Jockey 0.5alpha1

This is the first preview of the upcoming 0.5 release which focuses on a large design overhaul to improve portability, support for printer detection, printer drivers from openprinting.org, a D-BUS interface for driver lookup for desktop applications, and a refurbished GTK user interface.

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Jockey
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0.5alpha1
Released:
2008-09-12  
Registrant:
Martin Pitt
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2008-09-12
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 - Split program into a privileged system D-BUS backend (access controlled by PolicyKit), and unprivileged frontend. This provides a cleaner design, gets rid of ugly distribution specific hacks and makes the program more portable.

 - Add support for detecting printers.

 - Add Driver DB implementation for openprinting.org database lookup. Supports package systems "apt", "urpmi", and "yum" right now.

 - New Driver DBs can now added dynamically at run time through a D-BUS call (such as adding an XMLRPC compatible DB on a new server).

 - Upstream OSLib now uses PackageKit's "pkcon" for query operations, so that distributions which support packagekit do not need to implement their custom functions for it. (Package installation/removal does not use packagekit yet, but it is planned).

 - Provide a session D-BUS interface so that applications like system-config-printer can call Jockey through an abstract interface for looking for a driver for a particular device. This will search for a driver in all databases, ask the user for confirmation, and install it.

 - GTK user interface got some usability and workflow improvements. It also shows the license and support status now.

 - KDE user interface got ported to PyKDE 4. The UI/workflow changes which correspond to the one in GTK's are still in the works and not yet included in 0.5alpha1.

 - Add support for "recommended" driver versions, in case several different versions of a driver are available (which is e. g. the case with the proprietary NVidia driver).

 - Some bug fixes.

0.5 Alpha 1 still has a number of release critical bugs and is not yet suitable for production systems. Please see https://launchpad.net/jockey/+milestone/0.5 for the list of bugs which still need to be addressed before the final 0.5 release will be published.

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=== 0.5alpha1 ===
2008-09-12 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * setup.py: [385] release 0.5alpha1

        * kde/jockey-kde: [384] jockey-kde: Fix forgotten QIcon -> KIcon

2008-09-11 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * gtk/main.glade: [383] jockey-gtk: add a VPane between list and
        details

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * gtk/main.glade: [382] jockey-gtk: put name, license, support status
        within scrollable area

2008-09-11 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * data/icons/scalable/emblems/jockey-certified.svg: Added.

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * gtk/main.glade: Modified.

        [381] add a proper icon for certified drivers, and more gtk spacing
        fixes

2008-09-11 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * gtk/main.glade: [380] gtk/main.glade: A few spacing fixes

        * jockey/ui.py: [379] Put 2 words in uppercase and correct a keyboard
        accelerator

2008-09-10 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * README.txt: [378] README.txt: document D-BUS interface

2008-09-10 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        [377] null-merge of remaining r366 in lp:~albertomilone/jockey/jockey-
        generic (already considered in r374)

2008-09-10 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * README.txt,
        * examples/handlers/fglrx.py,
        * examples/handlers/nvidia.py,
        * jockey/xorg_driver.py,
        * tests/handlers.py: [376] switch from guidance to x-kit, thanks
        Alberto Milone

        * tests/handlers.py: [375] tests/handlers.py: make xorg.conf in
        setUp(), so that it is available for all tests

2008-09-09 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * jockey/backend.py,
        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * jockey/ui.py,
        * kde/jockey-kde,
        * tests/backend.py,
        * tests/handlers.py: [374] Add support for recommended drivers, thanks
        Alberto Milone

        * tests/sandbox.py: [373] robustify startup of sandbox test XML-RPC
        server

2008-09-09 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * data/icons/scalable/emblems,
        * data/icons/scalable/emblems/jockey-proprietary.svg: Added.

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * gtk/main.glade,
        * jockey/ui.py: Modified.

        [372] revamp the GTK UI for usability improvements from Matthew Paul
        Thomas, and add license/support status

2008-09-09 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/ui.py: [371] ui.py: change factorization

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * jockey/ui.py,
        * kde/jockey-kde,
        * tests/ui.py: [370] remove remaining usage of toggle_handler(),
        update test cases

        * jockey/ui.py: [369] ui.py: merge change_enable() and
        toggle_handler() to set_handler_enable()

2008-09-08 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>
        * AUTHORS: [368] review contributions and update AUTHORS

2008-09-05 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * tests/run-kde: [367] tests/run-kde: run main window test
        automatically

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * jockey/ui.py,
        * kde/jockey-kde,
        * tests/run-gtk,
        * tests/run-kde,
        * tests/sandbox.py: [366] split off ui_show_main() from ui_init()

        * tests/run-kde: [365] tests/run-kde: fix a few regressions introduced
        in recent KDE4 merge which broke the tests

