• Delays delays delays :(

    Hi there

    As you may have noticed, BlueDevil RC4 is not out (yet), and there is a reason for that.

    We're mainly 2 developers working on it, ereslibre and myself. Ereslibre is studying hard because he has like 5 exams in 2 weeks, and I'm looking for a new place to live downtown (still in Madrid), so those things are stealing our KDE hacking time :(

    But don't worry, BlueDevil development is not paralyzed, luckily our company (ufocoders) is allowing us to work on BlueDevil all Fridays, and this is why we're moving the releases to that day.

    The current TODO list until 1.0 final is:

    • i18n
    • A few reported crashes
    • Better audio plugin
    • Documentation for distributions
    • Make kio_obexftp stable (this may involve a rewrite, or maybe wait until kde 4.5.2)
    • setup bluedevil.kde.org.

    This time, I'm not going to write a date, since we can't be sure to accomplish it, but we want to release the RC4 in 2 weeks more or less.

    Cyap and sorry for the inconveniences!

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  • BlueDevil 1.0rc3 released

    This release has been delayed 1 week (as you can see) because we didn't had anything to release (no commits, no fixes), sorry for that! vacations are in the middle :)

    Highlights:

    • Huge improvement on systray application stability, should not crash anymore
    • Fixed a crash in the Wizard
    • Fixed some small bugs in the KCM

    Errata:

    Take a look at the error list in: KDE Bugtrack

    Also, this release is not ready to work on i18n, it is expected in RC4 (finally!)

    Download:

    The tarball can be found here with md5: 918d123aa7239fcc42a87fc3e3b418bd

    And git tag: git clone git://gitorious.org/bluedevil/bluedevil.git; cd bluedevil; git checkout v1.0-rc3

    Please, as always test BlueDevil as much as possible so we can fix the majority of the bugs before the final release.

    Next release: 2010/08/25 (next week).

    Thanks!

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  • BlueDevil 1.0rc2 released

    Hi there

    As promised, we have released a new RC of BlueDevil.

    Highlights:

    • Removed BlueZ documentation to avoid licence problems
    • Build system fixes by George Kiagiadakis and Kishore Jonnalagadda
    • Improved the stability of the kio_obexftp (the / bugs has been fixed too).
    • Fixed a crash in the KCM
    • Fixed crash in the "reception of files".

    Errata:

    Take a look at the error list in: KDE Bugtrack

    Also, this release is not ready to work on i18n, it is expected in RC3 or 4

    Download:

    The tarbal can be found here with md5: 9af87be2eeffe3b203a06232ef55bfb9

    And git tag: git clone git://gitorious.org/bluedevil/bluedevil.git; git checkout v1.0-rc2

    Please, test BlueDevil as much as possible so we can fix the majority of the bugs before the final release.

    Next release: 2010/08/11 (next week).

    Thanks!

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  • Taking a break

    Hi there

    Even if we don't want to, our brains need to rest, they need to disconnect from everything and break with the routine of every day, and this is for what the holidays are for.

    So tomorrow my actual vacations start, I will be in Paris (again :p) having some family time for a week. I will be online on irc/jabber and I will try read my email everyday but do not expect a quick answer.

    At the airports/planes I will probably give some love to Kamoso, with a bit of luck we can do a release some time soon.

    See you!

    Ps: My next entries will be boring things about my vacations, so be ready for that :)


  • BlueDevil, the new KDE bluetooth stack is here

    We're proud to announce the first release of BlueDevil, the new bluetooth stack for KDE SC.

    Description:

    BlueDevil is a set of components, which integrates bluetooth within the KDE SC, for example adding a system preference module (KCM), or allowing to browse the files in a cell phone from you favorite file browser.

    The list of already implemented components is:

    • System preference module (KCM) to configure all the options regarding Bluetooth (also fully activate/deactivate it)
    • Integration with the KDE input/output system (KIO), which allows to discover and explore all bluetooth devices around from your favorite file browser
    • A wizard to pair your devices, and connect directly to the compatible services, such input (mouse, keybaord, Wiimote) and audio (headsets, phones)
    • Systray application integrated with the last KDE SC 4.5, from where all BlueDevil actions can be done (disconnect devices, send files, configure...)
    • Daemon to listen incoming petitions, for example to receive files, or to introduce a requested PIN.

    Dependencies:

    • bluez (to get it working)
    • obex-data-server (for receiving files, and KIO's)
    • obexd-client (for sending files)
    • KDE SC 4.4 or greater
    • PulseAudio, or a proper configured Alsa (with the bluetooth hook)

    Errata:

    • When using kio_obexftp in dolphin on a KDE SC 4.4, some times it won't load the content because more than one kio is launched at the same time and it is not supported by the backend (Tip: Disable the previews or use konqueror)
    • In KDE 4.5 SC, some times when a device is removed, the systray is not correctly updated (Seems to be a bug in QDBusMenu)
    • When trying to open a file from a bluetooth device, the progress gets stucked at 99%

    Target Audience:

    This release should be stable enough to be used by everybody, but we're looking specially for advanced users with "compiling skills" so we can get quick feedback and fix as many bugs as possible. if you are Interested send an email to Àlex (at) ufocoders dot com.

    Internationalization:

    Currently BlueDevil is not ready to be translated (the strings are not final), and we're looking for native English speakers who can help us with the strings, interested people send an email to Àlex {at) ufocoders.com

    Special thanks to (in no particular order):

    • BlueZ developers and community for their help during the development (and patience)
    • David Faure for his help during the development and infinite patience talking about KIO's
    • To ufocoders for sponsor half of the development

    Obtaining the code:

    To get the tag:

    git clone git://gitorious.org/bluedevil/bluedevil.git; git checkout v1.0-rc1

    In the next release we'll provide the proper tarball.