Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bokken 1.6 is more stable and easier to install

A month and a half after having released Bokken 1.5, the Inguma/Bokken team is proud to present a point release to our baby Bokken.  The download page can be found here!

The main changes in 1.6 are:

  • Fixed a security bug due to a predictable temporary file creation (a Debian developer reported it the very first day in the archive, yay!).
  • Fixed some obvious usability issues and crashes when opening new files inside Bokken.
  • Now Bokken is better prepared at using a system-wide pyew, for example, or being installed somewhere else than your home directory (like distributed as a Debian package :-) ).  Some of the images and icons were not working previously.
  • In the meantime, we started to import Bokken 1.5 into Inguma and quickly realized that: a) some of the UI changes scheduled for next Inguma release could fit into Bokken (read here eating up the top toolbar and menubar), and b) a lot of the migration work could be simplified if we use a simpler frame to embed Bokken in (and thus into Inguma in the long run).

This means that when you use Bokken 1.6 you may notice a somewhat unusual menu bar:

Bokken 1.6 running on Windows 7

Inspired by MyPaint, we got rid of menu bars (no more File/Edit/... menus) and together with some other buttons in the top toolbar, we replaced them with a big button that comprises most of the previous functionality:

Close capture of the new toolbar in Bokken 1.6
running on Debian Linux wheezy

In other order of things, we have been releasing .deb packages since the 1.5 release, together with the rest of dependencies (python-radare2, pyew, etc.), and they have reached the official Debian archive (http://packages.debian.org/bokken). Today we are also proud to present a signed APT repository that you can easily add to your /etc/apt/sources.list in your favorite Debian/Ubuntu/Debian-compatible distribution to follow more closely our development:

deb http://deb.inguma.eu/ stable main

For more information and instructions for retrieving the repository signing key, please see the new installation in Debian and derivatives wiki page.

Enjoy it!  And remember: please report to the team any bugs you may find, through Redmine, our ticketing system.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Inguma T-Shirts, and updated Inguma server

The Three Wise Men came for Christmas with some presents:

  • We partnered with a Spanish site to sell Inguma T-shirts.
  •  Our server has duplicated its physical memory!  Yay!

The shirts are available through Camisetas Frikis site (as far as we know, only in Spanish for the moment), and with every purchase, you will be contributing with 3 € to the project (see below!). If you want to order any and Google Translate is not up to the job, the best thing you can do is to write to info(AT)camisetasfrikis.es with your order or any questions.  Their staff will reply to you promptly!

With the yearly server renewal we decided to scratch our pockets and spend more money in memory.  The web server has been fighting for resources during the last months with the rest of the processes in the box.  Now there're cookies for everyone. :-)  Maybe with the T-shirts we will be able to subsidize some of our expenses, coming exclusively from our pockets.

Thanks for your time and stay tuned for the upcoming release of Bokken 1.6!