2008-09-04 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/ui.py: [364] improve string_{free,restricted} to make them
        suitable for the GUI, too

        * jockey/ui.py: [363] use string_* constants for _Enable and _Disable

2008-09-01 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * do-release: [362] do-release: restore GNU log format

2008-08-26 Jonathan Riddell <email address hidden>

        * do-release: [361] ahem

        * do-release: [360] release 0.4.1

=== 0.4.1 ===
2008-08-26 Jonathan Riddell <email address hidden>

        * do-release,
        * setup.py: [359] release 0.4.1

        * MANIFEST.in: [358] update MANIFEST

        * kde/ManagerWindowKDE4.ui,
        * kde/jockey-kde,
        * tests/run-kde: [357] merge in jonathan thomas' pykde port

2008-08-15 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/ui.py: [356] quick fix for search_driver() having full UI
        available by calling ui_init()

        * gtk/com.ubuntu.DeviceDriver.service: [355]
        gtk/com.ubuntu.DeviceDriver.service: Actually supply --dbus-server
        argument

2008-08-15 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * gtk/com.ubuntu.DeviceDriver.service: Added.

        * setup.py: Modified.

        [354] add gtk/com.ubuntu.DeviceDriver.service for session D-BUS
        service activation

2008-08-15 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/ui.py,
        * tests/ui.py: [353] Add --dbus-server mode to UI

        * tests/run: [352] tests/run: run tests in alphabetical python module
        order

        * jockey/backend.py,
        * tests/backend.py: [351] robustify D-BUS backend server startup in
        test suite

        * jockey/ui.py: [350] AbstractUI.change_enable(): add explicit confirm
        argument, so that the function can be used from elsewhere, tooo

2008-08-04 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/backend.py,
        * tests/backend.py: [349] test add_driverdb() with XMLRPC, fix license
        passing in handler_info()

2008-07-24 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * backend/jockey-backend: [348] fix code formatting

        * backend/jockey-backend: [347] jockey-backend: add --logfile option

        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * tests/handlers.py: [346] handlers with an uninstalled driver package
        can never be "in use"

        * do-release: [345] do-release: check for missing files in MANIFEST

        * MANIFEST.in: [344] MANIFEST.in: add missing backend/ files

2008-07-23 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/handlers.py: [343] KernelModuleHandler: refresh the modalias
        information after enable/disable, since it might have installed a
        package

        * examples/handlers/fglrx.py: [342] fglrx.py: hint that the driver is
        non-free, since the module is not available by default

        * backend/jockey-backend: [341] set default backend timeout to 10
        minutes; 1 minute is too short

        * jockey/ui.py: [340] AbstractUI.backend(): reconnect to D-BUS service
        if the server timed out

        * tests/run-gtk,
        * tests/run-kde: [339] tests/run-{gtk,kde}: Eliminiate backend timeout
        race condition

        * jockey/backend.py: [338] essentially disable d-bus call timeout in
        dbus_sync_call_signal_wrapper()

        * jockey/handlers.py: [337] KernelModuleHandler.enabled(): Never
        return None

        * jockey/ui.py: [336] UI toggle_handler(): Show driver packge
        installation progress dialog

        * jockey/backend.py: [335] jockey.backend: Add
        dbus_sync_call_signal_wrapper() hack

        * gtk/jockey-gtk: [334] jockey-gtk: fix pulsating progress bar

        * jockey/backend.py,
        * jockey/oslib.py,
        * tests/sandbox.py: [333] OSLib.{install,remove}_package(): do not
        pass UI, but progress callback

2008-07-23 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * gtk/main.glade,
        * jockey/ui.py,
        * kde/jockey-kde,
        * tests/run-gtk,
        * tests/run-kde,
        * tests/sandbox.py,
        * tests/ui.py: Modified.

        * kde/DownloadProgressQt.ui: Renamed to kde/ProgressDialog.ui and
          modified.

        [332] turn ui_download_* into generic progress dialog API

2008-07-22 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * po/de.po: [331] update German translations

        * examples/handlers/nvidia.py: [330] nvidia.py example handler: drop
        legacy/new versions, package selection should happen in modalias files

        * README.txt,
        * jockey/oslib.py,
        * tests/oslib.py: [329] provide quick-and-dirty implementation of
        package query functions with PackageKit pkcon

        * jockey/xorg_driver.py: [328] xorg_driver.py: Do not crash on
        removing Device section options if there is no such section

        * jockey/detection.py,
        * tests/detection.py: [327] LocalKernelModulesDriverDB: support
        package field in modalias lists

2008-07-19 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py: [326] jockey/detection.py: Fix caching of
        printers if none are detected

2008-07-16 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/backend.py,
        * tests/backend.py: [325] add Backend.add_driverdb()

