On desktop environments – part 1: the journey

Disclaimer: This blog post contains a lot of flame starter material. Please note that this is all just my personal opinion at the time of writing and it may well conflict with yours. Please have your fire extinguishers ready to cool yourselves down and prevent the flames from advancing to the comment section of this […]

GStreamer on wayland with GTK+

During the past few months I’ve been occasionally working on integrating GStreamer better with wayland. GStreamer already has a ‘waylandsink’ element in gst-plugins-bad, but the implementation is very limited. One of the things I’ve been working on was to add GstVideoOverlay support in it, and recently, I managed to make this work nicely embedded in […]


Hello all! Long time no blog. The reason I decided to blog this time is that I want to spread the word about CommonsFest, a different festival that will take place in less than two weeks (9-11 May) in my home city, Heraklion, in Crete. What is it? CommonsFest is a festival that aims to […]

Video calls in KDE-Telepathy

Well, I think I owed you this onešŸ˜‰ Remember back in 2009 when I was working on KCallĀ as part of the GSoC program? Well, it may have taken 2.5 years more, but I’m now pleased to announce that it’s finally in a ready-to-use state \o/ Don’t expect it to be perfect, of course. It still […]

Introducing qtvideosink – GStreamer meets QML

During the past month I’ve been working on a new GStreamer element called qtvideosink. Ā The purpose of this element is to allow painting video frames from GStreamer on any kind of Qt surface and on any platform supported by Qt. A “Qt surface” can be a QWidget, a QGraphicsItem in a QGraphicsView, a QDeclarativeItem in […]

Telepathy-KDE technical preview released / See you at the BDS

So, last week we released the first version (technical preview) of Telepathy-KDE along with KDE SC 4.7. The release is separated from the KDE SC (it’s just a technical preview and hasn’t gone through kdereview yet), it just happened to be released at the same time. I would like to thank everyone in the team […]

fosscomm 2011 – fosswar exploit challenge solution

Last weekend I went to fosscomm 2011, a Greek conference on Free and Open Source Software, together with my friend Nick Kossifidis (mickflemm), at the University of Patras. I can say we had a wonderful time there. I met many interesting people, some that I knew from the internet already and some that I didn’t, […]