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joeljkp
January 9th, 2006, 08:18 PM
So I'm sitting here at work waiting for various things to run. This happens a lot, and I usually have a good bit of time to kill before things end.

So, I'm trying to find a good project to hack on a bit here at work while I'm waiting around. I'm on Solaris 8 with both GCC and Sun Studio, so doing some porting work is a possibility.

Any suggestions?

welsh_spud
January 9th, 2006, 08:49 PM
http://sourceforge.net/ is briming with FOSS projects that may like.

joeljkp
January 9th, 2006, 08:51 PM
http://sourceforge.net/ is briming with FOSS projects that may like.
Well, yeah, but I'm overwhelmed by choices. I'm looking for specific recommendations.

hentaidan
January 9th, 2006, 08:56 PM
Well if you're taking suggestions, I have quite a few "niggles" with some programs that I'd sort out myself if I knew how to code ;-)

joeljkp
January 9th, 2006, 09:00 PM
Well if you're taking suggestions, I have quite a few "niggles" with some programs that I'd sort out myself if I knew how to code ;-)
Go for it :)

hentaidan
January 9th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Well off the top of my head...

Xfce could do with a few improvements

better customization of the panel, i.e. allowing complete removal, better graple bars
I also don't like the way it places the menu (dependant on cursor) when you click on a programs icon in the title bar, perhaps an option to "do like GNOME etc." where the menu appears the same place regardless of where you click
an option on when you right click on programs in the task bar to move to another workspace


Galeon is a cool and quick browser that I found recently,

but it appears to like crashing a lot
and some sort of better customization of the address bar, bookmarks etc., to enable more viewport space


gmail-notify

seems to insist on freezing every so often, esp. when disconnected from the net
and seems to enjoy shooting the "new email" notification half way up my screen


I should really file bug reports for half of these though....

gord
January 10th, 2006, 10:43 AM
you should really do something you are actually interested in, allthough if you happen to have absolutly no interests whatso ever and are a robot of some kind, wine (http://www.winehq.com) can allways do with some help.

joeljkp
January 10th, 2006, 06:08 PM
Bah, 4 good suggestions, and none I can actually do :)

xfce, galeon, and gmail-notify all require gtk2, which Solaris 8 doesn't have, and can't support due to lack of RENDER. And wine isn't of much use on a sparc box :)

Wine's interesting though, I hack on it a bit at home.

-Rick-
January 10th, 2006, 06:50 PM
I'm on Solaris 8 with both GCC and Sun Studio, so doing some porting work is a possibility.

Any suggestions?
If you want you can try to compile my project on Solaris...I want unix ports...lots of them :)

https://developer.berlios.de/projects/nixstaller/

I haven't released anything yet (currently finishing first version) and the site needs some work.

joeljkp
January 10th, 2006, 07:15 PM
If you want you can try to compile my project on Solaris...I want unix ports...lots of them :)

Sounds good, I'll check it out.

joeljkp
January 10th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Argh, you don't happen to have a CVS mirror of the repo, do you? My Solaris box doesn't have subversion.

-Rick-
January 10th, 2006, 07:57 PM
Argh, you don't happen to have a CVS mirror of the repo, do you? My Solaris box doesn't have subversion.
I only use svn. But after some quick googling I found this: http://www.sunfreeware.com/programlistintel8.html#subversion

Omnios
January 10th, 2006, 08:33 PM
How about starting a new project. A Karamba/Superkaramba type dock app program for gnome. There are many dock apps for Gnome but they useualy take up a lot of resources when running Gnome. Somehow Superkaaramba takes up very little resources which I think is done by carefull coding and scripts that take very little resources when accessing sensors etc, though I find it uses heavy resources when accessign terminal through grip.

It may be possible to make a asimilar app for Gnome that takes very little resources to run and easy to script for customisation. One of the main reasons I also use KDE is I made my own SuperKaramba app that takes up 5 megs ram and about 1 to 3% cpu.