        * jockey/backend.py,
        * jockey/detection.py,
        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * tests/backend.py: [324] add Backend.search_driver() function

        * tests/run: [323] tests/run: allow filtering of tests

2008-07-15 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py,
        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * tests/detection.py,
        * tests/handlers.py: [322] add PrinterDriverHandler and get_handlers()
        integration

        * tests/detection.py: [321] tests/detection.py: Fix
        test_openprinting_unknownprinter()

2008-07-14 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py,
        * tests/detection.py: [320] add OpenPrintingDriverDB and test cases

        * jockey/oslib.py: [319] add OSLib.packaging_system()

2008-07-10 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py: [318] detection.py: catch errors when calling
        instance.name() as well, packages might not be available

2008-07-09 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * examples/handlers/fglrx.py: [317] fglrx.py: Fix typo

2008-07-08 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py,
        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * tests/detection.py,
        * tests/sandbox.py: [316] support "free" and "license" fields in
        DriverIDs

        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * tests/handlers.py: [315] allow KMod handlers with nonexisting local
        kmods if they specify freeness, description, and package

        * jockey/handlers.py: [314] simplify FirmwareHandler.free()

        * tests/backend.py,
        * tests/detection.py,
        * tests/ui.py: [313] rename printer -> printer_deviceid in test suite,
        too
2008-07-07 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py: [312] fix code formatting

        * jockey/detection.py: [311] rename "printer" HardwareID type to
        "printer_deviceid", as agreed in LFDB

        * jockey/detection.py: [310] fix comment

        * jockey/backend.py: [309] backend.py: add missing D-BUS timeout reset
        and PK check to get_hardware()

2008-07-04 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/detection.py,
        * tests/backend.py,
        * tests/detection.py,
        * tests/ui.py: [308] add support for detecting printers

        * jockey/ui.py,
        * tests/ui.py: [307] add --hardware-ids mode to UI

        * jockey/backend.py,
        * tests/backend.py: [306] add Backend.get_hardware()

        * tests/backend.py: [305] tests/backend.py: simplify server stop, it's
        already done in timeout test

2008-06-28 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * tests/ui.py: [304] remove "pokes in internal data structures" TODOs,
        hard to do otherwise in the test suite

2008-06-25 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * README.txt: [303] README.txt: update dbus-python dependency
        description

2008-06-25 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * backend,
        * backend/com.ubuntu.DeviceDriver.conf,
        * backend/com.ubuntu.DeviceDriver.service,
        * backend/com.ubuntu.devicedriver.policy.in,
        * backend/jockey-backend,
        * jockey/backend.py,
        * tests/backend.py: Added.

        * examples/handlers/ipw3945.py: Removed.

        * README.txt,
        * examples/handlers/fglrx.py,
        * examples/handlers/nonfree.py,
        * examples/handlers/nvidia.py,
        * examples/handlers/pkg.py,
        * examples/handlers/sl_modem.py,
        * gtk/jockey-gtk,
        * gtk/jockey-gtk.desktop.in,
        * jockey/detection.py,
        * jockey/handlers.py,
        * jockey/oslib.py,
        * jockey/ui.py,
        * jockey/xorg_driver.py,
        * kde/jockey-kde,
        * kde/jockey-kde.desktop.in,
        * po/POTFILES.in,
        * po/de.po,
        * setup.cfg,
        * setup.py,
        * tests/detection.py,
        * tests/handlers.py,
        * tests/oslib.py,
        * tests/run-gtk,
        * tests/run-kde,
        * tests/sandbox.py,
        * tests/shipped_handlers.py,
        * tests/ui.py: Modified.

        [302] Merge dbus-backend branch: Split program into a privileged
        system D-BUS backend (access controlled by PolicyKit), and
        unprivileged frontend. This provides a cleaner design, gets rid of
        ugly hacks like open_app() and gksu/kdesu, and thus makes the program
        more portable.

2008-06-25 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/ui.py: [301] Use unicode-aware gettext.install() instead of
        textdomain() and KDE unicode() wrapping hack

        * jockey/ui.py: [300] ui.py: Set gettext domain earlier, so that
        --help gets translated

2008-06-24 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>
        * do-release: Modified.

        * tests/run-qt: Renamed to tests/run-kde.

        [299] rename tests/run-qt to tests/run-kde for consistency

2008-06-20 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * jockey/oslib.py: [298] add and fix debug logging in OSLib.open_app()

2008-05-28 Martin Pitt <email address hidden>

        * tests/sandbox.py: [297] test sandbox AllAvailOSLib: provide
        temporary module_blacklist_file, so that handlers do not die with
        EPERM during tests

        * jockey/oslib.py,
        * tests/oslib.py: [296] check all /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist* files in
        module_blacklisted()

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