Running 2013

After a nice and successful year 2012 the running year 2013 is around the corner. Here are my plans so far:

Confirmed half-marathon events:

Planned half-marathon events:

  • BIG 25 Berlin, Berlin Läuft Cup 2/3, 05.05.2013
  • Saarschleife Marathon, 01.09.2013
  • Gourmet Halbmarathon Saarbrücken, 01.09.2013

Other races:

  • ASICS Grand 10 Berlin, 10km, Berlin Läuft Cup 3/3, 14.10.2013

WindowMaker command generated proplist menus

The next-style X11 window manager WindowMaker has been around forever. For a while now development has continued in the -crm branch mainly cleaning up code and integrating patches found in the packages of various linux distributions. Eventually this effort ended up in new official releases.

One of these additions down the road was the tool wmmenugen which can be used to parse xdg style desktop files into proplist files. The generated proplist files can in turn be read by WindowMaker e. g. as menus. However, up to now there was no direct way to dynamically use the proplists generated by wmmenugen as menus.

With this patch series the OPEN_PLMENU option has been added to WindowMaker to allow dynamically generated proplist menus. This allows for some nice dynamic menus like

 "|| find /usr/share/applications -type f -name '*.desktop' | xargs wmmenugen -parser:xdg"

for a well known application menu or

 "|| find ~/Desktop -type f -name '*.desktop' | xargs wmmenugen -parser:xdg"

for a desktop menu.

Fedora users can already test this new feature in rawhide or fedora 18 with this update.

Running Results 1/2012

Time for mid-season results. After around 600 km so far in 2012 including 63,3 race km the goal of a 1:30:00 half-marathon time still stands.

date event distance result
01.04.2012 32. Berlin Halbmarathon 21,098 km 01:36:38
29.04.2012 6. St. Wendel Marathon 21,098 km 01:40:20
06.05.2012 1. BIG 25 Berlin Halbmarathon 21,098 km 01:33:51

01:33:51 marks my new personal best.

Upcoming events

date event distance
02.09.2012 15. Saarschleife Marathon 21,098 km confirmed
16.09.2012 3. Gourmet Marathon 21,098 km confirmed
14.10.2012 Asics Grand 10 Berlin 10 km tenative

BIG 25 Berlin Half-Marathon

As announced earlier there are a couple of half-marathon events I want to take part in. Newest addition will be the BIG 25 Berlin Half-Marathon on May, 6th. While this event, ending in the well-known Berlin Olympic Stadium, traditionally has been a 25km event, this year a half-marathon distance is offered as well.

wine-gecko coming to a fedora wine installation near you…

It is always a nice feeling when you can close a bug on your package which has been open for about two years. In this case I am talking about rhbz#573530 – titled “package gecko support”.

What does this mean? Wine implements its own version of the Internet Explorer. For this it uses a customized version of the Mozilla Gecko layout engine (see Wine Gecko). If wine creates a new wineprefix for a user or a version upgrade of wine wants a new version of wine gecko the user is asked to download a windows build of the gecko engine (~17M). On systems with 64bit & 32bit wine the download has to be done twice. This needs to be done per wineprefix, even if you need to start with a fresh prefix the files will have to be downloaded again.

What can be done about this? Wine has a search path for wine gecko which includes a central place on the system. This is done so distributions can bundle wine gecko. While wine gecko is licensed under OSS licenses we are talking about building a windows build of the gecko engine. For the past two years this was not possible in fedora due to the available mingw. With the inclusion of a new mingw stack for the upcoming fedora release 17 (see mingw-w64 cross compiler) wine gecko can be cross compiled on fedora out of the box.

Thus wine 1.5.0 will pull in one (or on 64bit installations two) new packages on upgrade – mingw{32,64}-wine-gecko – which contain a system managed version of the wine gecko engine. All users upgrading from an older wineprefix (before 1.5.0) or creating a new wineprefix will not have to download wine-gecko from an external source and will be automatically using the shipped version.

Running 2012

After making it to only one half-marathon event in 2011, for 2012 two events have already been booked and preparations are underway.

  • 32. Berlin Halbmarathon, 01.04.2012
  • St. Wendel Marathon, 29.04.2012

Also planned are

  • 15. Saarschleife Marathon, 02.09.2012
  • 3. Gourmet Marathon Saarbrücken, 16.09.2012