Saturday, April 30, 2011

Finished something, finally

The last weeks were actually a busy time for several reasons. Well, there's one less now: at work, yesterday Friday evening at around 21:00 I finally submitted a manuscript (5Mbyte pdf) for publication that we have been preparing for ages.
The whole story started with measurements done in our lab last year, where we look among other things at electrical currents through single carbon nanotubes at very low temperatures of a few millidegrees above absolute zero. In this particular case, the metallic contacts to the nanotube were made of a magnetic PdNi alloy, which means that you have to take into account the magnetic moment (the spin) of the electrons in the contacts and of the electrons passing through the nanotube. Models for such systems have been developed and measurements done for some time already, but together with our theory colleagues from Chonnam, Poznan, and München we have shown for the first time that even quantitatively these models can be reduced to the non-magnetic case with a rather straightforward transformation, and that still the calculations fit the data very well. That is a pretty nice result, since for the emerging technology field of spintronics control of all these current transport effects is quite important.
Now it's time for new projects (and for awaiting the referee reports)...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Things I always wanted to do... :)

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--- Comment #4 from Andreas K. Hüttel 2011-04-27 21:31:53 UTC ---
Here comes the big one. On behalf of the Qt and KDE teams:
Arches, please test and stabilize the ebuilds listed in the
attached text file. The list includes core KDE and Qt packages,
their depedencies and extragear/misc KDE/Qt apps as well


Friday, April 22, 2011

KDE 4.6.2 news & upgrade guide

Just to give everyone a quick heads up, the stable request for KDE SC 4.6.2 plus KDEPIM is likely going to be filed soon. On the whole, the upgrade should go very smooth. In case there are problems, we now have a Gentoo KDE 4.4 - 4.6 Upgrade Guide, covering the most frequent issues. In addition, it probably never hurts to look at the general Gentoo KDE Guide.
If you want to test before the actual stabilization takes place, just grab the keyword file... Cheers!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

KDE 4.6.2 - looking for testers!

You may already have heard that a new version of the desktop environment came out today. (No, not the other one.) I'm talking about KDE 4.6.2. It is in my opinion shaping up rather well, and we in the Gentoo KDE team consider it a candidate for stabilization in a while. (It's about time, since upstream considers our "stable" KDE 4.4 rather "dead".) You can look up the list of important known issues on our bugzilla; some of this definitely has to be fixed before stabilization, but on the whole the list looks manageable.
So, we need testers. Especially since we all from the KDE team have been running newer KDE versions for ages by now and have never tried the direct step from 4.4 to 4.6. If you are brave - sync your portage tree, grab the keyword file, place it in /etc/portage/package.keywords - and update your system! As additional bonus, you will get also updates for QT, koffice, digikam, and some more packages...
If there are dependencies missing in the keyword file, please file a bug! If you encounter any build problems, please file a bug! If you see any misbehaviour after the upgrade, please file a bug! Thanks a lot in advance!
Oh yes, one last note. The kdepim guys obviously don't feel like releasing at all, so everything from kmail to blogilo will remain at trusty version 4.4. This is, however, nothing to worry about. (I'd worry a lot more about the kdepim update should it ever happen...)