évry. Le projet Comete a été initié par Pascal Chevrel (Mozilla-Europe) et des enseignants de l’université d’Évry : Didier Courtaud (Desiderius sur #xulfr et #education), Judith Benzakki et Denis Dupont.

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Tuesday, October 27 2009


This year there’s been a lot of people representing the French-speaking Mozilla community at the JDLL in Lyon, France — 18 persons IIRC!

There were booth for XUL fr, FrenchMoz, Geckozone, FrenchBirds and for Mozilla Europe, Mozilla Women… as well as KompoZer, of course.

I’ve had the opportunity to give a talk on KompoZer 0.8, in front of more people than I expected for a relative small event. I could present the work I’ve been doing on KompoZer for the last twelve months and give a mini-roadmap about the future of this project.

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Monday, October 26 2009

JDLL 2009, Lyon

Un de plus ! Les JDLL occupent chaque année une place particulière dans mon planning : non seulement parce que c’est le premier geek event auquel j’ai participé, mais aussi parce que ça se passe à proximité de mes pénates dauphinoises. Dans ces conditions, difficile d’y couper.

Cette année et comme les années précédentes, les JDLL tombaient à une période où de nombreux Mozilliens francophones fêtaient leur anniversaire (Tristan, Paul, Bobo, ma pomme et j’en oublie…), ce qui n’est pas sans avoir donné un prétexte d’alcoolisation facile à certaines personnes dont je tairai le nom ici.

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Monday, October 12 2009

KompoZer 0.8b1

KompoZer logo

Finally entering the beta stage. Few bug fixes, but I've implemented the last features I wanted for the 0.8 branch:

  • FTP support
  • syntax highlighting in split view
  • ability to edit text files
  • better PHP support on GNU/Linux
  • new SVG icon
  • new UUID

You can grab KompoZer 0.8b1 here:

Enjoy… and please report bugs! :-)

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Sunday, October 11 2009

afk 15 jours

Après le MozCamp de Prague il y a une semaine, la fin du mois d’octobre s’annonce particulièrement chargée. Une fois n’est pas coutume, vous aurez plus de chances de me voir « en vrai » que sur le forum Geckozone ou l’IRC Mozilla !

Ce vendredi et samedi, il y a les JDLL 2009, événement de portée internationale auquel tout Rhônalpin digne de ce nom se doit d’assister. J’y présenterai KompoZer 0.8b1, notamment avec une mini-conférence le vendredi à l’heure de l’apéritif. Je ne sais pas s’il y aura un stand KompoZer, dans le pire des cas je serai sur le stand Mozilla. Accessoirement, c’est aussi le rendez-vous annuel de la communauté Mozilla francophone : quand on quitte le stand, une autre journée démarre. :-)

La semaine suivante est consacrée au projet Comete avec Laurent Jouanneau, chef vénéré de XulFR et évangéliste Flash. Laurent et moi-même allons dispenser une formation de développement Mozilla à l’université d’Évry, c’est une grande première en France ! \o/

L’une des conséquences de ce planning chargé, c’est que KompoZer 0.8b1 ne sera pas aussi soigneusement testé que d’habitude (doux euphémisme), et qu’il faudra attendre au moins trois semaines avant d’avoir une bêta2 qui corrige les plus gros bugs. Désolé pour le désagrément, je ferai de mon mieux pour me rattraper en novembre et décembre.

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