Archive for October, 2008

Episode 074 – Sunset Illustration with Starry Sky

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Episode 074 is now up on the site.

This screencast shows one way of creating a sunset illustration using a simple multi-coloured gradient and silhouetted shape. It also demonstrates a way of creating a decent starry sky background by playing around with the Tiled Clones tool.

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. 🙂

Have a happy and safe Halloween peeps!

Episode 073 – License Plate

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Episode 073 is finally available.

Sorry that I announced it on Twitter/identi.ca two days ago and then didn’t post it. I had some shady wifi access at my brother-in-laws over the weekend. My connection would drop periodically and I got a little frustrated with trying to post it so I just gave up on it. Plus I was running into some permission problems with the files on our ftp server. Combine that with a little alchohol and it didn’t really put me in a good state of mine to do anything properly. 🙂

I hope you enjoy it.

Ohio Linux Fest Today

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Getting ready to head to the conference this morning. Had a pounding head ache when I woke up. Guess I had too much to drink last night at the pre-party. Wasn’t drunk or anything but I guess I didn’t realize how much I had to drink until my head reminded me. 🙂

I didn’t get the opportunity to meet everyone that I wanted to at Barley’s but I meet quite a few people that I follow pretty closely online: TLLTS crew (was Dann drunk as shit?), Dave Yates (very nice), Chad Wollenberg (very cool), Monsterb, Klaatu, Threethirty, Randy Noseworthy, Gorkon, and so many others which I cannot think of at the top of my head at the moment. Meet a few people that are on TLLTS IRC.

Also, spotted Jono Bacon but didn’t introduce myself for fear of feeling like a dumb-shit. 😐 So many faces that I recognized but couldn’t place. It was sweet to see so many Linux gear heads all in one room. Everybody was super nice. I love this community. 🙂

Debian Package Maker

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

A few months ago I got awfully interested in making debian packages for development versions of Inkscape for Ubuntu. I wanted them mainly for myself but thought maybe I could host them. After quite a bit of research and some help from Richard I was able to bake my own and eventually I came across more than one method for making those packages. Now that I understand things a little better I can honestly say that it isn’t that difficult. Of course, I could have chosen something a little easier to compile than Inkscape. Cutting your teeth on a program like that will surely put a few more hairs on your chest (and if you are a lady then maybe you’ll go up a bust size…I don’t know). In the end packaging was interesting and fun to do for me. I felt good about actually making something that I could install and uninstall.

Lately, I haven’t compiled the latest SVN of Inkscape in a while. I’m a little busier these days. Moreover, I stopped making the debian packages because I wanted to have both the stable version and development version of Inkscape on my computer. With the help of Ted Gould from the Inkscape-devel mailing list, I was able to find instructions for compiling the application into my home directory which I could run manually. This didn’t effect my stable version.

Anyway, back to the subject of debian packages. Yesterday I came across a neat helper application called Debian Package Maker completely by accident. Where was this gem of a tool a few months ago? I could have used it. What’s nice about this tool is that you don’t have to track down any of the configuration text files and fill out the proper information. Sure, there are things like dh_make at the terminal that do similar things but who doesn’t like a nice gui? Also, for the newbies (I’m still in this category) there is a really nifty wizard for making a new debian package. Just answer the questions, point to the right files and shortly you’ll be on your way. How easy is that?

Only just discovering this yesterday, I haven’t had a chance to try it. If I get some time in the next day or two then I’m going to grab the latest and greatest Inkscape SVN and build a package with it. If you are curious about packaging then give it a go. I’m sure this would have helped me in the beginning. 😉