Google Two-Step Authentication On Your Desktop

What is it?

Google offer a two step authentication system for their websites where, in order to log in, a user must enter both their password and a special number displayed on the user's phone using a special app that displays a changing unlock code. This code is only valid for a 2 minute window, and so a hacker needs access to the device as well as your password in order to log in.


The plan for LightDM-0.2

Having got the first release of LightDM out the way we're looking forward to what our future releases should entail.

0.1 was released purely so we could start testing and get feedback as to what features need to be added for subsequent releases. In some areas we are already ahead of KDM, and even the LightDM frontend used by Unity but in some areas 0.1 is really lagging behind and there's a lot to be done before it's "complete" and ready for distributions to ship.


KDE Telepathy HackFest Day 12th May

We're coming up to our 0.4 release of KDE Telepathy but we still have a range of little bugs that we want to get fixed in order to make 0.4 as great as possible.

Come down to #kde-telepathy on Freenode on Saturday the 12th of May where we will be hacking non-stop from midday (UTC) till midday Sunday and join us in a massive bug squashing session.


KDE Telepathy 0.3.1 Released

Today we released a patch on our 0.3 stable version of the KDE Telepathy IM suite.

Downloads are available from KDE's download site or from your distribution very shortly.

This release contains several minor bug fixes from our last release, and adds further stability.


What's coming in KDE Telepathy 0.4

It's been a long time since I've blogged about KDE Telepathy, we've got so much going on that we've had to delay the release so we can get everything perfect. Here's a sneak preview of all the new stuff in this release.

Log Viewer

Assuming you have had an application called TpLogger installed all your messages have been logged, only without a way to view them. Now in 0.4 I wrote a log viewer to see them all.

Merging Kopete logs is a work in progress, but it is being thought about (but probably not for 0.4).


A Review of Code Reviews

When I first started hacking on KDE-Telepathy the original manager was very insistent that all code should be reviewed before merging. Initially it was something that I considered a complete waste of time but has since grown on me as a really important step in development.

Recently, I've been getting involved with following another very prominent important KDE project and I've been a bit concerned by the "hack and slash" attitude that I see in that IRC channel with commits coming from all over the place, with very few of them looking like they're actually reviewed.


An Update on LightDM KDE

What's been going on?

  • We have an official repository in KDE Playground
  • Whilst I've been busy with actual job work (boo) and KDE Telepathy, Aurélien Gâteau has been making some outstanding progress helping me on it.

What is LightDM-KDE ?

LightDM is a login manager, much like KDM, GDM, XDM etc. It handles all the complexity of setting up X, and dealing with PAM for logging in users.

LightDM is interface-agnostic, so we built a KDE front end on top, cleverly called lightdm-kde.


How to report bugs - Usability Issues and Wishlists

There have been plenty of blog posts/articles about how to report bugs of problems and crashes, but when it comes to other types of bug reports what's required is a bit different.

Report the problem, not a proposed solution

Reporting usability issues is great, it's perfectly valid and even encouraged to open a report that says "it's tricky to do XYZ" or point out when something isn't intuitive, but it should be done properly.


KDE Telepathy Moves To Extragear

KDE Telepathy has now moved from playground to extragear! This is the first step towards slowly taking over as being the official default messaging client in KDE, which will kick the crap out of any other IM clients out there.


KDE and LightDM revisited.

It's been a long time since my last blog post on LightDM and things have changed significantly since then.

LightDM is a login manager (think KDM/GDM) for Linux, it is written in a way that is completely backend/frontend independent so we can share our the complex parts with our Gnome friends, whilst keeping KDE UI layers on top. It is currently the default display manager in Ubuntu, and the front end they've made looks gorgeous.



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