today i accomplished two things besides the usual: i updated my laptop to suse 10 and spent quite a bit of time sketching out plasma details.
the sketches illuminate various visual effects and the general layout concepts i'm aiming for which have largely been living mostly in my head up until now. so now i have a bunch of "storyboards" detailing what chains and transitions and extenders and ... look like. i'll be showing them to ken when i arrive in munich on the 1st of november, hoping it'll spark some inspiration in his mind.
the sketches also enabled me to nail down the theming system. i'm not sure i've seen anything out there quite like it before, but that probably just means it was done 10 years ago in some system i've never heard of ;)
with the suse 10 upgrades there were several shockers: the kde installs i'd built until 9.2 still worked! could this mean that .. *gasp* .. gcc's c++ abi is approaching stability? or is that i just totally lucked out? ;) well, not all was rosy. besides the minor annoyance of kcontrol not showing any entries (kbuildsycoca is not being my friend either atm), my sound didn't work at all and the sound configuration yast module was a gong show until i removed the contents of /etc/modprobe.d/sound at which point it magically worked. at least boot times are snappy and i now have hal, x.org and a decently recent ndiswrapper.