The new shiny Smolt client

It has been a long since I last blogged (last dating from January)... I haven't blogged since then mostly because I'm not that good when it comes to write more than 5 lines of text and also because I've been busy with my studies/exams which have finished 2 weeks ago. So... what I've been up to in these last 2 weeks?! Well, first week was dedicated to random useless stuffs like catching up on new movies, going out with friends (lots of drinks involved, obviously!) and, most of all, sleeping (yesterday when I woke up and looked at the clock it was 4pm!) - it fells so good sleeping with nothing to worry you about, doesn't it?! wink

Since end of last week I restarted working on my Smolt Qt Client, which was born during first semester exams (nothing to do in that boring and meaningless period, right?). But before I continue, let me quote what the Smolt project is all about:

Smolt is, very simply, a hardware reporting tool for Linux based systems. It was originally written for Fedora and now also supports SuSE, Debian and Ubuntu. It gathers information from users, and stores them in a queryable database with a web frontend that produces statistics.


More information about Smolt here. The original Smolt client was written in GTK but the Smolt maintainer decided to replace it by mine - "With great power comes great responsibility".
The client is quite a straightforward port of the GTK one as you can see:

Smolt GTK client


Smolt Qt client

Noticed the new "Distribution" tab? In a near future it will provides distribution specific information such as installed packages. It has been developed by Sebastian Pipping as a Google Summer of Code 2009 project to support Gentoo, though support for other distributions are currently under development (openSUSE/SUSE Linux, Fedora and Debian):


I will be fixing last bugs found to then push a new release version out late this week, so before openSUSE 11.2 feature/version freeze. In the meantime if you want to try it and even report bugs, checkout my home:cgoncalves:playground repository for the smolt-snapshot package:

openSUSE 11.1:
# zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/cgoncalves:/playground/openSUSE_11.1/ home:cgoncalves:playground
openSUSE Factory:
# zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/cgoncalves:/playground/openSUSE_Factory/ home:cgoncalves:playground

# zypper ref home:cgoncalves:playground
# zypper in smolt-snapshot

Please, give us feedback! We want to know your opinion about Smolt!

9 comentários:

João Ramos said...

Boas!!!
Uma pergunta completamente fora do tema do post, mas cá vai: Este ano não vai haver encontro OpenSUSE em Portugal como houve nos ultimos anos?

Obrigado

Carlos Gonçalves said...

João, sim vai haver o ENOS 2009 em Castelo Branco dia 26 de Setembro. O evento ainda não foi oficialmente anunciado mas estamos a preparar tudo tal como podes ver, e caso queiras já te registar, em Eventos/ENOS

João Ramos said...

Eu tive esperança que fosse entre Maio a Agosto.
Infelizmente em Setembro não devo conseguir :( Que pena... se calhar terá de ficar para 2010
Parabéns pelo Evento! :)
Quem sabe em 2010 não será em Lisboa e eu dou uma ajudinha ;)

GothicX said...

Fica aqui o software do genero utilizado pelo Ubuntu no seu desktop.

https://launchpad.net/checkbox

jaylinux53 said...

Is there a Smolts version for Debian/ Ubuntu ?

Carlos Gonçalves said...

jaylinux53, there was once a Smolt package by a 3rd-party.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/310975

jaylinux53 said...

Thanks for packaging Smolt-Qt. Have just installed and run the smolt-gui pacakge on Fedora 12:

http://www.smolts.org/client/show/pub_943fc961-4f49-49a3-8bc1-d7a86e57ce3e

Alex Eftimie said...
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Alex Eftimie said...

Hi, you can check this 3rd party Ubuntu PPA, from latest smolt-1.4.3 release.

https://launchpad.net/~alexeftimie/+archive/ppa

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