Way of the Monkey
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Things Goin' On Mon, 20 Jul 2009 16:27:16 -0400

I meant to make an announcement last week, but have been too busy to write up anything... The new version of intltool, 0.41.0 was released last week, with several bug fixes. It's available on Launchpad. This release also gets rid of the long-standing and annoying multi-line quotes warnings in Python files. So get your distros upgraded!

Speaking of annoyances, another one that's be cropping up quite a bit lately, due to the fact that the Ubuntu One client code wants to launch a browser for acquiring an OAuth access token, is how obviously un-usable the Default Applications concept really is in our desktop, as so many people have been filing bugs about the browser failing to launch. And the logs show exactly what's wrong, the configuration is broken, and pointing at an executable or path that no longer exists, and probably hasn't for some time. I'm surprised anything in the desktop can open a browser on these machines. This is of course, because we call the xdg-open script to launch a browser, so that our client will work on all the XDG desktops. Calling the GTK+/GNOME API directly would probably result in a different key being used, and the browser loading fine. I wonder if we can somehow make this better, because having multiple different configuration keys to launch the browser is doomed to fail at some point (which is of course what is happening right now for us).

I'd say something about RMS, but I know a bunch of you would take the time to write me some fiery e-mails. But the Michael Jackson bits in the South Park episode "Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri-Lanka" were great.

Ninja Monkey icon based on face-monkey icon from The Tango Project