GNOME Boston Summit

I’m blogging from the GNOME Boston Summit. There are some neat projects being demoed, but more on that in later posts.

I just gave a last minute lightning talk on the problems with GNOME for people who want to begin developing. It went extremely well, and we’re hoping to have a full break-out session later.

I’ll upload the slides later, but the quick summary is that no one who tries to begin developing for GNOME actually succeeds unless they have prior knowledge.

Yeah, it’s really that bad.


GUI Hackfest

There have been a lot of neat discussions going on at the GUI hackfest over the past few days. A lot of it is now available on the wiki, so be sure to check it out.



Following the trend:

I’m at the airport waiting for my flight to New York and then Boston. I’ve already been through airport security and got questioned on the names of my siblings, language, school, etc. etc. and in only another few hours, I’ll be attending the GNOME User Experience Hackfest- my first open source event of any kind.

The hackfest was arranged by Owen, Federico, and Vincent and will be taking place at the Novell/Ximian office in Cambridge. The goal, as Owen and Vincent explained, is to come up with polished ideas that will drive GNOME desktop development for the next two years. There’ll be discussions on a whole range of topics from applet frameworks to semantic desktops to eyecandy and usability and everyone is encouraged to suggest other new ideas.

Following the hackfest, I should be able to attend at least two days of the GNOME Boston Summit. This will also be a first for me, and I’m excited about the possibility to meet even more people that I’ve only met online until now.

It’s almost time for boarding and I’d like to get a quick bite to eat, so I’m going to end here. Based on the list of hackfest and summit attendees, I’m certain that excited and perhaps only half-comprehensible updates will follow over the next few days as ideas form and contagious excitement catches on. Even if you’re not attending the hackfest, be sure to follow GNOME Planet and let us know what you think.


Going to Boston

I’ve been invited to the GNOME User Experience Hackfest in Boston, and I’m going! (Thanks to the GNOME foundation who offered to cover the expenses.)

One of the main topics of the hackfest is collaboration throughout the desktop. Universal Applets 0.1 should be out by the time that the hackfest begins, so it’ll be a good opportunity to get some feedback and share ideas with the rest of the community.

Anyway, thank you again to the GNOME foundation for making this possible! I’ll see some of you in Boston!


UA News Roundup

There’s a lot going on in the Universal Applets community at the moment, so I’ve decided to start writing semi-weekly wrap-up posts summarizing everything that’s happened. Here goes news roundup #1:

Forking :(

I know the news is already out all over the forums, so I’ll try to keep this short: There’s been some tension between myself and Whise lately, and the situation has not been fun. Instead of staying around the Screenlets project and doing development in a small hidden corner, I’ve decided to fork the project. I don’t have anything personal against Whise or the Screenlets project, and in the long run, I’m confident that a fork will be the healthiest option for both sides.

That said, Whise is responsible for bringing Screenlets all the way from the buggy version 0.0.10 to this month’s stable 0.1.2 release. I know version numbers don’t excite most people, but, whether you’re running the Universal Applets or Screenlets codebase, Whise does deserve your thanks along with RYX, so I suggest that you head over to the forums or gnome-look and let him know that.

IRC Channel… Phoenix, Melange, Paragon, and Lizard

Until the community decides on a new name for Universal Applets, there’s a temporary irc channel at #universal-applets on freenode with a looong list of names in the channel topic. Head over there and let us know what you think, or suggest a name of your own.

Screenlets-Extras and New Central Repository 

Moving on to something a bit more cheerful than forks, we recently moved all of the individual Screenlets out of the core Universal Applets branch and into Kwaanens’ new-ish Screenlets-extras branch. (Based on the abandoned 3rd party screenlets project.) At the moment, there’s nothing too exciting going on over there, but I suspect that’ll change by my next post

In other long-overdue news, Some-guy recently pulled off some magic with OpenSuse’s Build Service and is now running a central repository for both Universal Applets, Screenlets, and Screenlets-extras.  Kwaanens and Gilir also helped out, yet again proving that they’re worth their weight in gold.

When Bling Starts Bouncing

Yesterday, I committed some hacky code into Melange (the main Universal Applets server) for a shiny new physics engine. Words really just don’t do it justice, so go over and get it while it’s hot.

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