September 2007 Archives

Wed Sep 26 19:42:20 CEST 2007

Software602 released 602SQL...

... and chosen GNU LGPL license for it.

They even provide SDBC drivers for Check their site (in Czech only. Why?) and project website at

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Sat Sep 22 13:17:27 CEST 2007

Saturday, conference summary

Met Rene at the airport - buying presents is always a lot of fun. We agreed on that this conference was very good, lot of interesting talks and of course it was still short :-(

This is the end of my report from Barcelona. I'm now waiting for my flight, thus it is a good time to sumarize this week. The conference was at brilliant place. University of Barcelona is an old building with interesting halls and very nice gardens. The team of organizers did VERY GOOD JOB. Definitely. Some minor issues were solved almost instantly and the conference was a big success.

People in Catalunya are very friendly and this week was refreshing to me despite the fact I'm very very tired now. See you next year in .....? ;-)

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Sat Sep 22 00:22:31 CEST 2007

Friday in Barcelona

Of course I was sleeping to 8am, thus I was not able to make it to the 1st presentation I wanted to visit. To the conference to have a random discussions about QA and releases (the presenter was not there, thus we started a discussion about these things). Good ideas went out from these discussions.

Lunch with Radek and Kendy and Czech team. Back to conference to attend final round table. Good to see Simon from Sun and Michael from Novell embracing each other. Good sign - maybe we will concentrate on our work and leave the meta-work to managers...

Car trip to Arenys de Mar - swimming in the sea, dinner. Back to our hotel.

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Thu Sep 20 12:35:27 CEST 2007


Martin and Filip went to the photo trip to the city and the rest of our team went to the conference. We started with extensions meeting. Interesting progress. I see a lot of potential in this area - even for business development.

Another interesting presentation about language tools by Daniel Naber. It is good to see we have some people working in the lingucomponent tool outside of Sun. Thanks Daniel and Nemeth. This part of our project needs more of you though.

The next presentations I attended were about Mozilla Sunbird and Lightning and SmartTags. Both very interesting as well.

Fridrich's presentation - a bit of teasing him ;-) Looks like his presentation should be apolitical, but yes, it was. And it was full of apolitical statements. Sometimes not strictly true from the point of view of non ooo-builders.

Mike prepared debugging session and compared using XCode and GNU Emacs. Interesting comparison. I use Emacs as well thus it was interesting to see another Mac porter using it. Interesting discussion afterwards with Mike and Stephan.

Radek decided to walk in the streets around La Rambla, but I was hungry thus I decided to go to the hotel and wait for friends there. Dinner at Port Olimpic, a lot of fun with Filip, Michal and five (not four!) roses.

Some work during the late night, bed at 4:30am 8)

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Thu Sep 20 10:49:15 CEST 2007

Wednesday II: The Mac port evening!

The last presentation on Wednesday was about Mac port. I finally met with Herbert and Mike face to face.

Then we ought to join the Mac party to realize that it is at the same place where all other people end up 8) Interesting talks with Jogi, Mike, Heiner and Shaun.

Jogi had an idea how to solve the "launcher" task - we already have a dialog titled "Templates and Documents", thus instead of launching the gray window, we could launch this dialog when the OOo is run from the Finder. Brilliant idea, thus I promised to implement it during the night. My prediction was it will be four lines patch, and at the end, it is five lines patch because I added a comment there ;-) Please test it at #i81762#. I did it in the middle of the night after 2 hour long debugging session on simple MySQL Cluster configuration issue 8)

Walked to the hotel with Heiner and Jogi. Barcelona in the night was surprisingly silent.

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Wed Sep 19 10:42:16 CEST 2007


Good breakfast at the hotel. In fact, our hotel is very good. We have free wifi in the hotel and also cable connectivity directly in our room. The connecticvity is a bit slower than I'm used to, but it works.

Taxi to the conference. Registration was quite fast - I've got the t-shirt! But today, I wear the t-shirt of Czech OOo team.

Louis' presentation about the future of (Louis seems to like the recent progress at Mac port team!). Interesting questions.

Talking to people.

Eric's presentation about Mac OS X port and aqua version. Some crashes to debug ;-)

Time to eat something... Good menu at Ca La Monyos with Catalan desert at the end.

Presentation from Martin, interesting presentation from Michel Loiseleur about his way through OOo source code. mba's presentation about modularity of OOo source code. Petr's presentation about packagers' point of view.

