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{January 16, 2010}   Packaging openFrameworks for Ubuntu and Debian

It seems that I’m not blogging as often as I was some months ago. The main reason is microblogging, which is somehow quicker, even though briefer. It is also less informative, I guess, because 140 characters is a very limited length. Probably because of that, a friend of mine asked me to write a proper blog entry about this, and I think that he’s probably right.

openFrameworks is an open source toolkit, released under the MIT license, written in C++ and designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation. According to its authors, it was developed for folks using computers for creative, artistic expression, and who would like low level access to the data inside of media in order manipulate, analyze or explore. I attended a short course in openFrameworks some months ago, and decided that if I wanted to experiment with it, I should somehow structure the building process of the library a bit, remove the dependency on FMOD, which is not DFSG-free, even though that might require remove the whole audio subsystem, make it buildable without Code::Blocks, and hopefully build some more-or-less proper packages. I’ve also added some pkg-config files, so that it becomes easier to build projects based in openFrameworks (as easy as ‘g++ source.cpp -o test $(pkg-config openframeworks openframeworks-addons –cflags –libs)‘).

Even though the packages are still not as good as they should, they’re absolutely usable right now. I’ve uploaded them, as well as their dependencies, to my Ubuntu PPA (although I’m using those packages in my Debian), in case that someone is interested. I’ve also uploaded a couple of tiny examples (the second one downloaded from here) of openFrameworks.




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