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Name: Matthew Allum
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I write bits and pieces mainly centered around running X on 'small' devices such as handhelds.
I have been doing some major reworking of matchbox wm internals specifically the window stacking and focusing code. Much of the code for doing this kind of stuff was really basic and unchanged since very early matchbox versions. With handhelds nowadays having quite largeish resolutions, people have room for more complex multiple dialog setups ( rather than the single dialog per app palm os type model matchbox originally aimed at ). The old code, though it worked, just didn't work that well imho. The rework has made something more flexible and powerful yet so far uses less code. So I guess the amount of time and pain involved to get the rework done has been worth it... Expect it in the upcoming mb 0.9 release ( with other goodies ).
The Firefox Live-CD appears to be using matchbox - cool!
SoftGun is an interesting, linux booting, software emulated piece of ARM hardware.
Thought it was about time I posted a diary entry with some of the newer stuff I've been hacking on in the last few months.
DidiWiki is a tiny (25k) self contained simple wiki engine. It has its own webserver and is written in c. Its pretty useful it you want something for keeping notes etc thats sharable between machines and is very simple to setup ( just compile and run, theres no deps other than a libc ).
Yesterday I committed some new kdrive stuff into freedesktop. kdrive now does XRECORD which is needed for things like Xnee ( useful for automated testing ). More interestingly I also committed a new kdrive backend - Xephyr. It basically uses a window on a host X server as its framebuffer. kind of like xnest but with support for modern extensions like randr, composite etc. Heres a quite large screenshot of lots of Xephyr's in action.
Matchbox work recently has been mainly small fixes and minor new features as I try and get things super nice for nearing 1.0 release. One new thing I wrote is matchbox-nest which provides a definable graphical ( with working buttons! ) background around Xnest ( or Xephyr ) - its basically a cheap handheld or whatever device 'simulator'. screenshot and Source.
Picked up the pony from the mechanics today - no more annoying gearstick rattle - but will it get me to France this weekend ?
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