The last presentation today will be about Mac port, but I'll blog about it and the rest of the day tomorrow.

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Wed Sep 19 10:34:00 CEST 2007

Meetings, party, dinner, ...

On Tuesday, we had several meetings - CC and ESC. Small (really small) party at the university hall. Because of the registration was finished some community members were fired by the security guy. I was also not registered at the time of party! But fortunately was able to stay there. But Coca-Cola only...

Thus we left early for the dinner - Trobador restaurant. Good entrecote ;-)

A lot of fun afterwards! We took taxi to the beach and Dan and Michal went to swim in the sea. Interesting talk about photo lens to late night until Martin finally finished his day in the mddle of sentence close to 3am ;-)

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Tue Sep 18 16:51:06 CEST 2007

The flight was delayed 25 minutes

... but I'm now finally in Barcelona. It is a bit warmer here than in CZ.

I took aerobus and then taxi to the hotel. Shower, back to the unversity (the driver told me to use the term "Old University" next time) to visit NLC meeting. A lot of people I already knew there and a few I do not know yet.

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Tue Sep 18 09:19:52 CEST 2007

Cloudy airport

Rain on radar The Prague airport is under rain, fog all around us ;-) No flight delayed yet, so I hope to be at Barcelona airport at 13:00.

See you there!

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Mon Sep 17 14:48:13 CEST 2007 2.3 released and new hobby... 2.3 is finished and released.

And all OOo developers and supporters around the world have new hobby: they want to find others tomorrow at international airport at BCN ;-) I'll be there as well! See you in Barcelona.

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Sun Sep 16 10:15:02 CEST 2007

Small photo trip to river Berounka, Karlstejn castle

Dan had an idea to use the perfect weather and sun to go to small photo trip, thus we end up taking photos in the village Karlątejn, close to Karlątejn castle. It was a bit late when we stopped there (we were the last car using the central parking there ;-) but the views were impressive.

The bridge close to Karlątejn castle
My son enjoyed throwing stones to the river and swinging on road-fence.

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Sun Sep 16 09:22:04 CEST 2007

Windows stealth updates...

... brought a lot of work to black hats. This is now their primary goal - to be able to fake domain globally, to be able to *provide* such stealth updates to all users with the software they want to be present on all Windows machines.

Or do they already use it as the primary mean of distributing the malicious software?

Not enough paranoia? ;-)

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Tue Sep 4 19:01:36 CEST 2007

OOXML has not achieved the required number of votes for approval

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Sun Sep 2 09:56:29 CEST 2007

New toy to build on

3 years ago, I have received new build machine for x86-64 (two Opterons 242, 2GB). The old machine still exists and still builds. So far, it produced many, many builds for x86-64 platform. It's part of OOo history 8)

The old machine
But its time is now over. I have got a new toy (thanks go to Dwayne and his friends). Two quad-core Xeons 5310/1.6GHz, 4GB RAM. And it BUILDS! ;-)

Procesors of our new machine
Two Xeons inside make it a "breeze". So far, the best build time I could get from it was 1550 seconds (with hot ccache).

Our new machine
But to properly measure the effects of various build options, I extended my build script heavily. It now support measuring build time of the complete build:
  • compile ccache from source
  • unpack OOo
  • configure it - en-US only, mozilla from source, with binfilter, create rpms only etc.
  • cd instset_oo and build with build -Px -- -Py
The script takes x and y from the environment, so right now it is building and producing the following output:

oo@octopus:~> tail -f build.measure.log.many
Sun Sep  2 08:23:36 CEST 2007
Building 11 modules in parallel, up to 1 processes in a module

Sun Sep 2 08:57:57 CEST 2007 Building 11 modules in parallel, up to 2 processes in a module 1612 00:26

Sun Sep 2 09:27:12 CEST 2007 Building 11 modules in parallel, up to 3 processes in a module
And it produces interesting "wind" and noise 8).

I installed openSUSE 10.2 x86-64 there and will install 32bit chroot on it and measure it as well.

I hope to get under 26 minutes with one language.

Update: with build -P8 -- -P2, the complete build process (described above) took 1474 seconds (24:34)!

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Sun Sep 2 09:00:13 CEST 2007

What is the difference between glass doors and Office Open XML?

There is no difference. Both should look open from afar.

Thanks for this tip goes to site.

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Sat Sep 1 23:33:57 CEST 2007

Office Open XML is very popular in our country!

It is so popular here, that it has also its webpage!

Go to and do not forget to reload several times!

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