Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu10 has been released!

September 20, 2006 at 8:27 am (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)

envy (0.4.2-1ubuntu10) unstable; urgency=low
* Changed: if the driver can’t be downloaded from the ftp address envy will get it from the http mirror
— Alberto Milone (tseliot) <albertomilone@alice.it> Wed, 20 Sep 2006 10:07:43 +0200

As you can see from the changelog you shouldn’t have problems with the download of the driver as if the transfer via ftp fails Envy will get the driver from the http address.



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Improved desktop integration

September 6, 2006 at 8:00 am (GNU/Linux, Python)

“We have been working hard on improving our desktop integration with Qt lately. We automatically use the Plastique style if KDE is detected on startup. Starting with Qt 4.2, we intend to pick up the icon theme as well. This means that most of our standard dialogs, such as message boxes and file dialogs will use the same icons as KDE.

GNOME users will get the same treatment. The second image shows a message box on Ubuntu, using the Cleanlooks style and picking up the Human icon theme.”

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Good news!

August 23, 2006 at 6:16 am (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)

Yesterday I became an Ubuntu Member and had the chance to talk with Mako and other important figures of Ubuntu. We have yet to discuss about a collaboration with the developers to provide the latest driver to Ubuntu’s users. We’ll se how it goes… 🙂

Yesterday night I found an ATI card (9100) in my old computer, plugged it in my current computer, reconfigured the Xserver and installed the ATI driver. Everything went as smooth as glass. I’m impressed. I even managed to make .deb package and there was no need to remove the restricted modules.

Oh, and now my computer is much more silent (the fan of the Nvidia card was quite noisy). I almost miss that noise…
And of course yesterday night started working on Envy… which will support ATI cards too 😉  !

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu2 has been released!

August 18, 2006 at 2:59 pm (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)

* All the architectures are now in main.py

* Fixed the path to the Xserver for Breezy

In other words the code is much less redundant now and Breezy users should upgrade to the latest version because of a bug which affects all previous versions.

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Envy 0.4.2 has been released!

August 15, 2006 at 4:17 pm (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)


  • Now it is written in Python
  • Automatic detection of legacy and non legacy cards and installation of the respective driver version
  • Automatic detection of the operative system (only Ubuntu Breezy and Dapper are currently supported)
  • A deb package is now available

Check it out


Please report any bugs

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Rediscover python packaging

August 10, 2006 at 7:39 am (GNU/Linux, Python)

“After seeing several developer comments implying that they won’t package python software because this has become too complicated, I was hit by the fact python-support had drifted away from its original goal: make the developer’s life easier. The initial idea was to simplify dh_python and make it use something that could automatically handle byte-compilation, without the maintainer even noticing it.

Therefore, with the help of Manoj Srivastava’s priceless work to clarify the policy and of Pierre Habouzit’s background work on supervising the transition, I have improved dh_pysupport to be able to generate correct dependencies. I have also finally added the last missing piece of functionality: private modules needing a specific python version.”

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Phil Thompson Talks About PyQt

August 9, 2006 at 8:41 am (Python)

“High level languages are increasingly being used in preference to C and C++ in new desktop software. One of these languages best supported in KDE and Qt is Python. To find out about the history and current state of PyQt KDE Dot News talked to Phil Thompson, author and maintainer of the bindings.”

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SPE IDE: Stani’s Python Editor

July 30, 2006 at 10:33 am (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)

I’ve found a smashing IDE for Python: SPE (Stani’s Python Editor). It’s free and it’s available in the universe repositories in Ubuntu.

just type:

sudo apt-get install spe

I’m moving my first steps in the world of Python and I must say that SPE is definitely the best IDE (for Python) which I’ve tried. I LOVE IT!
Here is the website:


A screenshot I took:

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Creating a GUI using PyGTK and Glade

July 28, 2006 at 8:51 pm (GNU/Linux, Python)

“After spending some time creating a GUI using TKinter and having it be pretty easy, but getting frustrated by how linked my code and the GUI was, I decided to look into creating a GUI using another toolkit. After looking around at the options for a while I settled on using PyGTK and Glade

The reason I decided upon using these two technologies is because they are cross platform and using GLADE satisfies my wish to separate the code form the GUI.

If you’ve never heard of Glade before, it’s “a User Interface Builder for GTK+ and GNOME”. It generates XML files which describe the desired GUI.”

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