Hi planet!

Hi there,

my name is Matthias Fuchs and I am working on KGet as my GSOC-project. I know GSOC has started a “few” weeks ago but rest assured I started before GSOC started, I’m just the incarnation of a lazy blogger.

Applying to GSOC was a very sponatous decision, on the one hand I came to know on short notice that I had time in the summer and on the other hand I was in search for a new challenge as I consider the comic applet — that introduced me to KDE developement — mostly feature complete (imo!) now. I know there are some bugs as well as feature requests — most of these are also on todo lists I did months ago — left and I’ll look into them when I have time.

Good, so what will I work on, what did I work on? The most important part will be the implementation of a better metalink-support and thus implement adding additional URLs to downloads to speed them up, multi segment downloads, “repairing” (redownloading foul parts) of downloads via using md5 or sha1 etc. Some of these parts are already there, some need more work on them and others need to be implemented from scratch.

As soon as I applied I started coding on some of the small ideas I had, these were mostly improvements to the GUI, shortcomings I experienced as a user.
I improved the “Import Links” dialog — filtering works really nice now — activated the Nepomuk support [1] and improved it. Now you can not only tag and rate files (that was mostly there but not activated) but also add custom tags and tags to your download groups.
The other things I changed were mostly minor things.

PS.: This is my first blog entry ever (!), in general I do not like or at least I think that I do not like writing such kind of stuff.
PPS.: The next blog entry will contain what I already did up to this point, parts of this entry have been written weeks ago and I simply was not motivated to publish it (see the PS above 😉 )

[1] Many parts were there thanks to boom1992 but it constantly crashed, I “tracked” that down to the CMakeList.txt file, though I have to admit that happened more on coincidence than on knowledge (still do not know why it did not work and I fear that some problems are still left)

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2 Responses to “Hi planet!”

  1. anon Says:

    “in general I do not like or at least I think that I do not like writing such kind of stuff.”

    Oh, I think you *do* like writing this kind of stuff. Blog more 😉

  2. Ant Bryan Says:

    thanks for working on these cool features, I think KGet will be much improved when you’re done! 🙂

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