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22 August 2012, 16:56

Open Recall: Emacs on Android, Bootstrap, Whammy and Smuxi

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Zoom Smuxi 0.8.10 in action

Open Recall is a space on The H for those things that are too small to package as news but are worth the linkage. This edition is about different tools including a helpful framework for web designers, a GTK-based IRC client, Emacs on Android and a WebM encoder written in JavaScript.

  • Emacs for Android – GNU/Emacs has been ported to Android and is now available from the Google Play store. Currently, the application is not optimised for phone use and requires a tablet-sized display and a hardware keyboard. Emacs for Android is built on top of a modified version of Android Terminal Emulator and includes BusyBox and eshell. Build scripts to compile the application from the GNU/Emacs sources can be downloaded from GitHub.

  • Twitter Bootstrap 2.1 – Twitter has released an incremental update to its Bootstrap framework, which includes completely reworked documentation with a bigger emphasis on live examples and shorter explanatory text. Over one hundred bugs were fixed. Bootstrap is a web framework that allows developers to get a head start on creating sites and applications by providing popular components and interaction styles.

  • JavaScript to WebM encoderWhammy is a real time encoder that converts frames rendered with JavaScript into WebM. The software itself is written in JavaScript and currently only works in Chrome; users of Chrome can try out a live demo of Whammy on the developer's web site. The encoder is very fast but relatively inefficient as it can not use interframe compression and files sizes are therefore rather large.

  • Smuxi 0.8.10 – The developers of Smuxi, an irssi-inspired, GTK-based IRC client, have released a new version that brings several new features to the software, including inline spell checking, indentation of multi-line messages and more commands. Smuxi also provides a server component that can be installed on a system that is connected to the internet at all times, enabling several clients to connect to the server daemon. This replaces the traditional model of opening irssi in a screen session on a server and connecting to it over SSH.


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