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Tuesday 28 March 2006

Go, GUADEC, go!

Olav is right. Let's secretly organise this.

Talking about GUADEC, I just submitted some sessions. The one I care most about is Opening GNOME to new contributors: it's something we should really work on and I hope we'll be able to make it easier for people to join. And I really missed some bugsquashing last year, so what about a GUADEC bug day?

Don't forget to submit a session before the deadline (March 31st)!

Friday 24 March 2006

GNOME Goal #1

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about setting GNOME goals. The feedback I got was mostly positive and I'm sure that if I forget about this idea, some people will blame me ;-)

So what about starting now? What about moving away from popt and using GOption? You can easily help with this goal by simply verifying if some modules are still using popt. And you can even make a patch since it's very easy to do the migration. More information on the goal and how you can help is on the PoptGOption page.

I know this is a small step. But this is really what the GNOME Goals are about: doing small changes, but trying to do them everywhere.

Let's quickly rock on this goal, because there'll be a new goal in two weeks :-)

Friday 17 March 2006

Oops, we did it again

Daniel found this most wonderful comment about the hug day. I really love the hug day concept. It really matches the spirit of Ubuntu.

And guess what? It is back: today is the hug day!

I'm not that late, am I?

GNOME 2.14.0 is out, and there are a lot of reasons to be proud of it. Thanks everyone!

I'd like to send special thanks to some people for the work they did. I'm a bit sad to come with such a tiny list, so make sure to complete it!

  • Joachim (I'm still waiting for your blog!) for rocking at updating the documentation. And I've heard he won't stop here... Woohoo!
  • Federico and Behdad for the work they did on performance. The difference is more than noticable: it's huge!
  • Elijah has survived a snowstorm to release 2.14.0. But I have to say this is only one of his many exploits. Don't we love our fantastic release manager?
  • Kjartan. Glynn was right about Kjartan: just look at the results of his 2.14.0 smoketesting. We need more Kjartans!

Now, I can't wait for 2.16. I can already feel the good work we'll all be doing in the next six months.

Wednesday 15 March 2006

(Encore) un nouveau site pour l'ENSIMAG

Le site web de l'ENSIMAG a (encore) changé. Il s'agit maintenant d'un site utilisant le même design que celui de l'INPG, et probablement les mêmes ressources puisqu'il s'agit du même serveur web pour les deux sites.

C'est tout de même un progrès par rapport à la version précédente. Nos chers amis du département Télécom d'INP Grenoble Télécom ont quant à eux toujours leur magnifique photo. Plus pour très longtemps, je pense...

Thursday 9 March 2006

Do you want to be a cool GNOME contributor?

There are some big names in the GNOME community: those are the names we can find in a lot of quotes in Jeff's email signatures. And you would believe it's hard to get quoted in such a mail. But no, it's not. Everybody can join the GNOME Team and make a difference.

Today, I'm looking for one or two people (maybe more?) who want to make a difference by writing some code. If you dream in C, then you're a good candidate (writing C instead of dreaming in C would qualify too). But if you hate C, come too, my friend, because python is also a great and easy-to-learn language.

Today, I'm looking for co-maintainers for gnome-panel (written in C) and for pessulus (written in python). However, there is an important restriction, an unusual restriction: I'd like the people wanting to co-maintain those modules to not be maintainer of another module. I've been told that fresh new blood tastes better ;-)

The path to co-maintainership is not as long as you would imagine. You can do it. You only have to start contributing and to keep contributing for some time. If you're interested in this, feel free to contact me or to take a look at gnome-panel and pessulus bugs. Pessulus is really easy to start with, and there are also some (many?) not-so-hard gnome-panel tasks.

But don't forget: you can make a difference without writing any code too!

Sunday 5 March 2006

Request for GNOME 2.14 screenshots

We used to have nice user screenshots gallery in the past. Users like it: they love to be able to see how software can look before downloading it and installing it. So let's have a rocking gallery for 2.14!

Thanks to the wonderful team, we now have a nice page to collect screenshots. The interface don't show you how to only see some categories (yet), but here are the GNOME 2.14 screenshots. Now, everyone, please use the screenshot tool and take a great screenshot of your desktop. Then go and submit it. If you don't have an account and don't want to create one, please add a comment to this post with a link to your screenshot or send me a mail.

Note that you can add a small description to each screenshot, so it's a good way to tell everyone which theme, fonts, applications, etc. you're using.

Post your screenshot now!

by Vincent