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Banning software patents....

I have been fighting against software patents for years.   It's upsetting to see things like this happening:

http://www.widgetpress.com/defense

And this:

http://developers.slashdot.org/story/11/07/16/1152252/UK-Developers-Quit-US-App-Store-Over-Patent-Fears

Doesn't the US realize that we are killing our software industry by doing this?   You can't even say that big business believes in software patents anymore since large companies in the US are now also turning against  them.

The EU and the UK both rejected software patents for a very good reason.  Because they realized that abstract ideas should not be patentable.   Software is fundamentally reducible to mathematical algorithms.   It is incremental in it's nature and, many times, there is only one way to do things.  For all of these reasons and many more.

Most companies today, especially small ones, are forced to patent certain things they do because they need to maintain a patent portfolio.   They do this to defend t…

Building clang for use with GNUstep

1) Build using the instructions here: http://clang.llvm.org/get_started.html

2) Once that's done, download the latest version of Hans Boehm's garbage collector here: http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Hans_Boehm/gc/

3) Untar, Build and install boehm-gc.... it should be gc-7.1.tar.gz
    build it with clang like so:
./configure CC=clang LD=gcc && make CC=clang LD=gcc
          make install
    NOTE: You only need to do step 2 & 3 if you want garbage collection, if not you can skip it.

4) Build gnustep-make like so and install it:

./configure CC=clang LD=gcc && make CC=clang LD=gcc           make install
5) Build libobj2 and install it: make CC=clang CXX=clang++ LD=gcc          make install 6) Build base, gui and back and install them:          ./configure CC=clang CXX=clang++ LD=gcc && make CC=clang CXX=clang++ LD=gcc messages=yes          su          . /usr/GNUstep/System/Library/Makefiles/GNUstep.sh && make GNUSTEP_INSTALLATION_DOMAIN=SYSTEM install
That s…

Talk in Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) April 21, 2011 - Report

I realize this is a little late, but I figured that I should post my impressions anyway.   First I have to say I was honored when Mark Darymple invited me to come and talk at Cocoaheads in Pittsburgh.  I tend to give talks off of the cuff since I don't usually do well sticking to a script and that's what I did at this meeting and it worked fairly well.

The reception of GNUstep was very positive and the members of the group were eager to learn.  I got a lot of questions about the project including what we're planning to do with respect to an iOS compatibility layer and also what we're currently working on.   I also did get a lot of complaints about how GNUstep looks, in general.  I showed them the work that's being done on both Windows and GNOME to improve how GNUstep blends in with those environments using the new theming code.   They seemed very impressed by that as well as by Bean.

I did a basic demo of how Gorm works as well as PC and showed them pbxbuild build…

How to build the GNOME theme...

This article is in response to a request for instructions on how to build the theme...

Given that this is currently very experimental code I didn't think an article about how to use it was in order yet since it's not released, but it makes sense to do this nevertheless. :)

Here's how:

Get the code from SVN per the instructions at the gna.org project page.  The URL for the SVN project page is https://gna.org/svn/?group=gnustepYou should be able to go to the GNUstep project and choose Source Code->Use Subversion and follow the instructions there.   Once you check out, the code should be located at gnustep/modules/plugins/themes/GnomeTheme.Make certain you have all of the necessary GNOME packages installed as well as their dev equivalents, these include (please let me know if I'm missing anything):gtk-x11-2.0gdk-x11-2.0atk-1.0pangoft2.1.0gdk_pixbuf-2.0pangocairo-1.0gio-2.0pango-1.0gobject-2.0gmodule-2.0glib-2.0gconf-2.0Build GNUstep's core libraries... there are ple…